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Two Indians win the 2016 Annual Scodix Design Awards

The vast acceptance and widespread application of Scodix digital enhancement is reflected by more than double the number of entries for this year’s Annual Scodix Design Awards competition. Aakruti Digi Press and Redin Digi Press from India won the awards in different categorise. Scodix has recently announced the winners of the company’s annual Scodix Design Awards competition. With submissions from users worldwide, a distinguished panel of judges rated submissions for design quality, production complexity, and overall appearance. User submissions not only set a new standard for outstanding in their application, but covered a who’s who gamut of global brands, including BMW, Citroen, Jeep, Puma, KIA and Heineken, as well as several notable magazines and financial institutions.

“The creativity and application of our digital enhancement tools evolve exponentially every year, and it never ceases to amaze us. Our annual awards simply showcase the applied wizardry, though the real winners are our user’ clients on a global scale. Our vision has been realized, as now we can proudly say that Scodix digital enhancement is now both a production necessity and a recognizable difference maker in today’s demanding marketplace,” notes Scodix CEO Roy Porat.

And the winners are…

This year’s applicants displayed work that represented every continent and just about every segment of the market, including direct mail, product packaging, fine arts, and commercial printing. This contest is crafted to identify the most creative work produced, by Scodix customers using Scodix Digital Print Enhancement technology.

All of the submitted entries projected professionalism, creativity, and a superior understanding of the power and potential impact of the Scodix post-press enhancement tools. The best of the best in the four defined categories this year are:

General Commercial Printing (GCP)

First Place
Project Name: Retro Style Calendar
Company: Best Box
Country: Armenia
More info: The client, one of the oldest banks in Armenia, requested a calendar in retro style which specifies the bank’s historical characteristic. Scodix gave Best Box the opportunity to bring the project to life. The result was the conversion of simple paper to take on the appearance of a grooved vinyl disc.

Second Place
Project Name: Catalog Multiply SENSES
Company: Estudio Grafico 21
Country: Portugal
More info: This self-promotion piece was created briefly after the acquisition of Scodix machines to promote new-found capabilities. Offset printing combined with cold stamping and varnish elevate this project to a three-dimensional eye-catcher, to the delight and surprise of the firm’s industry partners. Transmitting sensations that are both visually and physically appealing, the project quickly and successfully touted the company’s new 3D digital resources.

Folding Carton / Packaging

First Place
Project Name:
Mont Castle package
Aakruti Digipress
Country: India

Second Place
Project Name: Stocking Packaging
Company: Saehan D&P
Country: South Korea
Background Information: The designer reinterpreted famous Korean traditional folk painting by renowned artist Shin Yun-Bok to create attractive and remarkable stocking packages. Applying a modern viewpoint, the packages not only captures attention but also increases the firm’s competitiveness in domestic as well as international markets.


First Place
Project Name: ABC Children Book
Company: Redin Digi Press
Country: India
More info: Printed on an HP Indigo 5600 printer with Technova (E-Photo Luster) paper, this elementary teaching tool comes alive with enhanced images and text that not only captures the child’s imagination but make the experience memorable through the magic of Scodix.

Second Place
Project Name: Children Book
Company: Prime Rate Country: Hungary
More info: Whoever said never judge a book by its cover never saw this cover. Produced with various Scodix enhancements, this children book cover screams “look at me!” With the cover’s dinosaur fully embossed and varnished, success is in the eye of both the parent and the child. And the fact that the client (Edition Zaubernuss of Germany) reprinted twice is further evidence its effect and buying impact simply works.


First Place
Project Name: Business Card with Foil
Company: Cards & Systems Solutions
Country: Mexico
More info: Business Cards represent a person’s first impression or their lasting leave-behind. Either way, their reputation is accentuated with the dazzle of Scodix digital enhancements making every card sparkle for attention.

Second Place
Project Name: Sense on Sense Pomegranate Poster
Company: Cherry Pie
Country: Russia
More info: The collaboration of digital printing and Scodix enhancement further enhances even the most dynamic of wall posters. Making subjects pop and come alive from a traditional 2D medium, not only confuses passerby’s, but demands their inspection and wonderment, making the poster a real attention grabber.

AIFMP elects new office bearers for 2016-17

Two mutual agreements inked with Reed Exhibitions (Shanghai)
Following the annual meeting, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) has recently announced its family of newly elected office bearers headed by the president Prof Kamal Chopra. Besides regular activities, the federation is planning to develop fruitful networking relations with member printers and other strategies. Representing a host of 250,000 members (printers) located across the length and breadth of the country, AIFMP is one and only apex body of the Indian printing industry and it’s perhaps the world’s largest printing association too. “Printing industry is globally one of the largest and fastest growing sectors with a capital investment of US$83 billions,” mentioned Prof Kamal Chopra, adding that the country boasts of printing presses of all sizes that include commercial digital printers. He revealed that the federation is open to all for membership including commercial digital printers, which currently comprise three percent.

As per an industry source, Indian printing industry provides direct employment to more than 1.5 million people and 4.5 million indirectly. In this, according to Prof Kamal, the industry is now surging to garner Rs 374 billion by the end of 2018. Even though the federation has many goals, its main fields of concentration after the recent election of new office bearers are on networking, government recognition programmes, promotional activities, print education, among others.

“In the term 2016-17, we are planning to develop an absolute networking with all the printers and allied associations, not only India but the world over,” announced Prof Kamal. He added that it would help them to create a common platform for all. In order to create awareness of the industry, AIFMP is planning to approach the government for proper recognition of the industry. “We are also planning to approach the UNO and UNESCO, even to declare ‘24 February’ every year as ‘International Printers Day’,” he said.

Under the banner ‘Romancing Print’, Prof Kamal asserted that AIFMP would plan to organise the conference in four regional zones under the aegis of the federation’s regional vice presidents. “Printing is the mother of all inventions; and the history of printing is the history of civilisation. Noting this, we are planning to launch a campaign to persuade printers to be ‘proud of being in the profession’,” appealed Prof Kamal. In another key move, AIFMP has arranged a collaboration programme between Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC) and three Indian universities for free education to brilliant students from the country (India).

Mutual agreements

AIFMP has signed two mutual agreements with Reed Exhibitions, a leading international event organiser with a growing portfolio of 500 events across 41 countries, for new ventures in the realm of ‘Make in India’ initiative. Through this collaboration, according to Prof Kamal, AIFMP will invite Chinese machine manufacturers to produce their products in the plants of their Indian counterparts. “We are excited about our collaboration with AIFMP, which we expect that it will give us an opportunity to explore the growing Indian printing market,” mentioned Keith Ma, senior marketing communication executive, Reed Exhibitors.

Felicitation ceremony

Welcoming the newly elected office bearers, AIFMP organised a felicitation programme in New Delhi which was hosted by Greater Delhi Master Printers Association (GDMPA). Hundreds of print professionals as well as others from the allied sectors thronged the event. As a chief guest, Vijay Kumar Chopra, chief executive and editor-in-chief of Punjab Kesari and ex-president of AIFMP, encouraged the new office bearers, uplifting their spirit to carry the industry forward.

The newly elected league of AIFMP’s office bearers include: Kamal Chopra (president); Anand V Limaye (general secretary); Dalip Tuli (general secretary); Arun Gupta (VP-north); Sandip Kumar Sanyal (VP-east); CD Kumaravel (VP-south); and Rajendra Jain (VP-west). The event was well coordinated by Satish Malhotra, moderator and ex president of AIFMP.

What’s next?

AIFMP is the organisers of the popular printing trade expo PAMEX in India, whose very next edition is scheduled from December 18-21, 2017.

Heidelberg clearly increases
net result in the second quarter

During the second quarter (July 1 to September 30, 2016) of financial year 2016-2017, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) significantly increased its operating result compared to the previous year, as previously envisaged, and also achieved a clearly positive net result after taxes. After the first six months, the result was still below the previous year’s figures due to sales and the costs associated with the drupa trade show. However, as a result of drupa, incoming orders (up around 6 percent) and the order backlog (up 19 percent) were increased significantly. The Group has thus created a sound basis on which to achieve its targets for the year as a whole.

As announced, sales and the result in the second quarter were much better than in the previous quarter of the current financial year. Net sales thus rose by 100 million compared to the first quarter to 586 million (previous year: 599 million). Total sales up to the half-year point were 1.072 billion (previous year: 1.162 billion). Thanks to strong demand at drupa, incoming orders for the first six months were up around 6 percent on the previous year’s figure (1.323 billion) at 1.408 billion, while the order backlog at 765 million was even some 19 percent higher (previous year 644 million). As a result, Heidelberg has a good starting base for achieving the anticipated significant sales growth in the second half of the year.

Thanks to solid incoming orders and the increase in the order backlog, Heidelberg has its sights set firmly on its year-end targets for 2016/2017. The portfolio expansion in rapidly developing markets, possible acquisitions and the drupa industry trade show will substantially affect sales performance in the financial year 2016/2017 and the years ahead. The investment priorities in the areas of digitalization, digital printing and services are expected to contribute to an average sales growth of up to 4 percent per year.

Four companies shine at 2016 Intertech Technology Awards

Six technologies from four companies have been selected for the 2016 Intertech Technology Awards based on their innovation and likelihood of advancing the performance of the graphic communications industry.

Since 1978, the InterTech Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America have honoured the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

This year, the following six technologies have been awarded:

Omnifire 250

The Omnifire 250 personalizes and decorates a wide variety of three-dimensional objects up to 11.8” in diameter using UV inkjet printing in an automated robotic process. It pretreats the object, prints up to five colours and can apply a protective coating. Unlike traditional industrial solutions, it can quickly and conveniently print one item like a soccer ball and then switch in seconds to a different shaped item such as a wine bottle. The InterTech judges singled out the Omnifire 250 as a breakthrough technology that will lead to a myriad of new applications and business opportunities.

Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH 82-P: Streamfeeding in all Stations

The judges were won over by the engineering ingenuity and productivity gain of the Stahlfolder TH 82-P. The hallmark innovation is that it can run in streamfeeding mode so that sheets or signatures are overlapped up to half their length as they enter each folding station, enabling a 50% higher throughput at the same linear speed. While one piece is exiting a fold plate, the next one is already arriving. This approach means that the folder can produce at the speed of a sheetfed offset press while maintaining the same fold quality achieved in single sheet operation.

Highcon Beam with 3D Modeling
Highcon Systems

The combination of Highcon Beam’s digital cutting and creasing capability and the optional 3D Modeling module lets users pursue opportunities in 3D production. The workflow converts 3D models into separate layers according to a paper’s thickness that are then laser cut on the Highcon Beam. Compared to other technologies with expensive material costs, Highcon’s machine builds large scale masters and molds for a fraction of the cost and in minutes rather than days. One judge commented, “This is an intriguing application that lets printing companies get involved in 3D with paper, a substrate they’re undoubtedly more comfortable with.”

InSoft Automation

Imp software is a versatile and standalone tool for planning and creating print-ready layouts. The level of automation is impressive, but the standout feature is the ability to optimize layouts across a variety of job types (from packaging and labels to magazines) and print processes (offset, digital and wide-format). Moreover, rectangular flat jobs and diecut jobs can be ganged separately or together. The software’s modularity makes it particularly cost-effective, letting users add modules as their business expands. Imp’s ability to locate dies in inventory that can be reused for a new layout also got the judges’ attention.

Xerox Color 800i/1000i Press Metallic Dry Inks
Xerox Corp

Engineering dry toner with reflective pigments was difficult enough, but Xerox also figured out how to apply it to achieve a high sheen gold and silver. Using a fifth housing station on its Color 800i/1000i Press, the metallic dry inks provide a high-impact dimension that opens the door for new revenues or savings by migrating lucrative foil stamping or metallic ink offset applications to personalized and print-on-demand jobs. Said one judge about the ability to apply silver and gold via dry toner, “This is a game changer; I wish I had this capability on the machines I currently run.”

Xerox Versant 2100 Press with Ultra HD Resolution
Xerox Corp

Ultra HD Resolution lets companies produce jobs at a resolution of 1,200×1,200 dpi on the Xerox Versant 2100 press, a quadruple increase in resolution from other presses. The judges noted that with the resolution increase there’s no longer a reason to avoid the elements that used to be a problem for digital print — gradients, thin fonts and vector graphics. The key to the innovation is the ability for the Versant to resolve colour to a depth of 10 bits (versus 8 bits) throughout the imaging chain, from the EFI print server to the print engine and Versant components.

Bakshi Mark pushes innovation bar in integrated solutions to a new standard

Offering finest range of systems for marking, coding, traceability and conveying
Being the most trusted and sought after name among the corporate firms engaged in business of marking, coding, traceability, conveying and other allied fields, New Delhi-based Bakshi Mark, is noticeably a one-stop source for complete and integrated solutions. In an exclusive conversation with Print & Publishing, Nagesh Bakshi, chairman & MD, Bakshi Mark Pvt Ltd, traces down a brief history of the company and its products and production plants. Domestically successful Bakshi Mark is now fully geared up for exports. Founded in the year 1995, Bakshi Mark - a brainchild of Nagesh Bakshi, developed MarKode, a brand coding machine which is now available in varied models and configurations. Expanding the portfolio, the next machine the company manufactured in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant of 1,500 sq m in New Delhi was MarkCon—a breakthrough in automated conveying system for material handling with integrated turnkey solutions. This ISO 9001:2008 company also has an extended production plant at Manesar in Haryana.

MarKode Markjet X: the leap machine

Nagesh BakshiMarKode Markjet X is an advanced nonstop QR Code printer, powered by HP Inkjet Technology. Application range of the machine include: best before expiry, mfg date, barcodes, real time and dynamic printing. “Markjet X is designed for variable data imprints too, such as serial and random numbers, mailers and database printing,” mentions Nagesh Bakshi, adding that the machine is also compatible to ‘track and trace’ DGFT compliance and rejection system. Capable to handle variable printable images like alphabets, numeric, logo, barcodes, Markjet X is designed to connect up to two printheads to produce images of 2 to 48 mm high.

When enquired about Markjet X’s possible applications, Nagesh Bakshi smilingly says, “Today is the era where there is a printing technology for every surface; and Markjet X is for almost everything under the sun.” This coding machine is designed for a gamut of applications including BBE Dates, MFD Dates, GTIN, Serial Numbers, Lot Numbers, QR Codes, 2D Codes, Barcodes, lots more.

MarkCon conveyer system

Indigenously manufactured MarkCon is yet another flagship machine from BAKSHI MARK, designed for vast conveying applications in different industrial domains. This automatic conveyor system is custom designed and integrated with turnkey mechanisms for advanced material handling, which includes operations ranging from unloading raw materials up to production and loading of finished goods. “This conveyer system is easy to install and operate; it has advanced inbuilt features that guarantee reliable output,” explains Nagesh.

An added advantage of MarkCon is that this system features bend and belt conveyors with turntable and automation to maintain jar distance, and it maintains optimum material flow with inclined belt conveyor. Moreover, the system is advantageously composed of bend slat conveyor, roller conveyor and steel slat conveyor, all in 90o bends. And it also features a roller conveyer with a diverter system, a turn table and a modular z-conveyor.

Turnkey conveying solution…

Integrating all its turnkey conveying solutions together, Bakshi Mark produces a complex turnkey system designed perfectly for the packaging and allied industries. Telescopic Hydraulic Conveyor in this integrated system is a state-of-the-art device, which has been awarded by IPMMI (Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India) in recognition of its technical competence.

Summing up the roles of the company’s turnkey systems, Nagesh says their integrated solutions are for aligning, coding, collating, gantry, palletisation, pick & place, profiling, robotic, shrink wrapping, sorting, stretch wrapping, taping, track & trace, weighing, so on. “Through our close relationship with suppliers and principals, we are able to offer highly competitive services to our clients in the areas of design, development and manufacturing,” he adds.

Strong quality control

Backed by a strong team of 150 wellexperienced professionals, which comprise engineers and IT experts, BAKSHI MARK manages everything in-house, taking care of different technical disciplines at global standards. The technical team undergoes strict quality control for every single product before shipment.

Other products…

The team also develops KRABIT, a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, which according to Nagesh will be available commercially in the market soon. To improve business relation with customers, KRABIT optimally manages and analyses customers’ interactions and data throughout a lifecycle.

In addition to its own products, Bakshi Mark has tied up with a number of eminent offshore companies like LINX, OSLING, CIJ, MARKEM to distribute a line of marking and coding systems to meet the needs of Indian customers. “We take care of the aftersale service of these imported machines we distribute,” says Nagesh, adding that they do try to make their optimum effort to meet the increasing needs of their customers belonging to diverse business parameters.

Strong clientele…

Some of the regular customers of Bakshi Mark that have been associated with the company for years include Mother Dairy, ITC, PepsiCo, Amazon, Dabur, Moser Baer, Colgate, Amul, Nestle, Cipla, among others.

Next strategic move

“Today, our MarKode has become a brand recognised at a mass scale in the Indian and overseas markets,” mentions Nagesh, adding that they are now fully gearing up to augment exports. He says they have just received the first overseas order of MarkCon from a Sri Lankan client and talk is going on with one from Mexico.

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