The full UV press will enable the Rs 300-crore Jash Group, comprising of corrugation, mono cartons and flexible printing business lines, to up its present conversion of 1,500 tonnes of paperboard per month to 2,100 tonnes per month once the machine is pressed into full production. The company also converts 4,000 tonnes of craft paper per month in its corrugation plant.
Ravindra Patel, proprietor of Jash, said, the configuration installed is perhaps a unique configuration among brand new machines coming into the Indian market. “The features like TripleFlow inking unit and the transfer mechanism, the ability to run 1mm stock thickness, and a press that is ready for retrofitting of the inline foiler among others, will help us stay ahead of the competition,” said Patel.
Jash was established in 1972 by Patel’s father Jashbhai and a partner, as a small-scale manufacturer of sunboard material. In 1991, Patel joined the business, after the partnership was dissolved, adding manufacturing of corrugated sheet to its business, in a rented place. In 2012, the company entered offset printing business producing mono cartons using pre-owned five-colour and coater.
Patel said, “We have been running used machines so far, and have realised that though they are economical than brand new machines, they lack the features needed in present times, where reliability and productivity have become the norm.”
Jash has three automatic imported corrugator plants, besides five multi-colour offset presses. All the printing and corrugator machines are supported by a battery of post-press machines including fully automatic die-cutters and folder-gluers for both corrugation and mono cartons.