Dot Printers installs Sakurai’s Maestro MS 102 AII

Vasai plant offers finishing effects in Velvet, Spot UV

UV printed samples produced at Dot Printers. Photo PSA
UV printed samples produced at Dot Printers. Photo PSA

With a vision to enhance the look of printed products with impressive finishing effects, Jayesh Shah has recently founded Dot Printers at Vasai, a suburban town North of Mumbai. Shah is a new entrant in the screen print industry and provides after-printing effects on packaging, promotional and commercial products. He has created a catalog which displays many finishing effects including Spot UV, Velvet, embossing, abrasive media with varying thickness and distributed it to many printers in Mumbai region. Such value-added services by Dot Printers enhance the look and feel of rigid cartons.

In September 2015, Shah initiated printing services at the 3,000 square feet production floor in Vasai and installed Sakurai’s Maestro MS 102 AII – a fully loaded screen print press with dryer along with full-fledged prepress equipment. MS 102 AII is a screen-to-cylinder press that provides maximum print size of 1,050 x 730 mm at the speed of 800 to 4,000 impressions an hour on varying thickness ranging from 50 to 800 gsm paper and polymer sheets of less than 0.8 mm thickness.

Jayesh Shah, owner, Dot Printers at the Vasai plant. Photo PSA
Jayesh Shah, owner, Dot Printers at
the Vasai plant. Photo PSA

Dot Printers uses Zhongyi’s UV inks that offer glossy, water-resistant, good adhesion and eco-friendly products used on a variety of substrates like paper, PP, PE. In a day, around 35,000 sheets can be produced but presently 20,000 impressions are being produced daily to maintain quality.

Shah says, “Quality, value addition and on-time delivery are the three pillars of our services. We also provide silver ink printing which produces mirror-like effects. Our main purpose is to provide value addition on packaging substrates including paper, PP, PE and PVC sheets by using the process of screen printing. This process involves high deposition of inks on substrates and cannot be replaced by offset, digital and other printing presses. It enables a printer to provide variable microns of coating on an image and this can be achieved only through the offline process.Many printers are equipped with coating machines but supplying high-quality finishing effects to clients is the prime factor for gaining trust and better growth opportunities within a short time frame.”

Speaking about the maintenance of the press unit, Shah says, “We have kept the press unit under controlled conditions to maintain hygiene and for the sake of security. Today, we meet the demands of the electronic, cosmetic and perfume industries with majority of finishing effects in Velvet, Drip, UV and Spot UV. We have plans to go in for the structured expansion of our Vasai plant

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.

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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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