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  • 20 Aug 2020

Indian packaging giant commissions 101st KBA Rapida unit

L to R: Aditya Surana from Indo-Polygraph Machinery; Dietmar Heyduck, Koenig & Bauer; Ramesh Kejriwal, chairman, Parksons Packaging; Bhupinder Sethi and Sascha Fischer, Koenig & Bauer

Parksons Packaging, one of the biggest packaging providers in India, has commissioned a new Rapida 76. As a result, there are now 101 printing and finishing units from Koenig & Bauer in production for the Indian packaging giant.

The first Rapida sheetfed offset presses started arriving at the company in 2005. At the time, Parksons Packaging was looking for presses to handle UV production. The Rapida 105 with its facility to switch dryer modules between multiple installation points was the industry yardstick in those days, not only at Parksons, but indeed for UV production throughout India. Later, Rapida 106 models joined the line-up – 7- and 8-color presses and others in double-coating configurations. At the beginning of 2020, the company purchased its first Rapida 76 – in a 6-color version with coater and extended delivery.

Faced with changing market demands, Parksons Packaging decided that it needed to install a half-format press alongside its medium-format Rapidas. The combination of high production speeds and a small footprint tipped the scales in favor of the Rapida 76. No less important were the short job changeover times, especially when using DriveTronic SPC and an enlarged sheet format.

The capacity to disengage individual inking units, a feature unique to Rapida presses, also caught the chairman, Ramesh Kejriwal’s, attention: ‘We can already prepare the unused printing units for the next job while the press is still running the current production job. And as an extra bonus, that also reduces wear on the rollers. Further, DriveTronic SPC allows job changeover times to be shortened by 30 to 40 percent. And the number of jobs which we handle on the new presses has increased by 30 to 35 percent.’ On average, it can be said that each new Rapida is able to replace two older models. In addition to the high speeds, waste is also reduced.

All Parksons Packaging plants focus on folding carton production. The corresponding jobs can be assigned to a total of 22 offset production lines, 13 of them from Koenig & Bauer, and one digital line. Nevertheless, there are differences between the individual plants and their specialisations. Digital and screen printing are based in Daman, together with the production of pharmaceuticals packaging. Pantnagar is specialised in packaging with high-quality cold foil finishing and Chakan produces beverage cartons. Additional production plants are located in Sricity and Guwahati.

This nationwide base allows Parksons Packaging to supply a wide range of packaging products to customers across the country. Domestic production is complemented by a global export business. The product portfolio includes, among other things, mono cartons, litho-laminated cartons, liner cartons, transport and retail packaging, shelf-ready displays, promotional and gift packaging, a broad spectrum of custom packaging, beverage cartons and blister packs. One of the company’s specialities is an ingenious slider pack design. Almost 18,000 different articles are produced, and approx. 100,000 tonnes of paper and board are processed every year.

In 2019, Parksons Packaging recorded a turnover of around 167 million USD. More than 1,700 employees work in plants with a production floor space totalling almost 1,075,000sq.ft.

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