EssCee Enterprises: State-of-the-art print and packaging in Bengaluru

An integrated commercial print and carton plant in Bengaluru

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KR Chandrashekar with the RMGT 790 6-color plus coater that was installed at EssCee Enterprises in February 2017. Photo PSA
KR Chandrashekar with the RMGT 790 6-color plus coater that was installed at EssCee Enterprises in February 2017. Photo PSA

Bengaluru-based EssCee Enterprises was established by BV Shashidhar and KR Chandrashekar in 1999. The journey started with one lamination machine to cater to the printers in Bengaluru. In 2003, the company bought its first printing machine, a used 2-color Heidelberg, which started EssCee’s journey as a mainstream printer in the city. Over the years, EssCee kept adding more finishing equipment in its first printing and packaging plant located in Rajajinagar Industrial Town. The partners added finishing equipment for diecutting and pasting folding cartons, following which they realized the need for a bigger working space and opted for a 60,000 square feet space in Bengaluru’s Peenya Industrial Town.

EssCee Enterprises specializes in the supply of cartons, books, catalogs, leaflets, brochures, calendars, visual aids, paper carry bags, posters, danglers, labels, writing pads, and many other printing requirements of the industry. It is an integrated offset commercial printer and converter of cartons.

We met Shashidhar and Chandrashekar at their Peenya unit and were awestruck to witness the design aesthetics and cleanliness of the unit. Chandrashekar gave us a tour of the plant, which was nothing short of a visual delight. The company has a vast range of equipment to cater to all types of sophisticated printing and packaging. The printing machines include a brand new RMGT 790 6-color plus coater that was installed at the plant in February 2017. Although the new press is UV-ready, it has been quite loaded with work since installation and it may require a breathing spell when the partners decide to actually upgrade it with the UV cassettes.

The plant also has a used Heidelberg 5-color with coater, a used Mitsubishi 4-color press and three used Bobst diecutters (a Bobst SP 104-E and two Bobst SP 102 E autoplaten diecutters). In addition there are two Heidelberg foiling machines, a Proteck cutting machine, two Robocut cutting machines, a bookbinding machine from Muller Martini, a board to board pasting machine, Screen CtP machine, a Horizon perfect binding machine, a Shoei Star paper folding machine, a stitching machine, a window patching machine, etc.

The Bobst SP 104-E autoplaten diecutter at EssCee Enterprises. Photo PSA
The Bobst SP 104-E autoplaten diecutter at EssCee Enterprises. Photo PSA

New Bobst Ambition folder-gluer

In November, EssCee booked a Bobst Ambition folder-gluer, which will be installed at its Peenya unit in the coming month. In addition, the company also plans to install an inspection machine and is considering some options for the same.

“Our relentless ambition, foresight and policy to sustain a competitive edge in the world of printing at all times, has helped us grow at par with the printing industry as a whole. In order to bolster our capacity, we keep adding newer machines and today we have a complete in-house infrastructure to practically meet any printing and packaging requirement,” says Chandrashekar.

“We cater to high-quality printing requirements of our customers worldwide. Our company offers a one-stop fully integrated solution in printing and packaging with focus on quality and customer satisfaction. This has helped us to build and strengthen our customer relationships,” adds Shashidhar.

Equipped with the most advanced facilities and having a penchant for state-of-the-art technology, the partners have developed the capacity to handle any job work in printing and its allied processes.

“We have customers coming to us with their specific requirements and we have the know-how to cater to their customized needs with different styles of packaging. This has not only helped us to build our customer base but also stand tall in the face of tough competition,” shares Chandrashekar.

EssCee currently has a workforce of 200 people, who are periodically trained to stay abreast with latest technology. Chandrashekar and Shashidhar soon plan to add another 30,000 square feet to the existing facilities and also increase the work force to 300 employees within the next year. An ISO 9001:2008 certified company, periodical audits are conducted at each of EssCee’s facilities to check quality objectives like waste reduction through strategic planning resulting in lower manufacturing costs, employing emerging technologies to achieve superior production, while frequent training and updating motivates the work force to produce world-class products.

The company has a total conversion capacity of about 300 tons of board each month and an output capacity of 12,00,000 cartons a day.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

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.

– Naresh Khanna

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