Pratham sells Folding System to a Russian company

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Pratham sells Folding System to a Russian company

Pratham Technologies Pvt Ltd. the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical leaflet folding machine recently dispatched its 12 fold paper folding machine with accessories to M/s MGK Ltd, St Petersburg, Russia. The accessories consist of 6 fold cross fold machine, parallel knife machine, taping machine and vertical stacker. This is the first time Pratham has exported an integrated folding system.

12 Fold folding machine is a pile feeder machine for 450mm wide and 750 mm long papers. It is specially designed for thin bible papers from 28 gsm to 40 gsm. However, the folding machine is suitable for all types of papers like maplitho, coated and 40 gsm to 150 gsm bible papers. Pile feeder is a high speed feeder where the vacuum drum takes one paper at a time and is aligned through a side lay before it is fed to the folding machine. The machine is equipped with a double sheet detector and the sheets are ejected before they are fed to the folding machine. A double sheet sensor is a non contact ultrasonic sensor.

Rollers of the machine are made of PU and metal combination. This improves the roller’s life and avoids generation of static electricity in the paper. The gap between 2 rollers is set by a calliper. Folding trays are made of Stainless Steel.

“World class from India is our mission and we are careful at each stage of manufacturing. We do not allow the wrong material to go to the next process,” said Mr. Deshpande, the chairman of the company.
“That is why our machines are reliable and durable. Our machines are user friendly, easy to maintain and suitable for domestic as well as overseas use. Pratham has sold 11 taping machines which are working at a speed of 12000 papers per hour,” he said.

Pratham started making folding machines in 1992. The first version was a table top folding machine. In 25 years they kept innovating and have manufactured 18 fold machines. You can continue reading to learn about their manufactured accessories like cross folding machine, parallel knifes, pressing machine, stackers, taping machines, vision inspection systems, diverters, mailing systems, folder attachment to cartoning machines, etc. They export their machines to Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. They are planning to explore markets in USA, South America and Canada soon.

They have a range of folding machines from small friction feeder 4 fold machines to large round pile feeder 18 fold machines. Their accessories like parallel knife, taping etc are compatible with other outserts machines. They have also developed electronic tracking system which avoids interruption in the flow of papers. This avoids paper jam and saves papers and machine from damage. The demand for higher version machines is steadily increasing.

Financial Year 2016-17 has been good for the company. Looking at the orders and enquiries in hand they hope to improve the results in this year as well. The company is looking for steady and step by step growth with niche products which give exceptional value to customers.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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