At Packplus 2019, Robus displayed an entire portfolio of carton finishing products. The company says that there is a tremendous change in the investment pattern of the Indian packaging printing and converting industry. At the show, Robus displayed a sheet-to-sheet pasting machine for producing 450 gsm plus substrates for certain application in the carton packaging industry. “If produced on demand, it has to be a huge chunk. Mostly people don’t accept small orders for these type of substrates. Hence, this machine is for printers who want to print on 450 gsm plus substrates for special cartons that require this type of thickness and substance weight,” says Dilip Davda, head of Technical Sales (West) at Robus India.
With the pasting machine displayed by Robus India at Packplus 2019, printers can paste two 250 gsm or above sheets to achieve a thicker substrate with a 500 gsm substance weight. Special uses of this kind of board could be for stronger cartons or for luxury cartons that might include embossing effects providing the papers that are being pasted are meant for high pressure embossing. The machine supports quick drying and delivers wrinkle a free substrate for printing. Constant pressure is maintained throughout the pasting cycle eliminating bubbles or wrinkles in the laminated board end product.
“This machine will help to reduce dependence on manpower and produce accurate and repeatable results. This machine is perfect for footwear box manufacturers,” says Prem P Vishwakarma, director of Robus India. “The PackPlus show has been pretty good for us. We have been performing well. At Printpack, we told the media that we have sold 72 machines and that count has now gone up to 92 machines. Even though there is a slowdown, packaging converters are still investing in capital equipment which is a good sign. Converters must continue to invest in more machines in order to remain competitive in the market. That will help the packaging industry grow.
“The slowdown is not a challenge just for the packaging industry, it is for other industries as well. What matters is how people plan their investments and proceed with a calculated approach. I’m sure, there will be normalcy in the economy soon,” says Vishwakarma.
Robus has been getting repeat orders from the same customers. The company has also launched a new folder gluer with a Braille embossing system that it plans to display at its stand at Pamex. The first machine with this capability will be made public in October at Mumbai.