Kalhar Packaging adds Rapid JC – 1100 folder gluer

Coronavirus may impact business beyond monetary loss

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Rapid JC – 1100 folder gluer

Ahmedabad-based Kalhar Packaging offers postpress services including die-cutting and folding and gluing for printers who serve crucial market segments such as pharmaceuticals, dhoop – agarbatti industry, perfumes, pesticides, garment industry and sweets and confectionary industry. Kalhar recently purchased a Rapid JC – 1100 folder gluer
that can perform side pasting in the range of 140mm to 1100mm and lock bottom pasting in the range of 140mm to 1000mm. During Jayesh Patel’s visit to China in last October, he interacted with Robus India sales team. According to him, the experience-rich team of Robus India, explained about the modifications in the machine pretty well. He also lauded the service support of Robus India adding that the new machine has helped the company associate with many new printers across the city.

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Jayesh Patel, managing director of Kalhar Packaging in Ahmedabad

“Someone rightly said that packaging is the most important tool for selling a product. Indian packaging industry will see notable growth in 2016 – 2021 period. It is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.2% during this period as compared to 6.2% CAGR during 2011 – 2016. This growth may be heavily influenced by changing demographics such as growing urbanization and rising proportion of middle class customers,” adds Patel.

“Observing the growth in demand for packaging, we decided to upgrade our existing technology. Postpress is one of the most important parameters after designing and printing. The packaging industry is dominated by Indian machines which have quite a few limitations. In this context, we decided to purchase the machine from Robus India,” explains Patel.

Recession is upsetting various industries including packaging. It is extremely important for packaging converters to upgrade the technology and offer novel solutions. “The benefits of technology from JC – 1100, such as speed and accuracy has helped us gain new customers and grow our business. We first came across the machine during our last visit to China. After coming back, we decided to finalize it and quickly fininshed all the formalities.

“We started the machine in January. We converted 25 lakh boxes in January on the new machine, 24 lakh boxes in February and had converted and supplied close to 20 lakh boxes by 21 March 2020. Due to the lockdown from 22 March to 14 April, we face a significant loss. It may also impact our business beyond the monetary loss. I think the whole situation will become clearer once the lockdown is lifted,” Patel concludes.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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