Vision Foods & Packaging installs a Rapida 106

High-performance sheetfed offset for packaging printer in Pakistan

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To mark the inauguration of the press, Bhupinder Sethi (4th from right), senior sales manager from Koenig & Bauer, and Akhlaq A. Khan, director of Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions (3rd from right), presented a model of the high-performance Rapida 106 to Ch. Zulfiqar Ali (4th from left), group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising, and his team (left to right): Major Fazal, admin manager, Vision Packaging; Amer Iqbal, general manager, Vision Packaging; Hina Zulfiqar, director, Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising; Muhammad Bilal Ashraf, operations manager, Vision Packaging; Kashif Afaq, general manager, Expert Advertising (group company)

At the end of 2020, Vision Foods & Packaging in Lahore in Pakistan took delivery of a 6-color Rapida 106 with coater and extended delivery. With the installation of this highly automated sheetfed offset press for the 3b format, the company has significantly expanded its print capacity, just five years after its founding as part of a significan local manufacturer from the FMCG sector. Food and confectionery packaging is supplied primarily to other
companies within the group.

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Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising (right), pictured here with Bhupinder Sethi
from Koenig & Bauer, has developed a clear growth strategy for Vision Foods & Packaging

The high-end Rapida has enabled the company to realize its vision of becoming one of the leading packaging producers in the region. Already today, Vision Foods & Packaging possesses modern equipment for all phases of the production process. For example, this includes three flatbed die-cutters from Iberica (the newest of which is an Optima 106), folder-gluers, and CtP systems with corresponding workflow and color management solutions.

A well configured and automated packaging press

The Rapida 106 prints at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour and incorporates numerous technical features geared to board handling. The newly installed Rapida 106 press has been raised by 675 mm to allow for higher piles and facilitate the efficient processing of board substrates. The equipment list includes automatic plate changing, inking unit temperature control, EasyClean ink ducts, and CleanTronic washing systems. Similarly, Rapida-typical are the DriveTronic feeder, the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and inking units, which can be disengaged when not in use.

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Official commissioning of the 6-color Rapida 106 coater press in the modern production center of Vision Foods &
Packaging (left to right): Akhlaq A. Khan, director of Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions;
Umair Latif, Rapida 106 team leader, Vision Packaging (obscured); Amer Iqbal, general manager, Vision
Packaging; Muhammad Bilal Ashraf, operations manager, Vision Packaging; Hina Zulfiqar, director, Vision
Packaging & Expert Advertising; Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising; Bhupinder
Sethi, senior sales manager, Koenig & Bauer; Kashif Afaq, general manager, Expert Advertising (group company)

Vision Foods & Packaging expects the Rapida 106 to optimize its print production efficiency and places a particular focus on high output, perfect print quality, and significantly reduced waste. Modern technological solutions, a high level of automation, and the availability of fast local support from the service specialists at Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions – were key arguments in favor of the Rapida 106

All the signs point to growth

Vision Foods & Packaging currently occupies almost 20,000 square meters of production floor space but is already planning further expansion. Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, the group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising, explains, “We have drawn up ambitious plans for our future growth, and that includes a new production facility with new packaging lines.” Implementation would enable the company to increase its share of the folding carton market. Vision Foods & Packaging already operates around the clock in three shifts. Typical run lengths lie between 10,000 and 30,000 sheets. Certification to ISO 9001 has been completed successfully.

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