India’s ‘love affair’ with Bobst gravure printing presses

2015 results for flexible packaging stronger than ever

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5002 gravure printing press

Last year the Indian flexible industry invested in eight printing lines from Bobst’s range of gravure solutions, including 4003, 5002 and 888 model presses. These machines join a total of 70 existing Bobst gravure presses with more than 500 printing units previously installed for flexible materials already installed in the country.

The Bobst gravure presses present a comprehensive range of solutions for packaging converters in terms of the print applications to be run, press flexibility, sustainability and less wastage and above all print quality and operational efficiency – a good product and customer fit. “Given the fact that rotogravure is the predominant printing process for flexible packaging, and is such a buoyant segment of the industry, it has been a matter of pride for some years now that Bobst has maintained a market share of 70% of all imported electronic shaft gravure presses sold and installed in India,” says Nilesh Pinto, senior sales manager, Bobst India. “And even more so, when you consider that our market share is as high as 50% of the aggregate sales of both foreign and Indian electronic shaft gravure presses.”

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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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.