Mumbai’s Technicon India to diversify to packaging

New Technicon solutions at Printpack – Hall9D – Stand H18

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Rajiv Gandotra of Technicon Photo Technicon India
Rajiv Gandotra of Technicon Photo Technicon India

Mumbai-based Technicon is one of India’s leading manufacturers of machines used in newspaper mailrooms. The company which has decided to diversify to manufacturing machines for the packaging industry has already begun by developing its initial products primarily for the folding carton segment.

“We have developed two machines that will automate the post folding gluing stage. Currently, the post-production, that is the stage after the carton is folded and glued, at a convertor’s shopfloor, is mostly manual. With our machines these processes will get automated. At this moment I will not want to divulge more details about the machines. The industry will see these solutions live at the upcoming Printpack 2022,” says Rajiv Gandotra, founder of Technicon India.

Gandotra claims Technicon’s new solutions will help convertors increase the speed of their folder gluers by up to 100% and subsequently achieve higher production and revenue with their existing equipment. These solutions will also enhance labor productivity, he adds.

“For a carton converter, the star of the production chain is the folder gluer. In the case of crash lock bottom cartons, the manual process that is required to invert the cartons due to the difference in thickness between both ends and then pack them into the shipper boxes after the folding and gluing is done, proves to be time consuming and strenuous for the labor. Hence to ease this operation the speed of the folder gluer is reduced. This leads to below optimal productivity and reduced usage of the folder gluer. Our solutions should help solve this issue,” says Gandotra.

“We are putting 25 years of our experience of newspaper mailroom automation into our new packaging post-production automation venture,” he adds.

Why is Technicon diversifying to packaging?

Technicon pretty much manufacturers all types of machines that are used in a newspaper mailroom and there is not much it can develop in this segment. A few years back Gandotra thought of diversifying into something new as the company was reaching a saturation point.

“Diversify is what was the calling from within,” says Gandotra. “So, we thought of developing something new for the packaging machines that would be for the packaging industry. However, I did not push this idea very hard then. However, during the lockdown when our business got hit hard, I decided to finally make the move.”

Gandotra says that Technicon decided to make post-production machines for the packaging segment as this was a natural progression from the company’s main line of business. “We love post-production automation…be it newspapers or our new love, packaging,” he states.

Technicon at Printpack

Technicon will be participating in the Printpack 2022 and will demonstrate these two new machines at the expo. “We will unveil the new machines for the first time for the industry at Printpack India 2022. All the details about the new solutions will be divulged at the expo. Technicon will be at stand H18 in hall 9D,” Gandotra says.

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.

– Naresh Khanna

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