The company invested in its first Bobst kit, a pre-owned die-cutter in 2009. “The die-cutter is running fantastic. Recently, we purchased two India-made folder-gluers in a gap of four months. We were planning to buy a Bobst but customer’s demand for delivery was too tight. We will install a Bobst folder-gluer soon,” Dikshit says.
The company also has manual die-cutters for corrugation production. It produces around four lakh cartons per day in 16 hours production.
Dikshit is a fan of Bobst. He gives an example. “We used to work for a pen manufacturing company which needed window lamination packs. Everything else was easy other than getting rid of the window patch, again lamination without coating. We used the stripping system in Bobst die-cutter to release the window. Our turnaround and delivery time dropped dramatically,” he says, adding, “You cannot go beyond limitations without Bobst.”
Established by Prashant’s father, Yogesh Dikshit in 1982, the print facility is located in a residential plot in the city. Its corrugation unit is, however, in an industrial area on Lucknow-Kanpur highway. “We have constructed around 15,000 sq/ft of the 50,000 sq/ft plot. We are manufacturing A, B and E flute. The plant is 100% dedicated to corrugation and my brother Nishant handles that business,” Dikshit says.
Now, the plan is to shift the entire production under one roof to the industrial area.
According to Dikshit, print enhancement is the new buzzword. “Conventional UV coating is creating a different impact, especially through coating. This has also helped us to grow. We are growing 20 to 25% annually,” he says.
Like Mehrotra, Dikshit also argues that the printing industry cannot grow in Kanpur without other industries setting shop in the neighbourhood. Dikshit, however, feels that the current signs are not positive as the city doesn’t even have airport connectivity.