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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.

GOSS celebrates 20 years of breakthrough in press automation technology

More than 2100 GOSS Autoplate units now running worldwide across wide range of sectors
As of now, 20 years of introduction of its Autoplate technology has driven GOSS International to set a landmark achievement in the history of offset printing. Introducing reductions in makeready time, labour and expenses, the Autoplate innovation has extended the web offset advantages and created opportunities across a wide range of sectors and applications. We take you to a quick flashback. GOSS Autoplate automatic plate-changing was first introduced on M-600 press in 1995, offering the ability to plate up an entire press in less than three minutes due to a simple, precision-engineered sequence. Plates were placed into cassettes on the printing units while the press was running or idle; then, at the push of a button old plates were automatically rotated off the cylinders and replaced by the new ones. All or any combination of plates could be changed in this way.

Jean-Pierre Moioli, product manager, GOSS International explained that despite initial skepticism, live demonstrations at trade shows and open houses, together with field experience, rapidly established Autoplate technology as the flag-bearer for web press automation. “The beauty of the system was – and is – the simplicity of its operation made possible through precision engineering, without requiring extra cleaning or maintenance,” he further elaborated, adding, “With the realization that the shorter the run, the greater the benefit, came a freedom to explore run lengths beyond those traditionally associated with web offset and even to compete with sheetfed.”

Around the world

Today, more than 2100 GOSS Autoplate units are in operation on a range of commercial and newspaper presses worldwide, including M-600, Sunday 2000, 4000 and 5000, and Colorliner CPS press systems. In addition, its development has directly influenced a range of additional GOSS innovations in industrialised print production, which include: the ‘96-page’ web offset press, creating new economies for very high-volume commercial printing and directly challenging the lower-volume gravure industry; non-stop edition change (NSEC) which ensures further time, energy and waste savings in makeready particularly for high-volume versioning; Automatic Transfer (AT) printing for on-the-run edition changes, eliminating conventional makeready requirements in some applications.

Jean-Pierre said, “Our M-600 experience made the wider press format possible with the same design, creating more opportunities for printers – and the larger the plate, the greater the benefits.” He added that one of the main goals achieved is reliability, proven by field experience with close to 100 percent plate change success. In the case of AT, GOSS International’s customers running 48-page format press lines that are changing more than 700 plates a day.

Newspaper printers exhilarated

Most recently, as the single, most significant enabling technology of the Magnum Compact press, GOSS Autoplate knowhow has led to a new era for newspaper printers and publishers. In reducing makeready time by as much as 90 percent, the Magnum Compact press lowers the break-even point of economical newspaper production. Combined with additional features such as consistent high quality, wide substrate flexibility, heatset options, and a versioning tool, this development provides the means to reach into new markets particularly for those that currently produce small to medium circulation publications.

Eric Bell, director-marketing, GOSS International, said, “Through our decades of experience with Autoplate technology, we were able to develop a simple, cost-effective system entirely unique to this sector.” In providing the ability to change plates in 30 seconds and to complete a full job changeover in less than five minutes, printers can fill the press with work even in the shortest production window.

“The breakthrough with the Magnum Compact press is a perfect example of the legacy of Autoplate technology in general,” concluded Ericl. He recollected that GOSS product designers, back in 1995, could foresee the level of competition today but, bit by bit, as margins have become tighter and harder-won right across the board, the crucial advantages of Autoplate have been unlocking new potential.

All talks envisage growth and innovations at WAN-IFRA India 2015

Accolade of ‘World Young Reader News Publisher Award’ to Indonesian daily Kompas
After 12 years, WAN-IFRA India returned to Mumbai with a host of back to back summits, parallel expositions on latest newspaper printing technologies and more. Co-sponsored by INS, around 600 delegates from more than 30 countries rushed to the global event. Print & Publishing editor SK Khurana recounts a brief account of the three-day conference and expo that pulled a league of South Asian news media stalwarts to the influential confluence of innovative ideas and technologies. WAN-IFRA India 2015 Conference and Expo organised from September 02-04 at BCEC in Mumbai brought to showcasing what all news media industry has garnered over the last one decade or so since the event was last held in the city. The onset of the event was marked with a common inaugural session to all forums/summits, in which Magdoom Mohamed, managing director, WAN-IFRA South Asia, India delivered a welcome address, followed by the opening address from K Balaji, chairman, WAN-IFRA South Asia Committee and director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd, India.

Young readers spotlighted

A big ovation at the opening session was for the World Young Reader News Publisher of the Year Award conferred on the Indonesian daily Kompas. “The newspaper has had a major role in creating new citizens capable of sustaining their own freedom of expression and peaceful change of government—two basic elements for any democracy,” announced Jacob Mathew, past president of WAN-IFRA and executive editor of Malayala Manorama, who presented the accolade of the prestigious award to the Indonesian newspaper. Among the other winners, Kids' News, a children newspaper from Denmark, bagged the silver award in the ‘teaching freedom’ category.

The whole three days of the conference were sub-divided into World Editors Forum (Newsroom Summit), World Printers Forum (Printing Summit) and Crossmedia Advertising Summit, with a common closing session for all.

Day One

In his common keynote address on the opening day of the three-day conference and expo, Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief, English and Malay Newspapers Division, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) affirmed that South Asian newspaper publishers continue to increase their print business and they are also undergoing a digital revolution. Till 2003, SPH engaged in production of five magazine titles; but the count has reached 100 today, which include both fully-owned and some licensed ones. They also produce a special weekly newspaper for Indian communities residing in Singapore.

Speaking at the Newsroom Summit, Thomas Jacob, chief operating officer, WAN-IFRA Germany revealed that the trend of news publishing in digital age is catching on. On what publishers can do, he urged to understand the disruption patterns first and master the digital eco-system. On the other side, Printing Summit hosted a series of valuable discussions, among which Benedicte Gercke, category director-paper & energy, News UK and Ireland (UK), presented provocative ideas and concepts of newsprint procurement as well as operational excellences in the session on ‘Excellence and Innovation in Newspaper Production’. She imparted a case study on optimisation of paper and energy from one of the largest printers in the world.

Day Two

The second day dawned on a significant session on ‘Colour Quality’ at Printing Summit. Anand Srinivasan, research manager, WAN-IFRA India, opened the session with the announcement of advantages of enrolling into the International Newspapers Color Quality Club (INCQC) 2016-2018, which is open to all. He explained how publications of all sorts—dailies, weeklies, monthlies and fortnightlies—could use the competition in the club to improve their process in achieving consistency in print quality.

Followed-up next in the session on ‘Color Quality’, Anjan Majumdar, vice president-quality & EHS, HT Media Ltd, India, narrated the systematic approach to implement FM screening in newspaper production, a relatively new subject. Reasons for the selection of FM, according to Anjan, are set for: smooth dot renderation, strong spots on plates, easy control of dot gain, ease of ink control on press, RIP and system speed, among others. As a result, he said Hindustan Times has successfully brought 60 percent of paper consumption to 40 and 42 gsm; saved upto 5-10 percent of ink and advertisers are elated to the print production on FM.

Day Three

On the third day of the conference, a session titled ‘Trends in print production’ at the Printing Summit witnessed a flock of speakers talking in length about the new trends. Opening the session, Snehasis Chandra Roy, associate vice president-technical, ABP Pvt Ltd, India, shared some innovations which ABP has so far adopted to impress readers and advertisers alike. Unable to attend the conference, but directly streamed live from Dubai, Samer Sabri Abdel Qader, director-digital & prepress, Masar Printing & Publishing, UAE, presented his share of ideas on the adoption of new technologies for sustainability and new business. Masar boasts of a production facility of half a million sq ft where equipped technologies of all sorts, including web-offset, commercial web-offset and digital presses—certainly a mega portfolio comprising Kodak NexPress, Kodak Prosper, manroland CROMOMAN and so on.

In the follow-up part of the session, Neeraj Mahajan, vice president-technical, Lokmat, India, precisely elaborated the newspaper’s focus on ‘green’ technologies in their overall production process. Established in 1971 with its first Gujarati edition, then English edition in 1987 and Hindi in 1989, what Neeraj revealed was their eco-friendly production process and adoption of renewable energy, minimisation of non-recyclable liquids, reduction in carbon footprints and such other strategies eventually helped Lokmat reap unmatched advancements in using ‘green’ and sustainable technologies.

Closing session

At the closure of the three-day conference and expo, Manfred Werfel, director, Word Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA, Germany, presented business model for sustainable print in which he stated that the printing industry is innovating and experimenting to come up with solution best suited to new challenges. He observed the cost of printing is coming more and more into focus, those who don’t adapt will lose their market position.

The ultimate closing note from Rainer Esser, CEO, Zeit Online, Germany, opened up with his story of a long road traffic he experienced in Mumbai as his first impression (laughing) of the city on his maiden visit to India. Key factors of success, he then changed the topic, consisted of steady improvement in layout and editorial designs, winning and keeping the best and most diverse staff, and most importantly the use of ‘big data’ to keep in touch and engage with young readers by embracing digital opportunities.

Inspiring exhibition

The expo, organised in parallel to the three days of conference and expo, hosted a group of 65 exhibitors from India and abroad showing their machines and services, which include printing presses, prepress equipment, editorial systems, archiving systems, digital media management and mobile app developments. Prominent among the exhibitors were ABB, Alpap, Cadgraf, CCI, 4Cplus, FUJIFILM India, GOSS International, Kodak India, Krause, manroland, Manugraph, Memory Repro, Mosca, Newstech, Poddar Global, ppi Media, PRAKASH Web Offset, QuadTech, SLKCG, Technicon India, TOYO Inks Arets, WRH Global, among others. And those eminent sponsors of the conference and expo comprised: Atex, CCI, DIC, Google, Huber Group, Kreatio, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ppi Media, TechNova and The New York Times (News Service and Syndicate).

BMPA Print Summit to turn 10 in 2016

Print Summit 2016, a full day knowledge seminar on the theme Ten Commandments, will be held on January 29, 2016 at Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai. Organised by Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA), this annual event is a unique effort to commemorate Printers' Day, a tribute to Johannes Gutenberg – the German innovator whose invention, the movable type, revolutionised mass printing. This will be the 10th BMPA’s Print Summit.

The BMPA is steadfast in its goal to construct an agenda that consolidates the progress made over every past Print Summit edition rendered since 2005 and turn it into a celebration of Print and Communication. They desire to make the Key Note address more conspicuous and build content that resonates and heralds the changes that are shaping our industry - challenging it and redefining its relevance.

Some of the speakers at bygone Print Summits included: Ajay Piramal, Kishore Biyani, Yoshiharu Komori, Ashish Hemrajani, Arnab Goswami, B S Nagesh, Vir Sanghvi, Pranav Parikh, Prof. Boman Moradian, Prof. V K Murti, Prof. Parimal Merchant, Prof Samsih Dalal, (Lt) Prof Rooshikumar Pandya, Radhakrishna Pillai, Steven Schnoll, Anthony Stanton, Prof. Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, P Narendra, Prof. Dr Eduard Neufeld, Santosh Nair and more.

The audience at upcoming Print Summit will include businesses from commercial printing, package printing, labels, POP-POS, wide format printing, on-demand printing, corrugation, creative industry and ad agency. Personalities attending the conference are largely owners, decision makers, technologists, shop floor personnel, marketeers, designers and IT & admin folks.

BMPA is committed to improve the quality of life for the print community and it aims to be a pre-eminent organization in developing co-operation amongst print industry stake holders. It also aims to provide know-how on state-of-the-art print technology, education and related matters; to develop business leaders, technocrats and entrepreneurs and to encourage and recognise excellence in printing.

In this era of cross-technology solutions and a communication cycle that is ultra dynamic; one that is continuously pushing the limits and reinventing the means; the BMPA acknowledges the growing inter-dependence amidst the printing technologies and allied media processes. As a result their membership is broad-based, comprising of firms who are engaged as: print providers, pre-press, pre-media specialists, post-press and converting, packaging printing, agencies; and printers’ suppliers i.e. manufacturers and traders.

BMPA has been serving to the cause of the print industry for the last 60 years and are a proud family of over 500 members from and around Mumbai.

On a national level, The BMPA is well networked with other regional printers' trade associations from all over India; all of whom assemble under the fulcrum organisation: All India Federation of Master Printers - a New Delhi based nodal rep of the printing industry. Presently there are over 55 regional associations from all over India come under the AIFMPs umbrella. Several nominees of the BMPA have served the Federation as its president over the last six decades. At the state (provincial) level the BMPA is similarly affiliated with the Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, which functions as a state level Federation of printers’ association.

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