Kolhapur’s Sigmarq Technologies to debut at Printpack 2019

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Sigmarq Technologies
Sigmarq Technologies assembly shop

Kolhapur-based web offset press manufacturer Sigmarq Technologies will be participating for the first time at the upcoming Printpack 2019. Situated in the Five Star MIDC, about 30-minute drive from the city of Kolhapur, Sigmarq has been making a mark for itself in the web offset industry. Managed by two veterans of the industry, Rajesh Ghorpade and Pradeep Shirale, the young company now caters to some of the well-known names in the newspaper industry.

At Printpack, the company will be displaying its flagship product Crusader towers along with its accessories like motorized ink zone control system and sneak type webbing up system. However, there will be no live demonstrations, Ghorpade says.

“Since this is our first Printpack exhibition, we wish to meet all interested parties. It is the biggest show in India which carries its legacy as authenticity, so it is an important show for us,” he adds.

Sigmarq achieved success with its autopasters and progressed to making towers and folders in 2012. In 2014, it launched the Crusader brand of towers. Some other customers that Sigmarq caters to are Ennadu, Gujarat Mitra, Malayala Manorama, and Daily Thanthi, among others.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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