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Kolkata's RG Printers expands its garment printing capacity

02 June 2017

Kolkata-based RG Printers installed its fourth Grafica automatic DTG (direct to garment) screen printing machine at its 30,000sq/ft facility.

untitled-9 R G Printers installed its fourth Grafica automatic DTG screen printing machine at its 30,000sq/ft facility

With this investment R G Printers now has a capacity to print 20,000 pieces of10-colour jobs of size up to 30x40-inches on a daily basis. It also has manual screen printing set-up to print another 5,000 pieces of six-colour jobs on a daily basis. About 50% of their jobs comes from exporters and rest for the domestic market.

The founder of RG Printers, Swapan Roy is a graphic designer by profession with over 25 years of experience in designing and printing. He used to make hand painted banners and outdoor display boards since 1989. He ventured into garment printing business in 2001 with a single 16-feet long table having capacity to print 400-500 t-shirts per day.

Arindam Roy, son of Swapan Roy has joined the family business after completing MBA and a course in designing. He feels that in garment printing “digital printing is like fast food. If you want small quantity jobs to be done quickly go for digital. On the other hand if you want to print quality jobs then screen printing is the only way. With screen printing one can also do lot of value-addition such as foil and glitter."

Swapan’s Roy wife Renuka Roy, who looks after the admin and customer care department at RG Printers feels that “customers want us to experiment on colours, designs, value addition and special effects. Before we decided to opt for complete automation, we had huge set up of manual screen printing. It being a labour intensive activity, I personally realised the gravity of the problems. So I encouraged my husband when he was planning to buy an automatic machine. Initially he was a little hesitant to invest in automation Having seen the Grafica machine at a print exhibition in Kolkata, I told him ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s give automation a try.’ Our joint decision turned out to be a success and our business started moving on growth path due to quality improvement, increase in production capacity and delivery commitment.”

Renuka who joined her husband’s business after marriage was also the recipient of Women Entrepreneur in Screen Printing award during Screen Print India 2016. She makes it a point to visit major garment and print exhibitions with her husband.

Swapan Roy said, “We have invested in four machines in a bid to revamp our manual screen printing facility. In garment printing, manual printing is very rampant although it is labour intensive. Some of the assured benefits of automation are improvement in quality, faster and hassle free production, photorealistic image reproduction, multi-colour printing, wider scope for creativity in terms of the print designs, and reduction in overall wastage.”

Capability and capacity to print high quality jobs with delivery commitment at a competitive price is the USP at RG Printers.

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