First integrated monocarton and high-tech corrugated box plant in India

Khemka Containers to set up integrated paper packaging plant in Sri City

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Faridabad-based Khemka Containers is building a Rs. 100 crore unit in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. KCL directors Rajeev Khemka, Sanjeev Khemka and Ashish Khemka made the announcement after breaking ground for the new project on 31 January 2016. Occupying a 10-acre plot of land, the new packaging plant is expected to provide employment to about 200 persons.

Khemka Containers already has several packaging plants in locations across the country including Faridabad, Greater Noida, Nalagarh in the North and in Chennai in South India. The diversified company also has a food processing plant in Kohlapur in Maharashtra. One of the country’s leading paper packaging companies, Khemka Containers is also known as a leader in specialty packaging for automobile components. Its clients include not only major auto-component manufacturers but also FMCG and white goods suppliers such as Cadbury, Pepsico, Tata, Godrej and Whirlpool.

The plant, which is expected to be operational in the September-October 2016 time frame according to Sanjeev Khemka will be the first integrated plant in the country where high quality folding cartons and complete corrugation and converting lines for transport cartons will be in the same place. Production from the plant will include printed monocartons, litho-laminated micro-flute cartons and double faced 5-ply corrugated cartons as well as 7-ply corrugated cartons.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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