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Kolkata-based packaging expert Libako invests in Gallus ECS 340

Libako Packaging, a print and packaging specialist, boosted its production efficiencies after installing a Gallus ECS 340, a flexographic press with UV application, in-line foiling, lamination, and die-cutting.

Balai Adhikary, Director at Libako Packaging, comments: “We prefer to invest proven technology along with innovation, brand value, versatility. We examined all the presses and their configuration, where Gallus flexo press stood out as the leader for us. We were awestruck by the print quality, registration with minimal wastage, and the support from Heidelberg India’s service team. Process flexibility and ease of use were among the other highlights of Gallus ECS 340 which helped us to seal the decision.”

For several years now Libako Packaging is seeing the potential of flexo printing and labelling. The company had decided to invest for the Gallus ECS 340 during the pandemic of 2020. The flexo press was installed and inaugurated at the plant in the presence of family members and well-wishers.

“We are extremely happy with the full journey of Gallus ECS 340 discussion, along with service provided by Heidelberg India. Amid the pandemic and lockdown, they did a fantastic job of installing the new press in a record time of just six days upon receipt of the equipment at our site. The whole Gallus and Heidelberg team were extremely cooperative and supportive. We are impressed with the excellent print quality which was as per our expectations and it has set benchmark during ongoing print trials”, affirms Adhikary.

Gallus ECS 340
The Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) of the press is defined by various factors including available time, quality, machine production speed as it is the mantra towards the success of label converter. “The equipment automation in Gallus ECS 340 ensures highest level of OEE to us, the dedicated service and print application support from Heidelberg and Gallus team helped us to reduce material waste and time loss in production and job changeovers, resulting in high productivity. These are some of the driving factors to be with Heidelberg and Gallus family”, explains Adhikary.

Narendra Kulkarni, Regional Product Manager, Asia – Gallus and Sales Responsible for India, adds: “We are truly happy to be part of Libako’s success story of Gallus ECS 340, and we welcome the whole Libako team at the Heidelberg and Gallus family." The Gallus ECS 340 press comes with a technical core granite base which eliminates the vibration during printing operation. The modular design and low carbon footprint ensure minimal space requirement and the very short web path reduces the production waste.

Journey of Libako Packaging
The company has one factory in Matheswartala road in Kolkata, India, which is spread across 45,000 square feet dedicated to offset, digital, and large format printing, pre-press, and post-press along with other fabrication machinery, while the second newly constructed 9,000 square feet eco-space at Jalpath, Kolkata is a one-stop solution provider for premium quality products output. Ankan Adhikary, the next-generation entrepreneur who joined his father’s business, comments: “We want to diversify into a complete packaging solution provider with wide service offerings. We are more concerned over the environment, and hence, we have set up our new factory adhering to all eco-friendly norms at Jalpath.”

Libako Packaging was established in 1981 with a vision to provide quality print solutions. The company saw a great opportunity and potential in the print and packaging industry with printing labels for footwear and cotton garment manufacturers in Kolkata, by using screen printing. Within few years, Libako Packaging diversified its portfolio to include commercial printing, packaging, POS, wood, metal, and plastic fabrication.