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A tradition of quality at Sri Sudhindra Offset Process

Sri Sudhindra Offset Process in Bengaluru is an inheritance of family-backed printing business which stays active for more than half a century. Jyaneswsar Laishram from Print & Publishing explores the company’s success story sprouted from a letterpress set-up to a mammoth ultramodern production facility today. Printing was non-existent when mankind sufficed their written (engraved) communication by engraving pictorial presentations on stones, leaves, woods and hides, which was followed by the era of writing on parchment, cloth or paper.

Suresh Pai BSThen the day came when the necessity was there to print holy book Bible for its vast and easy circulation among general public. This was how Gutenberg printing press was invented in 1496. On the other side of the globe in India, Sarvothama Pai of the Bhadragiri family felt the similar way in 1961. They planned to produce the traditional Hindu oral literature, Dasa Sahithya, in prints for mass distribution, for which Sudhindra Printing Press was established.

Located in the heart of Bengaluru city, Sudhindra Printing Press emerged like a tradition of quality. Initial activities of the press were revolved around printing some promotional literatures, which in turn gripped holding the development of a strong foundation of value, technological excellence and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Since then, Sudhindra Printing Press (now Sri Sudhindra Offset Process) keeps growing in all verticals revolving around book printing, magazines, personalised stationary, posters, paper bags and others. “We understand the significance of printing and how does it play an important role in business promotion. So, no matter how big or small the project is, we strive for excellence in any kind of prints for our clients,” says Suresh Pai BS of Sri Sudhindra Offset Process.

Contented clients

Sri Sudhindra Offset Process always helps customers get their vision into a work of art as the company gives priority on details and perfection. Today, the company boasts of delivering highest-quality prints for books, folders, magazines, text books, etc. And the clientele comprises big corporate clients, such as Astrazeneca Pharma India, Aztech, Britannia, CMP Media, Canara Bank, Himalaya Drugs, ING Vysya, L&T, RCI, TVS Motors, among others. Outdoor Asia, BIZJET are some of the popular magazines printed at Sri Sudhindra Offset Process.

Still printing ‘promotional literature’ is one of the prominent tasks at Sri Sudhindra Offset Process. The company delivers excellent outputs in printing essays or literatures for academicians at school or university level who wish to share the materials with professors, classmates, project colleagues, etc. Production of such promotional literatures comes out in the finest prints and presentations because Sri Sudhindra Offset Process is equipped with a line of high-end machines.

Unmatched infrastructure

Sri Sudhindra Offset Process has invested in the latest technologies which allow them to convert the most creative ideas into moving print outputs.

Its production facility is equipped with an entire range of constantly upgraded highend pre-press, press and postpress machines. Perfectly trapped and imposed layouts with colour-bars, registration marks, cut and fold marks are directly imaged on to calibrated Kodak CtP system installed in their facility. Bodhi, a leading colour management expert in Bengaluru, is the architect behind everything about colour proofing, workflow solutions at Sri Sudhindra Offset Process.

The machine portfolio of Sri Sudhindra Offset Process consists of four-colour Mitsubishi 28x40; four-colour + coater Mitsubishi 20x28; four-colour Mitsubishi 28x40 and two four-colour Planeta standard machines. The post-press division of the company is equipped with cuttingedge finishing technologies from Stahl, Polar and others to ensure finest finishing touches in binding, lamination, embossing, varnishing, UV spot coating, aqua-coating, punching, pinning, cutting, etc. A qualified team of more than 100 professionals in all stages of printing or finishing gives best of satisfactory level to their clients.

Future move

Maintaining its age-old tradition of giving customers the finest prints and services, Sri Sudhindra Offset Process is quite successful in all spheres of prints and productions. However, Suresh Pai feels the need of joining e-publishing world. “Since everything is inclining towards the online world, we shouldn’t sit idle watching the revolution,” he says with a commitment that Sri Sudhindra Offset Process is now gearing up for e-publishing activities.

Labelexpo India 2014 set to be a record show

The seventh edition of Labelexpo India, South Asia’s premier label and package printing exhibition, returns to Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from Oct 29 – Nov 01, 2014 and the show will be bigger than ever before. Covering 5,800 sq m area, Labelexpo India 2014 will feature around 250 exhibiting companies including over 50 first time exhibitors. Underlining the growing importance of the Indian market, many of the industry’s leading suppliers have taken larger stands including Dupont, Esko, Nilpeter, Technova, UPM Raflatac, Weldon Celloplast and Xeikon. Other leading press and material suppliers showing their latest solutions include Avery Dennison, Dragon Foils, Epson, Flint Group, Multitec Aids, Nuova Gidue, Omet, Webtech and Weigang Machinery.

Aimed at label and package printers, brand owners and label designers, many new product and service launches are scheduled to take place. Visitors to the show will be able to see the next generation of printing machinery coming onto the market as well as learn about global market trends and see live demonstrations of the most advanced technologies available, compare the latest materials and find out about the newest developments in flexible packaging and intelligent labels. In addition, Labelexpo India will once again play host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards at New Delhi’s Le Méridien Grand Ballroom.

A view of previous edition of Labelexpo.According to Jade Grace, event director, “Labelexpo India is an important professional platform as it serves the needs of label and packaging printers across Indian and South Asia. Reflecting growth in the marketplace, the size of the show has grown steadily with each new edition, as has the number of products and solutions being displayed. With the increased number of exhibitors, Labelexpo India 2014 is no exception as it confirms the strong commercial opportunities that exist across FMCG.”

For the first time at Labelexpo India, HP will be hosting an exclusive brand owner showcase on their stand. Labelexpo will be co-hosting this invitation-only event with HP. There will also be a live demonstration of the HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press, as well as a supermarket shelf display stocked with consumer goods sporting the latest label and package printing technology to touch and feel. Dow Corning will introduce new coating adhesives while KODAK FLEXCEL NX platform will be available for corrugated packaging applications. There will be many more exiting displays at the show.

VINSAK @ Labelexpo India 2014

Visitors to the stand of VINSAK, a solution provider for printing and packaging industry, can see the live demonstration of VINSAK LSR330 Label Inspection Slitter Rewinder along with VINSAK LVPI Variable Data Printing & Inspection System. Also, the visitors can be inspired by VINSAK Brand Protection Solutions that contains security inks, software and other smart innovative and secure products aimed at providing true value to any printer in either profit improvement, environmental considerations and adding more value to the products and applications.

According to Neeraj Thappa, VINSAK Inkjet Team, “Retailers and packaging convertors want to learn and adopt the digital technologies due to the reliability as well as the versatility. Short run campaigns with bespoke messages; printing of variable data (bar codes; 1D/2D codes) helps in anti-counterfeiting as well as track and trace for the supply chain, running campaigns digitally. With in-house digital facility, the versatility on the solutions that can be offered increases. It is the creative thinking of the entrepreneur that will add value to their product with the digital printing. Visit and witness the era at our booth – J11 @ Label Expo India 2014.”

VINSAK Slitter Inspection Rewinder is designed to meet the increasing demand of today’s label printing industry. “The machine is manufactured at our state of art infrastructure in Navi-Mumbai, keeping the highest quality standards. The machine is PLC operated to ensure total reliability with new value added features including 100% defect detection , matrix stripping, Razor and Scissor slitting etc,” he added.

When it comes to printing personalised security labels with fully variable information, or frequently changing print; the VINSAK LVPI is the perfect solution. The machine offers reliability, flexibility and high performance low cost of operation vs print quality with a variety of options in the inkjet printing systems, UV curing systems and inspection systems. It really is the most versatile equipment available in the market. The unique design of this label printing and inspection system includes a quick make ready scissor slitting unit with knife separation and lateral adjustment.

While, VINSAK Brand Protection Solution contains the range of security inks, security software, security substrates, hot stamping and track & trace for applications such as tickets, ID cards, passbooks, driving licenses, certificate and permits, tax revenue stamps with the various features like anti-copy, void pattern, micro-text, hidden images and many more. Also, the substrates include security threads and fibers along with track and trace solution.

HP@Labelexpo 2014

At Labelexpo India 2014, HP will showcase the HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press, the third generation of the best-selling HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press series, which offers breakthrough productivity, versatility and advanced colour management. Delivering the industry’s highest crossover point in narrow-web production versus analog for the vast majority of pressure-sensitive label jobs, the press will help support the rapid increase in volume of digitally produced labels.

The HP Indigo WS6800 helps customers reach new levels of productivity and reduce time spent preparing colour profiles and PANTONE colour matching by up to 75 percent with a new in-line spectrophotometer. Using closed-loop control, the spectrophotometer eliminates the need for manual colour calibrations and adjustments. An expanded frame width, increased from 317 mm to 320 mm, allows for higher press output and reduced costs. In addition, label converters can produce up to 131 linear feet per minute in colour using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM). Providing improved efficiency in the converting of shrink sleeves, high-slip HP Indigo ElectroInk White reduces production steps with single pass sleeve production. HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver gives labels a metallic look similar to UV flexo silver inks and can be used as a spot or base colour on a range of label applications, including paint, automotive, household chemicals, nutraceuticals and soft drinks.

The HP Indigo WS6800 also supports the HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite 4.1, powered by Esko. This workflow suite provides consistent repeat job control and advanced decision-making tools to help select suitable jobs for EPM. A new, high-definition 223 lines per inch (lpi) screen provides increased colour gamut space.

Esko completes 100 installations of Full HD Flexo

Brazil-based Clicheria DP Studio has recently upgraded its investment in digital flexo imaging from Esko HD Flexo to Esko Full HD Flexo, becoming the 100th installation, worldwide. DP Studio is reporting exceptional package printing results – even replacing gravure at times. HD Flexo, with nearly 1,000 installations, brought to flexographic printing a quality level that could previously only be achieved with offset or rotogravure printing processes. It evolved to become the new standard in flexography. The impact on the label and packaging industry of HD Flexo cannot be underestimated. Brand managers now have the option of producing shorter runs of packaging and labels more affordably, and in a more environmentally friendly manner, without any compromise in quality, giving them more freedom in terms of production technology.

Building on that, Full HD Flexo has grown in popularity and is quickly becoming the flexo quality standard for more applications and more substrates. “Esko Full HD Flexo, a 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award recipient, is being quickly adopted throughout the world,” told Thomas Klein, vice president Flexo Business at Esko. “Launched just 18 months ago, a hundred customers worldwide have already adopted the technology to achieve excellent – and at times, award-winning – flexo print quality results. “With Full HD Flexo we broaden the range of substrates and applications upon which flexo printing can truly compete against any other print process. This is continuing evidence of Esko’s leadership in setting new flexo printing standards for quality and consistency,” he added.

Enhancing the Colour Gamut in Print

Multicolour printing is generally associated with printing with four process colour inks namely CMYK. Sometimes it also uses additional Pantone shades, to produce a colour shade that is not reproducible using the CMYK process colours. This system has been in use for many years and is still in vogue. In many cases, higher density inks have been used to improve the printing of process colours by using higher density inks to produce the richer/darker colours. Though this helps to improve the richness of the colours, it makes the highlights darker in print which can sometimes be drawback.

There have been attempts to improve the printing of process colours by using the Hexachrome* system of printing six colours namely CMYKOG which came in very powerfully, but somehow never gathered momentum.

Thereafter a system called OPALTONE* came in with improved capabilities. Over the years the team at OPALTONE has worked very hard to improve its performance, in more ways than one. The present system is fully equipped to help the printer get full benefits, by using this system. Of late, there has been a lot of interest in creating awareness in following the 7 colour system of printing, with a consortium of companies coming together to focus on this system, now known as the REVO project. I think this is a good move as it will benefit the printers, substantially, to follow this system of 7 colour printing, as a standard practice.

This principle of 7 colour printing was introduced quote some time ago, even before the focus provided by the REVO project. It is therefore possible use a similar process, independently of the companies of the consortium and a printer is free to choose the partners he wants. With slight modifications, using the 6 or 7 colour system as a standard can help eliminate the need to change inks on the print stations of a press. Using this system in conjunction with the GTT metering rolls, will reduce the press downtime for make ready, thereby providing more time to produce on press. This can reduce cost of production and improve the overall production of the flexo press with improved colour gamut.

The best part of the system is that it gives the pre-press department, the ability to convert the RBG/CMYK image into separations for CMYRGBK, within no time, that enhances the Colour Gamut reproduction which is very easily seen on the monitor itself. This is the only software, I have seen, that can do this without batting an eyelid. Earlier we used to spend hours in trying to prepare a separation for printing a Pantone* shade to combine with the CMYK image, by manipulating the CMYK image separations. The system also allows you to edit the separations, to an extreme, that I have not seen before. Also the editing functions are simple and easy to manage. The improved Colour Gamut that one sees on the monitor can be easily reproduced using the defined set of inks, information on which is provided by OPALTONE*. It also improves the appearance of the metallic colours like gold and silver which is really amazing. The use of the ink suggested by OPALTONE can also be used as standard for printing of all jobs, irrespective of the printing process or substrate used. The essence is to use a good white substrate with the standard set of inks.

The OPALTONE* system produces a wider Colour Gamut in print that was not earlier possible and also helps to eliminate the use of Pantone shades in print. In fact it can produce a higher range of shades than the pantone range. There is a possibility of reducing the number of colours printed from 7 to 6 or 5 or 4, depending on the dominating colours in an image. This reduces the cost of production for the printer while enhancing his capability.

To understand this in more detail, you can visit Stall A5, Hall 12 of Colour Dot Madras Pvt Ltd at Label Expo 2014 to be held at Pragati Maidan from Oct 29 to Nov 01, 2014 and see the live demo of the OPALTONE* system. We have produced a page layout printed in CMYK on the adjacent page and the same layout is being printed live at the Nilpeter* India Stall No C15 Hall 12 using CMYRGBK inks. You can visit the stall and compare the CMYK result with the CMYRGBK image for a better understanding.

The layout being printed on the Nilpeter* Press uses MacDermid* LUX* FLAT Top Dot Technology (Stall No G32 Hall 12) and GTT XS* metering rolls from Apex*, considered as the Heart and the Brain of the Flexo printing process, for improved printed results. –RS Bakshi, managing director, Colour Dot Madras Pvt Ltd. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Heidelberg focuses on digital label segment

World premiere - Stefan Heiniger, COO of the Labels division at Gallus, Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach and anchor investor Ferdinand Rüesch, start up the new digital printing system for label printing, the Gallus DCS 340.Heidelberger Druckmaschin en AG (Heidelberg) is set to launch a new digital press for the growth market of digitally printed labels. This represents the next milestone in the company’s strategic realignment, particularly in terms of significantly expanding sales in the digital sector over the medium term.

The rapid progress in rolling out the digital strategy shows that the partnerships Heidelberg has nurtured with various suppliers are proving highly successful when it comes to developing new digital printing systems for industrial applications. For example, the Gallus Group, which was recently taken over in full by Heidelberg, has held a customer event to present the forthcoming Gallus DCS 340 (DCS = Digital Converting System) digital label printing press, which is based on inkjet technology from Fujifilm. Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the digital production system for industrial label printing in less than one year. Heidelberg is to manufacture the inkjet unit at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, while the flexo and converting units for the new press will be produced at the Gallus plant in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The system is slated to enter series production in the coming year and will meet growing demand for the costeffective production of short, medium, and versioned runs in label printing.

Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing press in less than one year. It is designed to meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium, and versioned runs in label printing.“We are pursuing a growth strategy in our digital printing operations,” says Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. “Today, less than twelve months after we started our collaboration with Fujifilm, we can stand alongside Gallus and unveil the first print-ready system. The only way to rapidly leverage growth potential in digital printing is through partnerships. This helps us get a lot closer to our medium-term sales targets in the digital sector.”

Having completed its takeover of Gallus Holding AG in the summer, Heidelberg has reinforced its commitment to the growth segment of digital label printing. Ferdinand Rüesch, former owner of Swissbased Gallus Holding AG, supports the strategic realignment that Heidelberg is pursuing.

The newly unveiled digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive labels market. The global print volume for these labels is growing by around four percent a year. Although only around five percent of this volume is printed digitally, this figure is rising rapidly. Indeed, digital printing is driving change in this highly promising market segment. It is anticipated that, in the medium term, just under half of the presses sold in this sector will be digital. By launching this new technology, Heidelberg and Gallus will be actively shaping change in the business models used in this segment and offering users a versatile and cost-effective solution.

“Heidelberg has reached another milestone in its realignment in the digital sector. The next steps to develop additional digital printing systems as part of the collaboration with Fujifilm are already being taken,” says Linzbach.

Nutech Packagings orders India’s first 7-Colour Heidelberg New Speedmaster CD102 Carbon Neutral Press

Noida based Nutech Packagings has made history by ordering India’s first 7-colour Heidelberg press. The New Speedmaster CD 102-7+ LX-combi press equipped with closed loop colour management systems is an all-rounder machine for a wide variety of applications in the 70 × 100 format. It features stable print quality, excellent stability in operation, and outstanding net productivity. The Preset Plus Delivery and attractive equipment packages offer far higher performance levels.

Jatinder Shroff, director, Nutech Packagings said, “The machine would be installed early next year.”

Klaus Nielsen, managing director, Heidelberg India, who was also present at the premises of Nutech Packagings, remarked that they are very excited about the first order of such machine from India which will no doubt meet the expectations of Nutech. Mentioning further he conveyed that their success depends largely on their customers’ success.

As a matter of fact, Nutech Packagings will be shifting to a new building in Greater Noida, with a constructed covered area of 1.5 lakh sq ft in the first phase. “It will be certified green building,” said Jatinder. The new Speedmaster complement their new facility as they can benefit on a daily basis from the outstanding energy efficiency of the machine. This will be the first CO2 neutral press in the country.

Nutech is GMI and ISO 9001 certified, which produces printed cartons, corrugated boxes and other packaging materials for various leading multinational and Indian companies. The company has an offset printing facility along with a sheet fed gravure press. Nutech has in house pre-press and post-press operations and a dedicated team for design and development.

Nutech has a well-equipped quality lab taking care of necessary parameters required in a packaging establishment. Jatinder said they are confident to face the competition in today’s challenging environment with the new investment planned for upcoming ‘Green Plant’.

Web2Print Digital Enhancement Software Package from Scodix

Scodix, the leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, is now offering Scodix W2P Digital Enhancement package, a web-to-print software module that helps Scodix users better demonstrate the unique impact of digital enhancement online. Scodix W2P software is engineered to work with the user’s web site providing the client the visual impact of Scodix enhancements, encouraging increased orders, business and revenue.

Scodix W2P is engineered to support Scodix users already implementing W2P (both B2C and B2B) seeking to accelerate either overall revenue generation or value-added services. The new software package aims to drastically increase online profits already generated from typical W2P products (business cards, photo albums, cards, calendars, etc) by making 3D enhancements easier to access and more attractive within an internet-based workflow.

Scodix offers a new software module that enables the client to quickly choose the value-added enhancements. Scodix can offer each project, prior to completing an order. The software includes two critical engineering marvels: Scodix 3DVIEW (a 3D rendering tool for visualisation of the Scodix digital enhancement on-screen) and W2P Automatic Workflow Tools (collection of tools which enable the software to be integrated in any W2P workflow, making the process of viewing, processing and ordering Scodix offerings (such as barcode, automatic separation, and queue) straightforward and simple).

Highcon launches feature-rich digital cutting and creasing machines

Highcon recently launched the Euclid II series of digital cutting and creasing machines. This second generation of machines incorporates several new features, the result of valuable production input garnered from Euclid customers around the world. The Euclid II series of machines includes the following new optional add-ons like Highcon Integrated Digital Stripping Unit, which is a built-in waste stripping mechanism that automatically removes the waste from the smallest internal cutouts, eliminating the need to buy, setup or store a separate stripping tool.

In addition to the registration of the sheets mechanically on the machine, the new Optical registration module adds the ability to align the creasing and cutting to the image while the fine cutting accelerator software module takes laser cutting and marking to new heights of design flexibility and speed. Highcon has also collaborated with expert software developers to produce purpose built web-to-pack software. Combined with the digital cutting and creasing of the Highcon Euclid, this software will offer print service providers and packaging converters the ability to open customised online stores with all the advantages of a digital process.

Variable data printing on foil substrates made simple…

Graphic designers find it nearly impossible to incorporate variable data in a foil area to be overprinted with CMYK inks, because a separate white ink mask need to be created manually for each data variation. With Color-Logic software, however, white ink masks are created automatically as the file is processed. The proprietary Color-Logic process permits designers to incorporate variable elements throughout a design-from simple personalised text to more complex variables such as sequential numbering and variable images. Describing this unique feature of the Color- Logic software, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said, “Graphic designers and advertising agencies typically shy away from using variable data when printing on foil substrates because creating white ink masks can be tedious and may require lots of time.

Developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and advertising agencies, the Process Metallic Color System gives licensees the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition by simplifying the design and print production process and implementing eye-catching decorative effects into their branded products and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is ideal for packaging, pouches, direct mail, pointof- purchase material, signage, post cards, literature, booklets, labels, shrink sleeves, calendars and much more.

Successful German premiere for KBA’s new compact platform automation are

The compact EVO XDs/n press platform was developed by KBA-Flexotecnica in Tavazzano, near Milan, for the growing segment of smaller print runs in the flexible packaging printing market. The new EVO XDs/n series from KBA-Flexotecnica are extremely compact and in terms of automation are aligned for increasingly smaller print runs. Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) has recently announced the successful German market premiere of this new platform as Strubl KG in Wendelstein, near Nuremberg, opted for an eight-colour press from the EVO XDs series with a print width of 1,000 mm (39.3 in).

This new press will be fired up in spring 2015. The new EVO XDs/n series from KBAFlexotecnica address the ongoing trend within the flexible packaging market towards smaller print runs with more frequent job changes. The main difference is the EVO XDs’ print width of 600 to 1,000 mm (23.6 – 39.3 in) and 1,100 to 1,200 (43.3 – 47.2 in) for the EVO XDn. When developing this new press platform, the engineers at Flexotecnica placed great importance on an attractive price/performance ratio and high cost efficiency. The EVO XDs/n platform’s energysaving drive technology also contributes to this. AIF (auto impression setting system) automatic printing pressure adjustment and ARF (automatic image positioning detection) automated register setting keep start-up waste to a minimum. This has a significant advantage on production costs when frequently changing jobs and printing with very expensive substrates.

All of this is achieved without compromising the high print quality demanded by today’s market. Film, laminate, paper and self-adhesive substrates can be processed with a high print quality, provided solvent, water-based, UV or EB (electron beam) inks are used.

Two days national workshop on ‘Printing & Packaging Business Management’

A two-day national workshop on ‘Printing and Packaging Business Management’ was organised by Institute of Mass Communication & Media Technology, Kurukshetra University from September 13-14, 2014. Delegates from printing and packaging industries and academic institutes participated in this workshop. Some of the delegates represented companies like HarperCollins, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Accenture, GJU, Hisar, etc. The main motive of this workshop was to make the students of BTech (Printing, Packaging) aware of the modern trends and techniques in printing and packaging industries.

In this workshop, Prof SS Boora, director, IMC&MT, highlighted the speedy growth of the printing and packaging industries in the overall Indian economy. Prof Boora said that keeping in view the demands of the coming times, the structure of academic courses should be designed according to the industries. To enhance this goal, Prof Boora stressed on the need to start capsule courses by the printing & packaging academic institutes.

Kanwardeep Sharma, convener of this two-day national workshop, said that such interactive and educative programmes should be organised from time to time so that people from the industries and the academy should get opportunities to work together. Amit Sharma, GM-production, HarperCollins Publishers India, emphasised the need of having technically equipped printing engineers in the industry. He told that printing business is third in the Indian trade and the opportunities available in this business have been constantly increasing. While, Vishal Sharma, associate principal-Media Technology, Accenture Gurgaon advised the students to develop their technical skills and prepare them for the future jobs.

Neeraj Jagga from Pitney Bowes, said that the quality of printing has also improved due to digital techniques. He further said that e-publishing is being widely used due to new information technology. He added that e-publishing should be taught as a subject in all printing institutes of India. While, Hitender Kumar from Ricoh also gave his sincere advise to students to keep update themselves with new generation printing technologies.

On the second day of this workshop, a competition was held among the students of North India. The students gave presentations on the challenges and scope of printing industry in India. The prize for the best presentation was given to the team of Department of Printing, GJU, Hisar and the second prize was given to Department of Printing, Kurukshetra University.

Caldera and Highcon enable packaging in a flash with web-to-pack workflow

Printers and converters looking to move into the exciting area of short- to medium-run packaging will soon be able to set up a complete startto- finish business system in no time at all, thanks to a new strategic partnership between Caldera and Highcon. By pairing Caldera’s new POW! Packaging Online Workflow software suite with the Highcon Euclid direct-to-pack digital finishing system, graphic arts printers and converters are able to leap from out-of-the-box to onto-the-box, creating opportunities based on the key trends in packaging: shorter runs, streamlined production and personalisation.

The Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing system puts finishing in line with pre-press and printing, enabling a purely digital workflow with low overheads, reduced waste or reprint implications and excellent efficiency. POW!, built by Caldera for Highcon, and including Color Alliance technology, opens new sales and business potential for its users, combining a web order portal with an automated software system and taking a job from concept to highvalue finished package with a minimum of intervention.

The POW! front end – which the printer can rebrand, customise and deploy either as a B2C or B2B2C portal – allows a brand owner to pick a package design from a broad library of templates and add their own graphics, text, cutting and marking elements. They preview their package in 3D and hit order when satisfied, at which point it transfers to a hotfolder within the back office to be included within the print workflow. This system could be used in e-shop format for a variety of consumer products, from packaging to shaped folders or giftware, or to streamline customer order processes and simplify the sales process.

Once passed into the print workflow, the owner benefits from the gamut of Caldera’s experience in colour management, automation and media optimisation and can have the confidence that a wholly accurate job will pass through their production floor. The Caldera RIP and workflow suite ensures that true colour and raster data reach the printer in the appropriate format, and generates a DXF file for the Euclid engine which indicates the cut and crease paths, creating the high-margin embellishment enabled by a digital packaging set-up.

Parksons Packaging to produce corrugateD carton trays
- installs India’s first Kongsberg V sample-maker

India’s leading monocarton company— Parksons Packaging has diversified into the production of SoliQ branded corrugated carton trays under license from BillerudKorsnäs (Sweden). Designed specifically for fruit and vegetables, the special SoliQ marked corrugated boxes are manufactured according to stringent quality standards ensuring that the contents are protected throughout their supply chain.

Parksons Packaging’s diversification into this new vertical of branded corrugated cartons, means investing in new equipment for corrugation, multi-colour flexographic printing and slotting and creasing at the Chakan plant in Western India. However, its design and sample-making infrastructure was already in place, Parksons is a long-time user of Esko software including ArtiosCAD for the structural design of folding cartons.

According to Parksons’ chairman Ramesh Kejriwal, “The Esko prepress system with ArtiosCAD software helped us in building our packaging design facility into a vibrant innovation centre called DESIGN PARK.” The diversification from offset to flexography and the change from folding cartons to printed corrugated trays have been smooth because of the familiarity and confidence in Esko software tools and sample making hardware. Parksons Packaging was the first Indian packaging converter to install a Kongsberg XL series sample maker when it was launched in 2001. Having found the first Kongsberg XL most reliable, the saga of trust has continued with Parksons’ installation of the newly launched Kongsberg V20 sample making table for the new diversification project.

“The new sample maker was essential because of the larger size needed for the sampling of corrugated cartons. Its immense robustness and flexibility means that it can cut and crease samples and short runs of both folding cartons and special corrugated cartons. The Kongsberg V20 can handle materials of sizes up to 1750 x 1650 mm. Its flexibility means that we can cut rubber blankets that are needed for the spot varnishing of folding cartons but we can also cut flexographic plates for mounting on our new multi-colour flexo printer slotter. Our familiarity with the use of multiple Esko sample makers at our several plant locations made it a natural progression to the Kongsberg V20 when we were contemplating sample making for the corrugation business,” added Ramesh.

With this, Parksons has the complete prepress and workflow software from Esko to drive both folding carton and corrugated carton production.

As per Srihari Rao, Esko’s director of sales for India, “We highly value our long relationship with Parksons Packaging. As this company continues with expansion and diversification to new locations and new segments, it can count on us at Esko as trusted partners. We’ll help Parksons Packaging to leverage its human resource and investment in our prepress and workflow technology”.

Edale and Muller Martini collaborate to cover CE Market

Muller Martini team alongside Edale’s network of agents at Edale head office in Hampshire, UKLeading UK manufacturers of narrow web flexographic printing presses and converting machinery, Edale, have formed a strategic partnership with Muller Martini, who will now be responsible for representing Edale in Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets.

Muller Martini are global leaders in the development and manufacture of print finishing systems and machines for variable size web-offset printing. This new collaboration with Edale sees Muller Martini CEE expand their range of products, creating a comprehensive web offset and web flexo press portfolio.

“Our web offset presses appeal to the top end narrow web printers so this collaboration optimises our CEE wide sales structure” says Roland Henn, CEO of Muller Martini CEE. “We now have a wider range of products to offer all existing and new customers, backed up by our renowned technical support.”

The Muller Martini CEE sales team recently attended an in-depth two day training course at the Edale Head office based in Hampshire, UK alongside other Edale agents. The agenda began with an overview of Edale, followed by extensive discussions on print technologies and applications in packaging. After laying expert foundations regarding Edale’s printing presses, Muller Martini had the opportunity to get hands on, changing print stations and familiarising themselves with the Edale FL-3 label and flexible packaging press.

Bernhard Grob, Edale’s export sales director, commented, “Our open approach to achieving the right solution for customers through our network of technology partners and innovative engineering means companies are keen to benefit from our knowledge and experience.” Although this partnership is in its early stages Muller Martini are keen to push joint success and have already been involved in the installation of the first FL-3 in Poland, as well as a FL-1 compact flexopress.

Edale’s managing director, James Boughton, concluded, “Edale’s network is one of its strongest assets and our collaboration with global leaders Muller Martini allows us the opportunity to continue our growth and development within CEE markets.”

CITO-System launches “Processline” range of measurement products

Under the brand name Processline, CITO System GmbH has launched a new range of products. This includes CITO BREYE, which is a reliable, portable measuring device that measures Braille dot width, height and spacing in accordance with DIN EN 15823. It also measures embossed or printed dots. It features Marburg Standards database, which is editable. It gives quality report in PDF file format. CITO BREYE can be used at various stages of the production process: on the embossing press, after the packaging is glued, and in the QA department.

While, creasing measurement device CITO CREASY enables one to monitor creasing characteristics, it supports during setup on the press, resulting in superior creasing and a longer service life for tooling and creasing matrices. It is a measuring device that optically records creasing characteristics and uses software to analyse these on PC or laptop. It graphically records the width, height and symmetry characteristics of the creasing and the two folding edges, analyses these and documents them by issuing a report. This guarantees optimised converting on the folding carton gluing machine. With the CITO CREASY, one can also measure impressions or monitor the angularity of assembled folding cartons.

CITO CORRCHECK is an optical, noncontact measuring system for checking the mechanical washboard effect, flute profiles in the case of open flute and the creasing process in corrugated board production. For the first time, this measuring system makes it possible to measure the washboard effect on original sheets, without having to take into account the considerable effort and cost of preparing measurement samples. Where there are deviations from the nominal values, the appropriate remedial action can be taken immediately.

The company has also launched the SpectraldenCITOmeter, which is yet another perfect device for use with the printing machine. It provides exactly those measurement functions which are needed with the printing machine, quickly and easily like: density, dot gain value, dot value, balance and Delta E 2000. CITO products are distributed in India by: A.S. Print Aids Pvt Ltd.

Color-Logic-developer of the Process Metallic

Color System—has certified the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front End for use with Color- Logic files. Announcing the certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves commented, “Color-Logic technicians have tested the Xeikon X-800 Version 3.5 DFE on the Xeikon 3000 Series presses for compatibility with Color-logic files. Xeikon users can be assured that Xeikon printers with this configuration will accurately process Color-Logic files and produce striking images on metallic foils and similar substrates, and eliminate having to create white ink masks, and take advantage of variable text in metallic. Xeikon presses, together with the Color-Logic process, provide printers with 250 new metallic colours and a virtually unlimited combination of decorative effects. As brands require many more SKUs to address worldwide markets, the Xeikon digital printing solution enables them to stand out from their competition on the shelf.”

Developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and advertising agencies, the Process Metallic Color System gives licensees the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition by simplifying the design and print production process and implementing eye-catching decorative effects into their branded products and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is ideal for packaging, pouches, direct mail, point-of-purchase material, signage, post cards, literature, booklets, labels, shrink sleeves, calendars and much more. Color-Logic certifies Xeikon technology

‘Made in India’ layout planning software going places!

Software developer Metamation (a Group Company of Proteck Machinery Pvt Ltd, Chennai) has developed fully automated layout planning software ‘Imp’ that simplifies the process of creating cost effective, print-ready layouts for commercial, packaging, label and book printers. Here’s more on this impressive software. Tamil Nadu based Metamation has developed ‘Imp’, a fully automated layout planning software. Some of its unique features include:

Bound Jobs: Single click automation to optimise overall cost by choosing the right signatures, assembling them in correct order, selecting the right press and the paper size and placing multiple signatures on the same sheet if necessary.

Planning & imposition of books with right and top spine, Cut & Stack, N-Up printing, creating covers and jackets are fully automated.

Die-cut Jobs: The unique planning and nesting solution for all kinds of die-cut jobs like folding cartons and labels to create efficient layouts considering the cost of printing, die making, die cutting across various paper sizes in inventory both in sheet and reel form.

Die Database: This innovative feature allows to search matching die from thousands of jobs in the database. User can preview, compare and reuse existing dies. Ganging: The most powerful and comprehensive ganging engine with highly evolved and sophisticated algorithms are capable of optimising hundreds of jobs of varying quantities, colours, coatings across multiple presses and sheet sizes for both rectangular and die-cut jobs.


Leading printers across India as well as overseas countries have deployed this software and are happy with the results. Here’s what these printers share about their experience. According to Harsha Paruchuri, director, Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, “We had deployed ‘Imp’ five years ago in our commercial print operations. A wide range of products - books, folders, calendars, stationery, among others – are planned efficiently by ‘Imp’. We have also set up a system in which information about products goes from our SAP ERP system to IMP, which eliminates re-entry and mistakes.

The plan made on ‘Imp’ is then transferred as a JDF to our Esko workflow system - again eliminating any manual entry of imposition details.”

“Besides, we have also implemented ‘Imp’ in our packaging unit’s workflow over the last 18 months. Imp has a strong feature set for non-rectangular jobs and the nesting created by it is great. The feature of reel to sheet allows us to plan job seamlessly across available substrate - whether in sheets or reel form. This has allowed much more efficient use of our paper stocks and allowed us to reduce our inventories by about 30 percent. With Imp the complex job of creating nested layouts has become efficient and quick. Our CAD department now has more time to focus on creating the better folding cartons designs,” he shared. While, Angel Viveros of Foli De Mexico, Mexico, shared, “Metamation’s ‘Imp’ software has become an invaluable planning tool for our organisation in past two years.

Now estimating has becoming an exact science. With Imp software young estimators can deliver accurate plans as many years of experienced estimator would. Because of our variety of functionalities, Metamation solution was a perfect fit, and we are aiming to integrate it with our ERP system so it could be the heart of our planning, estimating and imposition.”

Another satisfied customer of ‘Imp’ is Falit Pandya, director, Print Vision, Ahmedabad, who shared, “Imp has automated our entire job planning, completely eliminated the imposition in pre-press, increasing efficiency, productivity and accuracy. The feature of defining grain direction in planning stage and the comprehensive production reports have fully streamlined our entire production process right from job estimation to finishing.”

Printing hub @ Patparganj Industrial Estate

Printing and publishing in Delhi NCR region has a few hubs, which are known for being a one-stop-solution for all printing jobs. Patparganj Industrial Estate is one of them which have gained reputation as the best venues for all kinds of print solutions. In our endeavour to explore such places, we visited Patpatganj Industrial Estate and were overwhelmed to know that this place has over 200 small, medium and big printers. Here’s a spotlight on the same. The Indian printing industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15-20 years. In past few years, industry has witnessed many changes and printers have always accepted these changes and given back their best to the industry. These changes opened the doors for the Indian print industry to modernise, by investing in the latest of technologies and machineries. In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalised regimes, globalisation and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technologies and machineries, quality standards and production capacities. To better understand the pulse of industry, Smita Dwivedi talked to a few select printers in this region and brings nuggets for our readers.

These printers are equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flowlines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth in package printing are a few positive points for this industry today, whereas slowdown in commercial printing is the biggest challenge that they are combating together. The digital printing industry is also seeing significant transformations with new technologies and applications providing costeffective and customised solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement other with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing best on short-tomedium run lengths.

The printers who shared their wisdom included KR Mishra (A&M Design & Print Production), Anuj & Atul Goel (Kaveri Print Process Pvt Ltd), Manish Jain (Options Printofast), Vikas Gupta (Universal Offset) and Vijay Jain (Paras Printers).

Reason to shift to Patparganj Industrial Estate…

KR Mishra: We came here in 1997, at that time this was the best place as it is within Delhi and well connected. Moreover, the price of land was also affordable for us.

Anuj & Atul Goel: We shifted here as an additional unit to Kaveri Print Process, as we had more work. But later in 2001, our Daryaganj press premise was sealed under government rules, so we needed a new place nearby to cater our existing clients. There were places like Noida and Okhla, but we chose Patparganj as it is located nearest to NH24. So, it was most suited option for us at that time and we really like this place, even today.

Manish Jain: We wanted to expand and needed a bigger space. We actually started with a screen printing unit in a garage, and always wanted to have bigger space. Delhi was one of the most favorable destination and probably the one that we could afford.

Vikas Gupta: We were the first printer to shift here in 1996. Geographically this place was ideal for us. There were places like Jhilmil, Naraina, Sahibabad or Faridabad but we opted this, as it was well planned and beautiful place. Moreover, in terms of security also, I feel this place is safer.

Vijay Jain: We had no space left in our Daryaganj unit, so for expansion and better serve our trans-Yamuna clients, we shifted here.

Emerging trends in printing…

KR Mishra: There was time, when printing was really a lucrative business and today, when I look at the profit figures, I simply remember those days. There’s a definite slowdown in commercial printing with so many printers, making profit margins drastically low.

Anuj & Atul Goel: It’s not easy to be a commercial printer in today’s scenario but we still see growth in printing and there’s a slight increase in print volumes. But the most promising segment is packaging…we see a lot of scope there.

Manish Jain: There is 100 percent slowdown in printing industry. Capacity of printing has increased manifold, but the result is not good. Expenditures of printers have increased but corporate printing budgets have gone down. Paper prices are ever increasing but not the print rates. So, as a printer, we are going through real tough time.

Vikas Gupta: The volume of children and educational books printing is growing at a steady pace and packaging printing is another safe segment for printers. The commercial printing is totally choked and survival is getting tougher. The situation is really disturbing; I hope situation gets better soon.

Vijay Jain: My opinion is also same as most of my peers, yes it’s a tough situation and this slump needs to get over soon, otherwise there are many printers, who would not be able to survive.

Legacy to move on?

KR Mishra: Well, I don’t see any newcomer joining in, when there’s a lot of other fields available, where growth and profits are much better. In my case, it would be my kids’ personal choice to join printing trade or not.

Anuj & Atul Goel: I don’t think it is a right time for anybody to join in printing industry as the set up cost is huge. For established printers, it’s good to involve young blood of the family. Our second generation Ankit Goel and Tuneer Goel are already there in the business.

Manish Jain: I would say wait and watch.

Vikas Gupta: It’s not at all conducive time for venturing into printing, as far as my next generation is concerned, I will not advise them to be a printer…for sure.

Vijay Jain: No, there’s no new entrant in this industry. And those kids, who are grown up watching printing for many years, cannot think of other profession. My son Kshitiz Jain has joined business full-fledged and I feel he is doing better than me in every sense.

On client relationships…

KR Mishra: No matter how hard we try, I feel now customers are not bothered about anything. They just want their job to be done. We try out best to serve them, but at the end of the day…customers is truly a king.

Anuj & Atul Goel: We share a wonderful relationship with our clients; some of them are with us for many years. Yes, we do take special initiatives for maintaining cordial relationships. Timeliness and prompt service at doorstep is the key to retain clients.

Manish Jain: When we are dealing with quality conscious clients, we know their requirements and they are easy to handle. Whereas those clients, who just want to get their job done at a minimum cost are the most difficult ones to handle.

Vikas Gupta: We have to give best of everything to our clients…be it quality or cost. After that comes the serving part. We try hard to match their timelines and never say no to them. So, we have some good clients with us for many years.

Vijay Jain: There is no such thing called client loyalty now…we are busy finding new clients everyday.

Trade shows: to visit or not

Anuj & Atul Goel: These shows are really important to know the latest trends and technology. We have been to last edition of IPEX but we found machines and technologies very costly for us. However, we are planning to visit drupa in 2016.

Manish Jain: I have never been to any of these printing events. This time I went to Frankfurt Book Fair as a printer. But I was surprised to know that all the printing jobs of big publishers from US and UK is being done by Chinese printers…moreover, at most competitive prices, so I decided to focus on Indian market.

Vikas Gupta: I have been to drupa just once and that too long back. I find such shows really informative and important for printers’ community world over.

Vijay Jain: I have been to both drupa and IPEX shows regularly, it’s good to know about printing trends world over, but not really useful for us.

Challenges faced…

KR Mishra: I feel there is lot of competition within the printers’ community, besides all the external challenges that we are facing, it is the most prominent one in my opinion. We should not try to lure other printers’ clients. It is the time that we all have to stay united as this can be our greatest strength.

Anuj & Atul Goel: It is really a surprising fact that printing rates in Delhi have not increased for last 25 years. What we have been charging 15-20 years ago, are still done at same cost. So, just imagine the situation of printers. Everything from input material to labour cost has gone up, but we are not able to pass this increased cost to our clients. We need to do something for that immediately.

Manish Jain: I feel lack of trained and skilled printing professionals is the biggest challenge that we are facing today. We can do wonders with our installed machines, but we lag behind at international arena, when it comes to print quality. There’s also lack of entrepreneurship in our print industry.

Vikas Gupta: Being a printer is a biggest challenge today.

Vijay Jain: Biggest challenge today is the survival issue. If this slowdown continues for another six more months, it would be really difficult to even survive.

Message to readers…

KR Mishra: Wait and Watch. I am hoping that this newly formed government will do some reforms for us. I have faith in Modi government and so I am waiting for good times ahead.

Anuj & Atul Goel: I want to say in Hindi ‘Rate Badao’ (increase rates).

Manish Jain: There is lot of scope in Indian market. So instead of focusing on slowdown, we should start looking for new segments in printing.

Vikas Gupta: It’s the time we need to think in terms of profit, not just numbers. When we are investing so much money and time in our job, we have to be sure of the profits that we are making, is it justified. If not, it’s time to take action.

Vijay Jain: Increase printing cost and print more. When input cost has increased so much, it’s the time when output cost need to be increased.

“We are dedicated to produce the finest
print jobs in today’s competitive world”

–says KR Mishra (A&M Design & Print Production)

A&M was established in the year 1991 by the people who have been working in the fields of advertising, pre-press and merchandising. They were the first company to provide offset printing and wide format solvent printing under one-roof. “We believe in adding value to assignment that we undertake for our clients. We try to understand their needs carefully and then come up with practical solutions that are likely to meet their expectations. The emphasis is on delivering the best in the given circumstances. The client should concentrate on what they do best – make good products and market great brands. The quality and timely delivery of print production assignments should be one of their last worries. It is our aim to provide the best quality printing services, at the best price, and with least hassle. That’s why we have developed one stop printing solution from pre-press planning to printing to fabrication and also we keep tight control on quality and ensure consistent results,” shared Mishra.

They have a well equipped setup including Heidelberg CtP plate technology and Mitsubishi printing machine, Polar paper cutting, Muller Martini flow-line machine, Roland inkjet printer, perfect binder, etc.

“We are exploring new avenues of printing
as we are hopeful that printing will remain forever.”

–says Vijay Jain, Paras Printers

Paras Printers was started in the year 1994 as a complete print shop, after having experience of 15 years as freelance. This printing house provides virtually all commercial print requirements on paper and board in the form of catalogues, brochures, newsletters, books and all kind of publicity materials.

“Absolute commitment to quality, meticulous attention to details and unparallel level of services has made us stand in the competitive world of printing. On the whole, we are committed to employing dedicated staff, investing in the very best technology available and maintaining a close involvement with industry. At Paras, we design each and every print job to meet the exact requirements of our clients. The unit runs up to 95 percent of its capacity round the clock whole year,” shared Vijay. The machines installed included one Komori Offset, two Polly offset and two plate making machines with die punching, lamination and binding machines.

“Your quality of print speaks a lot about you as a printer.
So do not settle for anything less to be on top”

–says Manish Jain (Options Printofast)

Options Printofast has a complete infrastructure for un-interrupted quality production with latest state-of-theart equipment and highly technically trained staff. With latest in house facility for computerised plate production, they have made a niche for themselves. “In the last 15 years of working, we have made a name for ourselves especially in the multicolour jobs of various type of work as per specific requirements and demands of customers. In this short span, we have created a strong goodwill amongst our prestigious clients due to our timely delivery, high quality of finished products and above all reasonable pricing,” added Manish.

They have well equipped facility, with installed machines like Komori Lithrone A-37 sheetfed offset, Komori SPICA series, Dominant 4-colour and single colour presses with complete post press equipment and machines. “Our perfect binding machine is capable of binding 30,000 books per day,” added Manish.

“We have to be always on our toes to deliver the best in
quality, commitment, expertise, responsiveness and timeliness”

–says Vikas Gupta (Universal Offset)

Universal Offset has emerged from a team that had clear vision of fulfilling expectations of its customers who want better service, quality and transparency. The company started its operations in 1990 from Delhi with a humble start but today the printing house boasts of exceptional and timely service. “We ensure the seamless workflow of different sections and safe preservation of the stocks. A strong workforce of around 220 personnel including designers, operators, marketing and production executives, etc is our core strength,” said Vikas.

Universal Offset installed first Mitsubishi Diamond V3000 4-colour sheet-fed offset machine (now they have two more Mitsubishi installed in the last two years), first Akiyama (J Print 4P40) sheetfed offset press in India and a Heidelberg single colour machine, besides three variable data printing machines in their printing unit. While in post press they are equipped with perfect binding machines from Welbound and Muller Martini, Stahl folding machine, Aster sewing machines, Polygraph saddle stitcher and gathering machines along with lamination, die-punching machines, etc.

“Being a pioneer in printing and publishing for 30 years,
we feel ourselves responsible for the betterment of our industry.”

–says Atul Goel of Kaveri Print Process

Kaveri is one of the pioneers of printing and publishing industry in the NCR region for past three decades. They are committed to deliver quality in record time with a focus to deliver best from their multiple units.

They are equipped with two CtP plate making systems with, printing machines from KBA, CPC Poly and Komori in their printing unit. In the post press section they have multiple Stahl folding machines, section sewing machines, flow line machine from Muller Martini and other post press equipments. “Our in-house complete printing and allied facilities has made it possible to get all things produced under one roof. The team of technically qualified technicians is fully geared to serve clients. At present, our company is equipped with best machines and equipment in all segments,” Atul shared.

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