With an investment of €5 million (US$6 million), Marks Emballage has signed a deal to install two Gallus Labelmaster 440 label printing presses, Prati bi-directional finishing equipment, a slitter rewinder from Prati with inspection, and a Pantec RHINO II hot foiling unit at its new plant in Baddi.
Installations are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018 at the company’s new factory, which is under construction, and is spread across an area of 30,000 sq ft.
While the Gallus presses are 8-color and 10-color with Plus and Advanced versions, the Pantec and Prati machines have also been customized to enable the company to bring unique products at high production efficiency to the label market.
Marks Emballage is firmly focused on developing a futuristic plant with automation and standardization. Its managing director, Aditya Kashyap, said: ‘This investment includes high end inspection camera systems and top-of-the-line automation features in our entire machinery selection. The whole idea is to bring a fresh product price offering in the market which is only possible with automation and standardization.’
Further detailing the investments, Chandrakant Gadhia, vice president at Marks Emballage, said: ‘The new investment is aimed to stand out in both capabilities and capacity in the label industry. The new plant is planned to exceed on stringent quality requirements upcoming in the pharma sector and also adhere to all required global print standards.’
Apart from print machines and post press finishing lines, the company is also investing in industry standard pre-press workflow, color matching and proofing equipment, automated ink kitchen, a fully equipped quality lab, a robust ERP system, material handling equipment, material storage racking systems and efficient waste management ancillaries.
Gadhia added: ‘We are investing heavily in training and process standardization through expert consultants and industry partners. We are designing a skills training program for machine operators with a good financial commitment to the training facilities in the region. It’s also going to be our continuous corporate social responsibility (CSR) program to contribute to the print and label industry in ways of uplifting skills and thus life of operators.’
Marks Emballage is already ISO 9001:2008 certified and is aiming to add more quality processes and certifications for its new plant.
Read a detailed report in Labels & Labeling issue 4, 2018