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Sudheer Karusala, sales manager for the packaging division of NBG Printographic Machinery at Corrtech Expo Udaipur. Photo PSA

Boosting production capacity Saudi printer installs Roland 706LVTwo decades after getting its first Roland press, Al Jawad Carton and Packaging Factory has invested in another Manroland technology for an additional boost to its production capacity. The company purchased a Roland 706 LV with InlineFoiler to boost productivity, keep production costs to a minimum and add value to its line of printed products.
New InLineFoiler provides attractive enhancements on the printed sheet but at a lower costEstablished in 1983 by the Al Jawad Group, the company operates in the city of Al-Hassa of Saudi Arabia and installed their first Roland 706 LV in 1994. The company specializes in packaging printing, including cartons, self-adhesive labels, stickers and paper bags. “With the installation of the new Roland 706 LV, we will be able to maximize customer satisfaction because of the shorter lead time and premium print quality,’’ says Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars, general manager and owner of Al Jawad. “The latest InlineFoiler with indexing function gives us further possibilities of providing customers with attractive enhancements on the printed sheet but at a lower cost.”

The InlineFoiler on the Roland 706 LV enables the sheetfed offset to transfer foil to a substrate and then overprint it – all of it taking place in-line. What’s more, the latest indexing function offers up to 62% potential cold foil saving according to different job types. With the OnePass production philosophy, the Roland 700 provides stability when applying enhancements or embellishments to the printing product, such as spot coatings and varnishes, there is greater room for creativity. “Premium value-added service from Manroland Sheetfed and its local partner Alkhorayef Printing Solutions [Manroland Sheetfed’s sales and service partner in Saudi Arabia] was also one of the most critical factors in our investment decision making process. Undoubtedly we have been satisfied over the past years,” says Al-Khars.

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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