Organised by Indian Printing, Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA), at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi, the 11th edition of Printpack India (Feb 23-28, 2013) concluded successfully marking a new benchmark of success, in terms of number of visitors and volume of business many exhibitors received. With effective participation of 350+ exhibitors presenting their best offerings, the event provided the platform to the printers from India and aboard to know about the latest advancements in technologies of printing, packaging, converting, signage, and digital segments. Here is a brief. Giving another boost to the graphic arts industry in India, the Printpack India 2013, a renowned exhibition providing an appropriate platform for not only domestic print machinery manufacturers but various global industry majors, closed their doors to be reopened on the same dates after two years in 2015. In this edition of the event, 350+ exhibitors participated witnessing 60,000+ footfalls. On the sidelines of the exhibition, an International level conference was also organized with the joint efforts of NPES (The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, USA). Asia Print Meet and Printers Day Celebration' (Feb 24) was another great opportunity for the printers and machines manufacturers to interact with each other and to learn about the current scenario of the industry. KS Khurana, president-IPAMA and CP Paul, general secretary-IPAMA, addressed the participants at Printers Day celebration and updated about Printpack India 2013.
In an exclusive conversation with Print & Publishing, CP Paul, general secretary-IPAMA conveyed, "Despite remote location of the venue, this edition of Printpack India marked another benchmark of success, with 350+ exhibitors, including around 35 from overseas, with maximum number of companies participating in the post-press segment. However, the number of exhibitors was less in comparison with the previous edition of the show. But it made the exhibitors happy owing to greater number of quality visitors (around 10,000 more footfalls than the previous show), and volume of business generated during the event."
Notably, for ensuring maximum footfall in Printpack India 2013, a series of promotional meets for visitors had been held by the organizers across the country, covering various hubs of the industry. They also endeavoured to promote the show in neighboring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and in other potential markets like UAE, Kenya and South Africa. Besides, with facilities and other initiatives, the organisers left no stone unturned to prove shifting Printpack India out of Pragati Maidan for the first time adequately fruitful. "It was one of the greatest challenges for us to shift the show to new venue, making the participants 'feel good' along with comfort of visitors. And finally this vision of IPAMA worked out well, enabling the event refueling the advancements in the industry at the time when it is shrinking," added Paul.
Promoting brand India image…
"Through Printpack India show, our aim is to bring printers and machines manufacturers at one platform for ensuring better understanding about 'brand India' products. On this line, we are further expecting printers' specific requirements to identify what types of machines Indian printers need today, and our member manufacturers will develop those machines accordingly, which shall be presented at the next edition of Printpack India. "Besides, to set up brand India image at international level effectively, we may collaborate to organise the show in various developing countries like Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc, as these countries have been showing keen interests in brand India products," conveyed KS Khurana, president-IPAMA, in his message to printers and machine manufacturers.
Making a wave...
Printpack India 2013 again proved as one of the most comprehensive shows in the region, with effective participation of the suppliers covering various segments of the graphic arts industry including pre-press, press, post press, digital printing, packaging & finishing, allied machinery and consumables. Along with other segments of the graphic arts industry, the Printpack India 2013 also succeeded in making a wave in the newspaper industry. In the dedicated halls (hangers) for newspaper technology segment, most of the major newspaper machinery suppliers also presented their best offerings.
The prominent exhibitors covering all these segments of the graphic arts industry included: Advanced Graphic Systems, Alpna Visual Packaging Aids, Amit International, Anil Agencies, APL Machinery, Apsom Infotex Ltd, AS Print Aids, Associated Engineering Corporation, Associated Industrial Corporation, Autoprint Machinery Mfrs, Bobst India, Canon India, Capital Graphic Supplies, Chemline India Ltd, Condot Systems, Esko Graphics, First Paper Idea India, Five Star Printing Machinery Co, Fujifilm India, Galaxy Propac, GB Tech, Grafica Flextronica, Grafik Machinery Exchange India, HCL, HP, Indo Poly Machines Corporation, Insight Communications, International Electronics & Communication Systems, Joy D-Zign Engineers, Kalbro Manufacturing, Kalsi Machinery, KMI Business, Kodak India, Line O Matic, Macro Print Engineers India, Mahalaxmi Rubtech, Malhotra Graphics, Manroland India, Manugraph India, Max Rollers, Megtec Systems, Memory Repro, MGE Graphic System, Mohansons India, Monotech Systems, MRL Printing Rolls, Muller Martini (India), Multitec Aids, Naph Graphics, NBG Printographic, NPES, Prakash Offset Machinery, Pratham Technologies, Precision Graphic Engineers, Pressline India, Printools Graphics, Q.I. Press Controls, QuadTech Inc, Rado Packaging Machines, Raghbeer Machinery, Redlands Machinery, Reprographic Systems & Supplies, Reprographics India, Riso India, RSG Infotech, Sahil Graphics, Sheth Printograph, Shilp Gravures Limited, Shree Refrigerations, Sigma Rollers, SL Kulkarni Cyril Graphics, Speed-O-Graphics (India), Stationery Automation Machinery, Suba Solutions, Surjeet Engineering, Swifts, The Printers House, UV Graphic Technologies, UV Printers India, Vijaya Grafiks Inc, Watthour Systems, XEROX, Zenith Rubber, etc.
Most of the exhibitors marked good business and decent leads from the visitors. While giving details about their exhibits during Printpack India 2013, they showed satisfaction with the response at the event.
Here are highlights from some of the prominent exhibitors and their experience about this edition of the event:
Alpna Visual Packaging Aids: The company was displaying Alarc 102 autofeed roller-coater with UV, IR dryer and auto sheet stacker. As per Vijay K Aggarwal, "It was a very good show for us. We booked three orders for our autofeed roller coater displayed at the event. We are happy with the change in venue of the show."
Amit International: For Amit International, it was fine show. "We received serious visitors at this new location of the show. Overall, we are happy with the response at the show," conveyed Amit Jain.
Anil Agencies: The company for the first time showcased live demo of automatic box making machine. For Mohit Jain, director, Anil Agencies, Printpack India 2013 was a nice show, indicating to them manifold potentials. "However, it was tough to reach to the show venue, but we are happy with the response receiving solid enquiries," he commented.
APL Machinery: Indian manufacturer of screen printing machines and UV curing systems, APL Machinery Pvt Ltd displayed ten machines at the show, out of which two machines were launched for the first time. "We received overwhelming response at this edition of Printpack India. More than three thousand visitors came to our stand, making it the most successful show for us ever, with over thirty orders received during the show," said Swati Paul, MD of the company.
Apsom Infotex Ltd: Along with promoting their other products, Apsom Infotex launched two new wide format printers - 'Eco Solvent Soljet Pro 4' and 'CJ Thunder' from Colorjet India Ltd. Eco solvent Soljet Pro 4 XR 614 is a high speed 6X4" print and cut machine with fast drawing ink speed of 530sq ft/hr, while CJ Thunder is true flatbed UV printer having print capacity of 780 sq ft/hr.
AS Print Aids / Capital Graphics Supplies: Promoting the whole range of products from their several principals, covering the entire spectrum of printing, packaging, digital and mailing etc, AS Print Aids / Capital Graphic Supplies also received good response during the show. The company presented live demonstration of Ecologica, a fully automatic bending machine from SERVIFORM. The products of their Denmark-based principal – TRESU were also among star attractions at their stand. As per Arun Gandhi of Capital Graphic Supplies, "This edition of Printpack India was a good show for us, attracting quality visitors and effective leads, which shall definitely convert into business. We also got orders for two SERVIFORM machines. However, the first day of the event went in troublesome situation for the people in hangers, due to inadequate arrangements. But overall, we are happy with the response at the show."
Autoprint Machinery Mfrs: The company showcased five products at the show, including Fine Coat 80, Reckoner VDP 65, Checkmate 65, Dion 450+, and Repetto 65-V2. Among these, Checkmate 65 and Repetto 65-V2 were new products unveiled for the first time at Printpack India. As per KG Suresh, joint managing director, Autoprint, "It was a good show for us, bringing decent crowd to our stand. Visitors showed keen interest in our new products displayed live at the show."
Bobst India: Without physically showing any machine at the event, Bobst India was promoting their die cutting machine and folder gluer. On the occasion, the company also announced order for Masterfold 110A2 CSM, the Asia's fastest folder gluer with Accubraille GT and Accucheck, from Art O Print, Ahmedabad. As per Venugopal Menon, vice president, Indian sub continent, business unit sheetfed, Bobst India Pvt Ltd, "It was a successful show for us. We got decent visitors at our stand from all corners of the country."
Esko Graphics India: The company showcased Kongsberg XE10 sample table at the show, apart from promoting their range of packaging solutions. On the occasion, Esko Graphics India also announced a major order from Galaxy Offset India Pvt Ltd who have chosen Esko's complete folding carton prepress software workflow including Artios CAD, DeskPack & Plato as well as Kongsberg XE10 sample table to boost quality, consistency and enhance productivity. As per Karan Talwar of Esko, "We received good response at the show, attracting a number of visitors at our stand."
Five Star Printing Machinery Co: Providing a single source for all post press and packaging machinery requirements, Five Star Printing Machinery presented their line of products at the show. The exercise book binding and folding machine was one of the star attractions at their stand. As per KS Khurana of the company, "It was an excellent show for us, providing huge opportunities to generate business in a big way."
Fujifilm India: Fujifilm India used Printpack India 2013 as a platform to unveil their latest strategy for digital printing solutions. The company showcased Acuity LED1600 printer for the first time at Printpack India, apart from promoting digital inkjet press called 'JetPress' and Green CtP consumables technologies. The Acuity LED1600 fully incorporates the cutting-edge technologies of the Fujifilm group, from the uniquely designed LED lamp unit to the high-precision / high-speed inkjet printhead, high-sensitivity UV ink, and many others. Keys to Acuity LED1600 performance are class-leading productivity of 20 sq m²/hr, high-quality from a wide colour gamut and smooth tonal gradations, and the flexibility to print to a broad range of media up to 13 mm thickness. These give the ability to produce high value-added promotional tools, thus providing powerful support for expanding the business into new markets. The company also showcased various samples of Acuity LED1600 applications, printed on different media. With its market leading R&D investments in inkjet print head and digital ink technologies, Fujifilm is focusing on becoming the global leader in inkjet printing technology for the commercial, packaging and wide format market segments. As part of this strategy, Fujifilm India is now ready to offer digital printing solutions specifically tailored to different market applications, and so they used Printpack 2013 as the launch platform for a brand new range of high performance Acuity series printers and digital inkjet press with performance characteristics tailored to the commercial and packaging print segments. As per Anil Singh of the company, "We received very good response at the event. Visitors took keen interest in knowing about wide range of applications of Acuity LED1600 printer, making this product a star attraction at our stand."
Galaxy Propac: Galaxy Propac Pvt Ltd (GPPL), who entered the finishing equipment market during challenging times couple of years ago, used Printpack India 2013 as a right platform to present new value addition process. Having sold diecutters, foil stampers, flute laminators & folder gluers, GPPL succeeded to fulfill its resolve of high productivity and high end value addition with competent support staff.
Printpack India 2013 witnessed the introduction of Yoco carton inspection machine with a live demo enabling to gauge effectiveness of the equipment. GPPL conducted trials for various customers during the show with real jobs and real time makeready check on their stand. GPPL worked extensively with Yoco & Focusight, companies responsible for carton inspection machine, for 18 months to bring the product in the shape, it is now. Inspection system for mono cartons for industries like pharma, cigarette, FMCG, food has reference installations at Kumar Printers, Maharshi Packaging, Parksons Packaging, York Printers and some more in the pipeline.
Grafica Flextronica: Grafica Flextronica, a regular exhibitor in Printpack India, showcased its fully automatic screen printing machine – Swing cylinder press with inline UV, Camshell and nano series machines.
Grafik Machinery Exchange India: The company showcased 'print plus coat' a high production low investment coating device for sheet fed offset machines. Besides this, they also presented roller coater, UV curing system (inter-deck and on conveyor) and IR driers.
HCL: At Printpack India 2013, HCL launched Konica Minolta bizhub 1052 press, expanding the possibilities of monochrome digital printing. Konica Minolta bizhub C8000 digital press for high value solutions was another attraction at their stand. "We succeeded in receiving more than five orders at the show, including one for Konica Minolta bizhub C8000," conveyed Umang Singhal of HCL.
Insight Communications: Promoting wide range of products of their several principals, Insight Communications kept on display only Kodak CtP Trendsetter 800. The company received several orders for this Kodak CtP system, including one from Anupam Art Printers. As per Ajay Aggarwal, CEO of the company, "Printpack India 2013 was successful show for us generating very good business and lot of leads."
J Mahabeer: At Printpack India 2013, J Mahabeer Co Pvt Limited was once again one of the show stealers, with the introduction of a 4-colour Satellite over 4 Colour Satellite Tower printing unit enabling a printing speed of 36,000. With the use of a common impression cylinder to print 4 colour on one side on each satellite – in one stroke brought new dimension and accolade to 4 over 4 web printing business. Excelling the art and science of newspaper presses, the 4 Colour Satellite over 4 Colour Satelite (Tower Press) offers unparallel printing quality, reduced wastage, substantially reduced manpower needs with the use of set and forget technology.
The crowning glory of the show was the signing of contract between Makkal Kural (Newsman Associates Ltd) and J Mahabeer Co Pvt Ltd for two FAST 360 web press lines. Each line consist of four 4 Hi Tower, one ½ page folder with upper former. The press will come equipped with five splicers, closed loop register control, auto tracking of ink and water balance at various press speed through a PLC system apart from various other features. The two presses are destined to be installed at Makkal Kural Madurai and Coimbatore printing center by mid 2013.
KMI Business Technologies: Showcasing four existing printers from Konica Minolta, KMI Business also get good response at the show. The company received around fifteen orders for different models of digital printers. However, DN Rajguru, VP (marketing) of KMI Business Technologies Pvt Ltd was not happy with change in location of the show from Pragati Maidan and arrangements made in hangers.
Line O Matic Graphic Industries: The company demonstrated three of their most innovative and revolutionary machines at the exhibition. These include: fully automatic exercise book machine – Nova RB104; automatic exercise book binding machine – Uno B104; and automatic reel to sheet super high speed ruling / flexo printing machine – SHS104.
Mahalaxmi Rubtech: Mahalaxmi Rubtech Ltd (MRT), an ISO 9001:2000 certified public limited company, was displaying first of its kind Indian made offset printing blankets during Printpack India 2013. With European blankets being expensive and Chinese blankets being low on quality, Indian made blankets would just be the ideal alternative for Indian offset printers. MRT is now offering its range of Indian made offset printing blankets that are not just competitive in rates but also superior in quality standards. MRT proposes to introduce the product line of high quality offset printing blankets for various printing applications including, sheetfed, newspaper, UV, metal, plastic, packaging etc.
Manroland India: It was resounding success for manroland India at Printpack India 2013, marking excellent business and sales. With the successful participation at the show, the company has positioned itself as a complete solutions provider for the Indian print industry offering innovative solutions for web offset, sheetfed offset, digital print finishing, mailroom and inserting solutions and pressroom chemistry from manroland.
At Printpack India, manroland web systems informed about its double wide, single circumference web offset press CROMOMAN 4- 1designed exclusively for the Indian market with two product variants in 7.4 m and 5.4 m height options. The company announced two successful installations of CROMOMAN 4-1 in India in 2012 - Times of India, Pune and Kolkata.
manroland web systems also announced its venture in the digital industrial postpress finishing solutions with cut-off variable folders that can be integrated with high speed digital inkjet printers. In the sheetfed segment, manroland highlighted its benchmark ROLAND 700 press in the 3B format, ideally suited for high quality commercial and packaging printing. Daily presentations on innovative packaging solutions were led by Sascha Ehrenberg, regional sales manager – South Asia, manroland sheetfed, and were a star attraction at the manroland booth. In addition, manroland sheetfed also highlighted its pre-owned presses sourced and serviced by manroland network globally.
Manroland India's recent association with BÖWE SYSTEC was also visible at the booth. A live demonstration of the self-mailing sealer was a crowd puller at the manroland booth and received an outstanding response. manroland India is the exclusive sales and service partner for BÖWE SYSTEC in India for their complete range of mail room solutions.
Manroland India also highlighted its printcom range of pressroom consumables including fountain solutions, press washes, press care and plate care products that were displayed at the booth and were well received by visitors.
"We are very satisfied with our presence at Printpack India 2013, our products and solutions highlighted at the show drew excellent response from customers and business partners. With an impressive footfall on our booth, we had the opportunity to connect with a large customers base including several new clients," conveyed Pankaj Bhasin, newly appointed managing director at manroland India.
Manugraph India: Along with Masterwork Machinery Co Ltd, Manugraph India presented live demo of MK 1060M/MF automatic platen die cutting machine with stripping, the excellent new cost effective solution featuring high quality, high speed, fast delivery, quick return; and MK 420, a fully automatic sheet inspection machine which enables automatic detection of products ensuring quality.
With a tie up with Masterwork Machinery Co Ltd, Manugraph brings world class quality packaging machines in India to cater packaging market effectively. Masterwork Machinery Co Ltd is a leading manufacturer of high precision, high speed automatic die-cutting machine, high precision automatic platen foil stamping with hologram system, and the high speed automatic folding and gluing machine. Their range of machines include: Duopress, a unique machine that gives advantage of performing two seamless operations (die cutting and foil stamping/embossing) at a time in one go thereby saving time, energy, manpower and wastage; Inspection Machine 420 Q, a technological breakthrough in its design with a spectacular speed of 240 m/min; and the model MK920YMI which caters to normal foil stamping, hologram and die cutting and model MK1060ST to the complex jobs.
Also, in newspaper segment, Manugraph India set another technology benchmark for the industry, introducing the latest addition to their stable, an efficient web machine catering to the book printing industry. Short web path ensures excellent print quality and reduced waste, which provides an excellent price performance ratio. The other leading products from Manugraph include Smartline: 4x1 with a speed of 70,000 cph, the first Indian manufactured double width machine and Dreamline: 50,000 cph, a double width single circumference eight page newspaper press for flexible newspaper printing.
Max Rollers: "It was a good event for us, getting serious visitors. We are happy with the show due to good arrangement by the organizers. However, Pragati Maidan is better venue for the event because of easy access to the visitors," commented Sandeep Aggarwal of Max Rollers.
Megabound (India): The company launched four new machines at the show, while displaying twelve machines. As per N Srinivasa Reddy, director-marketing of the company, "We are very happy with response at the show, getting around fifty orders for different models of our machines. The change in location of the show worked out well, in terms of witnessing only quality visitors."
Memory Repro systems: The company was displaying pre-press and post-press machinery, press consumables and spare parts at the show. The new range of products in pre-press, include: range of plate punch & bender suitable for sheet-fed & web-offset machines, video plate punch & bender for web-offset machines, PRIM colour registration control and stacker for web presses. "We displayed seventeen products at the show, including five new ones, and attracted around Rs one crore business every day during the event. These facts show how successful this show was for us. Printpack India 2013 was neat and clean, and a well organized show, held at the new location, and we further recommend to continue organising the event at this location," conveyed Bal Krishan, managing director, Memory Repro Systems (P) Ltd.
MGE: MGE Graphic Systems India also enjoyed successful Printpack India 2013 show. Key announcements included the opening of their new office in Chennai to support printers in the South of India and the launch of their new energy efficient PressMate Dampening Chillers. In addition to this, there were also firsts in the Indian market for showing Benford's UV interdeck and end of press drying systems, the new Offline UV coater from Harris & Bruno and Pierry's IR drying systems for sheet and web presses. Hydrair ink pumps and Samoa diaphragm pumps were also generating a lot of interest and by the time the show closed, MGE had received a record number of enquiries spread evenly across for all the products.
Mohansons India: It was also a successful show for Mohansons India, displaying their two existing products. As per Munjal Panchal of the company, "Publicity efforts made by IPAMA worked out well, attracting large number of serious visitors to the show. We are extremely happy with the response at this edition of Printpack India."
Monotech Systems: At their all time jam-packed stand, Monotech Systems was displaying line of products in five verticals, including: prepress, digital printing, wide format printing, Inkjet printing, and software. Scodix press and JETSCI YAQ inkjet printing system were among the star attractions at their stand, "We presented around eleven unique products and technologies at the show, and got response beyond our expectations, marking several orders and new leads," conveyed briefly TP Jain, MD, Monotech Systems.
Monotech Systems announces collaboration with Compose Systems Ltd (Hong Kong) to offer D-Tone, a revolutionary colour assurance system, in India! From left- Tom Sit, managing director, Compose Systems Ltd; Andrew TK Yan, director, Wing King Tong Holdings Ltd with TP Jain and Amritpal Singh Bawa of Monotech Systems (Certified consultant of D-Tone in India).
Muller Martini: Muller Martini also used this show as a platform to promote their wide range of products, with special focus on commercial printing solutions. The company also presented the MMServices module at the Printpack India 2013, which was of great interest to existing and prospective customers of MM equipment – be it new, old or pre-owned machinery; in terms of: optimizing operating and investment costs; securing productivity, quality and added value; providing reliable investment protection; and maintaining and increasing the profitability of existing equipment. As a leading provider of printing and finishing systems, Muller Martini produces flexible machines with quick changeover times to ensure that even the smallest of print runs can be completed efficiently and cost-effectively within the shortest possible production times. The innovative modular solutions help the customers to adapt flexibly to new production requirements and to successively expand their machines. As per PR Lakshminarayanan, general manager, Muller Martini India, "It was very good show for us, we use this platform to promote our post press and customized commercial solutions."
Multitec Aids: Indian specialist in flexographic printing equipments, Multitec Aids Pvt Ltd presented live demonstration of their Ecoflex narrow web flexo press. Designed to provide a superior foundation for quality printing and converting, the press was one of the star attractions at the show in packaging segment.
NBG Printographic Machinery: The Company was promoting their Star web offset press at the show, along with launching a packaging machine for cartons. As per Nitin Garg, director of the company, "It was a good show for us, with an impressive number of footfalls. We received lot of queries from serious visitors at the show."
PAPERBIND: Having an exclusive alliance with GMP to bring its premium laminating technology to the Indian subcontinent, PAPERBIND launched a complete new range of products at Printpack India 2013. Spanning all categories of the print finishing process, these new machines are amongst the most superior in the market place and offer previously unheard of levels of efficiency and customer benefits. The Printpack India 2013 product lineup included: PAPERBIND GMP laminators, PAPERBIND PROCUT TITAN 265, PAPERBIND PUR SYSTEM 444 Plus, PAPERBIND DPC 375 AF and DPC 375 SCC, and GW 6000 Numbering System. As per Anuj A Mehta, CEO of the company, "It was an excellent and best show ever for us in terms of business made during the event. We displayed 13 machines, out of which seven machines were new. Seen such outstanding response to our products, we are also planning to manufacture highly efficient cutting machines in India, in collaboration with our overseas partner."
Pragati Corporation: Representing their several principals, Pragati Corporation was promoting a wide range of lamination films and print media products. On the occasion the company also announced their collaboration with Clarifoil, a part of Celanese Corporation, to distribute their biodegradable films in Indian market. As per Anil Khurana, CEO of Pragati Corporation, "We received excellent response for our range of lamination films and adhesives, and expecting very good business after the show." During the show Mark Tan Seng Wee, regional director, Asia Pacific, Celanese was also present to interact with the visitors.
Prakash Webtech: Faridabad (Haryana) based Prakash Webtech Pvt Ltd used Printpack India 2013 as a platform to launch its much awaited integrated roll stand Speedster model. Enabling speed of 36,000 cph, Speedster is a heavy duty 2:2 jaw type folder capable of folding up to 8 webs (with double RTF rollers) in broadsheet. "Prakash was the only company at Printpack India 2013 who presented live demo for newspaper printing, running different print jobs each day. During the live printing demonstration of 4-high tower and 36,000 cph speedster folder with balloon former, the machine was very well appreciated, with its salient features enabling to get good copy in just 30 copies in each warm start and within 200 copies for each cold start and job change. The tower on display was equipped with remote inking, auto registration, spray dampening, close loop tension control," conveyed Saurabh Gupta, director, Prakash Webtech Pvt Ltd. "Confidence in the machine was well paid off by audience appreciation and footfalls on the booth, with inquiries worth over Rs 25 crore. At the exhibition, we also received the order for 4 towers from Nai Dunia, the Hindi daily that is now part of the Jagran Group," he added.
Pratham Technologies: The company displayed five machine at the show along with promoting wide rage of products. "Superfeeder for variable data printing and vision inspection solutions; and Superfold outsert system were the new products presented for the first time at this show. As per Varad Deshpande, Superfold outsert system is the only machine of its kind for pharmaceutical applications. Up to previous year, we were only offering solutions for insert folding, but now we have made several expansions offering different solutions. We have also taken distributorship of tec4check Gmbh (Germany) for faster deviation detection solutions."
Precision Graphic Engineers: The company was displaying their existing model Eagle 428 machine. "We received good response at the show, which was better than expectations," said YP Taneja of the company.
Q.I. Press Controls India Pvt Ltd: The company introduced Air Bustle Device in India for the first time, apart from promoting improved Intelligent Density System along with their new generation of depth detection cameras mRC-3D, etc. Q.I. Press Controls' latest mRC-3D closed-loop register system is the ideal solution for all register functions. The self-cleaning objective protection offered by this new depth detection camera with double sensors proves to be highly attractive, due to the camera-integrated detection/response ability as well as the new functions to be offered by the double sensor system. Notably, Q.I. Press Controls' mRC-3D system was revealed at drupa 2012 exhibition, as a new miracle camera.
"We are happy with the response at the show, using it as platform to introduce our state-of-the-art high quality optical measure and control systems, with focus on Air Bustle Device, Intelligent Density System, mRC-3D," conveyed Vijay Pandya, managing director, Q.I. Press Controls India Pvt Ltd.
QuadTech: QuadTech presented its enhanced portfolio of press control technology under the theme 'The Power of Better—People + Technology = Solutions' at Printpack India 2013. The company exhibited products for newspaper, commercial and packaging print markets. QuadTech offers an extensive range of products for register and ribbon control, colour control, ink control, 100 percent web inspection and data management software, with solutions that improve performance, productivity and output for newspaper, commercial and packaging printers. As per Hemant Desai, general manager of the company, "It was a good show for us. We received lot of queries from quality visitors. Overall, we are happy with the response at the show."
Rado Packaging Machines: Along with displaying three products for commercial printers, Rado Packaging Machines showcased Registrar TY-800 vision (optical) punch and bender system for newspaper application. "At the show, we marked several leads for TY-800 system which has been specially developed for newspaper web offset presses. Overall it was a successful show for us," said Puneet Soorma of the company.
RSG Solutions: While promoting several products at the show, RSG Infotech launched X-rite eXact, a next generation handheld colour management solution. According to Gulshan Pahwa, business head, RSG Solutions Private Limited, "We received quite good response at the show, specially for X-rite eXact solution which provides predictable colour in the entire workflow. Overall, it was a successful show for us, attracting lot of visitors."
Shree Export Import LLC: It was an excellent show for Shree Export Import LLC who are dealers of pre-owned machines. As per Ashish Patel of the company, "We received orders for seven pre-owned machines and lot of leads."
Shree Refrigerations Pvt Ltd: A multi-product refrigeration and air-conditioning appliance manufacturing company, Shree Refrigerations Pvt Ltd showcased four new products at the show including: DuoSpray, a spray dampening chiller; EcoChill Series fountain solution chiller; MegaChill Series process chiller and DuoGlue in-gluing system, apart from promoting their other products. "We launched DuoGlue in-gluing system for the first time at the show and received very good response," conveyed Devashree Shende of the company.
The Printers House (TPH): The recently concluded Printpack India 2013 was a major success for TPH with many serious enquiries generated and a couple of contracts signed. Existing and potential customers from the length and breadth of India, even a few foreign visitors visited the company's stand to see the new-look integrated Orient X-Cel 4-Hi tower (which was mounted on a Megtec ARC). TPH also used Printpack as a platform to generate renewed interest for a new Orient X-Cel (36,000 cph) press that is being exported to Africa. The Orient X-Cel press was displayed at the TPH Factory and print demonstrations were held for several existing /new customers and visitors. The press featured shaftless footprint drive, remote inking, automatic ink pumping, automatic colour registration, auto cut-off controls, automatic reel changers, UV dryer, stacker along with the standard automation features.
UV Printers India: UV Printers India Pvt Ltd displayed Dilli UV flatbed printer from Korea. The company already made over forty installations of this printer across the country. However, Mohan KT of the company was not happy with the new location of the show. "The new venue of the show did not suit us in comparison of Pragati Maidan (the previous venue of Printpack India) as it caused extra expense to participate. Also, exhibitors in hangers were facing step motherly treatment with inadequate facilities of basic needs."
Vijaya Grafiks Inc: The company presented live demonstration of fully automatic carton folder gluer model 'Veenine' for lock bottom cartons. Another machine showcased at the show was liner carton/ window patching machine.
'Canon India focuses to strengthen the business with greater cohesiveness in offerings'
-says Puneet Datta, director of professional printing products (PPP) division, Canon India Pvt Ltd in conversation with SK Khurana of P&P on the sidelines of Printpack India 2013 Of late, amalgamation of the strengths of the two majors in digital printing,
Océ and Canon, was one of the most talked about developments in the industry worldwide, which was obviously tend to make headway in the Indian market too. Now Canon India Pvt Ltd has been endeavouring to gain greater strength in their operations, with combined product portfolio of Océ and Canon. "With the complete merger of Océ with Canon, we are now focusing to strengthen our business with greater cohesiveness in our offerings, marketed through two separate divisions, including professional printing products (PPP) division, and wide format division. Through such initiatives, Canon + Océ together tend to create global leadership in their domain providing end-to-end solutions, and we are adding our efforts to ensure greater profitability of our customers in a better way," conveyed Puneet Datta, director of professional printing products (PPP) division, Canon India Pvt Ltd.
Going with newness …
"We have primarily been emphasizing on newness about us rather than introducing new products in the professional printing and wide format segments. However, marking a little addition to our portfolio we also presented Océ 2110 black & white production printer and card ID printer PR-C101 for the first time in India, along with showcasing live demo of our flagship product the imagePRESS iPRC7010VP colour digital production press, at the Printpack India 2013 expo," he mentions.
Another area being focused by the company is Canon Managed Document Services (MDS) which are also being promoted effectively. Explaining about MDS, Puneet mentioned that it is a complete solution, helping customer to enhance profitability. Three years ago there was no Canon's customer in this segment but now we have 100+ customers, including top packaging companies in the country. Canon Managed Document Services consist of range of services and specialist advices that help organizations to optimize their document management processes. It is the comprehensive management of document's input - output devices and related business processes, designed to manage the volume of documents flowing through the company, while minimizing the costs associated with sharing, printing, and updating them.
On being asked about media offerings, Puneet replied, "It is not right time for us to offer media due to high import cost. In this segment premium products, as that of us, are not accepted by many users. And also, we are not interested in doing partnership in this domain with those who have already been supplying media right since twenty years ago in volumes."
Greater weightage to service…
"Today, ensuring close geographic reach is one of the major challenges, putting service ahead in terms of importance to satisfy the customizers. For the purpose, we are also looking for right channel partners as effective partnership models are equally important for providing the best value to our state-of-the-art offerings," said Puneet, adding, "Niche segments/domains partners shall be preferred for the high value products. With a different approach in this regard, we seek a change, a partner having 'legal' to 'common' approach, showing loyalty to our brand with a passion facilitating to grow it."
'Efficient but economical presses suit Indian market'
-says Timothy Mercy, MD/vice president of commercial web sales for Goss International in Asia, in a brief conversation with P&P on the sidelines of Printpack India 2013 in New Delhi
In India, printers still continue investing in new press while the western markets are saturating. However, Indian market also presents different sorts of challenges for printing technology providers to deal with. But the majors with adequate strengths and efficiency know well how to live up to the expectations of the target customers. That is why Goss International has been offering the solutions which can meet Indian printers' requirements. As per Timothy Mercy, MD/vice president of commercial web sales for Goss International in Asia, "We offer the perfect solutions to address the specific requirements of this vast and varied market. For commercial printing applications, the capabilities of our M-500 and M-600 press systems make these presses the best suitable options for Indian printers, ensuring value for money."
M-500 commercial web presses feature proven technology to deliver high print quality, efficiency and reliability at up to 40,000 impressions per hour. Affordability and a straightforward design also make 16-page M-500 presses easy to own and operate, and versatility makes them ideal for companies that rely on a single press to produce multiple formats and jobs. As the world's best-selling 16-page press, the Goss M-600 press has been incrementally enhanced and modified to ensure its continued position as the reference point for high-quality, low-waste print production. "Since its introduction in the year 1992, we have already installed 2547 units (522 presses) of M-600, out of which around thirty percent have been installed only in Asia. These figures show how successful this press is for Asia, especially for publications," added Timothy, pointing out the highlighted features of M-600, a unique press. "To make this rather compatible as per the emerging requirements, we upgrade its features regularly," he said.
"Customers' needs vary market to market. While there are some customers who require bigger and wider machines up to 96 pages capacity, especially in developed markets, China is a market for 24-page press. In the middle and economical range, we have developed 64 page press. So we are able to cater all types of customers' requirements, keeping in mind their expectations of the efficient technology at affordable prices," Timothy mentioned.
Presenting web offset as a viable alternative for folding cartons, flexible packaging, pre-print and label printing, Goss International has also recently launched its Goss Sunday Vpak press series. While the Sunday Vpak 3000 is available in web widths of up to 1,905 mm (75 inches) to address the growing trend towards wider web packaging, the Vpak 500 model is available in web widths of up to 1,041 mm (41 inches). Providing the productivity and print quality advantages of web offset, along with high-tech inking and exacting control over presetting, register, colour and tension, these machines come with the features like quick-change blanket and printing cylinder sleeves to make 'infinitely' variable repeat lengths easy and affordable.
"We are further endeavoring to offer more innovative solutions to cater packaging segment of printing," said Timothy who also joined a panel of speakers discussing the theme 'Offset and Digital: Complementing not competing' in the NPES Print Business Outlook Conference, organized concurrently with the Printpack India 2013 in New Delhi. "Book printing application is yet another area of our focused efforts to equip our machines with the best features to suiting book printers' requirements in economical manner specially suiting to developing countries," he added.
Success story of basysPrint UV-setters in India!
Installing one platesetter every nine days in India can easily be termed as a perfect success story. It is not just the capabilities of setting organization or the skill of their sales staff but credit needs to be given to the quality of products, which fits into the working culture as per requirements in large perspective. There was a sense of celebration during the recently concluded Printpack India at Greater Noida in NCR Delhi. Christophe Lievens from basysPrint was in town to see for himself and update about Indian print industry. Excerpts from a brief conversation with him.
When was the first sales of basysPrint CtCP happened India? "Well, it was the year 2007, while Chennai based Monotech Systems started handling this equipment and the journey has been fantastic ever since," revealed Christophe Lievens.
In fact the process behind producing plates is more or less same as the conventional plate making, only difference is that it images directly on the plate without involving the film (positive or negative.) The receptivity level towards CtCP in India equally was created by brand basysPrint. That is the reason there have been more than 40 installations every year. The pricing of CtCP platesetter has more or less remained same over the years, but with the advent of new technology the performance of these platesetters has significantly improved. The productivity of CtCP has reached to the level of 250 plates per hour, the warranty of violet laser diodes have been extended as life time.
As per Christophe Lievens, "As the going trends, run lengths have been coming down with most of the jobs, thus resulting into extended number of plates required on day to day basis. This has resulted into much revenue for the trade-shops in specific. Another significant move which has seen as number of small format and table top printers greatly increased. As such the plate requirements for those printers have continuously been met with CtCP version.
Other significant feature of CtCP over the years has been the introduction of 2400 dpi resolution and the trend towards model preference has been to the tune of 97 percent opting for series 860x and just three percent towards series 460x platesetters. The acceptance level too has been equal with commercial and newspaper establishments. Possibility of 2 up plates imaging for newspapers have been attractive enough to adopt.
It was a matter of pride for basysPrint for introducing basysPrint VLF model as the seventh most innovative product in last drupa," mentioned Christophe Lievens while concluding.
Kodak: new targets, new directions, focuses INSEA
India and South East Asia (INSEA) comprising seven countries brought under single umbrella, Kodak has planned dedicated strategies to attain maximum market share out of the inbuilt growing market. A brief conversation with Oscar Planas, managing director, Southeast Asia Cluster & packaging director & VP APR, Kodak (Thailand) Ltd, Lois Lebegue, managing director, Asia Pacific Region and Bhalchandra Nikumb, head - sales & channel management, India Cluster, Graphic Communications Group at Kodak India during recently concluded Printpack India 2013 in Delhi NCR.
"Having a lot of similarities in seven countries of this part of the world whose culture and life style of people do not differentiate much from one another, their needs and expectations apart from affordability levels are more or less similar, then why not the producers and suppliers treat them as common market and offer 'just to suit' products dedicatedly. This is what we have conceived and initiated our specific operations in this region starting this year," conveyed Oscar Planas.
He further said, "With a central office based in Bangkok, we wish to penetrate this market and see that the printers, convertors are able to achieve good amount of exports out of this region. Kodak has in their plans to update everyone in the region to come forward and take part in knowledge sharing between themselves, understand the range of applications and also look at the feasibility of cross-visits amongst trade shops located in different countries. Though this initiative may not be mandatory to follow, but with this philosophy, they could achieve bigger voice."
Talking about Kodak's portfolio Lois Lebegue, managing director, Asia Pacific Region updated that this is the only company in graphic arts segment having large product line which includes their flagship NexPress apart from workflow, proofing, inkjet presses, CtP, Flexo solutions, etc. In nutshell, Kodak do offer complete roadmap for customers incorporating packaging, offset (CtP) and digital.
Catering to the vast markets of packaging, garments and primarily photo industry, NexPress has come of age and is considered to be one of the top few. Offering much beyond CMYK, Kodak's users are exploring a lot of innovative possibilities which eventually are giving tough challenge to non-print mode of communications. In inkjet category, their top of the line offering Prosper web press comes with all relevant software/workflow and has already entered Indian market at Repro India Ltd in Mumbai. Talking specifically about Indian market, Oscar was happy to see that people here are now investing in creativity and Kodak would wish to be their best partner and play a role of investment guide as well. "We can foresee a fifty percent growth in installations base in India this year, said Lois while concluding.
India: special focus country for Komori
- targets packaging and semi commercial segment
Having already supplied around 600 printing units for sheet-fed presses and over 50 units for heat-set web presses in India, Komori from Japan is further set to explore new market targeting packaging and semi commercial segment. Toshiyuki Tsugawa, operating officer, group general manager, overseas sales group, Komori Corporation and Sangam Khanna, director, Insight Print Communications in conversation with P&P editors.
In the current competitive market, everyone is struggling as how best to secure new jobs and even retain the existing clients. As per Toshiyuki, "The solution lies in to reduce your own production cost to maximum extent and this can be possible by adopting newer technologies, newer processes. And Komori offers such solutions very significantly, which include: faster make-ready thus saving on precious paper and consumables apart from time. Within a given time frame, one can produce more number of jobs in case of short run and more number of prints in case of large runs. The maintenance operations offered by Komori also become very beneficial, keeping machines running uninterrupted most of the time. For the value additions, HUV - the proprietary system from Komori becomes handy with reduced cost of UV production."
"Combination of KHS-AI and HUV reduce the cost of production to 70 percent," informed Sangam. "In the growing packaging market, more and more jobs being secured by printers, this advantageous offer by Komori has been helping all through the industry. As such opting for machine with UV facility makes more sense. In fact within Japan 70 percent machines are always sold with HUV feature", he added. Talking further on the Lithrone A37 model and its straight advantages, Sangam justified this to adopt in India, available in and around Rs 4 crore, and catering to major market to handle jobs falling within 25"x37" format, where is the need to go for 40" press. Above all this machine comes with the possibility of retrofitting HUV at later stage (but need to pre-inform while ordering).
So, what challenges printers are currently struggling with in India? As per Sangam, though there are not many but to some, these go as: higher rate of interest in financing; missing the level of passion amongst printers and indiscipline in day to day cash flow movement. If these could be addressed in any way, nothing can detract Indian print industry to grow greatly. And the last question answered by Toshiyuki as what made them to opt for a single distributor for all India market, the answer came straight that "one India, one distributor" with single accountability could perhaps bring-in win-win situation for all including the users of Komori presses in all over India.
'Offset printers need to bring non-profitable jobs into profitable zones with digital'
-says A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Printers, Hewlett Packard India and Sri Lanka
In today's competitive phenomenon, print is growing and so are the customer's choices which have led to increasing number of short run jobs, while simultaneously competition among various brands has led to shorter turnaround time leaving no room for innovation to some extent.
"In the prevailing scenario, there is immense scope for digital printing solutions to play significant role to make the print business continue with increasing profitability. It is the right time when offset printers need to focus on bringing non-profitable jobs into profitable zones, leveraging the strengths of digital. So if the printers invest in four offset presses, they should definitely opt an efficient digital press to ensure optimum profitability," conveyed A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and inkjet printers, India and Sri Lanka, in conversation with Print & Publishing during the Printpack India 2013 expo in New Delhi, where Hewlett Packard was once again exhibiting their consistently innovative digital printing technology & solutions, through creative displays.
"By adding the HP Indigo digital solution, one can now make their offset presses more profitable by converting their non-profitable short run jobs into profitable zones. HP Indigo presses are designed to bring in the best possible competitive advantage in a challenging market place. The innovative solutions help commercial printers offer the benefits of digital printing and redefine what is possible for the customers they serve," said Appadurai.
Displayed at Printpack India 2013, the flagship HP Indigo 5600 digital offset press is a versatile press for the growing commercial business. Seamlessly switching between jobs and media types, the press is ideal with a diverse job mix. While the HP Indigo 7600 digital press is the only digital sheetfed press that can print four million colour pages every month, making it the fastest digital sheetfed press in the market. "Being successful for the Indian market, we have already marked around 135 installations of Indigo presses in India, growing at 25-30 percent per year. Significantly, around seventy percent of our customers have purchased more than one machine from us." Inspired by this success, we are to further expand our Indigo portfolio by in India adding HP Indigo 10000 press," he added.
"Apart from striving to further enhance our installation base across the country, we are focusing on increasing page volumes of our customers in a big way, keeping effective engagement with brand owners. Ultimately, we want to ensure that our customers equally grow with us. To help them, we also bring to them the best practices about the HP Indigo applications. Through 'Dscoop' platform, Indigo customers can exchange their ideas worldwide," concluded Appadurai.
Scodix – the star attraction at Printpack India 2013
Like in drupa 2008 where Scodix image enhancement machine was displayed just opposite to HP Indigo booth, now it was in India at Greater Noida during Printpack India 2013 where Scodix S74 machine was demonstrated live not very far from HP Indigo in hall 7. The interest level of the visitors was quite high and Indian industry may witness quite a few installations in near future after having installed two machines (at Chennai and Delhi) with confirmed orders for two more.
Interacting with Dror Danai, VP global sales & business development, Scodix who was obviously too happy to be at the show, and came out with an interesting phrase as 'it was Gutenberg who was instrumental in evolving movable types to facilitate printing; Steve Jobs, who made history by creating iPad and perhaps next could be Scodix, who is attaining newer heights by introducing print with touch and feel concept which conventional print processes may not be able to produce. Additionally, metallic effects in varying colours have already been made possible to reproduce. As per Dror Danai, these electrifying versions in print will grab most of the printing jobs in near future from most of the established brands. Companies like adidas, Amgen, Audi, Coca Cola, Disney, ebay, Heineken, HP, Mercedes-Benz, ScanDisk, Volvo, etc have already endorsed Scodix effects for most of their print jobs specifically related to the prestigious events.
Scodix image enhancement machine also offers variable data/image possibility which offset process cannot. However, offset printed sheets still can be put into image enhancement with perfect registration by incorporating OPA dot which proves to be the best tool in this regard. Serving both, B/W or colour prints, Scodix machines are exclusively distributed in India by a reputed Chennai based company Monotech Systems Ltd, who will also be supplying the proprietary consumables required.
'Printers innovate, we just facilitate'
–says Pankaj Kalra, head - graphic communications business, Xerox India in a brief interaction with P&P on the sidelines of Printpack India 2013.
Presently, everyone in the print industry looks for innovations: the end customers prefer to rely upon those print service providers or printers who are able to offer innovative concepts in execution of their jobs. Similarly, printers tend to opt for such printing technologies which can efficiently enable them to meet their customers' requirements sophisticatedly. This is the phenomenon where Xerox India has now been striving to do the needful for their customers in a big way. Though they did not display machines like iGen at Printpack India 2013 which they had displayed during first IPEX South Asia at the same venue in Oct 2007, but this time the focus was application centric. And it makes sense, as the printers' community in general ignores the facts related to the vast range of applications they can link to the prints coming out of any digital equipment contrary to conventional offset.
Briefing about their supportive approach and strategies in this regard, Pankaj Kalra, head - graphic communications business, Xerox India, conveyed, "Innovations revolve around print, and it's the printer who can innovate, our primarily role is to facilitate the process." The recent trend towards targeting areas like pre-press, where proofing become the dire need before going for mass production, Xerox offers to cater this efficiently. Printers and their clients prefer to see a full colour, back to back print prior to striking a print order. Similarly commercial jobs, with reduced print orders also become most suited on digital platform.
"Ultimately, our target is to enable our customers grow with us. For the purpose, apart from providing the right print solutions as per the need of the customers, we emphasis on three fronts simultaneously: marketing, educating and innovations. While our marketing initiatives help to generate adequate workflow for our customers, education enables them to live up to the expectations of the end-customers. In the same way, we focus on enabling our customers to go innovative in their offerings, by making joint efforts in bringing the best practices happening across the world. It's Xerox who can help printers to remove the geographical limitations in this regard," he explained, adding, "Many of the organizations having one or another, their digital machines are churning out theses jobs with offset near quality.
Flexibility in printing…
"With the increasing internet penetration in India, the web-to-print model of business is growing very fast, leveraging the strengths of e-commerce. The establishments, like printbindas.com, offering printing services online, are growing exponentially in India. This channel of printing services allows reaching much bigger customers base. But ability to ensure quality along with quantity in a time bound manner is significant factor to cater businesses through this model. To help in this regard, Xerox has created a network of Premier Partners worldwide. We have also identified six-seven printers as premier partners in India, and more may be added soon," divulged Pankaj.
Expanding portfolio, strengthening installation base…
Presenting real business live to cater digital printing, commercial printing, photo printing, prepress proofing, book on demand printing, variable data printing and personalized printing, Xerox India continues expanding their product portfolio. While displaying Xerox Color 1000 press, DC 550 and D110 printers, Xerox India also used the Printpack India 2013 as platform to introduce two new products, including Xerox J75 and C75 printers for the first time in India after USA. "Having largest product portfolio in the industry, we can meet all the demands of our customers effectively, with real business solutions and solving real business problems efficiently. We are offering products to all parts of the country. Apart from a number of other products, we have installed multiple dozens of Xerox 1000 machines in India. During the show one of sold machines (Model – Color 1000) was earmarked for New Delhi based reputed pre-press bureau turned offset printer JMD Digital, who have big plans to use this machine in the model of a pre-press bureau by serving printers in a big way in the vicinity of Naraina Industrial Area and around," said Deepak from JMD. "Commercial printers have realized the current scenario and cities like Imphal, Coimbatore, Surat, etc have been witnessing the installation of Xerox machines," added Pankaj.
Presline introduces four new products at Printpack India 2013
Pressline introduced four new products in Printpack India 2013. The product which was most demanded and became popular among the prospective visitors has been AUTOMATIC SPLICER with double roll stand. PRESSLINE SPLICER happens to be the most economic splicer in the world which has option of running two full webs with automatic in-feed system. This is exclusively Indian design developed in house by the R&D team of PRESSLINE.
BLANKET WASH is another important device which has been introduced by PRESSLINE. The product has been indigenously manufactured in accordance to the patent registered in United States (Patent no. : US 6,557,470 B1) and has been well tested at the works of International Print-o-Pack Ltd (IPP) in Noida. Since the cost of product is well within reach of printers who have longer non-stop runs on their web offset machines, they will save lot of precious paper and time.
If user of AUTOMATIC SPLICER faces problem of dust deposit on blanket cylinders frequently on account of the fact that most of the Indian papers carry enough dust, the best solution to carry on the non-stop job is BLANKET WASH. Stopping the machine after a few thousand runs and manually cleaning the blanket amounts lot of financial losses.
On cold-set web offset machines, the setoff problem is also very common. PRESSLINE has introduced a MINI IR HOT AIR DRYER system mounted on folder which will dry the ink to a larger extent. This again is the newest concept helping the printers to get setoff free production at minimal cost.
For the first time PRESSLINE has displayed completely SHAFT-LESS TOWER AND FOLDER for perfect control of all four printing sections which help in getting registration with minimum wastage. The shaft less machines have several flexibilities e.g. installation at any level, 90 degree, can keep any portion of the machine silent with least wear and tear and wastage of power.
AGS launches two new offerings at Printpack India in Greater Noida
During recently concluded Printpack India 2013, Mumbai based Advance Graphic Systems (AGS) took the opportunity to announce the launch of a range of new products for Indian market which included: Alwan's quality control and assurance server systems leading to standardization and ColorGATE's RIP software solutions and printer driver technology for graphic art industry. These solutions include CMYK Ink Oprimizer, Print Standardizer, Proofgate and Filmgate respectively.
Talking about Alwan, Jean-Pierre Khoury, dealer channel support, Alwan Color Expertise informed that all over the world they have >1,000 installation base and now onwards, their focus would be South East Asia specially with printing companies who are serious in quality production. Contrary to the limitation of its use as MAC platform, now the new Window version has also been made available. Alwan, established in the year 2004 has already won prestigious PIA/GATF Intertech Award in 2008, offers to maintain everyday standards, takes care of ten percent dot suitable for sheet-fed/web-offset, flexo or gravure printing processes. As per Vishnu Kamath, associate vice president – sales at AGS, "We assure guaranteed satisfaction and offer these products on returnable basis if not found suitable."
"Our solutions being offered by AGS in India are suitable for graphic art industry and we would like to focus onto the segments like: large format printers and normal proofing market including packaging," mentioned Janis Katomeris, product manager & trainer, ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions. Their core product – multi-award winning RIP software enjoys great receptivity in the industry which also is ideal for computer to screen production.