Improvements in automated converting drive carton growth

Reliable Packaging plans for post-pandemic growth

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L to R: Vibheesh Nair, Vinish Nair and Vijesh Nair

Delhi NCR-based carton packaging solutions provider Reliable Packaging has witnessed a huge improvement in its carton operations driven by its investment in several Robus post-press equipment, Vibheesh Nair, one of the partners in the company told Packaging South Asia.

Reliable Packaging was started by Vinish Nair in 2007. Soon after, his younger brothers, Vijesh Nair and Vibheesh Nair joined the business. Today, the company is equipped with a fleet of five Heidelberg offset presses – a CD-102 6-color plus coater, an SM-72 6-color coater, a SORM, and two Heidelberg double-color presses. The presses are equipped with drying or curing technology such as UV curing, multi-wave LED, and UV beam curing.

Reliable took a big leap in 2009 when it installed its first interdeck UV curing system in its single-color offset printing machine, done in-house by Vibheesh. “The installation was a huge success producing outstanding results on met-pet sheets and plastic sheets. The diversification was such a big success that Reliable Packaging never had to look back,” Nair says.

The company also has a Technova T9 thermal CtP, with a Glunz and Raptor processor, a Polar 155, a fully automatic dry lamination machine, and the complete fleet of converting machines like an automatic die cutter, an Advance folder gluer, a double-head blanking machine, and an automatic hot foil stamping machine from Robus India.

Reliable Packaging can print and convert a variety of substrates apart from paper, such as PET, PP, PVC, and stiff fabric sheets. With three well equipped plants in Delhi, the company manufactures around 7 million monocartons each month. It provides packaging solutions to brands like Shehnaz Hussain beauty products, Biobeauty, Colorbar, and Alkem Pharmaceuticals.

Automation of carton converting

“In the packaging industry what matters is the right guidance about the machines and fast technical support when needed. The machines sold by Robus India are selected considering the requirements of the Indian market,” says Nair. “The machines supplied by Robus are sturdy and the precision is up to the benchmarks while the support is premium. Our machine operators were trained properly and updated regularly by Robus India.”

Reliable’s partnership with Robus India started in 2016 when it bought an automatic dry lamination machine. In 2019, the company bought a folder gluer, a die cutter, and a double head blanking machine from the same company.

“Investment and return of investment make a big difference to operations. Earlier, if you wanted to buy an automatic die-cutting machine you had to go for either European or Japanese manufacturers. But now we have Robus India providing a vast range of automatic die-cutting machines. We opted for all our post-press machines from them because of their technical support and the return on investment their machines deliver,” Nair argues. 

Investments in 2022 for post-pandemic demand growth

The pandemic may have hurt a lot of industries, however, a large number of companies in the packaging industry have seen their business grow in the last two years. Reliable Packaging too has seen positive demand growth for its cartons. The company is now planning to add more machines this year.

“We are planning to expand our printing capabilities and will add a Heidelberg press. We are also looking to add more post-press equipment from Robus India. This investment is because we want to cater to the growing requirement for cartons after the pandemic,” Nair concludes.

Note — This article is from the February issue of Packaging South Asia which will be posted to readers on 2 February 2022.

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