According to Sachin Jain of Deep Trading, the company went for the 37-inches four-colour press because of its robust built and higher pile size. “The higher pile size gives us the option to insert around 2,000 sheets of paper,” he said.
This is the company’s second Komori. The first, a Komori LA 437, was installed in 2013. Jain said the company decided on another Komori because the machine delivers faster print production. “Today, the market demands the complete book the next day of submitting the artwork. While printing quality remains standard across board, the turnaround time becomes the real differentiator,” he added.
Deep Trading was started by Pramod Kumar Jain in 1990, which he now runs with his three sons, Deepak, Sachin and Saurabh.
The company, which started with manufacturing accounts stationery under the brand Deepak, ventured into publishing around five years back. Today, it has three imprints for children’s books —Blue Sky Books International; Green Books and Yellow Bird Publications. The company also produces diaries and other stationery items.
On an average it produces 18,000 dairies; 35,000 books and a large amount of stationery items, and converts around 13-tonnes of paper per day.
Beside the Komori, the shopfloor also houses printing presses from Heidelberg and KBA. There are three programmable cutting machines and three paper-folding machines (two MBO and one Stahl), and a pre-owned hardcase-maker from Kolbus and a flowline from Muller Martini.
Currently, the pre-press work is outsourced, but Jain said the company is planning to invest in a CTP. “Most of our jobs are long-run and repetitive. So plate consumption is less. However, we will be investing in a CTP next year for seamless production in-house,” he added.
Jain concluded that by adding the new press, the company has been able to convert four more tonnes of paper per day. “Our total conversion of paper has reached to 13-tonnes per day from earlier nine-tonnes per day,” he concluded.