Ronald Web Offset at PrintPack India

Solutions for the paper bag industry

Ronald Web Offset
(Middle) Adithya Gupta, director at Ronald Web Offset with his team showcases Ronald 450 paper carry bag manufacturing machine at PrintPack India 2022. Photo IPP

Faridabad-based Ronald Web Offset is an in-house manufacturer of paper carry bags since the pandemic year 2021. It brings a total solution for square bottom paper carry bags, showcasing the Ronald 450 and 360 machine at PrintPack India 2022.

Ronald Web Offset provides a comprehensive solution for creating paper bags in-house, from printing to pasting, and fastening of handles. There are various Chinese machines available in the market for creating paper bags, but what makes Ronald stand apart is its make-in-India machinery. The firm gives competition to Chinese manufacturers. In terms of costs, both Chinese and Indian machines are comparable. However, Ronald claims its equipment offers excellent service and response times. Indian clients are increasingly opting for locally produced machines,” says Adithya Gupta, director of Ronald Web Offset.

The company uses Pidilite adhesives for pasting the carry bags, while also sourcing adhesives from local Delhi vendors. Ronald sold three machines – two in Kerala and one in Sonipat till the fourth day of PrintPack. It also manufactures the V-bottom paper carry bag machines – two of these machines are installed in Rajkot and Mumbai, respectively.

When it comes to the visitor response at Printpack, Gupta adds that the number of visitors is much more significant than in the last edition. “From our perspective, the expo has been a huge success,” he exclaims.

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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