With India at center, DGM India plans to go big globally

Company plans manufacturing units in South America, Africa

Puneet Aggarwal, director, DGM India. Photo PSA

DGM India, a Noida-based manufacturer of carton-converting equipment started off by making folder gluers. Sensing the rising demand and changing market dynamics, the company started to manufacture die-cutters and hot-foil stamping in 2003 and eventually started manufacturing flute laminators. DGM has strategically decided to make India a technical support center for the global market due to the ease of communication and documentation.

A subsidiary of DGM Global, the company, which is originally based in China, was established in the year 1985. DGM India’s automated 30,00-square feet factory in Noida in Delhi-NCR was completed at the end of 2019. The company aims to produce 100 automatic folder gluers, automatic die-cutter, hot-foil stamping and high-speed laminating machines as its core products annually.

Elaborating on its production and processes, director Puneet Aggarwal said, “The DGM plant in India is our first step in our strategic plan for global growth and a successful step forward. We make unremitting efforts to pursue our goals – continuous R&D and innovation, adhering to the concept of producing rigorous and meticulous quality products and providing perfect technical services. We have full confidence and sufficient ability to implement our global development strategy because we have established a comprehensive strategic foundation, built operation centers in China and India, and realized the transformation from the local market to the global market.”

DGM Smartfold 1100SL folder gluers.

DGM’s Future plans

The company feels that establishing a base in India will help DGM improve its overseas business strategy and optimize its product structure, thereby strengthening its foothold in South Asia. “We are an answer to the constraints here, i.e. loose materials were being sold in the Indian market. The requirement for packaged goods drives the growth of packaging. However, sustainability and recycled goods are much in demand, mostly due to shelf ready and stacking requirements, where flexible has a limited scope. We being in the mono-carton industry bridged that gap,” Aggarwal said.

With its focus on creativity, quality and technology, DGM has continuously invested funds and personnel in R&D and design, integrated the technical requirements of customers, introduced advanced technology and design concepts from abroad by taking over a few companies for continuously improved inheritance and innovation.

My stint with the company started in October 2018 and in the past four years, we have already installed more than 100 machines in India. More than 70  folder gluers and over 30 die-cutters and hot-foil stamping machines are up and running in the Indian market. We do understand the market drive. For instance, a customer may need a machine urgently, which normally other manufacturers may not be able to provide. So as a solution, DGM had started stocking and selling from our factory in India. Keeping this in mind, at present we have 10 machines up and ready for delivery,” he adds.

“Year on year, we are getting more success in the market with a 40% growth in our annual turnover. We plan to make India a global service center. In the future, we intend to send DGM India engineers anywhere in the globe wherever our customers need. We have demo centers in China, India, Europe and America. After settling down in India, we plan manufacturing units in South America and African countries,” he concludes. 

DGM India will showcase its folder gluers and inspection machines at the Pamex India show in Mumbai, which will be held from 27 to 30 March 2023 with the theme ‘Convergence in Print’.

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