Dhaka’s Robin Printing & Packages grows with Bobst Lemanic Delta

Tobacco packaging grows substantially with new gravure line

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Robin Printing & Packages Sreepur-Dhaka
The Bobst Lemanic Delta installed at Robin Printing & Package's plant in Sreepur north of Dhaka in Bangladesh Photo Bobst

Robin Printing & Packages, headquartered in Dhaka, is a leading flexible and board packaging supplier in Bangladesh. It has an extensive array of equipment for the printing, converting, and finishing of paperboard and flexible packaging for the fast-moving consumer goods, household, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries across its three plants. As a leading supplier of high volume flip-top tobacco cartons to leading tobacco brands, it has substantially ramped up its production of cartons in the past two years on its new Bobst Lemanic Delta line. 

Following the installation of a Bobst Lemanic Delta gravure printing and converting line in 2019, dedicated to the production of flip-top tobacco boxes, cigarette packaging production volume has increased by 70 billion sticks each year – at Robin’s purpose-built plant in Sreepur north of Dhaka. The installation of the Lemanic Delta in Sreepur was the first of its kind, not only in Bangladesh but the entire Indian subcontinent!

Robin Printing & Packages Sreepur plant
Robin Printing & Packages’ new plant in Sreepur, north of Dhaka where the Bobst Lemanic Delta line was installed in 2019 Photo Bobst

The Lemanic Delta at Robin Printing & Packages starts with a double reel unwinder and automatic zero-speed splicer that permits splicing at full production speed. The line additionally comprises eleven thermal-oil heated printing units and an RDC 82 D rotary die-cutter with three stations and a manual delivery. The inline quality control system is Bobst’s own integrated Registron iQ 400, which can continuously inspect the entire substrate surface 100% of the time.

Robin Printing & Packages managing director Fahim Hussain notes, “Bobst has been a key partner in supporting our growth as a business and always ensuring we have the very best equipment in place to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. It is critical that we are able to deliver the quality products our customers require. Our investments in Bobst over the years are helping us make our ambition of being the market-leading print and packaging supplier in Bangladesh a reality.

Robin Printing & Packages at Sreepur plant with Bobst team
The management of Robin Printing & Packages at the Sreepur plant along with Bobst personnel Photo Bobst

The Lemanic Delta press is unrivaled in the marketplace and enables us to produce sophisticated, high-quality packaging for our tobacco customers. We are delighted with what it has enabled us to achieve in packaging production.”

Robin Printing & Packages celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 with the installation of the Lemanic Delta line. The business is a pioneer in printing and converting packaging and counts British American Tobacco Bangladesh and other leading global brands amongst its customers. With a clear commitment to producing premium quality products using best-in-class equipment, the company has grown its business and expanded its presence in the fast-moving consumer goods, household, healthcare, and pharmaceutical packaging markets.

The business was established in the mid-1960s in Tongi, north of Dhaka city, by Mohammed Hussain, with a letterpress printing plant before moving to sheet-fed offset and eventually integrating web-fed gravure technology. The still family-owned enterprise has grown to include a second printing plant in Joydevpur and, since 2012, a flexible packaging division. 

Robin Printing & Packages was a Bobst packaging equipment customer long before purchasing the Lemanic Delta line in 2019. It installed a Bobst Champlain web-fed gravure press in 1993, widely used globally for high volume carton printing such as tobacco boxes. In 2012 it established a Rotomec 888 gravure press for flexible packaging materials and added another gravure press, an RS5002, in 2018.

Based on inputs from Bobst and edited by Naresh Khanna who has visited Robin Printing & Packaging in Dhaka many years ago.

Features of the Bobst Lemanic Delta

Flexible inline production of flip-top cartons

The Lemanic Delta adapted for short to medium-run production makes gravure inline production viable even for short-run cartons, featuring a 30% shorter web path than conventional presses, quick settings, and fast change-over. Significant waste savings are achieved thanks to the Bobst Registron print-to-print register control system.

Popular with multinational cigarette brand owners, the press line offers accuracy and excellent print quality with high visual impact and consistency. With the option of 12-color printing, the press can process metallic, florescent inks and water-based inks and coatings.

The Lemanic Delta offers a range of converting configurations, including rotary die-cutting – a consistent method for standard packaging shapes. Options include a sheeter and sheet-fed processes for post-processing. A flatbed cutting-creasing option adds the versatility of carton shapes using cost-efficient and quickly available tooling.

 

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