Parksons orders four Rapida presses

Parksons Packaging recently invested in four high-performance Rapida 106 presses for the extended medium format. The presses — for the most part six-colour coater presses, comprising a total of 29 printing and finishing units — will be used in several production locations spread across the Indian subcontinent.

05 Aug 2022 | By Rahul Kumar

Ramesh Kejriwal (second from left) of Parksons Packaging with senior sales manager Bhupinder Sethi and Global senior sales director Dietmar Heyduck from Koenig & Bauer, and Aditya Surana, of Indo Poly

Parksons has been one of India’s most prominent Rapida users. More than 100 printing and finishing units are in use at the eight production plants operated by the packaging group. And more are now joining that number.

One of the four presses — a Rapida 106 seven-colour coater press — has already been installed at the Rajpura plant in Punjab. The second is currently en route to Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The third press has been earmarked for shipment in December and the fourth by April next year. 

Come April 2023, Parksons Packaging will have installed and commissioned 17 sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer, mainly in medium format, but with one also in half format (maximum sheet format 530×750-mm). That adds up to more than 130 printing and finishing units.

Besides the latest press investments, Parksons Packaging is on a clear growth trajectory. At the end of last year, the group acquired Manohar Packagings, a specialist producer of packaging for alcoholic beverages with plants in Goa and Rajpura. This now puts eight production facilities at Parksons’ disposal in seven different locations — in Rudrapur, Chakan, Daman, Goa, Rajpura, Sri City and Guwahati. 

Aditya Surana of Indo Polygraph Machinery, the Indian sales partner for Koenig & Bauer, said, “We are extremely delighted by this order. It is an absolute honour to be associated with Parksons Packaging. Soon, more than 130 Rapida printing units will be in production at Parksons Packaging. We are thankful to Parksons for their continued support and faith in the K&B Rapida technology.”

He added, “These four presses will be our new generation Black Rapida Models and with their further enhanced features will definitely be a huge success at Parksons. We are sure and optimistic that our strong relationship with Parksons will only grow stronger in the future.”