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Heidelberg @ China Print 2017

During the China Print 2017 trade fair, Heidelberg will be exhibiting the digitized future of the print media industry under the motto “Simply Smart”.Heidelberg will be showing innovative solutions under the motto “Simply Smart” at China Print 2017 (Beijing, May 9-13, 2017). The company will exhibit innovative Packaging and Commercial Printing solutions under the motto "Simply Smart," for visitors from China and other Asia Pacific Regions, showing itself the most reliable partner of the print media industry for the current digital era.

It was on Drupa 2016 that Heidelberg announced the motto "Simply Smart", as the company’s response to the challenges and opportunities associated with Print Media Industry 4.0. Heidelberg is offering customers specific benefits and making it as easy as possible to work with increasingly complex processes and technologies.

“For Heidelberg, “Simply Smart” is more than just a motto. It is the principle we apply to the development of solutions designed to make handling processes and technologies as easy as possible. It is how we imagine the intelligent, highly automated print shop of the future,” said Rene Ludvigsen, regional head of Heidelberg Asia.

Heidelberg will put forward the concepts including "Smart Print Shop", "Smart Service" and "Smart Collaboration" during China Print this year. At the show, visitors will see “Smart Print Shop” - Heidelberg’s vision of the digitized, integrated and networked print shop. While, “Smart Services” from Heidelberg safeguard the smooth running of a print shop round the clock. Heidelberg Service offerings and consumables enable customers to boost their machine availability and productivity. “Smart collaboration” stands for innovative approaches to cooperation. New digital approaches are developed as part of the collaboration between Heidelberg and customers.

While, “Navigated Printing” aims to increase the net productivity of print shops. As a pioneer of the digitization of the Print Media Industry, Heidelberg will highlight its “Navigated Printing” philosophy at China Print 2017. For many print shops, “Navigated Printing” will be a critical step prior to “Autonomous Printing”.

CN Ashok honoured with MMS Lifetime Achievement Award

On March 4, 2017, as a part of the Printers’ Day celebrations, the Mumbai Mudrak Sangh’ Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 was conferred upon C.N. Ashok of Autoprint, in the presence of Prof Kamal Chopra, president AIFMP; and Anuradha Prabhudesai, founder president, Lakshya Foundation.

Mumbai Mudrak Sangh also organised round table discussions among print professionals over a lunch on the Printer’s Day Celebrations, which provides a great brainstorming opportunity year after year. There were different discussions on Commercial Digital &

Print on Demand, Value Addition in Digital & Screen Printing, POS & Outdoor Media, Books & Catalogues, Labels, Packaging Industry, Colour Management and Press Standardization.

India’s biggest tax reform, the Goods and Services Tax or GST are soon going to be a reality. As businesspersons, it is good to be abreast of this tax transformation to be able to smoothly transition to the new tax regime. This was also aptly discussed at the event.

AIFMP: an update

The 235th Governing Council (GC) meeting of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) was hosted by Telangana Offset Printers Association at Hyderabad. Around 200 GC members were present during this meeting, which deliberated on various issues concerning the printing industry including the latest technological developments in the field. The meeting also gave an opportunity to printers to exchange views to interact with each other regarding matters of mutual interest.

More recently, AIFMP signed an MoU with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC), China for providing training in ‘3-D Printing’ and ‘Printed Electronics’ to the print professionals, students and teachers of printing in India. The training of these future technologies are not available at present in India. Prof. Kamal Chopra, president AIFMP, said, in consultation with the BIGC authorities it is decided that the training of the first batch will start on 15th of May and the valedictory function for this batch will be organized on 11th August, 2017.

Besides, AIFMP has also planned a group visit of about 200 print professionals to visit Shanghai from April 10-13, to know and understand the system of working of their counter parts in China.During this visit, AIFMP is going to celebrate India Day on 12th April at Shanghai.

AIFMP: an update

The 235th Governing Council (GC) meeting of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) was hosted by Telangana Offset Printers Association at Hyderabad. Around 200 GC members were present during this meeting, which deliberated on various issues concerning the printing industry including the latest technological developments in the field. The meeting also gave an opportunity to printers to exchange views to interact with each other regarding matters of mutual interest.

More recently, AIFMP signed an MoU with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC), China for providing training in ‘3-D Printing’ and ‘Printed Electronics’ to the print professionals, students and teachers of printing in India. The training of these future technologies are not available at present in India. Prof. Kamal Chopra, president AIFMP, said, in consultation with the BIGC authorities it is decided that the training of the first batch will start on 15th of May and the valedictory function for this batch will be organized on 11th August, 2017.

Besides, AIFMP has also planned a group visit of about 200 print professionals to visit Shanghai from April 10-13, to know and understand the system of working of their counter parts in China.During this visit, AIFMP is going to celebrate India Day on 12th April at Shanghai.

Five years of success @ Manroland Sheetfed

Tony Langley, the British industrialist who rescued the sheetfed press division of insolvent Manroland AG five years ago, re-affirmed his commitment to the German press builder in a recent keynote speech in Offenbach. Addressing the company's German management and MD's of more than forty subsidiary companies, Langley reflected on just how much the company had changed in five years.

He said that Manroland Sheetfed had been “.. ..transformed by eliminating over capacity and inefficiency” and had “installed 500 presses and maintained several thousand more" since he took over.

Rounding on the company's nay-sayers, “...they said the company would no longer invest in research and development, well they may wish because while they have been wishing, you have developed the most technologically advanced printing press in the world today [the Roland 700 Evolution] and you have done it in just two years. Others would still be thinking about it after two years.”

He commented that not only had the company been profitable in each of the last five years, something none of the company's competitors could claim, but that it had now more than returned the group's initial investment.

Acknowledging the contributions of Alfred Rothlaender, (instrumental in the turnaround of Langley's Claudius Peters and Piller divisions in Germany) and current CEO, Rafael Penuela, he said that “management and employees had embraced the challenge to change their business for good.”

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