Radhe Print Solutions – adding efficiencies in commercial print

Mumbai printer adds creasing & 5-color coater offset

Karshan Dubariya of Radhe Print Solutions with Bacciottini Pit Stop creasing machine
Karshan Dubariya of Radhe Print Solutions with Bacciottini Pit Stop creasing machine

Radhe Print Solutions is a commercial and book printer in Mumbai’s Andheri East. The business runs three sheetfed offset presses – a double-color Heidelberg, a 5-color Komori, and a 5-color Ryobi. The company recently installed a new creasing machine supplied by Hi-Tech Systems in its binding and finishing department. Radhe Print has also bought another press, a pre-owned Komori, that is expected to arrive at the city’s port by end of this month.

“We are happy with the Bacciottini Pit Stop DG Line Touch creasing and perforating machine that was recently added. This is the second post-press machine that we have bought from Hi-Tech Systems. A couple of years ago we also bought a wiro-binding machine from them,” says the owner of Radhe Print Solutions, Karshan Dubariya.

The DG Line Touch is a suction-fed automatic creasing and perforation machine with a 2-inch pile feeder. The format is adapted to digital, offset printed sheets and also for book covers with extension. A standard perforating kit that can be programmed directly from the display can also be attached to the DG Line. The machine has a 7-inch color touch screen display and can be operated at speeds up to 8,000 sheets an hour. 

The print business was established about a decade ago to provide several types of commercial and book printing services. While 40% of its customers come directly for their print needs, the remaining customers are brought in by Mumbai’s legendary network of canvassers or print brokers. Altogether, the company processes about 150 tons of paper each month, in its 6,000 square foot MIDC industrial space in Andheri. 

Karshan Dubariya with the existing 5-color Komori press at Radhe Print Solutions in Mumbai Photo IPP

Dubariya says that the pre-owned Komori 5-color plus coater offset press that is expected to arrive at the unit soon, is of 2010 vintage, and being a well-configured machine should add considerably to the company’s high-value capacity. “It is a fully loaded press and we are importing it from Europe. Expected to arrive in two weeks, this press will further strengthen our printing capabilities,” he says.

Future plans and current fine-tuning of assets

While Radhe Print Solutions has plans to expand its operations, the availability of adequate space is a major challenge. “We have plans to expand into packaging and may also look at venturing into digital printing. All those plans depend on the availability of space. There are options of moving to areas like Bhiwandi but we do not want to venture out of the Mumbai city limits at this moment,” Dubariya explains.

At present, the company is focusing on improving operational efficiencies and reducing wastage. It recently hired an HR consultant and in the coming months will add software tools to improve its workflow so that operations can be tweaked to become much more efficient. “A major focus area for us is wastage reduction and we will deploy all available tools to make sure we cut down waste. Also, manpower management is another focus area. We have begun by hiring an HR consultant. Basically, the aim is to become a professionally run company,” Dubariya says.

A less impactful Covid wave

The latest Covid wave has again created uncertainties in the print market but Dubariya is confident there won’t be any adverse material impact on the ground. “Yes, there are some concerns but I am confident both Radhe Print Solutions and that the print industry will come out unscathed from this wave. In fact, my company has done very well this financial year and we hope to end the year on a strong note,” he concludes.

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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