Kwality Offset Printers enters digital label printing with Xeikon 3030 Plus

Leading Indian label manufacturer Kwality Offset Printers, New Delhi expects to increase turnover by up to 15% following its decision to embrace digital production with the acquisition of a Xeikon 3030 plus digital label press, which has a variable web width of 200 mm up to 330 mm. It runs at a resolution of1200 dpi at a top speed of 15 m/min and handles substrates without specific pre-treatment. It emits no VOCs and has high light-fastness. The new press will be installed by Kwality Offset Printers at the end of the year.

The firm caters mainly to FMCG companies, including liquor, food and healthcare. Among its clients are such well-known brands as Pernod Ricard, Nestle, Radico Khaitan, GlaxoSmithKline, Dabur, Heinz, Wrigleys, Perfetti, Cargill and the DS Group. Run lengths for these customers are beginning to vary greatly which is what prompted the investment, explains owner Rajeev Chhatwal, “We are seeing a number of flexo jobs that are 1,000 meters, 2,000 meters and even as low as 500 meters in length. These take up a significant amount of time with conventional production technologies. By moving these jobs to digital production, we are able to free up production on our flexo and litho presses for the longer runs for which they are better suited.”

(L-R) Bent Serritslev (Xeikon’s managing director Asia Pacific), Rajeev Chhatwal (partner Kwality Offset Printers India), Krish Chhatwal (partner Kwality Offset Printers India) & Neeraj Jagga (Xeikon’s sales channel manager Asia Pacific).Chhatwal continues, “We chose to partner with Xeikon because Xeikon label presses do not require any special coatings or substrates. This means we can take advantage of our normal inventory to produce these shorter runs. We looked at other options, but we chose Xeikon for two primary reasons. The first was that I found Xeikon was more in touch with us as a label printer; they understood our industry, our needs and our challenges. The second was there was a greater focus on teamwork. They wanted to work with us as a true partner and be there throughout our journey into the digital world.”

Insight Graphics installs India’s first OMET iFlex label press

Omet iFlex, which was showcased for the first time in India at Labelexpo India 2016, was sold to Kolkata based Insight Graphics Pvt Ltd. The machine is now installed and is a 10 colour all UV press with iVision registration control, quick change die cutting system, complex matrix rewinder, hot air dryer, Delam/Relam system, web turnbar, cold foil station and two die cutting stations.

The iFLEX label press is simple to use and quick at set-up! Several innovations characterize this press, all aiming at simplifying the printer’s work in reaching the highest quality, effortless. They include laser-assisted pre-register and register setting devices that speed up the machine set-up and rebooting after job change. iFLEX has shortest web path in narrow web printing for incredible savings in the start-up phase (waste measured is below the transition paper between two prints!). According to Ashish Shah of Insight Graphics, “We have installed the first 10 colour Omet IFlex-370 press in India. Machine performance and operation are satisfactory. We are confident that this machine will ensure consistent quality which will ensure meeting current as well as future demands of our clients.”

Pawandeep Sahni, director, Weldon Celloplast, Omet’s exclusive agent in India, says, “Insight is an important customer, being the first one in East India. We look forward to a strong and continued relationship with Insight graphics.”

12,000 corrugated box makers on the brink of closure

Corrugated box industry is reeling under the twin blows – 4 massive price increases in a short span of two months on one hand by Kraft Paper Mills & recurring monthly closures by Kraft Paper Mills on the other hand. Price increases have badly affected the financial viability and frequent closures have completely disrupted the supplies of raw materials for corrugated box industry.

Kirit Modi, president – Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association (ICCMA), a Pan India body, stated that unless the Box users including large FMCG brand owners grant minimum 23% price increase quickly, units of this industry would face imminent closure shortly. At the same time, paper mills are being requested to avoid closures to avoid stock-out situations of boxes. If this is not done quickly, there are strong chances of production lines of essential public consumption items coming to halt for want of boxes.

GK Sardana, president of Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India (FCBM), requested all the concerned govt. agencies to come to box industry’s help in averting the crisis situation by prevailing upon Kraft Paper Mills Associations to shun closures and maintain smooth flow of supplies. Hon’ble Prime Minister’s cherished dream of ‘Make in India’ is a huge success. Artificial scarcity situation created by such closures by Kraft Paper Mills would jeopardize it. That would also result in displacement of workmen employed in this industry, which would be inevitable unless all stakeholders come to the rescue of box units.

In addition to increase in the cost of Kraft Paper, all other inputs, namely, manpower costs, ink, starch, stitching wire, freight and other overheads have also witnessed a huge increase in the last few years, leading to an impact on conversion cost by as much as 50 to 60%.

Corrugated box industry in the country with 300 Automatic Units and more than 12,000 Semi-automatic Units are facing imminent closure on account of these disruptions. This industry which is employing over 6,00,000 work force is playing a pivotal role in the Indian economy by producing almost 52,00,000 tpa boxes with the total market size of Rs.18,000 crores per annum & it also protects the environment as its’ products are 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.

Uflex launches HP Indigo certified digitally printable polyester film

The converting industry for long has been grappling with restricted availability of the right type of substrate supporting direct digital printing without prior priming /coating or surface treatment for that matter. Uflex Limited has launched a special polyester film, F-PDP with modified surface on one side while the other side remaining untreated. This film is digitally printable without any need for priming/coating.

This film can be directly printed without requiring printing plates/ cylinders as in the case of conventional printing process. Additionally, the film demonstrates good transparency; optical clarity; excellent machinability and dimensional stability besides offering excellent flatness and agile handling properties.

The polyester (PET) film F-PDP has been certified by Rochester Institute of Technology for digital printing by Indigo commercial and sheet fed presses.

5 Reasons to transform your finishing services

There’s no denying the impact the digital revolution has had on the printing industry. Shorter turn times, shorter print runs, the rise of big data and personalized communications. Have your print finishing services kept up with this shift in demand? Digital enhancement equipment is an excellent way to provide an economical solution for these shorter runs that trade finishers and commercial printers are faced with today. Here are 5 ways a digital enhancement press could change print finishing business for the better.

1. We live in a sensory-driven world

Researchers everywhere are releasing studies on how sensory marketing impacts the experience consumers have with brands. In fact, Sappi’s The Neuroscience of Touch takes a fascinating dive into how and why we respond so well to haptic brands.

The USPs even created a special promotion rewarding marketers who leverage the tactile aspect of print to engage with their audience. Digital enhancement technologies allow you to provide this sensory appeal to so much more than just your customers’ direct mail projects. Packaging, magazine covers, collateral – the sky is the limit. Consumers will be dying to get their hands on your work.

2. Short-Run? No problem.

As requests for smaller and smaller production runs comes in – the conversation can shift from “You can do that, but it’s going to cost this cringe-worthy number” to “Short-run? No problem! Check out the dimension we can also bring to your design.” Suddenly, customers are less focused on price, and more focused on how they can best utilize the technology to their advantage.

3. Relevance is driving the way brands communicate

Everywhere you turn, personalization and relevance is being talked about. For the longest time, personalization could only be added via digital printing production or a pass through the inkjet machine. Now you can add a touch of personalization to any project – from direct mail and packaging, to presentation folders and personalized magazines.

4. Offset, digital, & beyond compatibility

With Scodix digital enhancement presses, one can run offset and digitally printed sheets. One can take laminated sheets to new heights, or even projects using synthetic leather and polypropylene (PVC) substrates. One can maintain the flexibility to work on a project, no matter how its produced.

5. Decrease make-readies. No dies needed.

One can even extend the PDF workflow into production by eliminating the need for die creations. By running computer-to-press, one can achieve the variable flexibility of digital printing while maintaining the superb quality of UV coatings.

All this is possible through Scodix, which can change the way one thinks about print finishing services. Scodix systems are available in India through Monotech Systems Ltd.

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