Improvements in automated converting drive carton growth

Reliable Packaging plans for post-pandemic growth

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L to R: Vibheesh Nair, Vinish Nair and Vijesh Nair

Delhi NCR-based carton packaging solutions provider Reliable Packaging has witnessed a huge improvement in its carton operations driven by its investment in several Robus post-press equipment, Vibheesh Nair, one of the partners in the company told Packaging South Asia.

Reliable Packaging was started by Vinish Nair in 2007. Soon after, his younger brothers, Vijesh Nair and Vibheesh Nair joined the business. Today, the company is equipped with a fleet of five Heidelberg offset presses – a CD-102 6-color plus coater, an SM-72 6-color coater, a SORM, and two Heidelberg double-color presses. The presses are equipped with drying or curing technology such as UV curing, multi-wave LED, and UV beam curing.

Reliable took a big leap in 2009 when it installed its first interdeck UV curing system in its single-color offset printing machine, done in-house by Vibheesh. “The installation was a huge success producing outstanding results on met-pet sheets and plastic sheets. The diversification was such a big success that Reliable Packaging never had to look back,” Nair says.

The company also has a Technova T9 thermal CtP, with a Glunz and Raptor processor, a Polar 155, a fully automatic dry lamination machine, and the complete fleet of converting machines like an automatic die cutter, an Advance folder gluer, a double-head blanking machine, and an automatic hot foil stamping machine from Robus India.

Reliable Packaging can print and convert a variety of substrates apart from paper, such as PET, PP, PVC, and stiff fabric sheets. With three well equipped plants in Delhi, the company manufactures around 7 million monocartons each month. It provides packaging solutions to brands like Shehnaz Hussain beauty products, Biobeauty, Colorbar, and Alkem Pharmaceuticals.

Automation of carton converting

“In the packaging industry what matters is the right guidance about the machines and fast technical support when needed. The machines sold by Robus India are selected considering the requirements of the Indian market,” says Nair. “The machines supplied by Robus are sturdy and the precision is up to the benchmarks while the support is premium. Our machine operators were trained properly and updated regularly by Robus India.”

Reliable’s partnership with Robus India started in 2016 when it bought an automatic dry lamination machine. In 2019, the company bought a folder gluer, a die cutter, and a double head blanking machine from the same company.

“Investment and return of investment make a big difference to operations. Earlier, if you wanted to buy an automatic die-cutting machine you had to go for either European or Japanese manufacturers. But now we have Robus India providing a vast range of automatic die-cutting machines. We opted for all our post-press machines from them because of their technical support and the return on investment their machines deliver,” Nair argues. 

Investments in 2022 for post-pandemic demand growth

The pandemic may have hurt a lot of industries, however, a large number of companies in the packaging industry have seen their business grow in the last two years. Reliable Packaging too has seen positive demand growth for its cartons. The company is now planning to add more machines this year.

“We are planning to expand our printing capabilities and will add a Heidelberg press. We are also looking to add more post-press equipment from Robus India. This investment is because we want to cater to the growing requirement for cartons after the pandemic,” Nair concludes.

Note — This article is from the February issue of Indian Printer & Publisher which will be posted to readers on 23 January 2022.

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.

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