Arya Sons installs Komori Enthrone 429 in Bawana

Plans a Scodix Ultra digital press in September

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Arya Sons installs Komori Enthrone 429 in Bawana
Jitender Kumar with the newly installed Komori Enthrone 429 press. Photo IPP

Bawana-based Arya Sons recently installed a 4-color Komori Enthrone 29 press, making it the company’s first capital investment in a brand new press. The Enthrone 29 is a 20 x 29 inch press with speeds up to 13,000 sheets per hour. In addition to the above, the company has two used 5-color Heidelberg presses —SM 72 and SM102—which were installed in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and two double-color Heidelberg presses. “I wanted to engage my 5-color presses more on metallized printing. So this is one of the reasons why I invested in the 4-color brand new Komori,” says Jitender Kumar of Arya Sons.

Kumar is a veteran in the print industry who joined his father to set up a small plant in 1987 with a used varnish machine to cater to clients in the segments of spare parts, liquor, playing cards, etc. “The varnish machine was the first equipment we had ever bought,” reminisces Kumar nostalgically. Interestingly, although he started his career by catering to liquor companies, today he refrains from catering to any product that are considered a health hazard.

Kumar started the Bawana plant in 2011 with a business partner. However, in 2013, his partner parted ways and Kumar bought his first printing press—a 5-color Heidelberg SM72—followed by another two years later. “The demand increased over time and the company started adding more clients owing to its capability of producing better quality and making timely delivery. Eventually, we have become a well-known printer in this area. With the new Komori running, our productivity has doubled,” shares Kumar. According to Kumar, Arya Sons prints about 40,000 sheets every day. Today, the company prints all kinds of commercial jobs such as banners, posters, books, magazines, wedding cards, etc. as well as prints for packaging and pharma companies.

In addition to the Enthrone 29, the company has also invested in a plate punching machine from Noida-based Rado Packaging Machines. “By September 2017, we plan to install a Scodix Ultra digital press for embellishment and value-added printing,” says Kumar. The company has a host of semi-automatic and fully automatic screen printing machines and varnish machines to cater to its discerning clientele.

In 2016, Arya Sons set up its own prepress unit powered by a Kodak Trendsetter CtP and an Epson SureColor P7000 proofer. The company consumes around 80 Kodak plates daily.

“We have been witnessing healthy growth over the years. The biggest challenge in the printing industry today is not job orders; it’s is in fact the scarcity of skilled labor and supervisors. If you look at our industry, the supervisors are basically skilled labor who have spent a longer time with the owner. He is neither highly qualified nor has any leadership skills. The owners have no choice but to rely on them because hardly ever a educated employee wants to join a printing press,” concludes Kumar.

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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1 COMMENT

  1. I want to print metalized printing on 300gsm with us hybrid on it.
    Sizes are 25 x 30; and 20 x 30 inches.
    I am a reseller. Contact with me this no: 7500880661

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