Lamitubes giant installs label pressEssel Propack’s HP Indigo 6800Essel Propack, part of the US$ 2.4 billion Essel Group with turnover of over US$ 300 million, has invested in a HP 6800 label press at its Vasind facility. Packaging South Asia spoke to Ram Ramasamy, president of Essel Propack on the occasion. “We produce 3 billion tubes every year domestically and print 45 million square metres of laminates each year in India,” says Ramasamy.M Ram Ramasamy, president, Essel PropackShort-run print orders
The unit already has a HP Indigo 6000 installed in 2011, besides several letter presses, offset presses and flexo presses. This is the second Indigo digital press at its Mumbai unit which does the lamination and printing of substrates used for its four tubing locations across India. The digital label presses are used for short-run applications for a lot size of 5,000 to 30,000 tubes while the offset and flexo presses deal with the larger print orders. They print directly on the substrates that usually vary from 200 micron to 280 micron laminates for its domestic lamitube plants.
“The digital press has not only the advantage of short-run printing but is also very good for ensuring repeatability and color matching which is essential in packaging,” says Ramasamy. “It has a quick turnaround time and has the ability to print on metallized surfaces. We use digital, offset and flexo printing processes but ensure that each job gets repeated by the same method to ensure proper color matching each time.”
Essel which has 24 plants spread across 11 countries has seven manufacturing units in India and dominates the domestic lamitube industry with over 50% market share. Holding a global market share of 33% in the laminated tubes domain, Essel Propack is a market leader with units operating across countries of North and South America, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Egypt, Russia, China, Philippines, Indonesia and India. It is also India’s largest specialty packaging maker producing laminated and seamless or extruded plastic tubes. Its plants cater to diverse packaging needs of consumers and include oral care, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceutical, food and industrial sectors with clients like Colgate, Unilever, Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal.