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Kodak Prosper 6000 press meet diverse customer needs

– Benefits majorly book printers, commercial print, newspapers as well as print service providers

With new innovations in transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press management technology, the Kodak PROSPER 6000 presses deliver high levels of reliability, print speed and application flexibility. These enhancements will empower customers in the book, commercial print and newspaper businesses as well as print service providers of datadriven print applications such as direct mail and transaction with tools for success.

The PROSPER 6000 Presses are powered by an advanced Intelligent Print System (IPS) that continuously monitors, evaluates and adjusts operations to ensure exceptional quality output. With the improved IPS, the PROSPER 6000 Presses can monitor and instantly correct colour registration, delivering enhanced registration performance. The 6000 Press’s writing system runs on Kodak’s newly formulated nanotechnology inks, offering a greater colour gamut and delivering print quality that rivals offset output on a wide range of uncoated, coated, and glossy papers.

The PROSPER 6000 Presses will be made available in two models: KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press (ideal for commercial print applications requiring high-ink laydowns) and KODAK PROSPER 6000P Press (designed specifically for publishing applications such as books and newspapers which typically use light weight paper and low to medium-ink laydowns). Both PROSPER 6000 Presses print at speeds of up to 1,000 feet, or 300 meters, per minute on matted and uncoated papers with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 top quality pages per month. An enhanced drying capability allows heavy-weight glossy and silk stock to be printed on the PROSPER 6000C Press at 650 feet, or 200 meters, per minute.

What’s more? The PROSPER 6000 Presses produce saleable prints at a low cost per page; approaching $0.005/A4 in colour consumable costs. The 6000 Presses provide customers with long inkjet head life, high operational uptime, and fast job set-up and make-ready time, helping them save both time and money.

Next-generation printing… for different segments

In today’s printing environment, businesses are investing in technologies that lay the foundation for future success. In book printing, printers are looking for ways to enhance revenue potential by shifting to profitable short-run jobs. These print-on-demand jobs reduce inventory costs and allow the printing of shorter runs on a justin- time basis to meet specific orders. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it feasible and economical to print up to 200-lpi quality books at production run lengths of up to 3,000 copies. In addition it can produce millions of offset-like pages month after month and reduce costs associated with obsolescence and warehousing.

While, printers in the commercial print space are looking to provide their customers with better response rates for mailings. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses can produce high-gloss targeted direct mail pieces for an average of 30 percent less than using electrophotographic (tonerbased) systems. These economics deliver greater return on marketing investments as well as improved efficiency and profitability for production runs of up to one million high-quality mail pieces.

Besides, newspaper printers and publishers need to drive innovation and leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it possible to reach new audiences more efficiently, while streamlining print runs and adapting print editions to target different readers. Digitally printed newspapers are the same size as offset versions and have the same look and feel, offering a high-quality appearance that is readily accepted by advertisers and readers. The 6000 Presses allow multiple newspaper titles to be produced in very short runs. The right number of newspaper editions needed for each outlet can be produced with sufficiently high productivity for medium-sized markets: 15–20,000 newspapers.

Q.I. Press Controls celebrates 10 years of success in India

In April 2014, Q.I. Press Controls India celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Established on April 28, 2004, the company over the last one decade, has established itself as an esteemed supplier to the Indian newspaper and magazine printing industry with an impressive and extensive client base.

The basis of success of Q.I. Press Controls India has been the philosophy of being a partner to their customers in offering specific automated solutions to optimise their production process with the main goal of decreasing the use of materials and increasing quality and efficiency. Ever since the company’s arrival in India as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Q.I. Press Controls, Netherlands, it has quickly gained the attention and trust of Indian printers with its high-quality products and friendly services under the leadership of Vijay Pandya, managing director, Q.I. Press Controls India.

Rapid expansions

Though started as sales office, Q.I. Press Controls India expanded its activities to a full-fledged sales, support and manufacturing organisation in 2007. Also a software development unit was set up to support both the parent company as well as its direct customers. It was the vision of Menno Jansen, chairman of Q.I. Press Controls to ensure total customer satisfaction, which was achieved by having a fully trained team of highly-skilled technical staff led by Rakesh Dave, general manager-technical, Q.I. Press Controls India.

In order to offer Indian web offset printers high quality, innovative, closed loop solutions that automate the manual printing process at reasonable cost, Q.I. Press Controls India successfully adapted its technology to match the requirements of Indian printers, manufacturers and printing environment with more than 1,000 landmark installations on various Indian and imported presses to proof its success.

Proven supplier

Vijay Pandya (extreme left) and Erik Van Holten (extreme right) with team Q.I. Press Controls India.Of course, Q.I. Press Controls India is considered to be a reliable and proven supplier and with their presence in almost all leading newspapers and commercial printing companies, they are now proud of their success. Menno Jansen says, “We want to dedicate this success to our esteemed customers who have put their trust in our company and let us be their partner in business. We also thank all Indian press manufacturers for their cooperation.” He adds that they take this opportunity to assure their (potential) customers and the Indian printing industry in general that Q.I. Press Controls India will continue with their efforts to provide products and services that will contribute to cost efficient and qualitative printing processes.

Future plans

As a part of its global strategy, Q.I. Press Controls has plans to enlarge the production activities of Q.I. Press Controls India. With its world class assembling and testing facilities, Q.I. Press Controls India is ready to manufacture more products. “With its experienced and skilled technical team, Q.I. Press Controls India has always been and always will be a very important link in Q.I. Press Controls’ chain,” concludes Menno.

Holographic images decorate World Cup champagne

The Taittinger champagne house is supplying the official champagne for this year’s football World Cup. The company has developed a limited edition Brut Réserve NV and a gift carton especially during the competition. The gift carton is a version of the packaging that won Carton of the Year award in 2012 at the Europe-wide ProCarton/ECMA packaging awards. The winning carton was decorated with round holographic effects representing champagne bubbles. In the new World Cup version, these bubbles have been transformed into beautiful holographic footballs.

The World Cup gift carton is made of Iggesund Paperboard’s Incada 235 g/sq m paperboard and the conversion is by Le Sanglier, which specialises in gift cartons for champagne. The foil lamination is by API. Even the bottle is specially produced for the event, with the World Cup trophy depicted on a gold label. “It’s a momentous occasion for us to be associated with such a major event as the football World Cup,” explains Clovis Taittinger, export director, Taittinger. “We’ve used the latest in both printing technology and 3D printing to create both the unique bottle and the carton.”

Heidelberg completes full acquisition of Gallus

The management board (Vorstand) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has resolved with the approval of the supervisory board (Aufsichtsrat) to carry out a capital increase against contribution in kind from authorised capital with the exclusion of the subscription rights. For such purpose, Ferd. Rüesch AG, Switzerland, a company controlled by Ferdinand Rüesch, will contribute its 70 percent stake in Gallus Holding AG, Switzerland, as contribution in kind into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG against the issue of new shares. After the completion of the transaction, Heidelberg will directly and indirectly hold 100 percent of the shares in Gallus Holding AG.


Jammu Printers Association stands for wellbeing of everyone

Printers associations at regional level are always imperative about the welfare of their members as well as the overall development of the industry. Jammu Printers Association is one such active regional body. Joginder Singh, president and Sanjay Verma, vice-president, Jammu Printers Association talk to Print & Publishing about some of their past and present deeds.

After ups and downs in several phases, Jammu Printers Association has come to stability. This association sees both gains and depreciations sweeping in the region’s printing industry. “Our aim is to make all printers in the region united and work together to bring prosperity though innovative technologies and services,” says Joginder Singh, president, Jammu Printers Association.

A flashback

Joginder Singh and Sanjay VermaFirst printing association in Jammu was formed in the year 1965 by SL Chadha of Naresh Art Press. Unfortunately it could not proceed success. It revived after a gap of a few years with Shankar Dass Sharma as president and general secretary MD Bhat. “The association handled problems of printers at various government departments and Bhat was very energetic and his witty nature kept everyone in the association in good humour,” remembers Joginder.

In fact, the association turned into Jammu Printers Association which came into existence in 1980 when Prem Sharad of VIP Press was elected as president and OP Batra of Batra Printers as general secretary. Jammu during this period witnessed a huge number of printers popping up in every corner and there were dire needs of the association to handle their dayto- day problems, which Jammu Printers Association justifiably handled. Prem Sharad then took the initiative to frame the association’s constitution that was eventually implemented in the year 1986 and Jammu Printers Conference was organised.

Big development

In the year 1988, SK Gupta was elected as president of the association which he registered with Registrar of Societies and affiliated to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the same year, the association also got affiliated to All India Federation of Masters Printers (AIFMP). The association organised its second Jammu Printers Conference in 1989 under the presidentship of SK Gupta. J&K Printers Awards is one of the landmark activities which the association carries out cyclically to recognise excellence in print jobs of the region’s printers. After batches of dedicated office bearers who maintained the association with motivating activities, today Jammu Printers Association is comprised of 137 members flourishing under the guidance of Joginder Singh, president; Sanjay Verma, vice-president; Atma Singh, general secretary and others.

Handling issues

Sharing the biggest challenges which printers in Jammu are facing these days, Sanjay Verma, vice-president shares, “Sales tax has always been an issue in the region’s printing market. Government imposes five percent tax on all printing materials in the state, unlike other parts of the country.” He adds that nonavailability of proper machine servicing or delayed attending to complaints in the region is another big problem most of the printers are constantly facing. According to him, it takes a minimum of two days for engineers of any machine manufacturer or dealer to come down to Jammu and only a few companies have their base in the state.

On the digital trend mounting gradually, Sanjay Verma agrees that everyone should take along digital technologies and keep updated to the progression. “There’s nothing about offset coming to an end in this era of digital presses. Both the technologies will go hand in hand under the simple logic that offset is meant for bulk production and digital for short-run jobs,” he explains.

Local activities

Jammu Printers Association closely indulges into activities at local and regional levels to appease its members and other related communities or organisations. The association organises community awareness programmes, such as rabies vaccinations, cultural and festive executions in regular intervals. Recently the association in collaboration with Kashmir Printers Association organised felicitation programme to encourage the newly elected office bearers of AIFMP. The association often acts to the core for the betterment of all under unity in diversity.

Literary academies’ contribution to print fraternity

With a view to promote and revive consciousness about different culture and literature, various academies are set up in Delhi and all their works/initiatives have been commendable. To make these initiatives a big success, they need printed literature in varied forms. To explore more about their printing needs and requirements, P&P interacted with few personalities of these academies and here’s what they conveyed.

All the academies in Delhi have their own publications like magazines, periodicals, books, and promotional materials for events and activities. Considering all these as routine print jobs, there is surely a great demand of printing from these academies. On asking about the importance of print quality, Anis Azmi, secretary, Urdu Academy shared, “Every printed communication material always leaves a long lasting impression, so we make sure to have better printing for our promotional materials like invitation cards, flyers, pamphlets, brochures, information post cards etc.”

Amongst all these academies, the quantity of printing procured by Sahitya Akademi is much bigger. According to Dr K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, they feel proud to bring out one book in every 22 hours and having one event or activity every day at any corner of India. “Our print requirements are really high in terms of quantities. We opt for different print quality as per the specifications of our product. As most of our publications are priced economically, we need to opt for the print specifications to match our budget for that particular job, whereas for our specialised publications, we always go for best quality,” he added.

Print Partners!

For regular printing needs, there’s a requirement of a reliable and trusted printerbuyer associations. All the academies have a similar process of inviting tenders and selecting printers. Academies like Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu have two-three printers on their panel whereas Sahitya Akademi has 20-printer panel across India. “We invite tenders for our printing needs and create a panel of printers for two years, which is common for most of the academies. If the printing budget is higher, we invite e-tenders,” shared Harpreet Kaur, publication officer, Punjabi Academy.

These academies have on their panel various printers ranging from small one to large set ups and do allocate various jobs appropriately. All academies keep good working relationships with their print partners. Quality of paper used in the jobs varies from newsprint to high quality coated paper. Processes of printing also comprise of screen, offset and digital.


Printing is a specialized art, and it needs proper knowledge to understand the process and requirements. On asking about any bottlenecks, Azmi shared, “One of the major problems that we are facing is lack of Urduliterate staff at printers’ level. We often face problems in content and its development during printing process.”

But, one thing is clear – printed literature is a key to dissemination and spread of culture and literature and will remain till time immemorial!

“We feel proud to bring one book every 22 hours”
–says Dr K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi

“Urdu is not a language of Hindu or Muslim… It is a language of love, which will remain forever. And our literature is timeless, and it has to be produced in a way that adds value to our content.”
–says Anis Azmi, secretary, Urdu Academy

“We are proud of Punjabi literature…its larger than life. Our magazines and books are our tools to take our mission forward and we never compromise on printing budget, when it comes to quality production.”
–says J Dhawan, dy secretary, Punjabi Academy

“We are on a mission to save Sindhu Heritage, world’s earliest civilization. We are a stateless language, so our printed material means a lot to us and our generations to come.”
–says Sindhu Mishra, secretary, The Sindhi Academy

“Sanskrit survived all odds….so it will be there till eternity! And when we talk about our printed literature, its demand is always there that too all over the world.”
–says Dr Jeetram Bhatt, dy secretary, Sanskrit Academy and director, Dr Goswami Giridhari Lal Shastri Prachya Vidya Pratishthanam


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