My father, P.S.Kohli, embarked on this journey in 1972 from a humble workshop manufacturing Stack Flexo Presses and Slitter Rewinders for the Paper Bag industry.
By the time I joined this small family business, 15 years later, we had already established a strong domestic presence and were focused on Gravure Presses, Laminators and Slitters for the flexible packaging Industry.
In 1990 I visited Drupa for the first time, a crucial turning point for me that paved the future path for Kohli. I was in awe of the technology being displayed at the show and at the same time could see the disparity between European and Indian machine manufacturers.
At the age of 22 it became my mission to reduce this gap and to gain international respect that I was confident an Indian manufacturer could achieve.
My father had secured a large market share in India but my intention was to grab the International market by offering innovative machines at competitive prices with a strong emphasis on personalized customer service.
50 years later, in 2022, we now operate from a state-of-the-art facility with a dedicated research and development department. Over 1500 machines have been successfully installed in 38 countries.
Thea-9one8 has been a game changer, going gravure viral in 2020, bringing Kohli as a manufacturer to the forefront. Kohli is proud to be the first Asian manufacturer to have demonstrated live, printing speeds of 651 mpm using toluene free inks and 501 mpm using water-based inks.
With the help of an incredible team, a supportive family and determination, 32 years since the first Drupa visit, my dream has finally come true. I believe there is a new-found appreciation and acceptance for Indian machines that was absent before. We are now favorably compared with our European counterparts.
Kohli offers a wide range of gravure printing presses to suit different applications.
Rhea series with mechanical line shaft drive and Thea series with electronic line shaft drive.
Kohli is not just the face of Gravure but also offers :
Plutus : Our latest multi process and multi technology Coater-Laminator.
Like a multi tool swiss army knife, Plutus is a perfect combination of multiple applications making it one of the most versatile equipment for any converting need. Be it solvent based, water based, solventless, hot melts, cold seal, uv-led-ebeam lacquers or even pressure sensitive silicones.
Gaia : A simple solution to solvent-free lamination.
Athena : An advanced solution to solvent and water based lamination or coating.
Lamex : Extrusion coating and lamination machines, manufactured in partnership with Rajoo Engineers, India.
Zeus : Innovative range of slitter rewinders for the flexible packaging and pressure sensitive label industry.
All our machines have been conceptualised by machine operators - for machine operators - proudly designed and manufactured by Kohli in India.