After commissioning a brand new Gallus label press in August last year, Mumbai-based labels solutions provider Mudrika Labels put into operation a brand new Lombardi press at its Vasai plant in mid-April. With this, in the last financial year (2018-2019), the company has invested in two major pieces of equipment bringing the total count of label presses running at its Vasai plant to 12.
“In the financial year 2018-2019, we made two big investments in the form of Gallus and Lombardi presses which will help increase our top line by almost 20% in the current financial year 2019-2020,” says Manish Desai, one of the directors of Mudrika Labels.
With the 10-color Gallus Labelmaster Plus and the 10-color Lombardi Synchroline 430 now fully commissioned, Mudrika is hoping to increase productivity with a higher number of labels imposed in wider label stocks together with higher running speeds.
Mudrika operates from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the northern Mumbai suburb of Vasai. The plant was inaugurated in January 2015 to consolidate all the company’s operations under one roof.
“With all the 12 presses now fully operational, in fiscal year 2019-2020, Mudrika’s total installed capacity will rise to 15 lakh square meters per month from 11 lakh square meters per month in fiscal year 2018-2019,” Desai shares.
Of the 12 label presses, seven are Gallus label presses, including the new Labelmaster, four Kopack presses and one Lombardi.
The Lombardi 430 is an all-UV press and can handle rolls up to 450 mm and has a print width of 430 mm. The Lombardi Synchroline 430 press is also equipped with a hologram unit. Other features include delam relam, turnbar, cold foil, two die-cutting units, sheeter and conveyor, web cleaner, corona treatment, a Lombardi patented Air Blade System (ABS), and a servo motor on each unit. The press can print at a maximum speed of 220 meters per minute on substrates such as papers, adhesive papers and extensible films, among others.
The Gallus Labelmaster Plus has a maximum speed of 200 meters per minute and it can print on a variety of substrates such as papers, self-adhesive materials, cardboards, monofoil label materials and tube laminates. The press is installed with UV curing systems.
The Vasai plant, where the 12 presses are presently housed, now has no more room for another press. So, according to Desai, the company has bought land in Vasai, near the present factory, where a new plant will come up in the next few years.
Mudrika is also planning to start making flexo plates in-house and will buy relevant equipment such as an imager in the coming months, Desai says.