Micro Wood sets up new carton business in Umbergaon in Valsad

DGM die-cutter and folder gluer plus Komori for initial phase

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DGM SmartFold 800SL capable of straight line and 4 and 6-corner cartons and 3-ply corrugated cartons up to 15mm folded thickness

Akshay Koradia, a 35-year veteran of the printing and packaging industry, has set up a new carton unit in Umbergaon in Gujarat. The plant, which is about 160 kilometers north of Mumbai, is just across the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. It has been set up together with an investor for producing monocartons and litho-laminated microfluted cartons. Micro Wood will also make paper tubes, canisters, rigid boxes, or luxury packaging, which Koradia already manufactures.

The new plant, which is nearing completion, is installing a used 2000 model Komori Lithrone 8-color plus coater UV press in the initial phase. At the same time, it has ordered converting equipment from DGM, including a DGM Technocut 1050S automatic die-cutter with stripping and a fully loaded DGM.

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DGM Technocut 1050S automatic diecutter with stripping

SmartFold folder gluer capable of running straight line, crash lock bottom, double wall 4- and 6-corner cartons. The folder gluer is also capable of CD and pocket design and solid board cartons from 170 to-800 gsm and 3-ply corrugated cartons with folded thickness up to 15 mm. Micro Wood is also planning to purchase a laminator, which Koradia describes as “a work in progress.”

Plant to be commissioned by Diwali

Koradia’s investor is the well-known Doms stationery brand, and the new carton plant plans to produce domestic and export packaging for stationery products and FMCG packaging. Micro Wood’s 50,000 square foot plant is nearing completion. The building should be ready in the first half of September. Koradia expects to get the plant going, including the installation and commissioning of equipment by Diwali, in early November this year.

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