Domestic label market shows strong growth

Prabhakar Print installs two Mark Andy’s in a year

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Prabhakar Print was set up together with his brother Rajeev. In 2005
Sanjeev Atre the owner of Prabhakar Print in Aurangabad tells us that in 1980 he started up a company called Mudranika. Eighteen years later, Prabhakar Print was set up together with his brother Rajeev. In 2005, the two companies were merged and run jointly by the brothers.

Prabhakar Print is primarily a label printer supplying to the premium beverage, pharma and the vegetable industry. The company bought its first Mark Andy 2200 10-inch wide label press as recently as the 2007 India Label Show in New Delhi. The second narrow web label press, a Mark Andy 2200L 13-inch wide machine was installed in November 2008. The 2200 series are new servo design presses capable of running unsupported films from 25 micron on up. Prabhakar Print’s 2200L like all presses in the 2200 series are fully field upgradeable.

Both the narrow web label presses at Prabhakar Print have 8 print units with UV curing. Atre said he was happy with the results of his first Mark Andy and therefore decided to go in for the second. Prabhakar’s infrastructure includes four hot foil-stamping machines from Heidelberg and two fully automatic paper cutting machines from Polar and Perfecta. and a hydraulic die cutting machine. In their offset printing department the company has two new Komori presses — a 4-colour and a single colour.

The company has a covered area of about 8000 square feet with sixty employees. We ask Sanjeev Atre if he plans to export labels in the near future and his considered response is that there there is no compulsion to export in the near term as the Indian domestic market is still strong. In fact his feeling is that the international label market is extremely competitive right now.