Nextgen installs 7-color KBA Rapida 105 press at Howrah plant

Eastern India market for packaging revs up

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Nextgen installs 7-color KBA Rapida 105 press at Howrah plant
KBA Rapida 105 press

The KBA Rapida 105 installed at the Howrah plant is an interdeck press with end-of-line dryer with speeds up to16,000 sheets per hour. The press has shaftless drives, which means individual printing towers and cylinders are driven by dedicated AC servo motors. “Because of the servo motors, the makeready is faster and is very user-friendly,” says Khandelwal. With a maximum sheet format size of 720 x 1050 mm, the Rapida 105 can print on paper, cards, films as well as corrugated boards, thanks to its low-curvature sheet path. The special air-cushioned sheet transport through the printing units and delivery provides for gentle handling and exact pile formation. It is thus possible to print at full speed even when working with more sensitive materials.

“We invested in this press because UV was one of our main concerns and this press fulfils all our requirements,” says Khandelwal. Nextgen produces monocartons, window-patched boxes, blister cards, hard boxes as well as erected cartons. “On this multi-color press, we print UV drip effects, textures as well as conventional jobs on various substrates.” The company lays great emphasis and focus on its R&D and has always come up with value additions and new innovations for its customers. Khandelwal says that R&D is at the heart of the company and this is what keeps them ahead in the market. “It is because of our new innovations and unique value addition capabilities that keep customers from all over India coming to us for business,” he emphasizes. He, however, says that the market in Kolkata is rather hard to crack since most customers have a perception that quality work can only be delivered by packaging companies from big cities of India rather than Kolkata. “Nonetheless, I am quite optimistic that their perception will change soon and people here will start believing in the talent and expertise of next-door companies like us,” he states.

Nextgen lays great emphasis and focus on its R&D and has always come up with value additions and new innovations for its customers

Nextgen’s brand new plant at Howrah started production in 2015. However, the plant will be fully operational by April 2017 as a couple of other equipment are still to be installed in a phased manner. Spread on a built-up area of about 70,000 sq. ft., the plant also houses a fluted carton unit, which is powered by a Paktek laminator, a Bobst punching machine as well as two flexo presses—single and two color. The volume conversion of the Howrah plant at present is about 300 tons of paper and paper boards per month.

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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