At ICCMA (Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association) 2018, in Mumbai from 4 to 6 October, BOBST presented a number of its most efficient solutions for boosting productivity in the corrugated manufacturing market.
BOBST has now sold a total of thirteen in-line flexo-folder-gluers (FFGs) in India since 2013, and the feedback at the BOBST stand in Mumbai suggests that the in-line solution is the way forward for mid- to large-size CB converters in the medium- to long-term.
“Several of our clients were present at ICCMA and reiterated just how satisfied they are with the performance of our machines in terms of the quality and quantity of corrugated boxes produced,” said Venugopal Menon, business director, BU Sheet Fed – Indian Sub-Continent at BOBST.
“From our conversations at the stand with so many manufacturers, we think we are at a real turning point in India. As a result, a significant number of converters are now seriously considering upgrading their technology and utilizing completely automatic lines, capable of faster, high quality corrugated box production. The inline process starts making real business sense once a threshold limit is reached – between 1000-1500 MT (Metric Tonnes) per month or more of conversion or close to 100,000 boxes per day.”
Several BOBST innovations were presented at ICCMA 2018, but the one that perhaps drew the most attention was FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY, an exceptional flexo-folder-gluer that recently set two new world production records. Visitors were hugely impressed by its production rate of around 18,000 boxes an hour, its easy drive and set-up time, and its folding quality for brown RSC boxes. Other highlights included FFG 924 NT and FFG 1228 NT, state-of-the-art converting machines able to ensure first-class printing, excellent die-cutting and accurate folding in a single pass.
A specialty folder-gluer that was a focus of discussions was LILA II 106 | 145 | 170, a highly configurable machine designed with the needs of both litho-laminated and corrugated board packaging manufacturers in mind. The many benefits of LILA II include advanced feeding, accurate pre-breaking and a perfectly controlled folding process, ensuring perfect box quality and outstanding productivity.
It wasn’t all about folder-gluers, however. Die-cutters, such as VISIONCUT 1.6 also attracted considerable attention. VISIONCUT 1.6 is a high quality flatbed die-cutting machine for nano/micro flute to double-double corrugated board and litho-laminated packaging. Linked with the optional “POWER REGISTER” the accuracy and print-to-cut quality is perfect. Attendees heard how this small, simple and efficient machine minimizes down time, allows flexibility for various die-cutting jobs and delivers job changeovers in less than 10 minutes.
“The potential of the corrugated box market in India is unfolding before our eyes,” said Bhavesh Pingle, business manager, corrugated business at BOBST.
“There have been challenges in this market due to the very nature of the industry, comprising thousands of small players running manual/semi-automatic plants to cater to the needs of local nearby industries. But manufacturers are now seeing the benefit of automation and of running full lines, and the huge boost that this brings in terms of productivity and cost-savings. We are excited about what we can help manufacturers in India to achieve, both now and in the future.”