TCPL banks on high-end technology in packaging printing
TCPL Packaging, one of the biggest packaging printers in India, has ordered another high-end Rapida 106 in medium format from Koenig & Bauer (KBA). The new eight-colour press with coater will be equipped for printing board and film.
TCPL was founded in 1990 by the Kanoria family and today it is one of the country’s largest manufacturers of folding carton with six production sites. The company prints and finishes 3,600 tonnes of carton every month or 43,360 tonnes per year. Its sales have risen from $1.31m in 1990/91 to $69m today. TCPL’s products regularly receive national and international awards.
Three of the firm’s plants are located in Silvassa about 180km (112 miles) from Mumbai, two others in Haridwar, near the city of Delhi, and one in Guwahti. Every plant is ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 22000 (food safety) accredited, and follows strict standards set for vendors of food packaging (BRC/IOP). Additionally, the plants in Silvassa and Haridwar are FSC certified. Each of the plants in Silvassa is specialised in gravure, sheetfed offset and the production of E- and F-flute.
A new sheetfed offset press from KBA goes into operation annually at the sheetfed offset plant in Silvassa: a Rapida 106 with six inking units and coater in 2013, a Rapida 106 with seven inking units and coater in 2014 and an eight-colour Rapida 106 with coater and delivery extension will go live in 2015. It will be set up for UV mixed operation allowing the firm to offer maximum flexibility in terms of inline finishing. The press which will be raised by 450mm (17.7in) is equipped with features typical for packaging printing, such as nonstop automatic facilities at the feeder and delivery, a coating supply and cleaning system, IR/TA/UV drying systems in the delivery extension as well as four VariDry UV interdeck dryers. Automatic plate changers, impression cylinder, blanket and roller washing units for conventional and UV printing and EES exhaust-air cleaning system round off the press’ kit boosting productivity.
A Rapida 106 with six printing units, coater and delivery extension mainly for handling plastic film has also been in operation at the company’s plant in Haridwar for three years. Products combining the sheetfed offset and sheetfed gravure printing processes are also produced there.