India-based Parksons Packaging will install two additional Rapida 106 sheetfed offset presses manufactured by Koenig and Bauer (KBA) at its facilities, a move that will increase its production capacity.

The company has already installed four other Rapida presses over the past two years.

Parksons’ new order will require KBA to supply an eight-colour press and a seven-colour press, both with coaters.

The first machine will be delivered by the end of the year, while the second will be installed in the first quarter of 2015.

The eight-colour Rapida will be installed at the company’s plant in Pantnagar, where it will operate alongside a six-colour Rapida 105 with a coater, as well as a six-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters.

KBA said that Rapida 106 comprises a board and film-handling kit and can be used for UV mixed operation.

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The offset press is being equipped for packaging printing with automatic nonstop systems and pile logistics, and it will also be raised by 450mm (17.7in).

The machine also includes automatic plate changers, CleanTronic Multi combined blanket and impression cylinder.

"The company has already installed four other Rapida presses over the past two years."

The roller washing systems in the press will help in ink changes, while CleanTronic UV will increase the production capacity.

The machine also enables online monitoring and controlling of the print quality with ErgoTronic ColorDrive and ErgoTronic ACR. LogoTronic CIPLinkX helps in transferring essential preset data to the press.

The second seven-colour press will be installed at the company’s plant in Daman, where a six-colour Rapida is already operational.

Parksons Packaging functions from three sites in India, namely Daman, Rudrapur and Pune. The company primarily produces packaging for food and beverages, as well as for pharmaceutical products and the electronic industry.

Image: KBA signs contract to supply Rapida offset presses to Parksons Packaging. Photo: courtesy of Koenig and Bauer AG.