With the new RMGT all ready, Nutech plans to phase out some of their older fleet, however, they are aiming a printing capacity increase of 30-35%.
Nutech Print Services is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. The company began its printing journey in 1970 under the aegis of Late Mr. Krishan Lal Shroff. Under his leadership, Nutech in no time became one of the leading printing houses in North India, focusing almost exclusively on the commercial sector. In the early 1980s, it diversified and established Nutech Security Printers which was closely followed by Nutech Packagings. It was home to one of India’s first fully postscript prepress departments, with early investments in CTP and other automation. The company entered the book printing segment in the late 90s, and expanded its reach to service book export orders in the early 2000s.
“All our group companies have collectively cemented Nutech’s position as a leading end-to-end quality print services provider,” says Ravi Dev Shroff, Managing Director, Nutech Print Services. The Nutech Group has constructed three greenfield factories: two in Faridabad – one for security printing and the other a 2.5-acre plant in Ballabhgarh focusing on book exports; the plant at Greater Noida is for the high-end packaging materials, and is a LEEDS certified green building. “Today we are internationally accredited to supply printed goods to some of the world’s largest supply chains. Our focus on quality brought us the laurels of being recognized as PrintWeek’s Book Printer of the Year recently,” shares Ravi.
When it comes to multicolour printing, Nutech has relied exclusively on Mitsubishi presses since 2004. Nutech first invested in a five-colour Ryobi A-format press in 2017, which paid huge returns for them. This encouraged them further to invest in RMGT presses – the first RMGT press was installed in August 2019. “Apart from the efficiencies that arise from fleet commonality, we have found the machines to be reliable, robust, and easy to maintain,” says Ravi, adding, “and looking at the growth in the demand for books, we have ordered our second RMGT press to be installed in April 2022.”
Keeping the growth ticking during the pandemic
“The pandemic has been painful for everyone, and Nutech is no exception to that,” says Ravi. However, what kept them afloat was a diverse order book in both domestic and export markets. Besides, they have an agile operations team that adapted to the changing course of the pandemic in no time. Being one from the worse affected offset segment it surely was a tough time. Even book printing suffered due to schools remaining closed and general effect of lockdown. “While domestic demand suffered tremendously during the lockdown but when the GST rate on printing services got revised, the market was resilient. It is now bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels. We are seeing healthy demand for all printed materials, especially academic and trade books,” explains Ravi.
It is no surprise that Nutech has gone for the same configuration in their second RMGT press; the first one too was a fully loaded one. Giving details, Ravi says, “The new machine is identical to the one we installed in 2019, except for the addition of a mechanical “fan-out” register control. This allows for better registration of fine matter on thinner stock at the frontlay. This will reduce operator pain when printing jobs that require very fine registration.”
The new RMGT and the plans ahead
Nutech will continue to focus on book exports with the addition of the new RMGT press. “We will be phasing out some of our older fleet, but will still see an increase in printing capacity by 30-35%,” claims a confident Ravi. Enabled by the RMGT fleet, they have brought down their makeready time to less than ten minutes. Moreover, they are now able to do a complete job change in a remarkable under 15 minutes.
RMGT, one of Provin’s largest customer
Nutech is one of Provin’s largest customers. “We currently have two Diamond 3000 presses, one Diamond 1000 press, and two RMGT 920ST presses. This alone tells our great experience with Provin and their excellent service. Mr. Vinay Kaushal and Mr. Pradeep Nandagopal are veterans in the industry, have a clear understanding of our needs and expectations, and have always delivered on what was promised,” continues Ravi.
Lead by a team of professional leaders, Nutech came through the pandemic period smoothly. The highly experienced team supported the company’s mission objectives and continued to work tirelessly to ensure that the company’s customers are being served the best. The key part of the market catered by them constitutes high-end colour books along with academic and trade books. “We produce millions of school books and readers, college textbooks and manuals, guides, and training materials. The new RMGT allows us to increase our capacity and efficiency in serving these key market segments,” underlines Ravi.
Employing 300 people in different positions, Nutech has a pretty chic streamlined workflow. On the printing side, their prepress to pressroom technologies allow CIP data exchanged among all their presses, which, among other things, drastically reduces the makeready times for them. “In addition, we have closed loop colour control systems on all our multicolour presses to ensure colour consistency. On the operations side, we have developed a production ERP from the ground up that is tailored to our needs,” describes Ravi.
RMGT is not the only investment that tells all about Nutech’s commitment towards their business when it comes to adopting new technology. The company has invested in a range of diverse equipment to strengthen their infrastructure to be able to expand their core offerings. To talk of the last six months alone, Nutech has added a Komori blanket-to-blanket perfecting press, a Heidelberg folding machine, an Aster section sewing machine, and a Fidia folder-gluer for automating the production of flexibound covers. “We are currently in negotiations to add a new CTP to our fleet of machines within this month,” informs Ravi.
Nutech has been catering to both the domestic as well as overseas markets, however, during the pandemic, their share of exports increased. Presently, it is almost 50-50 between the exports and domestic products. “We cater to quality-conscious customers in both segments,” declares Ravi.
Looking at digital possibilities in printing or entering into the POD segment is not in Nutech’s current expansion plans. With a current capacity of producing 65-75 thousand paperback and 20 to 25 thousand hard-case books each day, they are quite focused on their target of doubling this capacity over the next 18-24 months.
Ravi looks enthusiastic about future investment plans. Though he refrains from being specific about the plans, he says, “We have made exciting investment plans for next year and we will announce them at the right time.”
“While there has been some consolidation among the larger players, we believe that the overall trends bode well for the Indian print industry. There has been a significant shift among international publishers to diversify their supply chains outside of China, and with favorable policy support from the Indian government and the Make in India push, we feel optimistic about the future,” he adds as he concludes with this optimistic note – “I think we are entering a time of significant change overall. While the next three-to-six months should be extremely challenging as the global supply chain has been severely disrupted due to shortages and high shipping prices. Our outlook is that these headwinds should settle down soon.”