Selection Scan De Print adds a new RMGT 690 press

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Sanjay Gada and Kumar Savla of Selection Scan De Print with the new RMGT 690
Sanjay Gada and Kumar Savla of Selection Scan De Print with the new RMGT 690

Based in Mumbai’s commercial district of Ghatkopar West, Selection Scan De Print has been a leading commercial offset printer in the area for close to one-and-a-half decades. It has recently added a brand new RMGT 690 4-color press to handle the rising volumes. The press was installed in December 2019, and fully commissioned in January this year. This is the third press at its plant; the print house employs two Ryobi presses as well.

“The volumes that we were handling were growing consistently so we needed another press. Since we were already using two Ryobi presses, it was natural for us to go for RMGT. The growth in volumes in 2018-2019 financial year has been very good after a sluggish 2017-2018,” says Sanjay Gada, director in the company.

The RMGT 6 series are A2-plus size presses with the same advanced functions and features. They feature double-diameter transfer cylinder for stable sheet transport; program inking, an automatic plate changing system; various pre-set devices; and other automation systems to significantly shorten make-ready. The new RMGT 690 was supplied to Selection Scan by Proven Technos, the Indian distributor of RMGT.

Selection Scan specializes in commercial print jobs like posters, calendars, diaries, POPs, files and folders, brochures, leaflets, catalogs and stationery items. Its entire customer base is made up of corporates such as banks, insurance companies and mobile service providers, to name a few.

Apart from a stellar press department, the print house has a fully equipped prepress and postpress section.

Talking about the new press, Gada says that performance has been what he had expected. “We have been very impressed by our two Ryobi presses and now this new RMGT press. The service provided by Provin is very good. However, we would want their engineers to attend to our complaints a little faster. Otherwise we are totally satisfied with our relationship with Provin,” Gada says.

New plant under construction

With the addition of the third press, the space at Selection Scan’s present 10,000 square foot unit is now running short. Keeping the future growth in mind, the company has started construction of a new and significantly bigger plant at the Andheri MIDC.

“The new plant is under construction and would be five times bigger that the one we are operating from at present. We will then have a streamlined operation. The plant is expected to be ready in about one year or so,” Gada shares.

A much bigger plant will make Selection Scan future-ready if it wants to further expand in terms of machinery and even if it wants to diversify into carton printing. Gada informs that there is no plan to immediately start a packaging printing division, but that option is always open.

“Yes, we are very much open to the idea of diversifying into packaging printing. That is why we have planned such a big plant. If we decide to go into packaging it would mean investing in many more machines. And then packaging requires us to have a large inventory of raw material. All this requires space,” Gada argues.

Talking about why the company is looking to moving into packaging, Gada says that it offers high growth prospects.

“Packaging, especially carton packaging, is a fast-growing segment. We are sure we can succeed there as well,” he concludes.

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