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.