Leap Digiprint improves capacity on its HP Indigo webfed digital label press

ABG Digicon - Vinsak adds finishing and flat-bed die-cutting

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Mahesh Rajpoot, head of operations at Leap Digiprint, and his team standing with HP Indigo WS6800 digital press. Photo: PSA
Mahesh Rajpoot, head of operations at Leap Digiprint, and his team standing with HP Indigo WS6800 digital press. Photo: PSA

Noida-based Leap Digiprint was established in 2017 by two packaging industry veterans, Honey Vazirani and Vikram Prasad. With an experience of around 25 years each in flexible packaging, the two directors planned to start something more futuristic, sustainable, and creative. They believe that with digital printing, they can truly offer on-demand packaging. The plan for digital label printing was executed, and they installed their first HP Indigo webfed digital press in Noida. They feel the recent addition of a third partner, Akshay Dawer, has added further strength to their market reach as well as a fresh, younger perspective to their team.

The company offers packaging know-how, prepress support, digital printing, finishing and embellishment for self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, and flexible materials in rolls and pouches, laminated tubes, monocartons, and blister cards. Mainly, it provides services for all short-run customers in the FMCG, cosmetic, and pharma segments. Customers include Muscle Blaze in the proteins category, HK, Om Sai, Dabur, and many more.

Samples for digital label printing. Photo: PSA
Samples for digital label printing. Photo: PSA

HP Indigo WS6800 digital press can handle substrates from 12 microns to 350-micron thickness for printing labels, flexible packaging, sleeves, in-mold, and wrap-around labels, and folding cartons. The press is certified as a ‘Carbon Neutral Technology’ and produces minimal production wastage.

The Indigo WS6800 digital press can print pressure-sensitive label stock, PVC, flexible laminates, paper, and paperboards. If we talk about labels, it can produce all kinds of self-adhesive film and paper labels and wet glue labels at a speed ranging from 20 to 30 meters a minute. The technology matches gravure quality. In addition, it offers variable data printing and personalization, a distinct advantage. This machine can easily print a variety of unique barcodes and other variable data codes for both track and trace, ease of logistics and retail, as well as anti-counterfeiting.

Mahesh Rajpoot with the latest installed flatbed die-cutting machine at Leap Digiprint. Photo: PSA
Mahesh Rajpoot with the latest installed flatbed die-cutting machine at Leap Digiprint. Photo: PSA

Leap Digiprint’s latest installation is a flatbed die-cutting machine from Vinsak that supplements their ABG Digicon Omega Systems from Europe. The ABG Digicon is finishing and converting line for coating, lamination, and die-cutting.

Leap Digiprint talks about the challenges faced during the pandemic

The top team at Leap Digiprint says, “Our target customers are those who need small quantities of a particular design and/or quick delivery, variable information, and personalization. Now, we are well-equipped and ready to focus on increasing efficiency and productivity. However, we still have spare capacity, so we plan to add some special features to offer more value to our existing product lines.”

“Covid-19 was a huge lesson for all businesses. It taught us how to work under constraints and remain positive in challenging times, and it brought forth new opportunities as well. We were completely shut for the initial two to three months of the first lockdown but then started work again as per stipulated guidelines, in a phased manner. Our team remained strong and committed, and that helped us pull through the tough part. Post that, we saw bigger demand for digital as most businesses were cautious and preferred small and quick supplies. 

“We believe that the label industry would grow. The needs may change, but there will be a higher demand for faster turnarounds and more eco-friendly options in this industry.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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