Manik Printpack strengthens its post-press with Bobst

Faridabad-based Manik Printpack has installed Bobst Novafold 110 A2 folder-gluer to strengthen its post-press.

22 Dec 2023 | By Rahul Kumar

(l) Chadrashekhar Dhote of Bobst India with team of Manik Printpack

Manik Mittal, the second-generation of the family-owned business, said, “We have installed Bobst Novafold 110 A2 folder-gluer to fold and glue our jobs faster and more accurately. The machine is equipped with four- and six-corner attachment and corrugation kit which will strengthen our capabilities to produce complicated cartons in line with future market demands since we are entering in to duplex market segment in big way. The speed of the machine is 350-m/min as we are shifting our entire operations under one roof, we require a faster and more robust folder-gluer to cater print production of six printing presses.”

Mittal said four printing presses have already been installed in the new premises and two more are yet to come. The company also has a few folder-gluers from Indian and Chinese manufacturers.

“To meet this increasing demand for folding and gluing jobs with new & critical designs, what can be a piece of better equipment than Bobst folder gluer? Which has got superior productivity, consistent quality, versatility in operation due to ergonomic design and easy to maintain. The process knowledge and after sales support of Bobst is excellent which prompted us to opt for Bobst machine without any second thought” he said, adding, “Our relation with Bobst is old. We are using a 1964 pre-owned Bobst die-cutting machine in our existing operation, and it is running well. On the application front, now we are capable of doing side pasting, lock bottom and four- and six-corner, partition boxes. E, F, G, N flute corrugation jobs at much higher productivity on the newly installed folder-gluer. We are also going to attend training sessions at the Bobst centre in Pune soon.”

A majority of the company’s customers come from the electric industry. Mittal said the company is now targeting other segments, such as FMCG and cosmetics. “The next investment will also take place in finishing and it may be a fully automatic die-cutter. Because of Bobst’s credibility in the market, it is helpful to get business from the market,” he added.

Manik has established a new plant in a 1,50,000-sqft area, out of which,100,000-sqft is constructed. The new plant is located in Prithla village in Palwal district in Haryana, near the company’s existing plant.

“It took three years to complete the plant, from acquisition of the land to produce the print products,” Mittal said.

He added, “We are among the few printers in the region who have a 44x64-inch printing press. We are planning to make it a UV-enabled printing press.”

Anil Mittal, founder, Manik Printpack India, said, “We are converting around 800-tonne of paper and board (400-tonne of duplex, 100-tonne of FBB and 200-tonne of kraft) presently and targeting to make it 1,200-tonne in the coming financial year.”

Manik Printpack was established in 2007 and in the last 15 years, it has grown at a CAGR of 30%.

The family-owned packaging print business is run by the Mittal family. Anil Mittal is the founder and responsible for finance and new ventures. His wife Monika is a silent partner. Manik Mittal, the second-generation, is responsible for business development and print production and Somya Mittal, his wife, recently joined the business and is responsible for marketing and production.

The new plant is equipped with all major modern facilities, such as fire safety. Solar power is on the cards. The company is focusing a lot on sustainability evident in its FSC & ISO certifications. Around 35,000-sqft area will be available for solar power and located in lush green surroundings.

Somya Mittal said, “Being a newcomer to the industry, I am learning and it will take time to understand the entire process. I am fortunate that I can implement my management learnings at Manik for its betterment.”