Mudrika Label installs brand new Gallus ECS 340

New Gallus ups Mudrika's capacity by 12%

Mudrika Label’s three directors Vipul Desai, Sandip Kadakia and Manish Desai

Mumbai-based Mudrika Labels has completed the installation of a brand-new Gallus ECS 340 label press with a 10-color palette. The deal to buy the Gallus ECS 340 was signed by Mudrika Label during Label Expo Europe 2019. This is the company’s 12th label press.

With the installation of the brand-new Gallus, Mudrika’s capacity has gone up by 12%. This is another major investment by the company after commissioning a brand-new 10-color Lombardi Synchroline 430 label press at its Vasai plant in early 2019.

The Gallus ECS 340, the best-selling machine system in its class, can print at the maximum speed of 165 meters/min. The press can print on PS materials and paper as well as cardboard, monofoil label materials, and tube laminates on request.

Earlier this year, before the press was installed, Vipul Desai, one of the directors of Mudrika Labels, told Packaging South Asia that the press will help the company fulfill jobs efficiently. “We had presses with 280mm width as well as 440mm width. However, we had only one press of 340mm width and wanted a second one. Having presses of 280mm, 340mm, and 440mm widths, we can now do all sorts of jobs efficiently. We now have a lot of flexibility,” Desai said.

Starting the press when lockdown fully ends

Mudrika operates from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the northern Mumbai suburb of Vasai. The plant was inaugurated in January 2015 to consolidate all the company’s operations under one roof.

“We have successfully installed the machine and are looking forward to running the same once the lockdown ends. Our expansion comes at a time when consumers are becoming more aware of ‘Made in India’ goods and services,” the company said.

Mudrika is anticipating an increase in the production of essential and non-essential goods post the COVID-19 lockdown, and the new press will enable it to deliver the highest-quality products to its customers in these stressed times.

The company has been working during the last two months of lockdown providing solutions for essential products. “Going forward, we are working towards increasing our operations as per the directives of the government,” it said.

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