Acme Rolltech is said to be the first Indian company to start manufacturing ceramic anilox rolls and sleeves in the country. The company is installing a second engraver which it has purchased from ALE in the UK which is likely to be commissioned in mid-April. The new engraver is 2.5 meters in width with the capacity to produce on an average 200 rolls or sleeves a month in widths from 150 to 2500 millimetres. The company can now produce an average of 400 rolls a month.
In recent years, Acme has achieved the trust and support from its customers which include several OEM manufacturers in India of narrow web flexo, stack flexo and CI flexo presses. It says it is to be the first company to use ALE’s multi-hit and multi-beam laser engraving feature in India, which provides the best engraving for outstanding print results.
The new ALE Meridian Hercules will be used to laser engrave the desired LPI and BCM cell values for anilox rolls and sleeves. The anilox rolls and sleeves are used in the print and packaging industries on narrow web labels, stack flexo & wide web CI flexo presses as well as coaters on offset presses, speciality coating, lamination machines, corrugation and film coating lines. The new ALE engraver comes with all the latest technology, including its recently launched TwinTrack.
Acme Rolltech’s offering for label converters
Considering the needs of the label converters, Acme has developed two new High-Density White and Acme Tactile anilox products.
- AHDW, its Acme High-Density White is for achieving high opacity coverage with white inks, with results much closer to screen-printed white on labels. Feedback from customers using these anilox rolls is positive and the company is receiving orders for 8 to 10 rolls each month.
- ATAC, its Acme Tactile rolls are used for mirroring the raised type effect of screen printing. The results of these rolls are also excellent, with positive demand from converters.
Speaking about its products and the company’s forthcoming plans, Acme Rolltech’s director Sandeep Sharma says, “Rather than being just a supplier of anilox rolls or sleeves, we always try to provide valuable services or solutions to our customers by actually understanding their requirements and providing them customized solutions. With this approach, we have created our own market segment not only in India but also overseas. With the new engraving machine and other new pre and post-processing machines, we are doubling our production capacity to cater to the market’s growing demand and ensure that we remain ahead of the curve in terms of competition. We also have plans for future development of new products for another market segment in the 2022 year itself.”
Focusing on sustainability, he says, “We are focused on our sustainability goals and have reduced the use of plastics in our overall operations by close to 40 % in the last three years. The long term goal is to find solutions for more sustainable packaging and reach closer to an 80% reduction in the use of plastics in the next five years.”