Mumbai-based clear and promotional packaging specialist, Globe Print N Pack which had to shutter its operation following the lockdown, has started a new initiative to help medical and frontline worker fighting the Covid-19 cases in India.

The company has been producing face shields, which is part of the PPEs. Despite facing issues such as manpower shortage, the company is producing 20,000 face shields in a day, and in its effort, it’s the Bobst Novacut 106E fitted with Hot Plast system which made the Globe’s job easy.

Globe also partners with UK-based Bell Packaging which supplies promotional POS and displays packaging for FMCG brands

“Our partners in the UK were producing face shields for use there. So when we got the news about shortage of face shields in the market, we felt it was the need of the hour in India too, and instantly began to produce the same here in India too,” said Rahul Gupta, managing director at Globe.

During Drupa 2016, PrintWeek had announced Globe’s deal with Bobst for purchase of the Novacut 106E with a Hot Plast system. “It was a choice we made keeping in mind quality and precision rather than saving on the initial investment,” said Gupta. “None of the machines we had before the Bobst Novacut 106E came in were capable of finishing plastic accurately.”

The Bobst Novacut 106E installed at Globe’s Vasai plant

Since then the company has made a quantum leap in the quality of the products produced, leading to its growth. “The Bobst Novacut was installed in the new and bigger plant in Vasai in 2017. Since then we have been converting over 300 tonnes of plastics per month,” said Gupta. The company has also added a Bobst folder-gluer and a Komori Lithrone G40 six-colour UV plus coater press.

Coming back to Bobst’s Hot Plast system, Gupta said, the system gives the Bobst die-cutter the ability to hot die-cut plastics using standard wooden cutting dies instead of expensive dedicated tools. “The system is able to quickly switch between hot and cold die-cutting as necessary and offers thermal stability, which guarantees perfect cutting and creasing results on plastics by maintaining higher production speeds.”

Gupta concluded, “It’s certainly a versatile machine and worth the investment, but more importantly, it had enabled us to extend that little help in supporting the society, and easing the pressure on our health service during these unprecedented times.”

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