Ramco Enterprises was one of the first businesses in Mumbai to receive a BOBST AMBITION A1 folder-gluer when it was installed in 2010. Most recently, Ramco has invested in a BOBST AMBITION 106 A2.
‘We wanted to buy the BOBST AMBITION 106 A2 folder-gluer at a later stage, but ultimately thought investing now was the right thing to do. Furthermore, the BOBST team explained the machine’s features and benefits very well. This convinced us it was the right machine for us and it was the right time to invest – we were able to think of our business with a future perspective,’ said the managing director of Ramco Enterprises.
He added that the transition from the older machine to the new one was smooth due to the credibility of BOBST as a brand. Furthermore, confidence in the machine’s performance in the market, even as a secondhand machine, has been great. ‘The machine’s attractive buyback price that we were offered along with the BOBST team’s guidance and assistance, even after the purchase of our first machine, helped us make the final decision to upgrade,’ he said. ‘To provide good customer service is a priority for us. We are able to cater to the needs of our customers due to our robust machines. They help us deliver jobs in a timely and consistent manner. Quality and reliability are maintained to the highest levels.’
The BOBST AMBITION 106 A2 folder-gluer can handle jobs like straight line with open blank and with widths from 76mm-1060mm, as well as crash lock bottom open blank with widths 146mm-1060mm, and with maximum production speed of up to 300m/min. The variable speed-independent drive offers easy adjustment on the machines in real-time during operation, and therefore enables handling of a range of boxes, including four and six-corner lock-bottom boxes and value-added boxes.
‘That is what we hope will be in demand in the next few years. We look at the future with hope for improvement. We are gradually returning to normal post-pandemic and we hope that things will get back on track and there will be a boom in business,’ said the MD. ‘The BOBST service team has always been helpful and the customer care number is brilliant. They have always been readily available whenever we have needed them and have always been prompt to respond,’ added ES Murali Krishnan, production manager, Ramco.
Talking about the pandemic and its effects, the MD said, ‘We had some troubles during the first wave, as it was a completely new situation for everyone. Luckily, our plant was shut only for the initial 2-3 weeks, and upon the completion of all Covid formalities, we re-started operations instantly. We realised we were functioning better after we re-opened, despite having less staff, due to our automated machines. After the initial slowdown of three months, we were able to adapt, and now, we are functioning at full strength. Having survived this, we are now extremely resilient.’
So, what were the learnings from the pandemic? ‘We learned that if automation is well implemented, you can run a business with minimum manpower. Packaging, overall, is going to get more and more globalised with time. Automation and innovation is the way forward and it is important for the next few years for any business,’ he added.