Close on the heels of an Esko Kongsberg V20 sample-maker installation, India’s first, Parksons Packaging has embarked on expanding its infrastructure with investment in a slew of new offset presses.
The Mumbai-based packaging converter has signed up with KBA, Heidelberg and Komori for installation of four highly configured offset presses. This is also part of the overall upgradation which Parksons is implementing at its Daman facility with the replacement of existing two six colour presses.
The order with KBA is for an eight-colour and a seven-colour Rapida press , both with coater. The first Rapida is scheduled to arrive at around the turn of the year and the second in the first quarter of 2015. The eight-colour sheetfed press is planned to go live at Parksons’ plant in Pantnagar. It will join an existing six-colour Rapida 105 with coater. The almost identically configured seven-colour press will be installed at their plant in Daman next to an existing six-colour Rapida and a six-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters already in operation..
An additional six-colour Rapida is in operation at the company’s site in Chakan.
At its three sites in Daman, Rudrapur and Chakan, the company predominantly produces packaging for the FMCG industry, food and beverages, and the healthcare industry.
Heidelberg’s CX 102 six colour press, the first-ever in India is expected to be installed Parksons’ Daman unit.
The addition of the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102 will make it the seventh Heidelberg press for the company. The CX press is based on the technology of XL class with the tried and tested cylinder configuration of Speedmaster CD 102 and will be installed at their Daman unit.
With production speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, the Speedmaster CX 102 can handle a broad spectrum of packaging substrates from thin plastic to bending-resistant cardboard. The highlight of Parksons Speedmaster CX 102 is its ‘Prinect Inpress Control’ measuring system.
Also, Insight has informed PrintWeek India that Parksons has ordered a brand new Lithrone six colour plus coater press which will be supplied in the second half of financial year 2014-15.