Roland 700 press with infrared drying

ST Reddiar to install Komori Lithrone LSX 29

Roland 700
Suresh Rajendran, chief executive officer of ST Reddiar & Sons. Photo PSA

STRS plans to install a 6-color Komori Lithrone LSX 29 UV press at their production unit in Kochi by the end of February 2016. Suresh Rajendran, chief executive of STRS, said, “European and Japanese machinery is efficient and reliable and would be the preferred option of any printer. We have changed with the times to adopt the latest technology in order to be a frontrunner in the printing field. The Komori Lithrone LSX 29 is an automatic, environment-friendly and cost-effective press for Indian printers and convertors.”

In October 2015, STRS installed the 5-color Roland 700 with infrared drying systems to print on paperboard ranging from 0.04 to 1 mm thick substrate. “Very seldom do machines come into the market for resale and such machines need to be thoroughly checked before installation,” according to Rajendran.

Talking about future developments, Rajendran said, “By the end of 2016, we are planning to set up a structured plant to manufacture litho laminated boards. The litho laminated process is a means of creating corrugated board that has a high quality litho printed surface. It will be used for storing and logistics of litho laminated boards. Semi-automatic or automatic corrugator will be used to laminate the corrugated reel or individual sheets of corrugated board while the top liner is normally coated paper fed from a pre-printed reel or stack of individual printed sheets. The existing corrugation machine will be used for short-run jobs. Today the production capacity is around 10 to 15 tonnes a month. With the automatic plant we will be able to enhance the production volume up to 400 tonnes a month.”

“In India, the per capita consumption of packaging will be around 40% by 2020 so we are aiming for that. Moreover, eCommerce will gradually influence the market. Currently, we have offices in Cochin, Bangalore, Chennai and a new office will be opened in Dubai. We are also exporters of printed books and high quality printed materials to the US and countries in the Gulf. We plan to increase exports and  accredit our organization with a European regulatory compliance,” concluded Rajendran.

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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.

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