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.

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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