RS Graphics: A frontrunner in packaging

Chennai packaging major invests in Kodak and Esko

VB Sridharan, managing partner, RS Graphics. Photo PSA
VB Sridharan, managing partner, RS Graphics. Photo PSA

Chennai-based RS Graphics is a 5-decade-old company catering to high- quality printing requirements for customers located across geographies. The company specializes in the manufacture of cartons, labels and tags. We at Packaging South Asia met VB Sridharan, managing partner, RS Graphics at his unit to talk more about the company and its recent investments in machinery. “We have been in business for over 50 years now. Our strength is our singular focus on our customer and their requirements. We are still the sought-after vendor even for our first customer, a relation that goes back to the formative years of our company. Our belief in constant upgradation of infrastructure and technology not only helps us stay ahead of competition but also offer the latest innovation to our customers,” says Sridharan.

The company’s packaging unit in Chennai is spread across three floors covering 90,000 square feet of total area. The top floor is dedicated to garment manufacturing, the 2nd floor to tissues and the ground floor entirely for packaging. We took a tour of the unit to see the machinery in action and to have a first-hand look at the kind of packaging that the company does.

RS Graphics has the complete prepress, press, finishing and converting divisions in-house. In the prepress division, the company has a Kodak Trendsetter CtP Developer, which was bought recently, and a Creo Trendsetter 800 II Quantum. In mid-2018, the company further invested in three of Esko’s prepress software modules — ArtiosCAD 3D, Deskpack Advanced and Plato — and in the Esko Kongsberg X Starter digital samplemaker. In its press section, RS Graphics operates with a 5-color Heidelberg Speedmaster, a 6-color Mitsubishi with coater, and a 7-color Mitsubishi press with UV plus coater. The finishing unit is complete with automatic lamination machine, sheeters, stripping and blanking machines as well as UV coaters. A recent investment was a Chinese micro-embossing machine — Xinxin Yw-102E — which was bought around 6 months back. Sridharan says that apart from ITC, RS Graphics is the only packaging company in Chennai to have this machine. The converting segment has a brand new Bobst die-cutter and case-maker, an Asahi crash lock bottom machine, folder-gluers, a manual die-cutting machine and an e-flute pasting machine.

“We have a stronghold in packaging, pharma, cosmetics, industrial items and garments, gift boxes, tags and labels segments. 50% of our business is into exports and the rest in domestic supply. We also make our own dies. So, basically, everything is done in-house, except for procuring paper and board. Our mission is to provide exceptional service and for that we pay individual attention to each and every customer and their requirements. We pride ourselves in adding value to our customer’s business,” shares Sridharan.

At RS Graphics, Sridharan follows the strict rule of timely execution of deliverables and offering superior quality levels of products. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified and runs on MIS ERP system with complete operations from estimation to order processing to inventory and financials, providing a transparent system. “We have strong quality management systems to monitor and ensure quality parameters throughout the production process. We thrive to be recognized for our outstanding service,” says Sridharan.