Variable Data & Digital printing

Xeikon establishes direct presence in India

Xeikon is continuing its strategic review of how it works with customers on a regional level by establishing a direct presence in India. Beginning March 2017, Xeikon is building on the strong market presence through its parent company Flint Group to support and servicing the label, folding cartons and commercial printing segments of the Indian market. This move follows Xeikon’s decision to create a direct to market approach in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Bent Serritslev, managing director, Xeikon Asia Pacific, “Previously, we selectively addressed the market through sales partners but customers in India are increasingly looking for unique and special applications to differentiate their business - building on experience of the manufacturer rather than sales partners. At the same time, the Indian market is investing in high quality and high performance digital printing systems driven by growth in shorter run production, brand security and variable content demanding direct relationship with the manufacturer.” The change in India involves strengthening of both the sales and customer service team to professionally address customer requirements.

In the commercial printing space, Xeikon addresses the B2 plus format with the ability to print unlimited length of image and with several product suites for the wall decoration, books and magazines markets as well as for the textile and pharmaceutical inserts.

Also proving a big attraction for customers in the region is Xeikon’s unique portfolio for labels that includes FDA compliant toner for direct dry food contact without barrier coating, very high light fastness, special brand security features, full rotary printing and all charges based on actual consumption rather than click charges.

Serritslev added, “Xeikon would like to thank Flexo Image Graphics Pvt Ltd and AVS Graphic Solutions (OPC) Pvt. Ltd for their supportive service to date and for ensuring a smooth transition for our customers.”

India’s first HP Indigo Centre of Excellence inaugurated in Chennai

HP and Redington India have launched India’s first Centre of Excellence in Chennai. The Centre of Excellence in Guindy Industrial Estate will showcase HP Indigo’s Digital offset Presses along with a host of pre press, post press and web-to-print solutions for commercial, photo, publishing and labels & packaging segments.

The installation base…

Ramesh KS, A Appadurai, Alon Bar Shany, Kasturirangan and Ramesh Natarajan at the launch of HP Indigo Centre of Excellence in ChennaiThe Centre of Excellence is equipped with HP Indigo 5900, 7900 and the latest 12000 Digital Presses. It also has a wide range pre press and software solutions including Esko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus & HP Mosaic. The Centre is also equipped with a wide range of finishing equipments. Customers who visit the center of excellence will have experience of the end to end solutions.

The HP Indigo 7900 and HP Indigo 12000 are the latest digital presses which were first showcased at drupa 2016. The HP Indigo 12000 digital press offers two sides photograph printing and guarantees photo life of up to 200 years. Both the digital presses offer 40% higher productivity and there is an automatic Alert Agent, which performs real-time error detection while printing, which results in waste reduction and helps increase productivity.

Best innovative applications…

A sizeable portion of the Centre of Excellence is dedicated for brand owners and print buyers, who can get to see some of the best print applications from across the world and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most successful digital print campaigns. The application gallery also host a digital super market that has the best of labels and packaging applications that can serve as a gold mine of information to packaging development managers.

Experts say…

To provide a superior pre-sale customer experience, the Centre of Excellence is developed on a total budget of USD 3 million.

Inaugurating the Centre of Excellence, Alon Bar Shany, general manager, HP Indigo division said, “This Centre of Excellence is specifically targeted towards customers who are new to the HP Indigo family of digital offset printing presses. The centre will not only give our customers a hands-on experience of the products but also enhance the technical knowledge, enabling them to make the most out of their HP Indigo presses.”

Also, present at the event, A. Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India said, “HP & Redington India Limited, are extremely happy to announce the inauguration of the first HP Indigo Centre of excellence in India. We believe the printing industry, our customers and the Brands will hugely benefit from this. We are proud to be associated with Redington India Limited which has made this significant investment towards their commitment to the Digital Printing Technology and the Industry overall.”

While, Kasturirangan, wholetime director, Redington added, “We are proud to partner with HP who are unparalleled champions of digital printing. There is a huge opportunity for HP Indigo digital presses in the country and this Centre of Excellence will help in reaching out to them and give them a one of a kind pre-sale experience.”

Konica Minolta delivers JETvarnish 3D to Pooja Digitals in Telangana

Based in Karimnagar in Telangana, Pooja Digitals is a connoisseur in printing and production of a dazzling range of photo albums, unlike the ordinaries. The reason behind it is the printing firm’s recent adoption of an MGI JETvarnish 3D supplied by Konica Minolta. Installed in mid-December 2016, adoption of MGI JETvarnish 3D at their production facility has accelerated the overall quality in production at Pooja Digitals to a new grade. Elated to the newly garnered capability, Rajesh Reddy of the leading photo album firm said the new 3D varnishing system has opened a new window of prospects in print enhancement. Inaugurated by Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, the award-winning JETvarnish 3D takes digital spot UV coating to a new dimension, featuring increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and amazing 3D effects.

Incepted in the year 2009 with Noritsu QSS-3701 Lab at Karimnagar in Telangana, Pooja Digitals immediately expanded with a new branch at Jagityal with a FUJI Frontier 370. “When we observed the technology trending to convert from Karizma albums to light weight NT albums we invested in first Konica Minolta C70hc in 2012. With the new Konica Minolta machine we gained a new level of success in the photo book segment. As demand for print volume spiralling rapidly we upgraded our portfolio with a new bizhub PRESS C8000 in 2013. Then we opened a new branch at Nizamabad with another Konica Minolta system, KM C71hc, in 2015,” narrated Rajesh.

When enquired why they went for MGI JETvarnish 3D, Rajesh said when print enhancement became a ‘standard requirement’ in photo album business they were in need of a system to meet their pursuit. He added, “And our adoption of the MGI JETvarnish was big a turn as we noticed the sharpness of emboss that the machine could churn in a much better way than any other systems in the class. AIS Smart Scanner in the machine made process easy and time saving by eliminating registration marks.”

In addition to the line of KM presses, Pooja Digitals boasts a line of other high-end systems, which include an HP Indigo 3550. For Konica Minolta, demands for their MGI JETvarnish 3D machine is gaining a new ground with some of the leading commercial printing firms in different parts of the country have adopted the resourceful print enhancement system—the customers are, Dina Colour Lab (Chennai), Varun B Corporation (Surat) and Shree Vibgyor Colour Lab (Raipur).

Xerox CP1000i: best fit for garment industry

-Bharat Photostat offers innovative tags and labels for the garment industry with the installation of Xerox CP 1000i Bharat Photostat is making quite an uproar after the installation of Xerox CP1000i, which has been their key growth driver. “With this new installation, we have further intensified our operations for the garment industry. We use the machine to make the tags and labels look more lucrative and visible. I believe that with such baby steps, we’ll soon be able to carve a niche for ourselves in this flourishing market,” tells Abhishek Nangia, MD, Bharat Photostat.

On asking about the features of Xerox CP 1000i which attracted him, Abhishek replied, “I have always aspired to own a machine like the Xerox ColorPress 1000i and today it undoubtedly is my dream project since it provides my company a creative and competitive edge in the market. The sheer fact that the machine has an additional option of the 5th colour: Gold or Silver and the fact that Xerox is the pioneer in offering Metallic Gold or Silver Dry ink at rated speed eased the process of purchase for me.”

Creativity, finish and the print quality together make the product stand out. “Since we planned to delve deeper into the garments label industry, the function of an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with metallic gold or silver dry inks or applies spot or flood creative effects with clear dry ink really attracted me. To sum it up, the 5th colour option, the gloss finish and the quality of print are the features that clearly distinguish this press from others in the market. I am happy I made this decision since I’m reaping huge benefits post its use,” he adds confidently.

New applications…

“Our experience with Xerox machines has been great always and we are extremely pleased with the performance of the CP1000i on both, quality as well as quantity parameters. It has helped us in increasing our efficiency with a massive surge in our productivity and has simultaneously reduced running costs by 40%. We aim to exploit the unique and outstanding features to capture a larger share of the label printing market and widen our printing mediums as well as target audience,” tells Abhishek.

On asking about the new applications on the machine, he replies, “I am making complete use of all the impeccable features of CP1000i installed in my facility. With its capability to convert lucrative foil stamping applications, such as invitations, certificates and business cards to short-run, high-value digital production I use it for mostly all my high-end printing jobs. From the perspective of tags, labels, books and catalogue printing, its multi-pass printing with clear ink adds an extra textural feel combined with the hint of the silver and gold inks act as a key differentiator.”

The roots…

“Bharat Photostat was established by my father, SK Nangia, in 1994. We were initially into export business of threads but soon ventured in photocopying, when we imported a Toshiba photocopy telefax machine to meet the Photostat and fax demand of our customers. I joined the business in 1998, when Bharat Photostat made digital printing its key focus area and since then we have been heavily investing into digital presses,” tells Abhishek.

The facility…

“Our 2200 sq ft shop floor houses a fully equipped post-press facility which is capable of meeting any kind of demand, producing over 15,000 prints per day. We have total staff strength of around 20 people, including three in-house designers to correct and develop designs and runners for delivery,” tells Abhishek.

Relationship with Xerox…

“Xerox has always been more than just a manufacturer for us. It has been a key partner, more like family to Bharat Photostat. Our relationship dates back to our first ever digital machine which was the Xerox DocuColor 12. The machine served us for good six years and provided the perfect launch pad to expand our operations in the digital arena. The next Xerox machine which we added was the Xerox Sapida which helped us in growing 20 times. Xerox too treats us like family and organizes special training sessions to boost our productivity and profitability. We very often get realistic trainings from Xerox as well as other OEM engineers and so I can proudly say that Xerox has been and will continue to be our trusted partner and their sales and service support is amongst the best in the industry,” he adds.

The clientele…

“Our principal clientele are primarily walk-ins and the key market segments we cater to include the likes of export houses, jewellers, restaurants and garments industry,” he adds. “We primarily focus on the northern markets, residing in Delhi NCR and our principal clientele are mostly walk-ins.”

Road ahead…

“I believe that soon we will receive more orders for garment tag and label printing especially requiring metallic colours. In fact we have seen instances where customers were so impressed with metallic print that they enormously increased the volume in our subsequent orders,” shares Abhishek optimistically.

HP Inc installs second Indigo Digital Press at Silver Point

Silver Point Press Private Limited is not only one of India’s leading commercial printer but also one of the most awarded commercial printers in the country who has been associated with some of India’s most respected companies, MNC’s and advertising agencies. Silver Point Press has once again taken a huge step in deploying the world class technology and has installed the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press at their integrated plant in Mahape, Navi Mumbai. This is Silver Point’s second Indigo digital offset press from HP Inc. By adding the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press, Silver Point Press will be able to enhance the print experience of its new customers across India.

Silver Point Press has been a valued partner of HP since 2009 and they are a trusted and a reputed brand in the state for full and customized range of print solutions. The HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press will increase productivity, reduce waste and offer a superior quality of image printing and offer B2 size to the market in digital space. HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press has been designed, to produce high quality prints on versatile substrates such as canvas, synthetics and metallized media.

To add to the announcement, Alon Bar Shany, general manager, HP Indigo division said, “Leveraging HP Indigo’s continuous innovation, our customers around the globe providing brands unprecedented printing solutions to improve brand-customer engagement, while improving their own businesses by driving a shift in how the printing industry across world does business.”

Elaborating upon the business association with Silver Point, A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP Inc India said, “Silver Point has been one of our most valued customers and we are delighted to be entrusted yet again by them to help them realize their growth strategy. This will the first installation of the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press in the commercial/ offset printing segment. We believe that the 12000 will offer a whole new range of applications possibilities by being able to print on over 3000 different media ‘s including Plastics and with 7 color possibilities including white ink.“

While, Shabbir Muchhala, Silver Point added, “The HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press will help us in meeting our clients demand for consistent high quality prints and its capability to print high at speed of 4600 sheets per hour and 70gsm to 400gsm will help us in expanding our customer base as well to some unexplored markets as well.”

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