Prakash Industries adds capacity with DGM folder-gluer

Kanpur-based Prakash Industries has invested in a SmartFold 550 AC folder-gluer from DGM to add additional capacity in folding-gluing.

24 Oct 2022 | By Rahul Kumar

(l-r) Sumit Sharma of Prakash with Puneet Aggarwal of DGM

Sumit Sharma of Prakash Industries said, “Earlier, we were converting for in-house consumption. Now, we are open to printing for others too.”

Sharma said as the production of lock bottom and corrugated mono cartons increased, it started hampering the production of its straight line and lock bottom pasting cartons. 

“We decided to invest in a DGM machine because the company has an aggressive approach. On time availability of the machine also made it easier for us to go for a DGM. We are easily able to produce six to seven lakh side pasting mono cartons in 12 hours with our DGM. Right now, we are producing 20 to 25 lakh mono cartons in 12 hours with all three machines,” he said.

He added, “We have chosen DGM as we have known Puneet Aggarwal for decades. The machine was selected purely based on its technical features and construction of the machine. Last but not the least, the company’s service response is fantastic. We have never seen such a beautiful combination of professional and personal flavour of service.” 

Prakash Industries is known for its agarbatti brand Tiranga and playing cards brand No 222. Prakash produces 50,000 decks of playing cards per day and 12 lakh boxes of agarbatti packs per day. It converts 600 tonnes of board and duplex for both the operations.

A new fully automatic agarbatti manufacturing unit has been established in a 3,500-sqm area with minimum labour and maximum output.

Sharma added, “Duplex conversion will be around 850 tonnes per month after the new plant is operational. We dispatch around 12 lakh boxes of agarbatti daily to pack 12 tonnes of agarbatti per day.”

Prakash Industries has also established an in-house corrugation plant, which manufactures three, five and seven-ply corrugated boxes and E-, B- and A- flutes. The conversion of kraft is around 125 tonnes per month with Chinese and Taiwanese machines. “We have grown 20% after adding the corrugation plant,” Sharma said.

He added, “We cater to customers from FMCG, spices, footwear and other local industries. Playing cards is around 50% of our business; agarbatti is around 40% and the remaining 10% is shoes, FMCG and export. We have a clear vision to make Prakash Industries a professionally-managed company compared to a family-owned business. We have seen a boom in our playing cards business during the pandemic. We were investing according to our needs, but now we need to install machines according to customers’ requirements.”

He added that the target is to convert 1,000 tonnes of substrates and to achieve turnover of Rs 500-crore. “We are focusing on 100% capacity utilisation,” he said.