Presstek and FIG enhance partnership in India

DI press from Presstek for Indian packaging industry

Ian Pollock, director - EAMER region of Presstek in Printpack India 2019.

The competition among the major players of printing and packaging industry is set to reach a new vertical as Mark Andy-owned Presstek has entered the Indian market through Flexo Image Graphics. To strengthen its presence in the Indian subcontinent, Presstek in collaboration with FIG has installed a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Jharkhand’s Ranchi.

In the recently concluded mega trade show, Printpack India 2019, Ian Pollock, director – EAMER region of Presstek, spoke with Packaging South Asia and said , “Following Mark Andy’s acquisition of Presstek, the company has associated itself with FIG. Presstek has brought its innovative technologies to the Indian market through FIG. FIG’s market reputation has helped Presstek build its confidence on the Indian market.” He also underscored that customers and local support for Presstek is a prerequisite for its successful operation in India.

Currently, Presstek is offering reconditioned digital offset printing presses which are fully re-manufactured at the factory. Pollock said that Presstek will bring an LED UV technology which was earlier launched overseas to the Indian market. He revealed that the company will use its Ranchi plant as a launchpad for future growth of Presstek within the region.

Pollock further said that Presstek aims at addressing challenges faced by the converters, packaging printers and commercial printers in India. He was quite confident that Presstek’s innovative product – DI press will be able to address the challenges of the printing and packaging industry because it is specifically designed to be productive and cost-effective in the short and medium-run applications.

Pollock said that Presstek is optimistic about its investments in the Indian market. “I think we have a solution for the challenge that the Indian printer is facing today,” said Pollock.

When inquired about Mark Andy’s role in FIG’s business in India, Gourav Roy, managing director of FIG said, “It has been almost 18 years that we have been representing the Mark Andy and Rotoflex. Mark Andy goes a long way, so today we have approximately 326 presses installed and have offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai with all our service support. Primarily our goal has been to support the label printing industry and to serve the packaging industry. Hence, mainly since last two or three years, we have been installing more performance series equipment and high-quality finishing equipment like Rotoflex. There we talk about slitting, rewinding, inspection and fault detection.”

Roy says that FIG in partnership with Mark Andy caters to a vast customer base that includes multiple industries such as breweries, cosmetics, laminates, and pharmaceutical. When inquired about Mark Andy-owned Presstek’s role in the FIG’s business, Roy said, “Frankly, Presstek has been brought over by Mark Andy and for what I have been looking at the industry very closely as far as labels are concerned, I see that there is a lot of diversification happening and label printers are looking out to see that what else they can do. Presstek automatically comes into the picture in such a scenario. Being a Mark Andy-owned company, they can diversify into high-quality commercial printing as well as packaging where we are talking about the medium range and if they would like to get into packaging of the cartons which are top-notched quality of 300 lpi screens.”

He said that to execute the operations of business of FIG and Presstek, Mark Andy has already hired engineers and is currently training them at the Presstek site.

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