Around the middle of last year, Surat-based corrugated, paper and paper-board packaging solutions provider, Sachin Corrugators and Printers, expanded its portfolio of products. The company was until then printing and converting only regular sari boxes but it now manufactures premium large format boxes and cartons for apparel, innerwear and electrical appliances segments. In order to support this expansion, Sachin invested in a host of finishing equipment with a brand new Bobst Visionfold 110 A2 folder-gluer being the centerpiece.
“We were going for our very first folder-gluer, so we explored all options; I even visited China a couple of times. We always aspired to own a Bobst folder gluer, but always thought it was a high investment. But looking at its price to performance, we found it is affordable if one has to look in the long term and so we decided to invest for the future. Additionally, we had the advantage of Bobst’s after-sales service, operator training and their hand holding for a first-time Bobst buyer. It has turned out to be a great decision,” says Manjeet Dhariwal, director, Sachin Corrugators and Printers.
Earlier Sachin Corrugators and Printers was dependent on third party for folding and gluing services, which was creating some issues. Now with the Bobst Visionfold in-house, Dhariwal says, the company has full control over quality and time. “Also, with a high-speed folder-gluer we now have the confidence of taking up premium jobs. We can now offer mono cartons and micro-fluted boxes like E and F boxes,” he states.
The Bobst Visionfold 110 A2 folder-gluer installed at Sachin Corrugators and Printers can handle solid board, litho-laminated corrugated and 4-6 corner boxes. The machine has added features such as extended delivery, which comes in handy in case of large format boxes. The Visionfold can run at a speed of up to 350 meters per minute.
Apart from investing in the Bobst folder-gluer, the company has also made significant upgradation to its machine portfolio in the converting section as well as invested in a lot of new equipment, such as a cutting table from iECHO and a die-cutter from Guowang. Last year, Sachin Corrugators and Printers also consolidated its operations under one unit. Earlier the company was operating from two different places.
Focus on women empowerment
In addition to investments in some quality machinery, Sachin Corrugators and Printers is also trying to focus on having a greater gender balance on its shop floor. Till 2014, the company did not have a single female employee. In 2015, it hired five women and since then the number has increased to 20. According to Dhariwal, this has been one the best decisions the company has taken on the human resources front.
“Initially we hired women because we were having problems finding men. However, we realized the importance of having gender balance on the shop floor and empowering women. That is why we increased the number of women in our workforce and we will continue to hire more women. At present they are mainly in the assorting, finishing, counting and packaging departments but we plan to gradually bring women to operate machines as well,” says Dhariwal.
Dhariwal suggests that the government should initiate and facilitate more vocational training programs for women so that the industry can get a well-trained workforce as at present most of the women are being trained by the companies on the job.
“If more and more women join the work force it will be very good for society as they will be financially independent,” he says.
Plans to add another press
Last year was a busy one for Sachin Corrugators and Printers with major investment in machinery and the process of consolidation of manufacturing operations. Although there are no plans for any major investment in the near future, the company wants to add a new offset press. It currently operates two 24 x 40-inch Komori presses, one 2-color and one 5-color.
“The idea behind going for a new offset press is that we want to have the latest technology press to handle high value jobs for customers who demand the best quality and consistency. We are also planning to take more straight-line carton jobs in coming months, which will help generate volumes. We have not decided if it will be a pre-owned press or a brand new one. But most likely it will be another Komori,” Dhariwal concludes.