Mold-Tek Packaging delivers high quality variable data printing with Domino’s K600i UV-curable inkjet printers

11 January 2022



Located in Hyderabad, India, Mold-Tek Packaging Limited is one of the country’s biggest packaging companies. Manufacturers of food grade packaging and a wide range of containers for industrial products such as lubricants and paints, Mold-Tek has a proud 35-year history. With approximately 22% market share and clients such as Asian Paints, Kansai Nerolac Paints, Berger Paints, Castrol India Ltd (BP), Valvoline, AkzoNobel, Shell, Gulf, BP, Mondelez, HUL, Amul and P&G, they are listed as one of the top packaging manufacturers in India. This achievement has been acquired, in part, due to the high-quality equipment it uses to produce its packaging and labelling products for its customers. In March 2021, the company invested in two of Domino’s high-speed, high quality K600i UV-curable inkjet printers, which have been printing variable information onto in-mold labels.



Mold-Tek Packaging Limited offers a wide range of services to its customers, including mold designing, manufacturing injection molding, in-mold labelling decoration, and screen, offset and shrink sleeve printing with all in-house facilities as a complete packaging solution. In order to deliver variable data printing in the form of 2D codes and QR codes for track and trace applications onto in-mold labels, it relies on Domino’s monochrome K600i UV ink jet printer.

“We work with some of the largest corporations in the world,” says PV Rao, Dy. Managing Director at Mold-Tek Packaging. “Consequently, we require the highest quality, fastest and most reliable printing equipment to help us to not only handle the demand in terms of the sheer number of jobs we receive, but to deliver exceptional products that will guarantee customer satisfaction.”

Mold-Tek Packaging first registered its interest in the K600i in August 2020. “When we first approached Domino, we were already aware of their reputation,” continues Mr. PV Rao. “They are a world-renowned brand, known for manufacturing highly reliable and efficient label printing equipment.”

“We print a huge quantity of in-mold labels and our customers were looking for different forms of variable data to be printed onto them. We did some research into the market, to try and find the best solution that could offer 2D and QR codes for track and trace data for security – and it was Domino’s K600i that appealed to us most. We were delighted to purchase the two machines in March, which are both now being used on flexo presses. Their single-pass printing credentials, coupled with simplex and duplex capabilities means we can print onto both sides of an in-mold label with excellent levels of productivity. It was also simple for our operators to learn how to use.

“The quality of the print is excellent, and the K600i also has very sophisticated technology incorporated into it. Domino’s unique, automated, i-Tech intelligent Technology features are helping us to cut down on make-ready times while maximising the potential of the print work.”

The K600i is capable of printing variable data as well as graphics at speeds of up to 200m/min. The high opacity white ink option offers a cost-effective alternative to screen printing. Digital embellishments are made possible through spot varnishing via its UV67CL ink, and with the K600i’s compatibility with various other ink types – including LED and UV-curable, aqueous pigmented, and its food packaging compliant UV97BK ink – this high-resolution monochrome inkjet printer is remarkably versatile.

Ajay RaoRane, Vice President Digital Printing Solutions at Domino India says: “We are delighted to see Mold-Tek Packaging Limited, India enjoying the success of its double K600i investment. For a company with such a prestigious reputation, they understand the need for equipment that can enable them to fulfil the challenging jobs their clients need to deliver. The K600i is helping them to deliver quality products, at speed, and in a way that helps them streamline their operations.

“The printer is highly versatile, so we look forward to seeing how they may use it for other applications in the future.”

The K600i is based on Domino’s proven and reliable Generation 6 inkjet technology, of which there are approaching 1000 global installations. To find out more about this highly productive, monochrome digital inkjet printer, visit the K600i product page:

About Domino

Digital Printing Solutions is a division within Domino Printing Sciences. The company, founded in 1978, has established a global reputation for the development and manufacture of digital ink jet printing technologies, as well as its worldwide aftermarket products and customer services. Its services for the commercial print sector include digital ink jet printers and control systems designed to deliver solutions for a complete range of labelling, corrugated and variable printing applications.

All of Domino’s printers are designed to meet the high speed, high quality demands of commercial printing environments, bringing new capabilities to numerous sectors including labelling, corrugated, publications and security printing, transactional, packaging converting, plastic cards, tickets, game cards and forms, as well as the direct mail and postal sectors.

Domino employs over 2,900 people worldwide and sells to more than 120 countries through a global network of 25 subsidiary offices and more than 200 distributors. Domino’s manufacturing facilities are situated in China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Domino’s continued growth is underpinned by an unrivalled commitment to product development. The company is the proud recipient of six Queen’s Awards, the latest being received in April 2017, when Domino was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Domino became an autonomous division within Brother Industries on 11th June 2015.

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Paperex 2022 is rescheduled!

Paperex, the internationally renowned series of exhibitions and conferences focusing on Paper, Pulp and all Allied Industries was originally scheduled to be held on 9-12 January 2022. Considering the situation due to spread of Covid-19, it was postponed to March 2022 however, on considering the safety of exhibitors and visitors, new Government guidelines and exhibitor suggestions, it is now rescheduled to be held in 10th-13thMay 2022 at India expo Centre, greater Noida India.

At Paperex, one gets to witness latest technology, machinery and raw material for paper & board manufacturing: complete paper mill machinery, automation & instrumentation, bearing & accessories, boilers & turbines, industrial gears, rolls & rollers, pumps valves & systems, quality control equipment & system, raw material handling, stock preparation equipment, testing equipment’s, transport & material handling. The show hosts buyers from paper & board manufacturers, paper traders, printers, publisher, converter and paper packaging companies, designers for corrugated box & related packaging, investors & promoters.

The decision to reschedule this important event has been taken with overwhelming support from industry including prominent industry associations and industry leaders like; JK Paper. Trident Group, ParasonMachinery and other key institutions.

HP expands its digital printing segment distribution in India with TechNova for mono carton and label segment

This strategic association will allow businesses to capitalize on packaging trends like personalization, short-runs of multiple SKUs, print-on-demand, sustainability and smart packaging.

India, December 16, 2021: In a bid to expand its distribution network in India for digital printing business, HP today announced a strategic association with TechNova Imaging Systems – the largest offset plate manufacturer in  India catering to print & packaging industry for over 50 years. Committed to help businesses increase speed, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of digital print solutions, this association aims to advance HP’s market leadership in India’s digital printing business.

HP’s innovative products and TechNova’s market reach and deep customer trust will help drive digital transformation in the imaging & printing space. TechNova is partnering with HP to introduce HP’s highly digitalized and automated Indigo printing presses and solutions in mono carton and label segment. This association will also improve TechNova’s product offering and enable exploration of more high value applications and benefits of digital printing.

Redington will continue to be HP’s trusted partner covering the commercial and Photo segments even after this expansion.  Our partnership with TechNova is aimed at increasing our market segments by harnessing our strong synergies with Technova.

TechNova is one of the world’s largest suppliers of print solutions with several breakthrough technologies and innovative products that have transformed print processes and created new markets. Founded as an offset plate manufacturer, TechNova in now a recognized name in pre-press, pressroom chemicals and as a manufacturer of laser and inkjet digital print media.


Announcing the association, A Appadurai, Country Manager – Indigo & Inkjet Business Solutions, HP India said, “We are extremely excited to associate with TechNova for HP’s Indigo range of printing solutions for the folding carton & labels segment. TechNova’s reach, relationship, local infrastructure, workflow knowledge and deep understanding of the Indian printing & packaging industry will help customers make a seamless transition to digital printing”.

C G Ramakrishnan, Executive Director and CEO of TechNova said, “TechNova’s mission has been to provide a Total Imaging Ecosystem with best-in-class products to enhance the competitiveness of Indian printers. We are delighted to associate with HP, as this alliance will allow us to offer the full range of cutting-edge solutions to our customers. It is truly a win-win-win partnership for TechNova, HP & Customers”

The current global trends in packaging printing business include personalization, short-runs of multiple SKUs, print-on-demand, sustainability, smart packaging, among others. Through HP’s Indigo portfolio, customers can benefit from the trends and overcome operational challenges to generate new revenue streams. With HP’s Indigo technology, customers can place orders for short runs without getting restricted by a minimum quantity requirement. Resultantly, this reduces set-up times, making the printing process faster & more cost-effective. It also allows packaging printers to flexibly personalize the output using variable data printing technology, on a wide range of packaging media—from labels to folding cartons.

“HP’s futuristic digital solutions & marketing acumen, integrated with TechNova’s innovative strategies, unparalleled service, extensive reach and 50 years of customer trust & goodwill is a formidable synergy that will provide our customers with a unified ecosystem to generate new profits.” said Amit Khurana, COO – Digital & Offset Print Solutions at TechNova.

Along with the benefits of digital printing, HP places immense focus on making printing more sustainable, thereby supporting customers to adopt more sustainable packaging solutions. It also offers other unique features including the widest media compatibility, unmatched color and ink capabilities, high coverage printing, fastest print speeds for high-quality applications, along with exclusive security features.

About HP Inc.

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Packaging major Parksons acquires Manohar

By Noel D’Cunha 28 Nov 2021

India’s largest folding carton manufacturer, Parksons Packaging, has acquired Manohar Packaging’s 100% operations. The acquisition includes Manohar’s Goa and Punjab plants and is part of Parksons’ inorganic growth. Manohar Packaging will now be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parksons.


The Mumbai headquartered company announced the acquisition deal to PrintWeek on (27 November), which, it said, adds new customers from the Manohar fold, especially in the alcobev segment, “by far the most premium segment for folding cartons”.

Siddharth Kejriwal, managing director at Parksons, termed the acquisition a combination of strategic, cultural, customer segment, and location fits. “The essence of the acquisition was to provide more power to the customers.”

With the addition of the two Manohar plants, Parksons will now have a total of eight factories and the joint entity a converting capacity of close to 1,50,000 tonnes per annum.

Kejriwal explained, “The biggest beneficiaries of the Manohar acquisition will be our customers. The production capabilities of eight plants instead of two is a win-win for our customers, be it in confectionery or alcobev. Kejriwal added that Parksons is delighted to expand its portfolio of products and provide best in class service and products for the customers.

Parksons did not share the size of the Manohar deal. Kejriwal said the revenue target of Parksons would be Rs 2,000+ crores in the next financial year. Kejriwal said, “We will add printing lines in a phased manner. To begin with, we have ordered a pedigree press and post-press systems such as die-cutters and folder-gluers to supplement the existing infrastructure.”

Siddharth Kejriwal and Ramesh Kejriwal

Manohar Packaging was established in 1994 by Nishikant Shirodkar with a plant in Goa. In January 2020, the company set up a Greenfield 1.40-lakh sqft linear plant in Punjab and commenced packaging production. “We were very impressed with Manohar’s Punjab plant, which is both large and scalable, equipped with the best of technologies,” said Kejriwal. “The plant is built strategically and is close to some of the largest industrial belts of Punjab and Himachal. The plant can house a minimum of four presses and converting lines with its current infrastructure, giving us huge scope for expansion.”

Parksons has six factories in North, West, East and South India, most of them with scalability options. In the North, Kejriwal said, we are operating at 80% utilisation. “Now, with two other plants in Punjab and Goa, we can plan big and scale up faster. Once the printing lines and complementing equipment are in place, we hope to scale up the combined converting capability to 3,00,000 tonnes per annum.”

Aditya Patwardhan, director at Manohar Packaging, said, “We were operating in the upper echelon of the top packagers in India. However, we needed a boost to take the company to greater heights.” He added, “We were exploring multiple options. The series of conversations with the Kejriwals ensured everything fell into place.”

Aditya Patwardhan, director at Manohar Packaging

Patwardhan said, “The Parksons expertise will enhance the consumer experience and help brands utilise their packaging challenges. I am truly excited to offer the technology plus production capabilities to our clients and work in collaboration with them to develop their business further.”

In April this year, American private equity firm Warburg Pincus acquired a majority stake in Parksons Packaging. Ramesh Kejriwal, chairman at Parksons, said, “Warburg Pincus is excited with this acquisition and continues to put strength behind the Parksons Packaging management to grow and build the business. Warburg believes the industry will consolidate faster. The opportunity for growth in paper-based packaging is going to accelerate with the concerns around sustainability.”

As a subsidiary of Parksons, Patwardhan will continue as director of Manohar Packaging. Siddharth and Chaitanya Kejriwal from the Parksons family and the Warburg representative will be inducted into Manohar’s board.

Agfa launches SYNAPS synthetic paper protected against bacteria and viruses


Monday 22. November 2021 –

The agent remains active for the entire life of the synthetic paper and protects also print areas that are covered with toner ink. Its efficiency up to 99,99% has been proven through independent ISO 20743 and ISO 18184 tests.

Agfa announces the market launch of its SYNAPS Xerographic Matt (XM) synthetic paper that includes an agent which antagonizes the settlement and growth of bacteria and viruses on its surface.
The agent remains active for the entire life of the synthetic paper and protects also print areas that are covered with toner ink. Its efficiency up to 99,99% has been proven through independent ISO 20743 and ISO 18184 tests.
This new type of SYNAPS XM replaces the existing XM product range while fully preserving its excellent print quality, antistatic process behavior and universal printer compatibility.

SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating reduces production downtimes for pressure sensitive laminates, non-stick packaging, coating for liners of technical adhesive tapes, and industrial release papers for the consumer market.

Dow (NYSE: Dow) announced the introduction of solvent-free SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating, an energy-efficient alternative that minimizes misting at very high product label production line speeds. A fast-curing silicone that exhibits low release force at both low and high peel speeds, SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating maintains overall performance on most existing label coating equipment, including multi-roll lines.
“Release liner producers are investing in high-speed label coating production lines to increase production rates, lower costs, and meet increased demand for reliable product labels,” said Nathalie Gerard, Global Segment Leader for Dow Consumer Solutions. “SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating significantly minimizes the misting that occurs in high-speed lines without any performance tradeoffs.”
Mist is an aerosol or ‘fog’ made of silicone droplets that form at the rolls coating head in high-speed release liner operations to form adhesive labels. This causes runnability issues in the curing oven, which leads to more frequent downtimes and higher maintenance costs.
Extensive laboratory and pilot plant testing demonstrates that SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating allows high speed operations of up to 1,600 meters per minute with significant mist reduction while maintaining other release coating attributes at high-speed process conditions. Testing also confirmed that SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating offers release liner producers formulation flexibility at any speed, with fast curing rates, no migration to the adhesive, and improved substrate anchorage. The new coating also provides very stable release force over time, which is critical for adhesion to a variety of containers and flexible packaging during industrial fast and automated label delamination operations.
The new coating is solvent-free and more energy efficient because less energy per square meter is required to produce the same quantity of release liners when production lines are running at higher speeds. SYL-OFF™ SL 184 Coating has been designed to comply with FDA and BfR XV food contact regulations, making it suitable for food labeling applications.
“The bottom line is that new Dow silicone technology makes it possible for release liner producers to move to more profitable high-speed product label operations without compromising performance, cost or sustainability,” said Gerard. “Dow is committed to new innovations that help customers succeed.”

Momentum Builds For The Return Of Labelexpo Europe To Brussels


Excitement is building for the return of Labelexpo Europe 2022, the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry. With over 600 exhibitors already confirmed, many of whom are first-time exhibitors, Brussels Expo will spring into life from the 26th to 29th April to safely showcase the dynamic and diverse marketplace driving innovation across the industry. As momentum builds for the show, trends are already beginning to emerge, with this edition set to see a huge focus on digital launches from key digital players. HP, Xeikon, Domino, Fujfilm, Konica Minolta, Epson, Durst and Canon are already confirmed to exhibit, showcasing their technology and collectively driving this demand for digital.
Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: “Despite the pause on in-person shows caused by the global pandemic, the market-wide momentum building for Labelexpo Europe 2022 shows that the global label and packaging printing industry is still as vibrant as ever and is now bolstered by a renewed enthusiasm. Exhibitor participation is very encouraging, not only in the number that are so keen to reconnect in person, but in the global calibre of press manufacturers, offering the industry a chance to truly reconnect and do business.”
Mirroring the quality of exhibitors at the show, Labelexpo Europe 2022 is set to host an international audience of printers, brand owners and designers owing to a new dedicated VIP Concierge Service. This along with the continued support of the world’s leading printing associations, will bring leading label and package printing converters face-to-face with the industry’s best suppliers.

BOBST Completes Acquisition Of Cerutti

The production plant of Bobst Italia in San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy
The production plant of Bobst Italia in San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy

Based in San Giorgio Monferrato, Bobst Italia is BOBST’s worldwide center of excellence for gravure printing, laminating, and coating technologies for the flexible packaging industry. The Cerutti acquisition is in line with BOBST’s strategic goal of further consolidating its technology and market leadership in the global gravure printing market.

Gruppo Cerutti founded in 1920 in Casale Monferrato, in the northwest of Italy, grew into a world-renowned manufacturer of rotogravure printing presses for packaging, publishing, specialty printing and converting equipment. Through this acquisition, the Bobst Group adds to its assets the Cerutti brand, the Cerutti intellectual property rights and all Cerutti intangible assets. Thirty Cerutti ex-employees will join Bobst Italia’s personnel at the company site in San Giorgio Monferrato.

“We are very pleased that the proceedings have finally come to a completion, ending a period of uncertainty for the Cerutti stakeholders locally and worldwide,” commented Davide Garavaglia, General Manager and Head of Product Lines Gravure, Vacuum, Coating & Laminating at Bobst Italia.

“As a company, Bobst Italia is characterized by financial and social sustainability and, as such, is able to create value in the long term. Following the completion, we will be able to integrate into our organization the Cerutti technology along with its technical experts adding to our existing know-how and capabilities. It also means that we can now provide BOBST’s high level of service and support to Cerutti machines installed worldwide.”
Bobst Mex SA, Switzerland

Webinar On “Corona Or Plasma – Which Is Best For Your Process?”

Save the date Wed, Nov 24, 2021 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM IST

Corona or Plasma – which is best for your process? Presented by Kevin McKell – VP Sales & Marketing, Vetaphone A/S. Today’s label and flexible packaging markets are making ever greater demands on the substrates being used, and asking what is their adhesion ability? Many involved in production believe that the higher the Dyne level, the better the bonding, but is this always true? This webinar explains why the correct Dyne level for each job is determined by the inks, lacquers, and adhesives being used, not by the surface treatment process. It explains why it’s not just a question of treating to the highest Dyne level – it’s understanding the requirements of each job that determines whether you need Corona or Plasma treatment. Don’t miss this opportunity of hearing from the market’s leading authority. Sign up at: