Udaipur COPL Print-O-Pack’s Solid Growth Propelled by Heidelberg CD 102

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Digvijay Choudhary, Managing Director of COPL Print-O-Pack with the Heidelberg CD 102

COPL Print-O-Pack, based in Udaipur, has experienced solid growth in its monocard the company started a few years ago. The company prints, converts and supplies single cartons to customers in the pharmaceutical, FMCG, food, ice cream and electrical appliance industries. COPL Print-O-Pack is the packaging arm of Chaudhary Offset, a commercial printer for over 40 years. It started operations in mid-2020 with a new Heidelberg CD 102 6+L UV press, a new folder-gluer and cutter from Eterna and a laminator from Ample Graphics.

“We have used Heidelberg presses in our commercial printing division for many years and know their technology and the team well. We are very pleased with the CD 102 press and the quality it produces. We were converting about 60 tons of paper and board every month about a year ago and now we are converting about 120-130 tons. Our volumes have doubled and a large part is due to the quality and technology of the Heidelberg press. Our customers are very satisfied,” says Digvijay Choudhary, Managing Director of COPL Print-O-Pack.

Choudhary explains that another reason for the rapid growth is the relative lack of quality paperboard printers and converters in the Udaipur region. “There are very few cardboard printers and converters that offer a quality service. Previously, clients traveled to Gujarat or Delhi to do their jobs. Now that has changed as we offer top quality at a very competitive price. We also make sure to deliver the boxes as quickly as possible,” he says.

Preparing for the next phase of growth

COPL Print-O-Pack’s 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located on 200,000 square feet of land. The company employs 150 people and has customers across India. Talking about the reasons for establishing the packaging business, Choudhary says that the commercial printing business was down even before the Covid-19 pandemic and packaging diversification was necessary for the business to reach the next phase of growth.

“I represent the third generation in the family business and I was keen for our company to enter the next phase of growth. This was not possible by expanding our commercial printing operations and the natural progression was to get into packaging, for us. And the growth that COPL Print-O-Pack has witnessed proves that our decision was the right one,” he says.

COPL Print-O-Pack is now preparing for the next stage of growth and plans to set up its second monocardboard printing and converting line and a new corrugating unit. The second single-carton line will be similar to the current one, except that the company plans to acquire a 7-colour press. In the corrugating unit, COPL Print-O-Pack provides an E and F flute machine and a flute laminator.

“We plan to maintain the growth momentum of COPL Print-O-Pack over the next few years and for this we are preparing the second single-carton line. We also see great potential in corrugated boxes and that is why we are planning a corrugation unit. We have enough space to accommodate all new machines. Our main areas of focus will be the pharmaceutical and FMCG space. We hope to start placing orders for the machines by the fourth quarter of this fiscal year,” concludes Choudhary.

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