Delhi based Kuldip Enterprise installs Kongsberg X24 Edge

Kongsberg offers versatility for a wide range of cutting applications

Delhi based Kuldip Enterprise installs Kongsberg X24 Edge
Harbhajan Singh, managing director at Kuldip Enterprise standing with Kongsberg X24 Edge Photo: Arrow Digital

Kuldip Enterprise recently installed the Kongsberg X24 Edge Production Finisher. Kuldip Enterprises, a Delhi-based sign and display manufacturer, provides all types of signage and fabrication to various brands.

Harbhajan Singh, managing director at Kuldip Enterprise, adds, “We are in this industry for more than four decades. We have been working with many corporations for years. We have high-speed printers, but the bottleneck has always been with finishing. Now with jobs that have strict deadlines, your first reaction is to get the fastest printer, and the faster you produce, finishing has to catch up. Here starts the issue, your floors are flooded with printed jobs, but the finishing is done manually or outsourced.” 

“When outsourcing, you cannot control quality, accuracy, or time limits, you are at the mercy of others. This made our decision firm to go for a finisher. We researched and reviewed many finishers in the market, but Kongsberg was way ahead with its performance and speed, and the best part is you can upgrade it on your floor as per future needs.”

Kongsberg upgrades the tooling options for Kuldip Enterprise 

Samir Patel, managing director, and chief executive officer, adds, “The Kongsberg offers versatility for a wide range of cutting applications. Whether your focus is 2D or 3D or packaging, signs or displays with just about any material from vinyl, paperboard, textiles to wood. The Kongsberg is perfect for any job or application. It’s built like a tank, robust and accurate.”

“The Kongsberg features the most famous, rock-solid Kongsberg tabletop construction that will never warp or go out of level, even after decades of heavy use. The rack-and-pinion drive system provides speed, durability, and strength, easily driving through dense/thick materials. Kongsberg X tables can be configured for milling applications ranging from sporadic, light-duty routing to lengthy jobs working with heavy-duty materials, all with record-breaking productivity.”

Patel adds, “The i-cut Production console offers users powerful functionality for signage, display, and packaging production. iPC ensures highly efficient production along with highly accurate print-to-cut registration. The state-of-the-art user interface provides improved usability with its personalized job management operator.”

Harbhajan adds, “Adding Kongsberg is like giving a cushion to your production floor. Adding a Finisher gives us the ability to be more creative and think out of the box without the constraints of additional outsourcing costs or manual intervention. The Kongsberg X24 is an extremely robust machine that would last well into the future and would provide the ability to upgrade tooling options as we grow the business into different markets.” 

“Knowing well that Arrow Digital is supporting this platform gives us a huge sense of comfort, as they are always creating innovative applications with print and cut in their demo center, helping our operators with hands-on training anytime. We have been associated with Arrow Digital since the first Vutek many years ago.”


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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