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Media Expo 2017 in New Delhi unveiled plethora of new products and technologies

A handful of deals on high-end machines being sealed during the expo

The 41st edition of Media Expo, which was organised from September 22-24, 2017 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, witnessed a record-breaking success in showing a plethora of new-age machines and technologies, all innovatively and appropriately designed for pushing the signage/graphic art industry to a new high. The expo pulled trade visitors from all over the country and helped them discover, network and excel fresh business opportunities through the dynamic and mix showcases of traditional and ultramodern products.

More than 170 exhibitors, dealing in manufacturing and distributing array of wide-format printers, CNC routers, laser engravers, plotters, printing software, LEDs, printing media and many other allied products for signage and display graphics, exhibited whole new ranges of new-age machines and technologies during the course of the three days of the expo. The mention of some key exhibitors that pulled crowds to their showcases would include NEGI Sign Systems & Supplies Co., ColorJet/Apsom Infotex, JN Arora, Mehta Cad Cam, FUJIFILM, Mimaki, Avery Dennison, Apsom Technologies, Mean Well, City Advertising, Sun Sign & Technologies, Pioneer Polyleather, Canon, ADS LED, MSTronics, AT Inks, JX Enterprise, Newclear Technologies, HP Inc, among others.

Kodak releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Kodak has released its 2016 corporate responsibility report, which highlights the company’s commitment to achieving 10 new environmental and social sustainability goals by 2025. In addition to detailing Kodak’s goals, the report, titled, “See Us Now,” provides a view of Kodak’s social and environmental sustainability efforts in place today throughout the company and across the globe. The report details measures Kodak both has in progress and is aiming to implement focused specifically on reducing waste and creating energy efficiencies, reducing emissions, conserving water and improving employee and community engagement.

“At Kodak, we continue to leverage our deep domain expertise in scientific innovation to provide the most advanced and environmentally-friendly technologies to reach our goals,” said Jeff Clarke, CEO of Kodak. “I’m excited about the programs we have in place and am looking forward to what the growing adoption of our sustainable technologies will mean for the future as we look to move the needle on better environmental practices.”

Kodak’s aim is to continue the progress it has made against environmental goals through a variety of measures taken over recent years. One example is the implementation of state-of-the-art wastewater treatment in its Osterode, Germany manufacturing facility, which has now reduced its demand for water from public sources by an amount equivalent to the needs of 2,000 people per year. Similarly, Kodak’s Eastman Business Park in Rochester, N.Y. has repurposed its solvent recovery operations, once used for film and chemical manufacturing in the 1920s, to recycle 40 million pounds of methanol, ethanol and other potentially hazardous materials in 2016.

PAMEX 2017 welcomes Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) on board

Makoto Nishioka from Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) recently visited the Print-Packaging (P) Ltd office at Noida and confirmed its participation at PAMEX 2017 (December 18–21, 2017 at Mumbai).

The JPMA consists of 105 members, mainly the manufacturers and vendors of printing machinery, bookbinding machinery, paper converting machinery and its peripheral equipment.

During his visit, Makoto said, “I’m very optimistic about our (JPMA’s) alliance with All India Master Printer’s Association (AIFMP) and strongly believe that PAMEX 2017 is the right platform to venture in the Indian print industry. The larger Japanese companies from the industry have already marked their presence in India however this would be a great opportunity for the small and medium companies to participate at PAMEX 2017 and explore the Indian market.”

“This would be a great start for co-operation between two associations and we expect much bigger participation from Japan in the coming editions of PAMEX. We would also like to invite PAMEX to have a booth at International Graphic Arts Show - IGAS 2018 happening at Tokyo to further promote the show and attract larger Japanese participation in upcoming editions of PAMEX,” Makoto added.

“In India, the Japanese companies are present in large numbers in pre-press and press segment. No Japanese manufacturer of post press and converting equipment are present in India. At AIFMP we will study and identify what kind of Japanese equipment would be suitable for India in this segment.” said Tushar Dhote, chairman, PAMEX.

While, Sangam Khanna, president, Insight Communication & Print Solutions (which represent KOMORI in India); Sahil Kulkarni, section manager, Sakura International Japan and Anil Arora, president, Print-Packaging.Com (P) Ltd. who are the event managers for PAMEX, were also present for this meeting.

Smithers Pira reports say Heidelberg presses most productive

Smithers Pira’s newest report – “Real production capability of pre-owned sheetfed litho presses” – analyzes the impression count of almost 450 pre-owned sheetfed litho presses under 10 years old from five different manufacturers. Averaged across all platform sizes, the report finds that Heidelberg presses are 24.1% more productive than all other manufacturers’ machines when comparing the overall impression count of all machines in all formats. In the case of the Speedmaster XL 105/106, the press is 66% more productive than all the competitive machines. Smithers Pira costing model showed 11% lower production costs per 1,000 sheets.

Comparative cost of printing 1,000 B1 sheets“When we studied the data available online for the used equipment market, we started truly understanding the reality of how much more productive Heidelberg equipment is versus our competitors,” said Andy Rae, global head of marketing, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. “But to have the data verified by a respected organization such as Smithers Pira, it now shows the whole industry the astounding proof of Heidelberg productivity.”

The proof is in the productivity

The study analyzes the output of B1, B2, and B3 machines – with a primary focus on the two larger format sizes. For all B2 (29”) presses, Heidelberg’s average annual impression count is 68.5% higher than the machines from the other four manufacturers. Across all B1 (40-41”) formats, Heidelberg presses (Speedmaster CD 102 and Speedmaster XL 105/106) are an average of 36% more productive.

When comparing the average production costs of Heidelberg B1 presses to competitive equipment, both the XL 105/106 and CD 102 formats were more cost effective in producing 1,000 sheets. Heidelberg’s entry level B1 press, the Speedmaster CD 102, even outperformed the “highest specification” competitive model in terms of lower production costs.

“What this study proves is that buying a new press from another manufacturer, regardless of purchase price, means that you will be paying a higher cost per sheet,” said Rae. “Even with a 25% purchase price premium, Heidelberg machines only need to produce 8.75% more to justify the price difference versus our competitors’ machines as shown by the PIA White Papers. This report proves that we far and away exceed that!”

To conclude, Smithers Pira states, “This additional productivity provides a significant competitive advantage to Heidelberg machines…the analysis shows that the profit opportunity for Heidelberg machines is significantly higher than for the competitive models.”

First Education Excellence 2016-17 award conferred

Prof Dr Anjan Kumar Baral, senior most professor, Department of Printing Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar has been facilitated the very first Education Excellence 2016-17 award of India by His Excellency, Governor of Punjab, VP Singh Badmore during the 237th Governing Council meeting of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), the apex body printers in India, at Amritsar. This award is conferred to Prof. Baral for his outstanding contribution to develop and popularize print education and research in India in the recent times.

Prof. Baral, brought laurels to this unique branch of technology through effective teaching & research related activities, establishing state-of-the-art facilities for effective practical exposure of students, organizing successfully numerous national & international level printing programs to benefit the students, researchers, and the printing community, etc. He has acted as an instrumental force in bridging the gap between industry-institute partnerships besides numerous research publications. His sincerity, hardworking and optimistic views on the future growth and development of print education is highly appreciable. During the felicitation function, Badmore also released Prof. Baral’s second book, Printing Process, which is jointly authored with Prof. Kamal Chopra, then president, AIFMP, New Delhi.

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