Pelican shows new made in India Cerruti R-982 at Plastindia

Pelican Cerruti agreement bears fruit

Bharat Shah, managing director, Pelican Rotoflex and Giancarlo Cerutti, chairman and chief executive officer, Cerutti group

Pelican drew big crowds at Plastindia at its large stand dominated by the running of six units of its new Cerruti licensed R982 rotogravure press manufactured at its state of the art plant in Rajkot. The first press has been sold in a 9-color configuration to an Indian customer. The press is available in both shaftless and shafted configuration for printing at speeds up to 450 meters a minute.

Pelican was the first Indian rotogravure manufacturer to develop electronic line shaft technology as far back as 2006. Considered one of the strongest gravure press manufacturers in Asia, the company has a footprint of more than 500 presses installed worldwide including more than 60 ELS presses.

The family owned Cerutti Packaging Equipment (part of Cerutti Group) and Pelican the largest rotogravure press manufacturer in India entered into an agreement to manufacture the Cerutti R-982 (with both, shafted and shaft-Less cylinder chucking systems) for sale to the Indian market as well as for defined customers in overseas territories. Cerutti will continue to offer to the Indian market all other equipment from its large portfolio both in the gravure as well in the converting fields.

Cerutti Packaging Equipment is a well known manufacturer of rotogravure presses for publication, packaging and specialty printing. More than 1,000 Cerutti printing presses, in the packaging field alone, are in operation worldwide. Among its new developments is its hi-technology gravure press for producing new polymer banknotes with an anti-counterfeiting transparent window. These notes such as the United Kingdom 5 and 10 pound currency notes have already come into circulation. Cerutti’s strong reasearch and development and engineering teams are continuously developing solutions aimed at higher productivity, better print quality, less waste, optimising ink solvent and energy consumption, faster job changeover and enhanced automation to make ease in operation.

Commenting on the agreement with Pelican, Dr Giancarlo Cerutti, chairman and CEO of the Cerutti Group, said, “India is one of the markets with the highest growth rate in the printing of packaging material and Cerutti has a historical presence in this important area. Pelican is a company with a long tradition in the manufacturing of equipment for the packaging industry with a solid reputation acknowledged by the market. We are of the opinion that the agreement of cooperation we sealed, will represent an important benefit for the Indian converting companies, being the combination of high standard technology developed by Cerutti and manufacturing by Pelican. We are very satisfied of the potential of
this agreement, that will contribute to further increase the presence of Cerutti in the Indian market.”

Pelican chairman and managing director Bharat Shah Pelican believes that it is a historic moment and opportunity and a dream come true. He said, “Pelican has strived a long way to reach this stage and has applied unremitting effort to build a state-of-the-art

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infrastructural facility and to developed its highly competent team of technocrats to ensures high precision engineering output. Pelican can and has produced the identical technology of the Cerutti R-982 rotogravure press at our own engineering facility and are offering it at a really competitive price.”

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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