Reaping advantages of relocating the production facility (Part II)

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Under the first part of the study made by P&P with few prominent Indian printers who have relocated their production facilities on outskirt of the city and now have been reaping advantages of their appropriate initiative in this regards, we had interactively apprehended the pristine experience of Multivista Global Limited, Replika Press Pvt Ltd, Nagaraj & Co in the previous issue of the magazine, in which these printers apparently expressed that this initiative has not only facilitated handling lot of jobs ‘at a time’ without compromising quality, but also improved the production efficiency by increasing the output of individual staff compared to the time when they were operating within the city. Continuing to Part II of the report, we are to explore what HBD Packaging, and EIH Press of the Oberoi Group have gained after relocation of production facilities. Here’s a brief. HBD Packaging
Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi Udhyog Kendra Industrial Area, Greater Noida (UP)

“Now, we are working under one roof on a single floor which has immensely contributed in improving efficiencies,” stated Rajiv Bhargava of HBD Packaging, mentioning, the overall benefits in shifting to outskirts apart from availability of substantial working area.

Rajiv Bhargava wih his brother Neeraj Bhargava at HBD Packaging facility. The top provider of innovative and quality printed packaging materials, HBD Packaging moved out completely in September / October 2005 from Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi to Udhyog Kendra Industrial Area, Greater Noida (UP). “Now, we are working under one roof on a single floor which has immensely contributed in improving efficiencies and our commitments to customers,” stated Rajiv Bhargava of the company, mentioning, the overall benefits in shifting to outskirts apart from availability of substantial working area.

Sharing their experience at the new facility regarding supply of consumables, delivery of jobs, and timely reaching of the staff, Rajiv conveyed, “We are fortunate to have consumable suppliers like JN Arora, Siegwerk, Print-Aid Center who have gone out of their way to meet any emergencies. We do maintain a small office in Okhla where the local deliveries of inks, chemicals, coatings, etc are made and every morning our own transport brings them to our facility in Greater Noida. Also, we have no issues on delivery of smaller quantity of jobs to our local customers getting ready at different timings during the day as the same transport takes the small quantities and deliver to the customers’ godown or at the transporters godown. To take care of the staff transport, we have made arrangements by hiring a private bus operator, however some employees have moved closer to the new facility.”

The company still outsources some of their requirements from units located within the city. “We do get all the back-up from Delhi only – repairs and maintenance workshops, banking, pre-press out-sourcing, engineers, etc. The regular supplies of board, inks and coatings, etc are delivered by the suppliers directly to Greater Noida facility,” said Rajiv.

Talking about power supply at the new location, he said, “We have recently shifted to 33KV grid from the 11 KV and this has improved the availability of the power. Before that it was really an issue and there were very frequent stoppages (7-10) in a day.” To receive jobs, HBD Packaging takes advantage of internet facility. “Our customers have been sending all their orders through e-mail / internet only. Hardly any order is received by courier / post,” mentioned Rajiv.

On asking about any additional local tax imposed like Chungi, etc, while sending printed material to city, he said, “We have some issues of Entry Tax for the paper / board that we buy from outside the state. There is a transport union here which sometimes creates problem. Getting Form ‘F’ from job workers (coating, repairs and maintenance, etc.) is also a big issue in UP. ” Because of moving out of the city, the inventory level at the company has definitely gone up by two times. Resultantly, the company has been planning for further expansion. “We have been thinking of doubling the space by building the first floor in the current financial year,” concluded Rajiv.

EIH Press
Delhi Manesar near Gurgaon

“It has been three years since we shifted to Manesar near Gurgaon in Haryana. Now, we have a bigger space and with organized workflow which helps us to manage operations in a more efficient manner,” said R Shankar of EIH Press.

R Shankar EIH Press of the Oberoi Group is another print company in northern India who are reaping the advantages of being located at the outskirts of the city. “It has been three years since we had shifted to Manesar near Gurgaon. Now, we have a bigger space and with organized workflow which helps us to manage operations in a more efficient manner,” said R Shankar of the company, mentioning the overall benefits in shifting to outskirts apart from availability of substantial working area.

“Meeting emergent situations has become part of our life as we are always geared to face such challenges. Availability of raw materials at short notices sometimes does become a hindrance to fulfill the urgent orders of the customers but it is our constant endeavour to exceed the expectations of our esteemed customers. To fulfill the requirements of local customers who place small value orders are meticulously planned and executed within the stipulated time. Such executions of orders within the time frame go a long way in building confidence amongst the customers and a great amount of goodwill is earned in the process. Our people are our strength and hence we make all our efforts to ensure that the staff reaches the workplace comfortably and leave safely. Staff buses for regular shifts and other smaller vehicles are provided to the staff who are required to work in odd hours, to commute up to the workplace and to return to their homes,” conveyed Shankar telling about their experience in terms of: meeting the emergency requirements of the consumables; delivery of smaller quantity of jobs to local customers getting ready at different timings during the day; and having the staff regularly reaching timely and leaving the press during odd hours.

Having self-sufficient infrastructure in-house, the company does not need to outsource their requirements. The ratio of Government supplied power and self generated power is 50:50 at their facility. Around 70 percent jobs are received online. Their inventory is being meticulously managed by the entire team and therefore, the inventory levels are kept under absolute control. There is no additional local tax imposed like Chungi, etc, while sending printed material to the city. “With the new set-up, for next five years, we will have enough space for further expansion, to comfortably fulfilling the expected requirements,” concluded Shankar.

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