Always remaining at the forefront of adopting latest technologies in Gujarat marking a lot of firsts to its credit, Ahmedabad based Shree Printwell Offset Pvt Ltd has now become first owner in the state of the brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour press with inline coater.
The first generation company, Printwell was started as a design studio in the year 1992 at Gandhinagar by Pravin Patel and his brothers Bhavesh, Harshad and Alpesh - the present managing director of the company. Later, the operation was shifted to Ahmedabad city in 1994 where it installed a single colour 19 x 25 format press and thus stepped into offset printing. Two years later, they added another bigger size single-colour press then two old 72 F + L format presses followed by a brand new press as well. The latest addition in their print production facility is a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour press with inline coater.
While predominantly catering to the commercial printing and the pharma packaging segment (since Ahmedabad is a hub for pharmaceutical companies), Printwell also caters to the commercial applications of the textile industry. “With the installation of the Heidelberg CD 102 which is highly versatile and can print on many substrates with thickness ranging from 0.03 mm to 1.0 mm (0.0012 to 0.039 inch) thickness along with the maximum print format size (710 x 1020 mm); we will get into the packaging segment in a bigger way. We also cater to the short run applications confortably with this machine,” conveys Pravin. He expects to recover the CD 102 investment in four years, which according to him takes into account the strong competition as well.
“We did consider other competitive models also, but the factors that made us decide on the CD 102 are brand reliability of Heidelberg, direct involvement of Heidelberg in the Indian market, and most importantly the pull demand from our customers for printed products from a Heidelberg press. When their job is done on a Heidelberg press they can afford to relax and not worry about timely delivery, print quality, etc. When they relax, we can also relax,” quips Pravin with a smile. Also, speed and automation of CD 102 remains the major influencing factor. “This press is very user friendly and reduces the turnaround time considerably and doubled our production,” says Pravin, who thinks the objectives of installing Heidelberg CD 102 have all been duly met. Pravin is particularly appreciative about the support and training they received from Heidelberg India, “We are very happy with the Heidelberg support. They have been very supportive and trained our technicians at our place.”
Pravin is ably assisted by his family, a natural strength. “Our family is our strength. All my brothers Bhavesh, Harshad and Alpesh, my father and my son Dwipal are part of this business.” he says. They also have a well equipped design studio, a CtF as well as a CtP. The postpress section is also strong with a host of machines like UV, thermal lamination, folding and perfect binding machine with PUR technology (first in Gujarat). “Quality print jobs, customer service and trust in our commitments are our strong points,” says Pravin, who adds that the disadvantage of space constraint has now been resolved with the new facility. With the completion of their new facility, spreading over 20,000 sq ft area, the dream of becoming a ‘one-stop printing solutions provider’ will be well achieved. “All our existing operations including, design department, prepress unit, etc will be shifted to this new facility. We have already installed the Heidelberg SM 72V and the brand new Heidelberg CD 102 press in this premise,” informs Pravin.
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