GM Offset orders new Komori machines

A printers printer keeps adding sheetfed multicolor capacity

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GM Offset
(L-R) Govind Arora and Jasgur Singh with the Komori Enthrone 426/122. Photo IPP

Established in 2011 with two second-hand Dominant presses, GM Offset is well-known today to printers and print customers in the Delhi-NCR and even further afield. Situated in the printing hub of Patparganj on the eastern side of Delhi, GM does a lot of work for other printers who need to outsource their work to him because of his quality and efficiency. The company works for approximately 400 to 500 printers, with his ability to gang up jobs and fully responsively utilize digital tools.

As it has become increasingly established, GM Offset has moved into a self-owned building and works across a considerable 18,000 square feed space, including three adjoining buildings. Over the past ten years, the aggressive job printer has installed five Komori multicolor presses. An Enthrone 429/110 in 2013, another 426/122 was acquired in 2016, an Enthrone 429/291 and an Enthrone 426/127 were acquired in 2017, and a GL437/2016 was installed in 2019.

According to GM Offset’s owner, Govind Arora, he relies on Komori for its excellent service support and the strong relationship built over the past seven years. He is pleased with the fast make-readies that enable his business to be viable.

Apart from the Komori multicolor presses, Arora has good finishing and binding capabilities with a Welbound 6-clamp perfect binder, four lamination machines, two semi-automatic die-cutting machines from Friends Engineering in Amritsar, and a batter of six Polar guillotines. The expansion plans include a coater from Alpna and some lamination machines.

Arora says, he has had a fantastic experience with the Welbound and Polar machines and praises their engineers and technicians for their excellent service. He also takes the trouble to relate the harrowing experience that he recently had after purchasing a spot UV machine. The commercial printer also has Hybrid UV coaters machines from Alpna Visual Packaging Aids.

GM Offset work includes the full variety of commercial printing – magazines, brochures, visiting cards, calendars, posters, and hard-bound books while producing monocartons for packaging. It has many premium brands in its kitty such as Benign, Hira Sweets, Jaguar bath fittings, Havells, and Dulux paints through outsourced work from printers in Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana.

Although Arora is growing, he laments the reluctance of print buyers and even fellow printers to take into account the increases in prices of materials and to increase rates. “While machines and clients are going up, printing rates are coming down due to competition,” Arora complains to Indian Printer and Publisher. “While this results in cost benefits for end-users, printers suffer. Printers should, thus, establish common rates for print jobs for the betterment of the entire printing community,” he asserts.

GM Offset has grown even faster since Arora’s son Jasgur Singh, a Computer Science graduate, joined the business two years ago in 2021. The company is always loaded with pre-bookings ranging from 3-18 days depending on the job inflow. The owners say that there is no real lull or bad season for production as their peak season continues throughout the 12 months of the year.

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