Jaipur: in the pink of health

With key installations and expansion plans, Jaipur is emerging as a print hub, reports Rahul Kumar

29 Mar 2012 | By Rahul Kumar

Navpack and Print adds a Stahl folder TI-52 as part of press setup process 
Navpack & Print, which installed a four-colour Heidelberg SM 74, a Suprasetter A 75 CTP and a Polar 115XC at the start-up in 2010 has followed up the purchases by adding a Stahl folder TI 52. Harsh Chaudhary, director, Navpack & Print, said, “Being a new printing facility, we are just getting up to speed with the requirement of a full-fledged print plant. This installation is a part of that phase. This folder is equipped with convincing flexibility, folding quality and productivity and provides solution for all folding jobs in the format of 20x28 inches.”

The firm prints books, magazines, brochures and marketing collaterals among other commercial jobs catering to clients belonging to their state, Rajasthan, as well as Delhi and Mumbai.
Some parts of post-press requirements are presently outsourced, but there are plans to bring parts of it in-house. “We are looking at lamination machines and perfect binding equipment to begin with,” said Chaudhary.

Chaudhary is assisted by Deen Bandhu Chaudhary and Payal Chaudhary, who are also the directors of the company. The Chaudharys have measured up the market that they cater to and have concluded that it’s a dynamic, interesting and challenging industry. “Price pressures are always going to be there, it’s a given in any industry. But business relations are based on quality and commitment, and how you deliver these with innovation will prove how successful you are,” Payal concluded.

Navpack operates 12 hours a day in 20,000 sq/ft area site and employs 15 persons.

Krishna Enterprises pumps money into Autoprint Fine Coat 80
Jaipur-based post-press specialist Krishna Enterprises has invested in an Autoprint Fine Coat 80, an offline sheetfed UV and aqueous coating machine to meet customer demand.
Prakash Chand Sharma, owner of Krishna Enterprises, said, “Our customers are big printers in Jaipur, who have been demanding special types of finishing. We took a look at various options including the Fine Coat 80 during PrintPack 2011 in New Delhi. Fine Coat 80’s speed and efficiency in handling full and spot coating, both UV and aqueous, on 60gsm to 450gsm paper and paperboard, tilted the scale in its favour.”

The machine installed in October, 2011 operates at a maximum speed of 5,000 sheets with a sheet size range from 10x12inches to 22x32 inches an hour.

Sharma is not worried about the return on investment in the Fine Coat 80 and is in fact upbeat about his firm’s turnover. “It seems easy,” he said. “After installing this machine our existing workload has increased. And from the response we are getting from the market, we are on course to double our turnover from the present Rs 4 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.”

Krishan Enterprises was established in 2000 with a refurbished lamination machine. Over the years the firm has added post-press and finishing equipment from Sehgal, APL and Sujata producing brochures, magazine covers and expensive books for selected publishers.

Sharma does not plan to diversify into printing, but wants to consolidate his firm’s position in the post-press area and possibly set up a design studio. “The print market in Jaipur is very competitive and we are well off doing what we are doing,” he said. “We will rather continue to stay in lamination and coating business and strengthen our offerings. Our next target is installing an automatic system for spot UV.”

Sharma plans to set up the design studio by the end of this year and it will be managed by his graphic designer son, Milan. Krishan Enterprises operates from two sites admeasuring 4,000 sq/ft and 2,500 sq/ft with a staff strength of ten persons.

Popular Printers commissions automatic cutting machine SPM 92
Popular Printers, which boasts of 20 printing units (Dominant and other manufacturers) with a size of 23x36 and 19x26 inches and a Kodak CTP system, has automated its paper handling area with installation of an automatic paper and paper board cutting machine, SPM 92 from Chennai-based Sai Enterprises.

Nirmal Goyal, CEO, Popular Printers, said, “Automation is mandatory, no matter which is the area. This cutting machine is capable enough to cater to our increased demand of paper in sheets of up to 36 inches.”

The near five-decade old commercial printing house has an in-house design studio and a well equipped post-press facility, which coordinates deliver of products including books, brochures, catalogues, calendars, coffee table books, file folders, flyers, greeting cards, hang tags, invitation cards , magazines, menu cards, newsletters,  paper bags,  poster, post-cards, stickers and tent cards.

According to Goyal, the turning point for Popular came in 1977. “We published a 400-page souvenir on the completion of 250 years for a Jaipur establishment,” he said. The firm hasn’t looked back after that, doubling its production site to two, adding a Xerox Docucolor with a size of 13x19 inches to produce print-on-demand service and around 90 persons to work for.

“Future of araphic arts industry is bright as the multi-colour jobs are in demand,” said Goyal who also believes that upgradation of infrastructure with the latest technologies is the way to beat competition. “Lack of manpower at managerial levels is delaying the process at Popular. Till we meet the manpower challenge, we shall continue to focus on best use of existing infrastructure,” he said.  

Udaipur’s Payorite expands printing operation with a plant in Jaipur
Udaipur-based Payorite Print Media has established a printing plant at Jaipur.  The new plant is equipped with an in-house design team, a Heidelberg Suprasetter eight-up thermal CTP system, a four-colour Heidelberg SM 74 printing press and a Polar 115x cutting machine.

Ashish Bapna, director at Payorite told PrintWeek India that his company, after acquiring a site of 546 sq/yards in Jaipur, went ahead with setting-up the printing plant. “We are seeing a strong demand for printed products from the government as well as private sector in the region.” Bafna did not want to meet the increased demand from its Udaipur plant. He said, “Our direct presence will definitely make some difference.” At Jaipur, the plant will cater to commercial print jobs as well as labels for the liquor industry.

Incorporated in 1998 in Udaipur, Payorite is one of the leading print, design and marketing companies in Rajasthan and is considered a one-stop shop for printing, designing and marketing solutions for books, magazines, brochures, calendar, flex and hoarding among others.

The Udaipur plant is equipped with complete pre-press, press and post-press facilities. Bapna along with other directors Sanjay Kothari, Vikas Sarogi, Anish Jain and Priyanka Indrawat manage the activities of the Payorite in Udaipur as well as Jaipur.
Payorite achieved a turnover of Rs 10-crore last year.

M R Pack invests in a refurbished six-colour Komori with online coater
M R Pack has looked up to Komori, and its six-colour refurbished Komori, to help deliver its mission of supplying sikka pack (packets for holding liquid, especially ghee) and other packaging requirements of its clients. The packaging company also hinted at a possible move to a new site in Sitapura Industrial Area by the end of this month, which will enable easy and effective management of logistics.

The company supplies sikka packs to clients like Paras, Hardayal, Krishan, Saras and DS Group
“Higher demand of gutkha and pan masala is a good opportunity for us as packagers. As a packaging printer in demand, we required a press with more than four-colour printing capability and hence opted for a six-colour press,” said Hari Om, owner of MR Pack.

Giving an explanation for opting to install a Komori, Om said, “Our existing multi-colour printing presses are from Komori and we are satisfied with the result so there is no reason to go anywhere.

Established in 1978, MR Pack is a family-owned business and is managed by Om and his son Rajiv Tinker, who joined the business two years ago. Besides the multi-colour presses from Komori, MR Pack has single-colour Roland and Dominant presses, refurbished Bobst die-cutter and a liner and paster machines from a German manufacturer, Indian-made die-punching and lamination machines, all of which enable the company to convert 70-tonnes of paper and paper board per month.

MR Pack serves the northern part of the country including Rajasthan and hopes to double its production with the help of the six-colour Komori and its move to the new facility. “There’s enough work in the market for us and once we start our Sitapur-based facility by the end of this month, we should be able to meet our target,” concluded Om.