Established just three years ago with a state-of-the-art plant in Vadodara, Saiswaram Tradelinks has started to gain traction in the monocarton and litho-laminated carton market with the addition of a key piece of converting equipment from Bobst. The relatively new monocarton packaging company started out with brand new Heidelberg equipment from prepress to printing and converting, including a CD 102 6-color plus coater full UV press.
Spread across 125,000 square feet, apart from the Heidelberg CD 102 plus coater press, Saiswaram purchased its CtP, Variamatrix diecutter and Easy Gluer folder gluer and cutting machines from Heidelberg. The packaging plant is now gaining in productivity with the induction of a Bobst SP 104 BM machine for foil stamping and die-cutting in March 2017, and is already looking at expansion.
Saiswaram’s marketing and technical director Moeen Hasan says, “We have seen a rise in our productivity of around 30% from March 2017, after the installation of Bobst’s foil stamping and die punching solution. The new combination machine which performs hot-foil stamping and die-punching jobs are continuously run, one after the other. We have 24/7 operations at our plant, thus foil stamping and die punching jobs are managed with dedicated shifts of 12 hours each.”
Hasan expresses satisfaction with the productivity increases brought in by the new combination converting machine from Bobst, “We are happy with the turnout and numbers that the machine has helped us to achieve. Around 45,000 foiling sheets and 50,000 die-punching sheets are output in 12-hour shifts respectively. The new SP 104 BM has made our life easier. We had several clients who had jobs requiring foil stamping, so we decided to go for the best in the industry, Bobst.”
Hasan adds, “We are also planning to add one more Bobst diecutting machine in our converting department and have already ordered an Expertfold 110 A2 with the capability of processing both monocartons and micro-fluted cartons. The machine will process straight line, crash-lock bottom and 4 and 6-corner designed cartons in conjunction with a new Heiber and Schroeder WPS 1100 Proliner window patching machine on order to cater to window patching and V-notching demand.” In the press room, the company says that it is planning to add an additional Heidelberg sheetfed press, an 8-color Heidelberg CX 102.
The company believes that the western region has many opportunities. Currently it supplies labels and cartons to the food and beverage, cosmetics, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, liquor, confectionery, textile segments. Speaking further about the company’s expansion plans, Hasan states, “In 2018 we are looking forward to expand our setup to doubling our capacity, both in terms of the space and technology investments. Currently, we process around 400 tons of board and 200 tons of liner and Kraft for corrugation, and we are aiming to double the monocarton segment by next year with additional space and upgraded infrastructure.”