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Monotech makes debut for Xeikon digital label press in India

With increasing potentials in the packaging market, the converters offering diversified packaging services have started to invest in cutting-edge technologies in a big way. As the recent advancements have made digital technologies rather sophisticated and user-friendly, they feel quite comfortable to go digital. Mumbai-based WebTech Industries Pvt Ltd recently ordered two units of Xeikon 3030 digital label press through Monotech Systems Limited, Chennai, the distributor for Xeikon digital presses in India. Here’s a brief. Amar B Chhajed, director, WebTech Industries P Ltd and S Venkatesh, GM – operations, Monotech Systems Ltd complete the deal for two Xeikon 3030 presses. Being one of the leading high quality pressure sensitive/self adhesive label converters in India, WebTech is constantly upgrading their plant and machineries for catering to the prestigious clients in pharma and FMCG segment. Established in 1998, the company decided to add Xeikon digital label press to their state-of-the-art printing unit along with series of flexo label press with online and offline converting machineries, automatic label defect detection system, etc.

According to Amar B Chhajed, director of WebTech, before opting Xeikon, they have studied many other options for digital label press and found Xeikon more suitable to meet their requirements. The main reason to buy Xeikon digital label press was primarily to add short run label and variable data printing facilities into their label printing line. In their comparison, WebTech has found Xeikon to be superior in terms of print quality and productivity. Also, Xeikon prints are FDA (Food Grade) compliant and have very high light fastness feature which is very important for pharma label printing. “Digital technology is the future growth area for WebTech,” pointed out Amar.

S Venkatesh, general manager of Monotech Systems Ltd conveyed that Xeikon digital label press is a true professional solution for different types of labels and folding cartons and it is based on electro photographic imaging technology with full rotary system. Hence, it can achieve its maximum speed irrespective of size of labels & coverage of colours. By adding Xeikon digital press to their products line WebTech can comfortably handle short run and specialised labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons from 40 gsm substrates to 350 gsm normal substrates without any top coating.

Monotech Systems Limited is a multi division company engaged in offering solution for prepress and digital printing applications. They have been representing Punch Graphix International (Belgium) for nearly six years for their basysPrint CTcP system and Xeikon digital press for multiple industrial applications. In the recent past, Monotech Systems has been very active in selling high-end digital solutions from various internationally reputed companies for different industrial applications. One such installation is WebTech.

Venkatesh further mentioned that in the coming years, majority of label converting printers in India will be opting for digital solution to complement their existing flexo presses. He also said that selling Xeikon solution to WebTech, the pioneer in Indian flexo printers is a great opportunity for Xeikon and Monotech Systems Limited.

Replika Press evolving with sublime milieu for spectacular quality

‘Place and people’ makes backbone towards achieving success

The status of organizational structure and availability of space for operating various production processes at the facility of any printing company are major factors with capacity to influence the overall business performance. Obviously, to ensure consistent quality in outputs for effectively serving the valued customers, it becomes inevitable to seriously focus on these factors; but due to various cases, very few printers in India succeed to reach an appropriate level in this regard. An ISO 9001:2008 and FSC accelerated company Replika Press Pvt Ltd is one such printer where ‘place and people’ makes backbone for sure towards achieving success. SK Khurana, editor, Print & Publishing who recently visited their twin facilities located at Kundli Industrial Area (Haryana) briefs. Bhuvnesh Seth with an old time platen press, preserved proudly A one-stop printing service provider with state-of-the-art technologies, skilled and quality-conscious professionals to provide fresh solutions from typesetting and comprehensive design, pre-press, printing to post-press, Replika Press Pvt Ltd is one of the top integrated printing presses in India delivering close to 11.5 million books per year. Inherited a rich tradition in print production of more than six decades (established in 1948 by late Shori Lal Seth as Rajkamal Electric Press in old Delhi), the company has now become an established name and a symbol of trust with good track record in domestic and international publishing, and is constantly surging ahead with collective endeavours of Bhuvnesh Seth, managing director; Jagdish Seth, director (business promotion); Sanandan Seth, director (marketing); Vikaran Seth, director (Production).

“Being professionally managed and procuring cutting-edge equipments from the world’s renowned brands, we are effectively attracting internationally reputed publishers as our clients from the UK, the USA, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Russia and Cameroon in Africa,” stated Bhuvnesh Seth.

Spreading in an area of 132,000 sq ft, their facility is sophisticatedly equipped with efficient equipments in pre-press, in-press and postpress segments. With a staff strength of over 550 individuals, working in two shifts, they handle close to 300 jobs at a time in printing and around 160 jobs in binding/finishing. Cero-Scitex Scanner, two Dainippon Screen thermal plate setters PT8600S with online processor and plate baking, Dolev 800 V imagesetter with Preps imposition software, Epson Stylus Pro 7600 and 9800, HP 44 inches printer for proofing, etc make their pre-press division. In the year 2011, the company has also planed to install close-loop colour management software, while they already have several software including Pixel Stream with Spectra Dot CIP-4, Compose Express RIP software, Brisque workflow system, EFI colour management system, Trueflow management with archive manager, and Preps-4.1 imposition software.

The company’s director-business promotions, handling some of the overseas accounts, Jagdish Seth said, “Though I do not come from printing or publishing background but I do admire the organisational capabilities of Bhuvnesh, who is taking Replika to newer heights year by year.”

In the printing department, Replika has several sheet fed offset presses from single colour to five colour: two five colour presses including KBA Rapida 105 with auto plate changer and auto blanket wash with IR drier and Heidelberg SM 74-5+L with coater CPC 104-CP tonic IR drier, technotrans refrigeration unit, auto plate changer, auto blanket wash, preset feeder with CIP 4; apart from three four-colour, four two-colour and two single-colour presses. Also for the year 2011, their plan is to install a digital press (print on demand) and replace CPC 102 with new 4-colour with perfection sheetfed offset.

Their recent addition to postpress segment a few weeks ago include: Multiplex IN-Line System 24 gathering stations featuring 24 SignaLynx camera system, connected to two Astronic 180 sewing machines complemented by stackers. Other equally strong MBO Combi, Stahl and Brehmer folding machines; Aster, Muller Martini (Ventura & Inventa) and Astronic sewing machines; perfect binders (soft cover binding line from Wohlenberg and Muller Martini); online saddle stitcher; Kolbus hard case binding line; case maker; James Burn wiro binding; lamination, UV varnish and packing machines from renowned brands.

It was pleasing to see at their facility, every machines and products have been paced uniquely in such a way that nothing can be found scattering here and there despite executing abundant number of printing jobs. “We focus on evolving with sublime milieu for ensuring spectacular quality in our outputs. For the purpose, we not only procure top-of-the-line machinery but also give equal importance to handle them properly. As production process finished passing through several stages from pre-press to postpress, we require open space to provide free movement of the operating staff. However, we have effectively been utilising the space available at our facility to increase production efficiency, but we still face space restrictions in smooth workflow and movement, especially when handling several huge jobs at a time. To overcome this problem, we have approached the state government for allotment of a bigger plot of 5.5 acres to meet our requirements,” mentioned Bhuvnesh.

In the previous year with turnover of Rs 6850 lacs, Replika with an investment of over Rs 56 crore achieved the feat of printing 2533 titles (consuming over 550 metric tones of paper), ranging from scientific, technical, medical, cook books and coffee table books in mono and multicolour, soft cover and hard cover with high print runs in record time for reputed international publishers. “Our mission qualityis to provide the valued customers international quality at economic price without compromising the quality and maintaining strict delivery schedules, providing customized services, and adhering to highest business standards and ethics making us stand apart from our competitors. Our well-established organizational structure provides us adequate strengths for rising up to all possible levels of the business,” concluded Bhuvnesh.

What customers speak about ‘Replika’?

I have just seen the advance copies of the final volumes of Scott Brown. These look great. You have done an excellent job of producing these in what can only be described as an incredibly tight schedule.
-Alyssum Ross, business operations director, Hodder Education Group, London, UK

From my slightly detached perspective I have to say that they all look very handsome productions and very pleased with advance copies of GORILLA.
-Bradford Neil, production director, Random House, UK

The advance copies of Science of Getting Rich India Edition look quite nice and we are very pleased with your quality.
-Jesse Isaacson, print manager, Inner Traditions – Bear & Company, USA

Hi Sanandan, Bozzola looks great!
-Therese Connell, production director, Jones & Bartlett Publishing, USA

Common Phrases received this morning look very good.
-Patrick Dawson, editorial and operations director, Footprint Handbooks Ltd

The Reece and Bacha running sheets look good. In fact, you did an excellent job matching the colour in Bacha. Great job!
-Sutton Carrie, associate project manager, Blackwell Publishing Professional, US

I am pleased to be able to accept these running sheets – printing quality is very good and I found no mistakes. Well done!
-Chris Curtis, publishing/print production consultant

Forestalling challenges in the Indian packaging market

HP and Kris Flexipacks organise PACKEDGE - Power to your brand!

In today’s competitive market, the package has become the ‘first moment of truth’ especially at a retail outlet. Generally, a brand is remembered with the design of its label and package. Consumer’s decision is heavily influenced by visual appeal given out by a product when packaged attractively. Resultantly, the businesses are now increasingly seeking digital technology for labelling and package printing owing to its cost effective, eco friendly & convenient nature. Re-emphasising on this growing competitive industry requirement for attractive and identifiable packaging, HP along with Kris Flexipacks hosted an event in Mumbai to highlight the opportunities in the booming packaging industry, the challenges faced by manufacturers, the solution HP technology provides and the fabulous work Kris Flexipacks does in the packaging space for a plethora of big brands in the country. The event was attended by about 100 packaging development managers and brand managers from various corporates. Here’s a brief. HP Indigo ws45000 O ne of the Asian leaders in packaging solutions, Kris Flexipacks has been efficiently servicing customers across seven countries for segments like food and beverages, garment packaging, retail packaging, industrial packaging, etc. Backed by HP technology, Kris has become the most preferred supplier for leading companies like Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Cadbury, Coca Cola, PepsiCO, Reckitt & Benckiser, Heinz, Nestle, Marico, Colgate, Amul, Dabur to name a few. Installation of the HP Indigo ws4500 enables them to further enhance their servicing potential in reaching out to a variety of customers with more cost effective, fast and one stop printing solution. Now, the company offers a wide gamut of packaging solutions such as shrink sleeves, wrap around, combi packs, laminates (for food & beverages), shopping bags (retail packaging) & industrial poly bags (industrial packaging). Innovative marketers are continuously exploring package options to give them an edge in the competitive market.

“One of the strongest digital appeals of this digital press of course is its remarkable turnaround time. With HP Indigo digital press, we get a high productive, cost effective digital solution. Designed for high-volume 24/7 operation, ws4500 has an economic run length of 6,500 linear feet, enabling to print with up to 7 colours, including spot colours, white and eye-popping colours,” commented Shailesh Sheth, chairman, Kris Flexipacks.

“The market volume of the Indian packaging industry amounts to about Rs 77,570 crore and has constantly grown by approximately fifteen percent year on year. It is estimated that the pace of growth will accelerate to in between 20-25 percent over the next five years. Today, everything around us comes packaged and keeping that in mind, we at HP provide a complete end-to-end solution with proven print technology of HP Indigo ws4500. We are proud of our association with industry leaders like Kris Flexipacks, and together we want to look at extending the breakthrough digital printing portfolio in various market segments,” conveyed Puneet Chadha, director – Graphic Solutions Business, Imaging & Printing Group, HP India.

Smruti adds one more feather in its wings

Opting appropriate option at right time results in amazing advantages in entrepreneurship! It is rather significant in printing industry where the selection of suitable cutting-edge technology plays pivotal role in effectively boosting the overall performance of a company. And sometimes, to take initiative is inevitable as Ahmedabad-based Smruti Offset did and now is reaping the benefits. The company is now geared up to expand its capacity adding another location under their umbrella. JR Chokshi from Ahmedabad reports on the eve of opening ceremony of their new work place. Smruti Offset team with directors - Ramesh Patel, Hitendra Patel and Vimukt Patel in the middle Relentlessly striving to achieve optimum quality for redefining service standards and offering holistic solutions to valued customers, Smruti Offset has constantly been burgeoning on with good percentage of growth since inception in 2005. To further enhance their productivity, they are insisting on strengthening the infrastructure procuring world-class technologies.

“In this process, we opted for expansion of our unit and decided to shift in Dudheshwar area and in particular Ravi Estate, where a number of printing units are going to be established. Recently, we purchased Heidelberg SM 74 and Trumex Sakurai-Sc 1 U-V printing cum spot coating machine of 28” X 40” capacity, perhaps second in Gujarat and first in Ahmedabad, apart from having Polar cutting machine and Stahl folding machine, loop and centre stitching as well as perforating cum half cutting machine in our own premises and hope to install CtP to boost printing capacity along with arranging bigger premises. This is in view of catering to our valued customers,” said Ramesh Patel, managing director of the company, who looks after over all administration as well as developmental activities. In all, they have two four colour Heidelberg machines and a full-service bindery with a high degree of automation. Originally, they started Smruti Offset at Madhavpura Market, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, which they desire to amalgamate in present spacious and more environmental surroundings.

In Smruti’s operations, there is no compromise on quality and delivery scheduled as this is treated as the image of the company as well as provides an additional edge in the market. Stringent quality control measures at every stage of production have been adopted to ensure cost effective as well as world class printing services to the valued customers, apart from providing constant training to staff making them competent to operate with cutting-edge technologies. With these endeavours, Smruti Offset has made a name for itself as a quality printer in Gujarat.

Directors trio: Ramesh, Hitendra and Vimukt Patel with their latest prestigious addition-Heidelberg SM 74. To many of their customers, Smruti is not only a printer but also an advisor in developing good designing and printing collateral, ensuring lasting impression and cost effective products. Smruti’s client list includes Gujarat’s top corporate and design houses like Rasna, Clarian, Vadilal, Cera Sanitaryware Ltd, etc and they are continually striving hard for inviting good customers. Being equipped with sophisticated technologies and infrastructure along with a qualified team of acumen and pro-active employees working 24 X 7 to achieve jobs to the utmost satisfaction to the customers, Smruti is providing complete commercial print services from pre-press, to printing and post-press. They have expertise in prestigious products like corporate brochures, catalogues, flyers, danglers, annual reports, calendars and what not?

Now, Smruti has capacity and redundancy built-in to handle any huge and complex jobs with the quickest turnaround time at new premises with a well conceived plant layout. Behind this success is the trio, committed for bringing the company to new heights, including: Ramesh Patel to whom the slogan is ‘Lay down a path for the team to tread and set targets for them to achieve’; Hitendra Patel, one of the directors, who strenuously engrossed in all production activities, with the motto ‘Success comes to those who are passionate about what they do’; and Vimukt Patel who takes responsibility of marketing activities, relying on ‘Growth forms an inevitable part of life’.

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