Ravindra Reddy J of SD Packaging said, “We have installed the folder-gluer to speed up post-press, for accuracy in pasting, and for doing different applications like four-corner sweet boxes, CD covers and catch covers.”
Reddy, who believes that both printing and pasting are equally important, said he visited two packaging printing facilities in Hyderabad who are using DGM folder gluer before finalising the folder-gluer. “The visits were really helpful in finalising the machine,” he said.
SD Packaging was established in 2018 with all new equipment — from pre-press to post-press, including an eight-up Kodak Trendsetter and software, an RMGT five-colour with online coater 25x36-inches press and in post-press, Maxim die-cutter and DGM folder-gluer. “Few months back we converted our facility to a UV-enabled press,” he added.
Reddy joined his family business in 2001 after completion of his MBA to help his father J Dhanam Reddy. The senior Reddy established the printing business in 1985 as a commercial and books printing centre called Sunita Art Printers.
Reddy said, “We were in commercial and books printing and the segment became too competitive, so we started a new company and set up a new facility to cater the packaging printing. Right now, around 40 people work in 12,000-sq ft facility in two shifts of eight hours. In the coming few months, we will be expanding our constructed part of the facility. We are converting around 100 tonnes of paper and board per month for the moment.”
He added, “We realise that packaging is a segment where multiple presentations for a single product is possible and that gives ample scope for a printer. We convert around 25,000 (minimum) sheets per job.”
On the future, he said the company is working to provide primary packaging for its existing customers in the next six months and is planning to invest in a few crore of rupees in the near future.