A Kiron Kumar, proprietor, Sushma Arts with the Autoprint Repetto-80

The three-decade-old Sushma Arts, based in the Milan Industrial Estate in Mumbai’s Cotton Green suburb, recently upgraded its shop floor with a brand new Autoprint Repetto-80 diecutting machine. Autoprint Repetto-80 is an automatic sheetfed flatbed die-punching and creasing machine which was installed by Sushma Arts to meet the growing demand for medium and large format printers as well as packaging units. The machine allows a maximum paper size of 22 x 32 inches and a minimum paper size of around 10 x 15 inches.

Autoprint A Kiron Kumar, proprietor of the company, calls the upgrade as a first step towards boosting the company’s productivity. He shares, “Earlier, we used to consume a lot of time in postpress, especially in the diecutting process. With the installation of Autoprint, we have enhanced our productivity tremendously. Interestingly, Autoprint has earned significant trust with the convertors owing to its excellent after-sales service and easy availability of spare parts. The Autoprint diecutter is the ideal press in its price range and it fulfills the purpose for which it has been installed. The press delivers 2,500 sheets in an hour with an overall output capacity of 4,500 sheets of 80 to 450 gsm.”

Sushma Arts is among the few companies in Mumbai capable of producing blister coated cards. Talking about the enterprise, Kumar says, “We produce cartons and are a specialist in blister-coated products. We focus on providing a range of finishing effects on cartons, which enhances the visual appeal of the overall package. Blister coating is a difficult job, and not many convertors excel in it.” Showing a few blister samples, Kumar informs that his company caters primarily to the FMCG and pharma industries.

The shop floor of the company is spread across ten galas that constitute around 6,500 square feet area with a battery of a 4-color Lithrone 426, a Lithrone 428, a 4- and 2-color Heidelberg press, three manual punching and lamination machines, a Stahl folding machine, a paper cutting machine and a Muller Martini centerpinning machine. The unit churns out 2 to 3 lac cartons and around 18,000 blister cards in a day.

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