Richard’s Prints ups ante with Huatai die-cutter install

Mumbai-based Richard’s Print has invested in the Huatai HT760 die-cutting machine from Filigree Pack. Allwyn Serrao tells how the installation has lived up to their expectations.

13 Sep 2023 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

(l) Allwyn Serrao, managing partner at Richard’s Prints and (r) Manoj Wadiyar, director, Filigree Pack

Established in 1995, Richard’s Print has become a 100% pharma unit. It started with commercial printing, and then forayed into the pharma sector starting with inserts, followed by outserts and mono-cartons.

Purchased through Filigree Pack and installed last October, the Huatai HT760 die-cutter has powered Richard’s Prints to boost production 2.5 times, scaling up to 50,000 sheets per day and 100 tons per month.

The HT760 delivers a top speed of 10,000-sph. Owing to its compact design, it has replaced Richard’s Prints’ existing Heidelberg cylinder punching machine and a manual punching machine. 

Allwyn Serrao, managing partner at Richard’s Prints, said, “We wanted faster production and streamline operations. When compared to similar machines in the market, the HT760 stood out to meet our press requirements.”

Elaborating on factors which prompted the investment, Serrao said, “The machine is technically sound, easy to operate (user-friendly), and requires low maintenance. The USP which stood out for us is its high productivity, and compact space-saving design.”

Serrao added, “HT760 is easy to use, even for a semi-skilled operator. The person does not require any pre-knowledge of the machine, and can single-handedly control the entire operation.”

“Our production has notched up hundred tonnes monthly, and we are manufacturing 65 lakhs cartons. We have expansion plans in the future,” said Serrao. “Filigree has hand-held our investment in terms of inputs on the configuration to opt for. It has trained the operators well. Also, Filigree has offered prompt and regular service.”

Manoj Wadiyar, director at Filigree Pack said, “We have installed 10-15 machines so far. We have not received a single emergency call for breakdown. Thanks to its durability.”

The HT760, which runs at a speed of 10,000sph, has joined Richard’s Prints’ Heidelberg SM74 four-colour with online coater, a Heidelberg SORSZ 28X40, a Komori Lithrone perfector 20X28, a DGM folder-gluer, a H&H outserts machine, and six leaflet folding machines from Pune-based Pratham Technologies.

Wadiyar said that the sales of Huatai die cutting machines in south India is handled by the Chennai-based Print Generic Systems.