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Sakal, the Indian newspaper and commercial business group, has invested €2m  with KBA and Bobst at Drupa to move into packaging. The Nashik-based company has bought a six-colour plus UV coater Rapida 75 Pro, a Bobst Novacut 106E and a Bobst Ambition A1 folder-gluer.

Sakal Group chairman Pratap Pawar, said: “We have been running a successful newspaper and commercial printing business, and diversification into packaging segment, though a new one for us, is only a natural progression.” 

The plant is expected to be up and running by this October. Pawar said setting up the Nashik plant is only the first stage: “Sakal has 12 printing units across Maharashtra and we hope to extend each of the 12 units with a packaging arm.”