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Rave offers a market driven progressive approach with foil printing

-compliments CD 102 6LX UV with next gen print image control and 3rd Gen FoilStar for ultimate foil printing

Rave Packaging, in association with Univacco, foil manufacturers from Taiwan organised an open house at their newly built 1,50,000 sq ft well equipped printing facility at IMT Manesar, Haryana. Showcasing latest technology in cold foiling and enhancing printing/packaging techniques on the newly installed Heidelberg CD 102 6LX Combi press FoilStar, the 3rd Gen and Next Gen Image Control – the first ever in India, they demonstrated live foil printing on various substrates. The open house was attended by over 200 printing fraternities including printers, publishers, distributors, PSPs, media and other print professionals.

Newly installed India’s 1st UV-CD 106 Heidelberg 6 color coater with FoilStar.“FoilStar is an ultimate technology which enhances the product value. People talk that India is not ready for coldfoil, but we positively believe that we will be able to do good business in this area of operation. Many industry segments in India are waiting desperately to leverage the power of FoilStar,” said Bhavnesh Kanwar, director, Rave Scan Pvt Ltd.

Shiv Bhatnagar, COO of Rave Packaging, gave an overview of Rave, which was established in 1993 and is now an ISO certified company with 500 employees. He said, “Started as a pre-press unit in a partnership firm between Rakesh Bhatnagar, Bhavnesh Kanwar and Vijayendra Kumar Jain, now Rave Packaging—a packaging unit of Rave Scans Pvt Ltd is a leading printing and packaging company with a client base of over 400 companies.”

Rakesh Bhatnagar, MD; Bhavnesh Kanwar, director, Rave Scans Pt Ltd (in center) with their younger generations Shiv Bhatnagar and Shivam Kanwar.While, Noil Luan, senior product manager, Univacco Technology Inc gave an overview of their company and discussed hot and cold foil printing process. He also outlined the benefits of cold foil such as screen dot printing, convergence with metallic colours, metal effects in register printing, etc.

Specialised in commercial printing as well as value added specialised packaging with their high-tech printing machineries including total of nine Heidelberg machines Rave Packaging caters to any kind of bulk requirements. And with the latest installation of UV-CD 106 Heidelberg 6 color coater with FoilStar they have become 1st in India installing this machine and 59th across the world. They can undertake security printing by directly printing four colour on foil in one pass. The machine can print on substrates like PP, PET, Poly Vinyl, Art Card, Board and paper, giving environment friendly solution.

A cross-section of the audienceTheir Emmeci MC 2004 is also the first in India—the fastest machine completely automatic and electronic which allows frequent format change for producing rigid boxes. Their print quality is unmatched in the industry which is being upgraded at every step from quality check to quality assurance, every job is monitored by technically qualified staff members and the department is monitored by the MD of the company himself.

PAMEX returns to Mumbai after 9 years!

After a landmark show in Mumbai in the year 2006, PAMEX is all set to return to Mumbai and script a newer success story this year. The countdown has begun for the show, here’s a sneak peek into this upcoming PAMEX 2015. Mumbai is a “maximum city” with "maximum opportunities.” It is a city of dreams and PAMEX is rightly gearing up to have a wonderful show with maximum participants getting maximum inquiries/orders for the products/services. PAMEX 2015 is all geared up to be held from December 9-12 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

After three successful editions at Delhi, the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), together with Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd, is organising the tenth edition of PAMEX at Mumbai in a bid to replicate the magic of the landmark 2006 event held in the city with 250+ exhibitors from India and neighbouring countries. The show was a huge success recording good business, heavy footfall and worldwide recognition.

The backdrop…

The Indian printing industry, not unlike the global trend, is increasingly being driven by growth in packaging and labels, rather than graphic applications. Also digital is seeing more growth as well as technological advancements than analogue printing. However, defying the worldwide trends that are seeing plummeting growth in newspapers and magazines, Indian print media continues to grow at a healthy annual pace of four percent. As its growth trends continue to be well over the world averages, in print volume terms India is set to become the fifth largest market by 2018 moving up five notches from its present tenth slot. Therein lays a great opportunity for the Indian & International print suppliers.

PAMEX will open doors to the future of print!

says AMSG Ashokan, IPP - AIFMP, chairman – PAMEX, while sharing his views on the printing industry and the much-awaited PAMEX 2015 show.

P&P: What is the future of the printing industry in general and Indian printing industry in particular?

Ashokan: Beyond doubt, the future is bright for the global printing industry. Believe me, for Indian printing industry also, the future is safe and bright. Growing economy, 65 percent youth population, strong fundamentals, new-gen aspirations- all these shall contribute in overall growth in coming years. Though, pattern, format and methods will evolve as per market needs.

P&P: What according to you are the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian printing industry?

Ashokan: The Indian printing industry is thriving on following strengths: quick learners, overall flexible approach and urge to grow. But, there are a few weaknesses as well, which include lack of patience, lack of skilled man-power and low or no risk options by printers.

P&P: Coming to PAMEX, what is the total expanse of the fair? Is this sync with your targets? Why/Why not?

Ashokan: From the day, we started 10,000 sq m was our target as our motto was ‘Think big – dream big’. Six months prior to d-day of 9th December we were not up to the mark. Rethinking, brainstorming and suitable actions yielded results. 8,000 sq mt! Yes!! Still a bit far from the target but I am confident ‘touch and go’ is in sight.

P&P: What new can the exhibitors/visitors expect at the fair?

Ashokan: Refreshing venue, hi-tech systems in place, perfect floor plan, attractive stall designs and above all, world class exhibitors, shall open the gates to ‘future of print’. Every visitor will return home with some degree of satisfaction and I mean it.

P&P: How many visitors are you expecting at the show and from which areas?

Ashokan: The efforts put in by PAMEX Team have already assured first six digit. It will be interesting to see how further we can go. Am optimistic, it will be an all time high footfall among all print exhibitions held so far in India. We are expecting pan India attendance dominated by Western and Southern part of India. Maximum city, the dream city - Mumbai the host city has its own charm which is boon in disguise for us as far as attracting footfall.

P&P: What other efforts are taken by the organisers to make it a best-in-class show?

Ashokan: Nothing has been left to chance. Presence on social media, Mobile App, maximum possible use of technology, signage and other aspects which are important from the point of view of a common visitor all have been taken care of.

P&P: Any message for our readers....

Ashokan: A must visit event to witness, experience, feel and be a part of the vision of our honourable prime minister Narendra Modi ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas’, ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’.
Themes at the fair…

The fair will showcase products and services in the following categories:

Print: Commercial printing, newspaper printing, large format printing, digital package printing, binding on demand, post press & prepress, UV/Latex inkjet technologies, flexo & gravure printing, screen printing, digital solutions, print supplies, etc.

Narrow Web: Paper, film, adhesives, liners & varnishes, label printing, dies, cylinders & tools, inspection systems, accessories, etc.

Package Converting: Paper, board, film & foils, folding & gluing, cylinders & rolls, coating & laminating, inks & coatings, slitting, sheeting & surface treating, die-cutting & embossing, etc.

Corrugated Packaging: Corrugated box manufacturing machinery, heating systems & boilers, testing equipment for paper & packages, computer software developers for box design, kraft paper, starches & adhesives.

One-day international conference: Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) will organise a one-day international conference on December 10, 2015 in Hall 2 at the exhibition centre. There will be a keynote address, followed by three one hour technology hot spot sessions. There will also be a parallel session on Brand Building, Innovative Print Strategies, and Enduring Excellence. A session on Make in India will be followed with a networking dinner.

“PAMEX is a trendsetter in India”

Says Shyamal Chandra Basu, president, AIFMP as a message to all visitors to the upcoming PAMEX 2015 in Mumbai. The new body for AIFMP 2015-16 has been elected and Shyamal Chandra Basu is the new president. In a brief chat with P&P, he shares his views on the printing industry and the upcoming PAMEX. Excerpts.

Congratulations on being the AIFMP president. As the president of AIFMP, what would be your key focus areas?

Basu: Thanks from core of our heart from Team AIFMP 2015-16. Today, root of our entire problem is shortage of job, which causes unhealthy competition among us. Our team’s main focus will be Export Promotion as well as reduction of imported printing materials.

There is a huge scope of printing job from abroad. Our printer friends are now well equipped with modern technology, machinery and equipments. It is a continuous process, I am sure our Team will do needful so that in near future Indian printer will do big business in abroad. Our honourable prime minister dream "Make in India" will be fulfilled.

What is the future of the printing industry in general and Indian printing industry in particular?

Basu: Though there is a threat to printing industry due to online channels like e-mail, Facebook, e-book, etc, but print industry has sustained despite all odds. Considering day to day increasing literate people in India and per capita consumption of paper, in India, the demand of printing will increase for coming five to seven years. I can say in near future printing industry will grow in good ratio in India.

What according to you are the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian printing industry?

Basu: In my view, the most positive sign in our industry is more educated young generation joining the printing industry. They are very much capable of adopting the modern technology. While, the shortage of technically skilled manpower is the most disadvantage for adopting new technology. Previously experienced people were running the unit. Nowadays educated technically competent persons are a must behind the machines and equipments.

AIFMP has to take a vital role for developing educated, technically sound workforce for our printing industry. Our team also has some positive proposal throughout India. We will place our proposal in forthcoming GC meeting in Mumbai as it is also a continuous process of work.

The industry is looking up at PAMEX in Mumbai. What are your views on the upcoming PAMEX and how important is it for the industry?

Basu: PAMEX is the trendsetter in India as like drupa on international level. This time, PAMEX will be biggest in terms of number of national and international exhibitors, sq m booking (live demo of modern machineries, equipments and consumable) and most important aspect for any exhibition footfall from length and breadth of India. PAMEX Core Committee and co- organiser have given their utmost effort for success of PAMEX 2015. We are trying visitor promotion in every part of India through our 70 affiliates & core committee.

Any message for our readers....

Basu: Please come with written enquiry in PAMEX as you will get all sorts of answers in every field of printing industry. I have a suggestion please make some time for other fields also as you may get some additional benefits to your customer, excluding your existing field of action.
Journey down the PAMEX lane!

The first PAMEX was organised in the year 1981, along with the 20th All India Printers’ Conference by Madras Printers’ & Lithographers’ Association (MPLA), Chennai. The PAMEX ’81 was unique in many respects and created many firsts in the history of Indian printing industry. There was a first ever display of different phototypesetters, automatic process cameras, electronic sheet counters, photo-polymer plate systems and many more. On the indigenous front also, there were a good number of letter press machines, offset machines, process cameras, packaging and binding machines and testing instruments.

The PAMEX ’81 was the most advanced printing and allied machinery exhibition ever held in the country, under the leadership of then AIFMP president MR Kumar and MV Rao as the chairman of the organising committee. The exhibition was inaugurated by the then governor of Tamil Nadu, Sadiq Ali. On the opening of the show, H Nestler, director general of Polygraph Export-Import assured the Indian printers of Polygraph’s support to make PAMEX a regular feature and to give it an international character. On the eve of PAMEX ’81, representatives of the printing industry called a press conference to voice their grievances as well.

The second PAMEX was held in the year 1983 at New Delhi.

The third edition of PAMEX was organised in Bombay in January 1987 by The Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) along with the 23rd All India Printers’ Conference. The presidential address was made by Rev. Msgr. TA Pereira, president, AIFMP. The theme of this conference was ‘New Frontiers in Print Communication’ which was in-line with the young and farsighted prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi’s focus on the need of modern technology. In the PAMEX ’87, the exhibitors from home and abroad put up a memorable show and the visitors/ delegates had the opportunity seeing the products of newest technology. Vengal Rao, union minister for industry was the chief guest on that occasion. In his speech, he mentioned that some of the equipment included in the exhibition had a direct impact on overall social development through printing. He was happy to note that 78 out of 100 exhibitors were printing machinery manufacturers and they were participating with their latest machinery. He mentioned that while it was encouraging to see the foreign participants but he would like to welcome them to India to set up manufacturing facilities with Indian partners. The chairman of the Organising Committee was Arun Mehta.

The fourth PAMEX was organised by the West Bengal Master Printers’ Association (WBMPA) with the 25th All India Printers Conference at Calcutta in 1991. The show was inaugurated by Jyoti Basu, the then chief minister of West Bengal. Mother Teresa also graced the occasion. The participation in conference surpassed all previous records and it crossed 1,500 mark. SC Mukherjee was the chairman for the conference as well as the PAMEX ’91. In his welcome address, he spoke on the theme of conference ‘Upgrading Human Skills with Present Technology.’ In his address, the president of AIFMP, SJ Mahimkar mentioned about the significance of the PAMEX ’91 being held in Calcutta, a great city which had just completed 300 years. Seven days of PAMEX exhibition spanned from January 4-10, 1991. Over 125 indigenous manufacturers participated and 6,000 odd people visited the expo.

The fifth PAMEX was held in Bangalore in February 1997. The then chief minister of Karnataka, JH Patel inaugurated the event. In his inaugural address he said that the developments that seemed like fiction not so long ago have become a reality. He was impressed by the array of sophisticated machinery displayed at the exhibition. Others who addressed the gathering included Kailash Poddar, president PAMEX ’97; Arun Charmaria, chairman, Exhibition Committee; CR Janardhana, president of Karnataka State Printers’ Association (KSPA) and Satish Malhotra, president of AIFMP. The theme that year was printing beyond 2000 and the future trends in printing technology. Viren Chhabra, past president, AIFMP introduced the conference theme and said that quality and speed were the key factors for a revolution in the printing industry. Print excellence awards were also presented on the occasion. A seminar ‘Digital Yatra on the various aspects of the digital revolution affecting the print industry’ was organised by Pranav Parikh of TechNova. PAMEX ’97 attracted more than 10,000 visitors.

Kunal Enterprise showing complete line of products

Dealing in almost everything in the graphic and print industry, Mumbai-based Kunal Enterprise is a sole distributor of a range of imported machines and consumables. The company is showing whole gamut of its products, including some newly arrived ones, at PAMEX 2015 in Mumbai. Print & Publishing gets a sneak peek into the showcases.

Kunal Enterprise deals in a range of products from the UK, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium and China, which the company is showcasing in a big way at PAMEX 2015 to be held from December 09-12 at BEC in Mumbai. The portfolio includes a fully-automated range comprising cylinder screen printing machine, flatbed and RTR screen printers from Sakurai Graphic Systems (Japan). World-class UV, IR, hot and cold air dryers, sheet stackers & collection trays (which will go along with Sakurai screen printers) from Natgraph Equipment Solution (UK) will be part of the showcase. Also to be showcased at Kunal Enterprise’s stand include semi-automatic screen printers, UV, IR, hot air dryers and screen printing related pre-press equipments from Keywell Industrial (Taiwan).

Another range of manual and fully-automated textile screen printers, equipped with the latest technologies including dryers and various pre-press equipments, from Anatol Equipment (USA) will be part of the showcase. UV varnish and specialty inks from Hong Kong-based JM Coating + Inks, designed for hologram effect and many added applications, will also be on displays. Also, to be on display include dome sticker making machines and KROMEX technology from the Italian company Demak srl. Being a dealer of Esko (Belgium), Kunal Enterprise’s stand will flaunt die-less Kongsberg digital cutting and creasing tables, designed for finishing operation of packaging, display, sign and industrial printing applications.

Yet in the stand of Kunal Enterprise will be small offset machines of 14x18 inch and 14x20 inch, which is now available in 19x26 inch & 25x36 inch as well, from Weihai Hamada (China). Grapac Japan’s Honeycomb array lens sheet and others including 3D solutions, lenticular software and materials, will be another attraction from Kunal Enterprise. Adding varieties to the completeness of the products on display, the portfolio will also include cleaning products like sticky matt, non-woven wipe, head cap, antistatic gown, disposable shoe covers, among others.

Latest in the portfolio from Kunal Enterprise at PAMEX 2015 will be two colour RTR cylinder screen printing machine (MSDR60) from Sakurai (Japan) and EP-PAK, new way of packing, from Toppan Printing (Japan) through Bunshodo (Japan). And the attractions will also include world’s best filling machine from Shikoku Kakoki (Japan).

Kunal Enterprise will be displaying print samples churned exclusively using the machines, inks and materials from their portfolio. Catch everything ‘live’ at the company’s Stall No G03 at PAMEX 2015.
The sixth PAMEX was held at Mumbai during the year 2006. It was jointly organised by the BMPA and Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) from December 10 to 14 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). The event was promoted as an event ‘Of the printers, For the printers and By the printers’. The PAMEX 2006 was organised on approx 19,000 sq m of exhibition space. Apart from the product display, activities such as buyers-sellers meets, international conferences, product presentations, catalogue shows, seminars & workshops and PAMEX Print Excellence Awards were organised. PAMEX 2006 was a resounding success with over 30,000 visitors including delegates from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Middle East and South Africa. The show was inaugurated by MV Rajasekheran, union minister of state. Other dignitaries who participated in the inauguration ceremony were Ralph Nappi, president NPES and Thilakaratne, president Sri Lanka Printers Association (SLPA). The chairman of the PAMEX 2006 was Dev Nair and the president, AIFMP was Manoj Mehta. Over 200 exhibitors participated in that impressive event. The focus of the show was the strength of the domestic market and the exponential growth expected in the near future.

The seventh PAMEX was held at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Dr Ashok K Walia, then finance minister, Delhi Govt on January 19, 2010. The show was organised by the AIFMP with Tafcon Projects as associate organisers. Dr Walia in his inaugural speech said that the Indian printing industry has grown with the advent of new technology and overseas markets have started sourcing print from India. As a novel concept, ‘guest of honour’ was conferred upon luminaries of printing industry including Amila Singhvi of International Print-O-Pack, Khushru Patel of JAK Printers, Narendra Paruchuri of Pragati Printers, Dharani Karunaratne, president of Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP). Exhibitors (176) from India and abroad participated in this show with a footfall of 20,000 visitors. The chairman for PAMEX 2010 was Manoj Mehta. Heidelberg remained the biggest exhibitor, with a stall of 1,250 sq m, and won the Best Design and Concept award. The PAMEX 2010 had participation from countries like Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA. During the PAMEX 2010, the National Awards were also organised.

The eighth PAMEX was held in 2011 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from November 01-04, 2011. The show was organised by AIFMP in association with Tafcon Projects. With covered area of 11,000 sq m in six halls, this show witnessed many new launches. It presented 187 exhibitors showcasing latest technologies from pre-press, in-press, post-press, publishing and signage industry. The exhibitors received numerous orders and queries from prospects during the four-day event.

The ninth PAMEX was held from November 14-17, 2013 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, NCR. The event featuring more than 200 exhibitors across 25 countries recorded a footfall of 20,326 visitors. Leading companies from India and overseas launched innovative solutions and showcased state-of-the-art and cost effective printing solutions for the pre-press, in-press, post-press, signage, materials and publishing segments at the show.

Now, in its 10th edition, PAMEX ’15 is all set to script newer success story in Mumbai.

Brief display profile at PAMEX ’15

ACME Machinery Company (Hall 01, Stall I10) will display folder gluer machine suitable for both mono and e-flute cartons with lock bottom.

Arofine Polymers (Hall 1, Stall K57) will display a new range of adhesives for high speed carton pasting applications. Manufacturers of Arobond 555, the company has developed Arobond 64 for disc application and Arobond 646 for nozzle application.

Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers (Hall 01, Stall G10) will display Autoprint 1520 Colt with VDP attachment, Autoprint Knight NX, Autoprint Dion 450+, Autoprint Repetto 80 and Autoprint Checkmate 50.

Bodhi Professional Solutions (Hall 01, Stall G31) will present its recently launched Veripack and Veripack 3D –a complete job submission and approval solution which can be accessed through a mobile phone or computer system.

Canon India (Hall 01, Stall E20) will promote Océ VarioPrint i300 sheet-fed inkjet press that prints up to 294 (letter) images-per-minute.

EFI’s first exhibit at PAMEX (Hall 01, Stall D10) comes in response to the tremendous momentum EFI customers are seeing in India. EFI will be showcasing a full flag of solutions from Fiery to Inkjet to EPS (Enterprise Productivity Suite). The solutions that will be showcased for the first time at PAMEX in EFI booth will include EFI Radius, EFI DirectSmile, EFI DSF (Digital StoreFront) and EFI Pace in the EPS/MIS category. Also on display will be EFI Matan Industrial leading 3 meter Superwide format roll-to-roll and hybrid printer. After the recent acquisition of Matan, this will be the first time in Asia Pacific that EFI will be showing EFI Matan printer. EFI H1625 LED (curing) Wide format printer will also be on display. The company will also showcase EFI Fiery (CWS) Command Workstation, EFI Fiery Workflow Suite and EFI Fiery (CPS) Color Profiler Suite.

Gayathri Machineries (Hall 01, Stall D10) will launch eyeletting machines from Hang, Germany (manual, electric and automatic eyeletting machines), paper drilling machines from Nagel, Germany (single hole, multiple hole paper drilling machines). The company has also installed Hohner wire stitching machines (imported from Germany) at Rajams Digital, Chennai; Vipul Printers, Nagpur; Darpan Publication, Siliguri and Menaka Cards, Tiruneveli.

Grover Industries (Hall 01, Stall D03) will be displaying the new and improved wire payoff system. The payoff system along with the 40 Kg spools of Grover stitching wire can help reduce production downtimes of any automatic stitcher by at least 15 hours a month.

Impex Enterprise (Hall 01, Stall D03) will offer offset printing machinery spare parts.

Insight Communication & Print Solution India (Hall 01, Stall F20) will launch Komori Imperia IS 29 Digital Press.

Integriti Consulting India (Hall 01, Stall J45) would be presenting Ero S.r.l (made in Italia) gluing and quality assurance, which will launch its medium pressure gluing system (I/P converter based), which would be further enhanced with its globally famous GTE13/S glue gun.

Kanan Graphics (Hall 01, Stall D 59) will be offering finest inks and other consumable products at PAMEX. They are the largest distributor for UV inks & varnishes and also a leading importer and distributor for CtP-thermal, violet plates, Printec (a Trellborg company) brand rubber blankets. They are the distributors of many well-known multinational companies like- TechNova, Pidilite, Arets, Toyo Inks to name a few.

Keywell Industrial Co (Hall 01, Stall E31) is a professional screen printing machines and related equipment manufacturer in Taiwan. In the pre-printing equipment category, the company offers screen stretching machines, screen coating machines, exposure machines, screen ovens, screen washing booths etc.

In screen printing segment, they offer multicolor screen printing machines, automatic cylinder screen printing machines, roll to roll screen printing machines, glass screen printing machines, semi-auto and 3/4-auto (large and medium) screen printing machines, etc. While, their post-printing equipment includes UV conveyor dryer, hot air conveyor dryers, UV+hot air conveyor dryers, wicket dryers, automatic stacker, squeegee sharpeners, etc.

Khushi Graphics (Hall 01, Stall I34) will promote post-press and used/rebuilt offset printing machinery and allied equipments.

Kunal Enterprise (Hall 01, Stall K01/K03) will present two colour roll to roll cylinder screen printing machine MSDR60 from Sakurai, Japan and EP-PAK packaging solution from Toppan Japan. It will also showcase filling machine from Shikoku Kakoki Co Ltd, Japan.

Line O Matic Graphic Industries (Hall 01, Stall E20) will exhibit its latest and upgraded exercise notebook making machines.

Maxcess Automation (Hall 01, Stall J42) helps the web handling industry maximize productivity with convenient access to innovative products and services worldwide.

By bringing together the leading brands of WEBEX, FIFE, TIDLAND and MAGPOWR, Maxcess has built an unrivalled network of application experts with more than 200 years combined experience to help customers improve efficiency and production quality anywhere in the world.

Modular Infotech (Hall 01, Stall K39) will offer multilingual software for different verticals like newspapers, publisher, TV channels, DTP operators etc. Their customer list has many prestigious names like Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, ISKCON, Oxford University Press, Anand Bazar Patrika, Deccan Herald and Dinamalar.

Monotech Systems (Hall 01, Stall D02) will launch various presses and printers from offset, digital inkjet and wide format systems.

Nippon Colour (Hall 01, Stall E40) will present graphic arts equipment for pre-press printing industry.

Origami Machines (Hall 01, Stall B20) will display rotary numbering machine, variable data printing machine, folding machine and creasing, perforation and sticker half cutting machine.

Plastics Capital India (Hall 01, Stall K49) will offer creasing matrix solutions from C&T Matrix India, the Indian arm of the C&T Matrix Ltd, a UK based multinational company.

Provin Technos (Hall 01, Stall E12) is the pan India agency for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing and Packaging Machinery Ltd for sheet fed and commercial web presses. They offer printing machines from Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd, Japan. RMG has introduced the state-of-the-art LED UV curing system and the first machine in India with LED UV curing system is already installed at Impact Promotions, New Delhi. They also represent Rotatek SA, Spain for narrow web label and offset presses. The company also represents BW Paper Systems UK for complete range on reel to sheet machines in India; Mitsubishi heat set web presses and paper guillotine knives.

Mumbai based Relax Enterprise (Hall 01, Stall T80) will offer superior quality photo papers, laminating pouch film, lamination machine, paper shredder machine, ID card holders, stationery and spiral binding machine.

Ricoh India (Hall 01, Stall G02) will showcase the entire range of their products especially the new Pro C 9100 series and Pro C 7100x the new white and clear toner. The newly launched Ricoh Latex printers and the world famous Gel Jet based wide format printing solution.

RM Associates (Hall 01, Stall E12) will present printing solutions from Eckart GmbH, ACTEGA Terra GmbH and Technotrans India - all from Germany and consumables like PRINTGUARD-USA's ink-repelling jackets, underpacking papers of marks-3Zet and Tsukatani's- Japan cutting rules.

Hp@ Pamex

HP will enable print service providers explore new business opportunities with high-value commercial, labels and packaging solutions at PAMEX 2015.

The print service providers in the country involved in various businesses like general commercial printing including print collaterals and publishing; and labels & packaging, are beset with various challenges including that of productivity, cost effectiveness, flexibility and above all, the high quality. They are constantly seeking ways to provide more value to their end customers through unique print applications and improved automation for faster turnarounds. In a bid to address these needs and educate the PSPs on the immense possibilities with HP’s digital print technology, HP will exhibit its innovative Indigo digital printing technology and applications at PAMEX 2015; helping customers not just meet the end customers’ need but also target new markets and explore fresh revenue streams.

HP has procured the largest booth at Pamex 2015 covering 500 sq m area (Hall 01; E04, E10) and visitors will have the opportunity to see the many high-quality applications achievable with HP’s innovative Indigo printing technology, as well as the numerous production benefits of digital printing at the large HP booth.

HP is showcasing a variety of star products from its large portfolio including the flagship HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press; which is being showcased for the first time in a trade show in the country. The press maintains all the capabilities distinct to the HP Indigo portfolio in a wider format, including B2-sized that expands the digital printing capabilities, while crossing over into traditionally offset markets providing offset print quality, substrate flexibility and wide colour gamut - in a larger format. With a speed of up to 4600 sheets per hour and greater imposition efficiency it also allows print service providers to increase profitability and differentiate their business with new applications such as B2-sized calendars, book covers, posters and canvases.

Apart from the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, HP is also showcasing HP Indigo 7800 Digital Press which demonstrates HP’s commitment to providing printing customers’ with state-of-the-art digital printing technology to meet their needs, while also offering an upgrade path that helps protect their capital investments.

Key highlights of HP’s booth at Pamex 2015

Education seminars for the brand owners and advertising agencies – Brand managers and agencies are exploring new and creative mediums to reach their end consumers. In turn, PSPs are trying to address these needs by exploring innovative printing applications which are effective in customer reach, affordable and environment friendly at the same time.

Themed application stations for segment customers – PAMEX will witness participation from various customers involved in businesses ranging from commercial, branding and advertising, labels and packaging amongst others. HP with its industry leading Indigo printing technology is well positioned to address the emerging needs and challenges of these specialised segment customers.

Gallery with rich applications - Ranging from commercial including marketing collaterals, publishing, and direct mailers, calendars, wrapping paper, posters, cut prints, cards, high-quality publications including coffee table books, label and flexible packaging samples, folding cartons, shrink sleeves etc, HP will showcase a gallery of applications.
Ruian Dapeng Printing Machinery Factory (Hall 01, Stall HC21) will present a range of paper cutting machines.

Mumbai based Sangeeta Poly Pack (Hall 01, Stall H12), a division of Sangeeta Group, a leading manufacturer of plastic products, will offer Polypropylene films and sheets that have consistency in gauge and quality. Their Taiwanese sheet extrusion machines, and 35 years of plastic processing knowledge will be useful to the visitors. With dominant presence in all the fields of applications of PP sheets and films their customer base include leaders from the printing, fabrication, stationery, packaging and promotional products industry.

A majority of printers deploy UV curing, but they forget to think about its proper disposal. Soham Technologies (Hall 01, Stall J58) will promote environmental friendly disposal of Used Hazardous Mercury Lamps used on the printing machine for the curing.

Mumbai based Standard Printers Providers (Hall 01, Stall C31), a multi-product company having over twenty five years standing in the graphic machinery market will be present at PAMEX offering a wide range of imported printing and packaging machine viz. ‘Taiyo’ high speed web-offset printing presses, and label printing machines; ‘SUGANO’ automatic cutter-creasers; ‘RAPID’ hot-stamp machines, slitter-rewinder and label inspection machines. The sale of above equipments is backed-up by a team of professionally trained engineers for its installation, maintenance and after-sales-service which includes stocking and sale of a wide range of spares and related consumables.

SL Kulkarni Cyril Graphics (Hall01, Stall I06) will showcase a carton inspection machine and a rigid box making machine which are being offered to packaging industry.

Stoosa (Hall 01, Stall G43) will offer high quality laser dies and laser die making machines.

Thirumala Makers & Marketers will offer Tazakimo high-end doctor blades, which claim to have 25 percent higher wear resistance than other quality tools at Hall 1, Stall B22, PAMEX’15.

Turakhia Textiles (Hall 01, Stall K11) will present a wide range of book binding cloth, mull cloth, tracing cloth and various other industrial fabrics.

Variety Wires (Hall 1, Stall K-11) will display Deuco Products – which is a stitching wire made from the best mild steel galvanised iron and processed to suit every stitching. The coils/spools are in straight length without joints and gauge variations which avoid wastage. The wire is rust resistant with no deviation and weather does not affect its quality. The coils are shrink packed and wrapped in a high quality kraft paper, to withstand adverse weather conditions. It has high penetrating power due to restricted production tolerances.

Welbound Worldwide (Hall 01, Stall G21) will demonstrate PUR binder, which can bind substrates from art card, coated paper and plastic to the pages with heavy ink coverage, UV coatings and varnish.

Zeta Marketing (Hall 01, Stall B-09) will display newly-launched TezJet series 350 as the OEM partner of inc.jet (www.incjet.com), an American company, with leading TIJ (Thermal Ink Jet) technology in the world. Also, on display would be recently launched HELIOS Universal File Server (UFS) UB64, the ultimate cross-platform Server software. It gives you native access from Windows, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Linux-UNIX machines and browser access from Android mobiles. Also, on showcase would be WebShare, a software package that operates as a level above UFS, enables secure, hack-proof access from any digital device.

Zhongke India (Hall 01, Stall E50) will display complete range of machines for rigid box making solution including two case makers, rigid box maker, lamination and grooving machines.

Visitors looking for used printing and packaging machinery can drop in at the stand of Shri Export Import LLC (Hall 01, Stall J70), which is one stop shop for providing services like Rigging, Inspection, Forwarding, Custom Clearance, Warranty & Installation at your door step. The company also provides complete financial help related to loan and lease plans, whether it’s a competitive interest rate, structured payments, or tax-advantaged programmes. Another company offering used equipment would be Khushi Graphics (Hall 01, Stall I34), which will offer rebuilt offset printing machinery and allied equipments. The company is based in New Delhi, India and imports all kinds of single, double, four, five, six colour printing machines.

Flint Group to showcase latest consumables at PAMEX ’15

Flint Group India will showcase the widest range of pressroom supplies at Hall 01, Stall F33, at PAMEX ’15 in Mumbai. Visitors will be inspired by milestone offset ink, blanket and chemical developments, as well as they will have the opportunity to talk with Flint Group experts to learn how pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sheet fed and web offset process inks, among other products, can best meet their demands.

They will focus on their newspaper and sheet fed product innovations. “India has a very competitive web offset and sheet fed market. Prospective customers come to PAMEX to see how suppliers can give them an advantage over the competition. They’ll find that, with Flint Group, they can get nearly every high-quality pressroom product they need from one trusted supplier.” says Upal Roy, managing director of Flint Group India.

Flint Group would launch a few products which will include: Varn Newsline 435 NT and 435 Turbo which offers OEM-approved fount for coldset presses which significantly enhance print quality, dayGraphica 8894 and 8897 for single and double width newspaper presses with high density carcass prevents gauge loss and provides long life and K+E F908 and UltraKing Plas XTN are with ink-water-stability, good setting properties and excellent adhesion on plastic substrates.

Flint Group looks at India as a very strategic and important market, being one of the last growth markets globally in the offset arena. To take care of that growth, Flint Group is reinvesting in the market from a capability and skill standpoint. Key people in leadership positions are hired and the company is also adding new equipment to enhance their News ink capacity at Savli. The company also plans to roll out their own dedicated blanket converting facility sometime in mid 2016”. In addition, Flint Group will showcase its regular offerings to the printing industry including its anti-set off powder, deglaser and washes.

Konica Minolta touches upon the whole universe of printing solutions

Ever awaited KM-1 cut-sheet inkjet press likely to hit the Indian market soon
Fresh competencies as well as value additions that have been constantly augmenting their machine portfolio, advanced imaging technologies, manpower and so forth in the swing accelerate Konica Minolta Business Solutions India into a new motion, which has set them stride along the changing market dynamics. V Balakrishnan, executive general manager–marketing, sales & marketing division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd reveals such developments in an exclusive chat with Print & Publishing editor SK Khurana over a cup of high tea at Digital Imaging Square (DIS) at their Gurgaon office. Creating value chain to meet the increasing demands for newer applications among customers, yarning for advanced technologies, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has taken on all possible verticals—be it in production, technological solutions, fresh innovations, customer service—covering whole gamut of parameters including education, healthcare and many others. “Now, we have covered all domains, left nothing untouched; look at the eco-system of our existing customers, it includes all, be it graphic art, commercial printing, book printing, photo albums, packaging and others,” says V Balakrishnan. In this, everyone knows Konica Minolta as a manufacturer of measuring instruments for industrial and healthcare applications, inkjet printheads and textile printers for industrial use and related consumables and solution services.

Of the gamut of activities for which Konica Minolta has been known for decades, book printing is one such arena where a number of book publishers across the country are gainfully running KM monochrome presses for the purpose. “In addition to print production, we are now into e-books as well; converting books for e-learning contents,” mentions V Balakrishnan, adding that other allied activities in this domain, which Konica Minolta monochrome machines are engaging include in-house print productions of report cards, question papers and others such documents for schools, colleges and academic institutes. According to Balakrishnan, what Konica Minolta has been leveraging is to add value of digital printing to offset, rather than looking at it as an alternative.

New dimension

Unpacked this year during the PRINTPACK INDIA 2015 expo, Konica Minolta’s landmark introduction of JET Varnish 3D (from MGI Digital Graphics) to the Indian market has opened up a new paradigm shift in spot varnishing, adding highly allured 3D effects on digital prints and allowing to varnish upto 2298 A3 pages per hour. Saving time and cost, this digital solution application can be prepared on demand as well. “Of course, this UV spot varnishing machine lends a big opportunity to the packaging segment as well,” explains Balakrishnan.

Balakrishnan further details the machine’s added advantages and competencies in terms of make-ready time and auto-registration, “JET Varnish 3D is equipped with ARC (automated registered camera) designed to calibrate coating registration from sheet to sheet,” he explains, adding that the machine is perfectly designed for premium products rather than mass scale consumer products. Till date, a printing firm has already adopted the JET Varnish 3D and expecting the count to be multiplied sooner than later.

Mobile app

As things around us get gradually escalating online these days, mobile apps play vital tool in every aspect and Konica Minolta is not missing the bandwagon in this as the company has recently launched its PageScope Mobile App for iphone and ipad, which is a novel application that allows users to easily connect to KM presses from mobile devices through Wi-Fi. “This mobile device enables users to print documents, images and could import scanned data to any KM printer that supports this application,” explains Balakrishnan. PageScope Mobile App can store data in different locations, such as My Document, Online Storage, Mail and Web pages being spooled into the PageScope My Print Manager server, which can eventually be printed using a printer that has been registered in the app.

When asked how secure the app device from misuse, Balakrishnan says the device is full proof from any maligned activities as it supports authentication and secure printing on the KM devices connected to it. “You have mobile phone, but if you are not authenticated by the printer which is equipped with authentication device designed as similar as that of the one used in highest level of financial transaction, there is not even a thin chance of infiltration,” he explains.

Photo albums

V BalakrishnanIn the land where weddings are not mere occasions but professional mass-scale celebrations and people substantially spend huge every year, Konica Minolta genially captures this big-fat Indian nuptial ethos with a special attention on the provision of photo album printing/making to cherish the treasured moments forever in finest textured photo prints. Of course, a robust line of KM presses is available for excellent photo printing jobs, but the JET Varnish 3D is yet another proven excellence into this grasp. According to Balakrishnan, Konica Minolta provides relative software for all aspects of printing, be it photo, commercial, books, among others, which eventually help printers customise any sort of prints.

When it comes to counting the number of KM printing presses running in the Indian market, it is being enumerated that Konica Minolta has delivered more than 300 bizhub PRESS C70hc, which features high chroma image quality and it boasts high-speed production of 70 ppm in colour and monochrome. In fact, this press raises the bar in digital production with its fast and efficient RGB workflow that makes colours that pop, texts that grab attention and images that practically leap off the pages. Balakrishnan points out bizhub PRESS C8000 and C1060 are also suitably engineered for such outputs.

Categorically, around 30 percent of KM presses have been installed in the offset printing houses in India. As of now, a collective figure of more than 2300 digital production presses are currently running across the country; on other side, more than 60,000 MFPs of the company have been sold and these devices contribute a lot to the innovative front, engaging in groundbreaking technologies like cloud computing. But the popularity and concept of cloud printing, as Balakrishnan observes, is now in a developmental stage in the country.

Demo centres and labs

“Apart from our existing DIS (Digital Imaging Square) in Gurgaon where visitors are privileged to experiment a line of all models of KM machines, we have recently unveiled two labs where equipped every single model that has so far been sold in the Indian market, including JET Varnish 3D,” mentions Balakrishnan. He counts other popular KM models being put on display in the labs and DIS as: bizhub PRESS C1060, bizhub PRESS 1250, bizhub PRESS 1052 as well as a line of MFPs like bizhub 283, bizhub C221, bizhub C454, bizhub 283, bizhub C754, among others.

In addition, Balakrishnan elaborates that the newly introduced labs are designed as complete customer care corners as visitors can experience the whole gamut of Konica Minolta’s activities and products. It’s not only the machines but also the solutions, including software packages, such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, among others are accumulated in a perfectly arranged manner in the labs to serve the need of their customers.

Colour projects

V Balakrishnan (3rd from left) with SK Khurana (extreme right) and team KM‘Right colour’ is one of the biggest challenges ever faced by the printing professionals these days. Sensing this need to the core level, Konica Minolta has taken up a series of workshops called ‘Demystifying Colour’ conducted in different cities, inviting their customers to educate them the fundamentals of colour and right management of it. “We invite our customers to come along with their media, their own print files and challenges to the workshops,” says Balakrishnan. So far, three Demystifying Colour workshops have been conducted and Konica Minolta is targeting to make it 15 this year itself.

KM-1 arrival

Excitement is that Konica Minolta is getting set to bring KM-1 to the market. The machine is constructed with press chassis from KOMORI and the company’s very own UV inkjet technology, expected to be a big showcase at drupa 2016 to be staged from May 31–June 10 in Dusseldorf. KM-1 runs at the speeds of 3,300 sph in simplex and 1,650 sph in duplex modes, capable to outpour prints in 1200 dpi resolution. Rejoice is for book printers as KM-1 can produce a maximum sheet size of 750x585 mm, which in turn can print three book jackets per sheet, taking a range of substrates, including heavy, textured stocks.

Suitably engineered for high-speed commercial printing as well as short print runs to a given deadline and processing variable data, the arrival of KM-1 will open a new chapter of quality and competence in the Indian digital printing market, covering varied aspects of various spheres.

Live demo of Lombardi Synchroline & Vinsak LSR

- Open House at A&A Labels, Gurgaon showcases
the world of possibilities with Lombardi Synchroline


VINSAK hosted an Open House at A&A Labels, Gurgaon, India to officially introduce the Lombardi Synchroline Flexo press. Synchroline is the last generation press of Lombardi Company with its widest application, flexibility and smart electronics. This universal press has been designed for facing all the challenges of label & packaging industry. The machine is suited to label production, packaging and general substrate printing with its servo motor technology and its high-tech software features which allows to print without any limitation on the kind of different substrates like BOPP, PVC, PE, PET, Paper, adhesive paper, board, coupled board material etc. The high level of atomisation allow to reduce to the minimum the skills of operator, material waste, set up time & still offering the highest print quality in a Flexo system.

According to Anubhav Jain of A&A Labels, he had seen the machine in Italy in January 2015 and in the first week of June, they installed the Lombardi. They wish to convert 5 lac sq m per month with this machine. “Even if we reach 3 lac sq m per month, it is worth it,” he said. At present, A&A Labels is converting 3-4 lac sq m per month.

While, Saurabh Jain added, “At present, our turnover caters to 25 percent liquids, 40 percent pharmaceuticals, 25 percent cosmetics and 25 percent miscellaneous jobs. With this machine, we can cater to even wider range of customers. Since this is a 17” wide machine, the wastage is less and quality is better. The online support is brilliant for this machine.”

At the occasion, Massimo Lombardi of Lombardi remarked, “This is our first installation in India, the market is looking for high-quality solution. India is a market with attitude as they are technology-oriented but at the same time look for high quality at competitive pricing. Lombardi can give value addition, service and customer support. Creed Engineers is our dealer for India, Emirates and central African countries.” As a message to Indian printers and converters, he said, “Never stop looking for technology. Even in crisis, invest in new technology. If you stop, you die.”

The universal press of Lombardi Company was presented along-side the VINSAK LSR range of Slitter rewinders with 100 percent defect detection systems. The event gave a unique opportunity to Indian printers and converters to see the equipment performing in Indian conditions and also the entire workflow for the narrow web industry. The open house was followed by a seminar where all the aspects of flexo for packaging were discussed including pre-press, press, post press and special applications and an interactive panel discussion to discuss the current and future market trends in India.

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