One of Asia’s largest gravure cylinder makers, Shilp Gravures moved into flexographic plate manufacturing in 2008. Having worked with Esko and used the company’s integrated software and hardware solutions for more than 25 years, the company installed the industry leading Esko CDI Crystal and XPS plate imager and exposure solution at its facility in Rakanpur, near Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
“We have worked with the team at Shilp Gravures for a number of years, since before they moved into flexo plate manufacturing,” said Murad Kalal, Regional Sales Manager, Esko. “Following their commitment and investment to digitize and automate their processes to ensure the best quality plates for their customers, it is only fitting that they are the first company in India to achieve this certification.
“The XPS Crystal Program was developed to recognise those businesses that consistently produce superior plates, which lead to superior flexographic print quality,” added Murad. “This certification underlines the professionalism and dedication to excellence of the Shilp Gravures flexographic team and recognises their commitment to producing the highest quality plates.”
Gajanan Bhavsar, Marketing Director, Shilp Gravures, said the company has worked hard to develop a strong relationship and reputation during its more than 30 years in business. “This has led to us being a leading supplier to the industry,” said Bhavsar. “We have a strong, experienced workforce that understands our customers’ requirements and adapts quickly to new trends and technologies. While this makes us a preferred supplier of plates, it also means that we are under constant pressure to deliver large volumes of quality plates, as quickly as possible.”
In order to continue meeting the ever-increasing customer demand, to further improve productivity, and in turn customer satisfaction levels, Shilp Gravures sought to adopt a more efficient workflow. “We were looking to maximise output in terms of productivity while also reducing errors, waste and operator time,” said Bhavsar.