Meerut’s SK Offset adds Gallus label press

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Pradeep Agarwal, director of SK Offset in Meerut. Public Service Photo

Launched in 1975, Meerut’s SK Offset is an established and commercial printer produce a variety of printed products. The company has also diversified into printing and converting packaging.

Owners of K-6 schools in the region mainly depend on the Montessori model and books suitable for this type of primary education. Ayush Agarwal, Director of SK Offset, says, “We mainly produce books for Montessori primary schools. However, we have been a supplier to NCERT for 20 years and also print their books.

The nearly 50-year-old company has a complete set of special machines that accompany the printing, finishing and binding of books. He has a Heidelberg The SM 74 6 color plus coater press acquired a new press in 2012, an 8 color Heidelberg SM102, a 7 color HP Indigo digital press and a Kodak Trendsetter CtP in its prepress department. It has the complement of folding and binding equipment, including a 6-prong Perfect Well Bound binder and saddle stitcher, wire binder and three-knife trimmer. SK Offset prefers to buy new presses and new equipment.

“We have all the manufacturing processes in-house for printing, title printing, title lamination, binding for perfect binding, center stitching and packaging. We also provide special effects like UV coating,” Agarwal said.

For the monoboard section developed over the past two years, SK Offset has a laminator, a Bobst SP 102E die-cutting press, a Vesta folder-gluer, a Yawa TYML hot foil stamper and various equipment. annexes. The company also has a corrugator and automatic flute rolling machine Tunkers Vorwearts 1450 for the production of litho-rolled and corrugated micro-flutes. For its packaging vertical, the company has now launched a new subsidiary called Pixel Print and Pack.

The company manufactures all types of paper-related packaging, including labels, stickers, single cartons, laminated and corrugated cartons. It supplies packaging and labels to local sports equipment as well as pharmaceutical, food and FMCG brands.

The Heidelberg-Gallus EM340S 9-color label press is coming

Pixel Print and Pack has now embarked on further diversification into label production. Its used Heidelberg Gallus EM340-13S narrow web flexo press has already arrived in Meerut and is expected to be installed by the end of July 2022. also being installed in the new label section.

The company diversified its activity due to the Covid-19 crisis. “During the covid pandemic, many commercial printers and publishers closed their businesses because schools were closed. We diversified our business into packaging as a backup plan. Covid restrictions are easing and the economy is opening up, and the printing industry is booming again. We are now inundated with book printing orders and do both book printing and binding as well as packaging printing and converting. said Agarwal.

SK Offset participated in the recently concluded PrintPack India 2022 exhibition in India in Greater Noida, about a 90-minute drive from Meerut. At this extremely busy exhibition with exhibitors displaying highly automated and sophisticated equipment, the company researched the special folders required by the pharmaceutical industry.

(On June 21, 2022 at 11:23 a.m., this article was corrected for a factual error in the previous version, which mistakenly described the Gallus label press to be installed as new. – Editor.)

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