Parksons Packaging orders four Rapida 106 presses

Biggest Indian order is for latest Black presses

Parksons Packaging
Ramesh Kejriwal (2nd from left) ordered four Rapida 106 presses from Koenig & Bauer. During a visit to the manufacturing plant, he was happy to pose with senior sales manager Bhupinder Sethi and Global senior sales director Dietmar Heyduck from Koenig & Bauer, as well as Aditya Surana, managing director of sales partner Indo Polygraph Machinery (left to right), in front of a press from the 106 series Photo K&B

A press release from Koenig & Bauer dated 3 August 2022 recounts that, Parksons Packaging has been one of India’s most prominent Rapida users with more than 100 printing and finishing units in use at the eight production plants operated by the packaging group. In addition, Parksons Packaging recently concluded the biggest single order by an Indian customer and is investing in four high-performance Rapida 106 presses that are well configured. For the most part these are 6-color coater presses, according to the press release which says they comprise a total of 29 printing and finishing units. These will, be deployed in the several production locations of the company spread across the Indian subcontinent – three in this financial year, and the fourth in FY 2023-24.

One of the four presses – a Rapida 106 7-color plus coater press – has already been installed at the Rajpura plant in the northern Indian state of Punjab (in the acquired Manohar Packaging plant). The second is currently en route to Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The third press has been earmarked for shipment in December and the fourth by April next year.

Packaging print in medium and half formats

Come April 2023, Parksons Packaging will have installed and commissioned 17 sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer, mainly in medium format, but with one also in half format (maximum sheet size 530 × 750 mm). That adds up to more than 130 printing and finishing units.

Even apart from the latest press investments, Parksons Packaging is on a clear growth trajectory. At the end of last year, the group acquired Manohar Packagings, a specialist producer of packaging for alcoholic beverages with plants in Goa and Rajpura. This now puts eight production facilities at Parksons’ disposal in seven different locations – in Rudrapur, Chakan, Daman, Goa, Rajpura, Sri City and Guwahati.

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