Kenya News: Manipal Orders First Lombardi Press In East Africa


Manipal International Printing is the first company in east Africa to order a Lombardi Synchroline press for its plant in Nairobi.

Currently, there are three flexo presses and two gravure machines running at the factory that prints a total of 55,000 linear metres a day. The company is getting a new gravure press and more finishing lines to Nairobi. With increasing production, Manipal is shifting its factory to a 929sqm (10,000 square feet) facility in the city.

Pritam Choudhary, managing director at Manipal Africa said, ‘It will be the first Lombardi press in east Africa. This mid web press fits well with gravure and narrow web presses running at the factory and is meant to print short run jobs of 10,000 linear metres and less.’

‘Since we are trying to double the capacity, we expect to grow at 50 percent in the next financial year,’ Choudhary added.

The company established its second plant in Africa in Lagos, Nigeria in 2014 and plans to add another one in Mozambique in the first quarter of 2018. ‘The east African market has diversified and countries outside of Kenya are also opting for more presses. We are also diversifying our portfolio and markets.’

Vinsak managing director, Ranesh Bajaj said, ‘We congratulate Manipal on the purchase of their first Synchroline press. The machine is technologically sound and can print a range of substrates.’

Manipal Group prints print pressure-sensitive and in-mould labels as well as flexible packaging, laminates and pouches in Africa.

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