Kenya based printer, Ramco Group has decided to go for Bobst Autoplaten diecutter Novacut 106E and folder-gluer Visionfold 80A2.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Amit Patel said: "We have Bobst machines for last 14 years. We are expanding in Uganda to have more regional presence in East African countries. The existing machines will be shifted to Uganda and new die-cutter and folder-gluer will be installed in Kenya. We will be doing investment of about $ 1miilion over next 7 to 8 months."

The main jobs of the company are into confectionery and pharmaceutical packaging. "We also be doing Braile packaging in future. Our export contributes to 25% in our revenues mainly from countries like Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. The east African countries now will become part of EAC, East African Community and may have common currency over next five years. So this emerging market will continue to grow," Patel said.

The print group of Ramco is 14 years old and employs 240 people. It has a turnover of $5 million per month. The company has services like offset, screen and digital printing, contracts stationery, promotional items, inner packaging etc. Printer has 10 machines from Heidelberg for printing, Mimaki in digital printing, Bobst and Muller Martini in finishing departments.