Nageen PrintPack in Meerut to add automated corrugation plant

Publishing, print, and converting – growth and sustainability

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Vatsal Jain, director, Nageen Group. Photo IPP

The family-owned Nageen Group in Meerut is currently managed by its second and third generations with Mohit Jain as the managing director and his son Vatsal Jain as the director. According to them, Nageen Print-Pack is the group’s most important component, while Nageen Prakashan, Nageen Edtech, Chota Kingdom, Nageen Art Gallery, and Mittimate are its other subsidiaries.

Now a subsidiary of Nageen Group, Nageen Prakashan was established in 1966 by Nageen Chand Jain. The firm evolved from printing and publishing to packaging. It publishes textbooks for the state board of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, ISC, ICSE, CBSE, and other boards, as well as polytechnic and competitive entrance exams. It has published books in practically every field, including science, commerce, humanities, drawing, and painting. Its competitive entrance test books are designed to meet the demands of students preparing for engineering and medical entrance examinations, including the JEE, NEET, UPSEE, and other competitive exams.

Nageen Print Pack started in 2020 in Salarpur in Meerut is a state-of-the-art printer and packaging converter. With experienced personnel, good technology, several well-configured multicolor offset presses, screen printing, and special effects including spot UV and embossing it produces monocartons, corrugated and rigid boxes, and promotional POP standees.

Nageen’s director Vatsal Jain, says, “Our 4-color, 6-color, and 10-color offset presses, as well as screen printing equipment, are well-maintained at our facility. With these machines, we can print metallics, Pantone spot colors, UV and drip-off coatings, and many special effects.”

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Press Line 578mm cut-off 4+4 color.
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With designing to postpress facilities in-house, the company uses CAD software and a Kongsberg sample maker for carton and die designs. And for its offset plate production, it uses Kodak Q800 and Cron CtPs. In the pressroom, it has two sheetfed Komori Lithrone 4-color presses, a 4-color Sakurai, a 10-color Heidelberg SM102, and a 6-color Planeta Super Variant. Its web offset presses include a Press Line 578mm cut-off 4+4 color, a Press Line 508mm cut-off 2+2 color, and an Accurate 578mm cut-off 4+4 press. 

New converting equipment purchased at Printpack

In finishing and converting there are machines for folding, laminating, die-cutting, hot foil stamping, embossing, folding-gluing, book-binding, and trimming. At the recently PrintPack India in Greater Noida, Nageen purchased an SGFM-1450 eFlute laminator from Sodhisons and two Bobst machines – a Novacut 106 E die-cutter and an Expertfold 110 A2 folder gluer. Nageen also plans to install a fully automatic corrugation plant at the same plant.

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New Bobst Novacut 106 E die-cutter installed at Nageen Group.
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While the primary focus is printing on a variety of substrates, the company wants to enter digital printing and also work towards sustainability. Jain explains, “Upcoming packaging trends aim at sustainability, and we are also working towards this. Every time we work on something new, we look at its sustainability so that it will not produce any pollution and the material used should be recyclable and reusable. We are using materials that do not harm the environment.”

Commenting about the Covid-19 pandemic, Jain comments, “The printing industry has seen a setback, and many publishers have diversified into the packaging vertical. We also diversified our business in 2020 into packaging, but as we have seen, the black clouds never stuck in our heads. The crisis is now vanishing, and we all are seeing a ray of hope. PrintPack, which happened after a long gap was successfully organized. Many printers were elated and took part to advance their business prospects.”

Nageen Edtech

The company’s ed-tech subsidiary makes educational toys and games for introductory and kindergarten classes. The Chota Kingdom brand consists of wooden, DIY, and brain teaser toys. Puzzles, MDF (medium-density fiberboard) toys, board games, and model construction, are all made of paper under the Mittimate brand. 

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Ship – MDF (medium density fiberboard) toy under the Nageen Edtech.
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Jain says, “The toys we are making for the Montessori students are having a huge impact on their learning new things quickly and efficiently. Our long experience in the education sector has taught us how children learn about their environment and pass on general information. The toys and board games urge them to think critically and the DIY models motivate their creativity.”

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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