Events & Exhibitions

Printpack India 2017 to witness maximum innovations in packaging

The 13th edition of Printpack India is scheduled to be held at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida from February 4-8, 2017. It will be a major showcase of machinery, equipment and supplies for pre-press, press, post press, finishing, converting, digital printing, signage and packaging. What the event has in store for exhibitors and visitors, finds out Varsha Verma in conversation with HV Sheth, president, IPAMA. Printpack India 2017 will be record-breaking show, surpassing all previous shows in terms of the number of running machines and footfalls at the show,” shares HV Sheth, president, Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), the organisers of Printpack India.

Expanse…

Talking about the expanse of the show, Sheth shares, “The 2013 show was spread over an area of 13,872 sq m, attracting 345 participants, while the 2015 show was spread over an area of 17,041 sq m attracting 411 exhibitors. This time, we are expecting to cross 14,000 sq m area. We have already booked more than 300 exhibitors till now. The show will be spread over nine halls at the India Expo Centre.”

Big companies, big stalls…

“Some of the leading exhibitors, who have booked significantly large stalls include HP, Komori, Xerox, Bobst, manroland, Konica Minolta and Canon. These exhibitors have sizable stalls with running machines at their stands. Infact, most of the digital machinery manufacturers will be running their machines at the show,” adds Sheth. “We are expecting maximum number of machines on display.”

What’s more?

“We are expecting a lot of new launches at the show, especially in the packaging segment. This is because packaging is a booming segment and there will be innovations in inspection machines and other quality control instruments,” he shares.

Benefits to exhibitors…

“Keeping in mind the after-effects of demonetization, as an association, we are trying to give better benefits to the exhibitors. We are offering 50% discount on the electricity rates so that exhibitors can run machines throughout the show. It is a big booster for them, making their participation stronger,” tells Sheth.

“Besides, keeping in mind that exhibitors need to bring truckloads of material to the venue, we have already spoken to the Greater Noida Authority for seamless transit,” he adds.

Other facilities…

“We will provide free shuttle service every 2 minutes from the nearest Metro Station – Botanical Garden, Noida. The food & beverage offered at the venue will be of standard quality and price and there will be variety of cuisines. These food stalls will be well arranged with adequate seating capacity. Besides, every hall will have snacks and coffee bars and participants will get free bottled water,” tells Sheth. As an added benefit, they will offer food to labour working pre- and post-exhibition hours.

Other facilities include a well-defined smoking zone, business lounge and red sofa corner for media interviews. The venue will also house fire, ambulance and doctor facilities in-house.

Calling visitors, ensuring good footfalls…

Since the success of the show is measured in terms of the number of footfalls and business at the show, IPAMA is leaving no stone unturned to attract visitors. “We have already done many promotional events in overseas countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Gulf and Kathmandu,” shares Sheth. “We are expecting a lot of delegations to the show from India as well as overseas countries like UK, US, Italy and China.”

Besides, there have been many such meets in India as well, spanning cities like Mumbai, Pune, Vellore, Kolkata, Aurangabad, Nasik, Jharkhand, Solapur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, Sivakasi, Lucknow, etc. A Punjab trip was also organised, covering cities like Panipat, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jammu. “Infact, Printpack India is a name in itself and people know about it. These meets reiterate the fact that the show is poised to be the best,” shares Sheth. “We are expecting good footfalls from all parts of the country.”

Enhancing the event image…

“The standard of Printpack India exhibition has gone higher. We can very well say that it is the third largest printing show in the world, after drupa and IPEX. This time, our standards of the show will be comparable to the international shows. We are gearing up to provide world-class service in terms of the facilities and other features of the show,” he adds proudly. There will be informative seminars as a part of the show.”We wish people to come and visit the show and reap benefits from it,” concludes Sheth.

Labelexpo India 2016: a record-breaking event!

Labelexpo India 2016 was successfully held from November 17-20, 2016 at its new home for the first time, the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida (Delhi NCR). The four-day trade show was its biggest-ever edition and hosted 8,029 visitors. A report by Varsha Verma and Jyaneswar Laishram. Billed as the largest dedicated label and package printing event for the South Asia region, Labelexpo India 2016 amassed the latest technology and solutions available to printers with over 200 exhibitors occupying the show floor. The show was used as a catalyst for many new product launches with announcements from Atul Papers, Avery Dennison, Bobst, DuPont, Flint Group, GEW, HB Fuller, Konica Minolta, manroland, Monotech Systems, Nilpeter, OMET, PGI Technologies, SPGPrints, UPM Raflatac, Webtech and Zonten.

Jade Grace, Labelexpo India event director commented, “2016’s edition of Labelexpo India has been an enormous success with a 50% rebook for 2018. The venue move has been well received and got the seal of approval from both exhibitors and visitors. The watchwords from this year’s show were definitely new technology launches and press sales. Business being done on the show floor was really amplified by the numerous innovations unveiled during Labelexpo that could be transformative for the Indian market. We also had excellent feedback on the calibre and variety of buyers visiting the show, with many significant sales contracts being inked by exhibitors including: Alliance Printech, Grafotronic, HP, Marks Enterprises, Multitec Aids, Nilpeter, Omet, Vinsak and Xeikon.”

Major displays…

At the stand of Capital Graphic Supplies, Steen Rasmussen, area sales manager, Tresu Group, shared that Tresu has been present in India for the past six years through Capital Graphic Supplies, which has right connections to right people. TRESU Ancillary is the world’s leading supplier of chamber doctor blade systems along with a wide range of high-performance offset- and flexo ancillary equipment. All products are designed to support optimum performance of the printing process within the label, flexible packaging, coating, wide web, corrugated, tissue, and other market segments. “Indian market is now gearing up for such equipments and we are trying our best to educate printers about the product, which is not a cost but an investment for their set up,” he said. “It is tough to start but we are on our way,” said Arun Gandhi of Capital Graphic Supplies.

XEIKON, a division of Flint Group and an innovator in digital printing systems, introduced its Xeikon 3030 Plus running live at its massive stall during the expo. Shedding a spotlight on the advanced features of the label press, Neeraj Jagga, sales area manager-India, XEIKON said this newly launched ‘plus’ version would offer a higher top speed and it could handle larger production volume. Xeikon 3030 Plus features a web width of 330mm and capable to print in 1,200 dpi at the maximum speed of 15m/min.

Another show-stopper at the expo was Novexx Solutions, a division of Possehl Group and a partner with manroland India, showcased its XLP 504 label press for printing on a diverse range of materials including papers, polyester labels and tags. Sajan Abraham, general manager- South Asia, Novexx Solutions, hailed the expo for being a significant platform for introduction of their new products like XLP 504 label printer. The press is available in different models 203, 300 or 600 dpi print resolutions; but the model with 600 dpi can take up tiny fonts, barcodes, symbols and more.

Announced at the stall of DuPont Advanced Printing during the expo were the latest additions of DuPont Cyrel Easy flexographic printing plates, which are designed for advanced flexography, delivering colour complexity and simplifying workflow.

Prasenjit Das, sales manager-South Asia Cluster, DuPont Advance Printing, said these plates, developed for flexible packaging, tags and labels, could simplify the prepress process with flat top digital dots built directly into the plates. Collaboratively shared stall with the company was ESKO presenting its versatile Esko CDI 4835 flexo plate imager and others. Karan Talwar, regional business manager-north & east, ESKO said the tie-up constructive.

YUPO India, a big supplier of synthetic papers, marked a significant presence with the showcase of a range of solutions comprising YUPO P.S. Labels and YUPO IM-L (for mould labelling). Prashant Mandewal, GM-business development (YUPO Corporation), Mitsubishi Chemical India Pvt Ltd, said they would introduce in-mould label materials with a focus on increasing their share in the pressure sensitive market. He further mentioned that their YUPO IM-L for in-moulding is cost-effective, eco-friendly and designed to reduce bottle weight.

GEW offered ArcLED hybrid UV curing systems. As per Marcus Greenbrook, international sales manager, GEW, they offer the most energy-efficient arc systems and they are present in India since 2005.

Khushal Patel, director-sales & marketing, BST Eltromat, said that they are no strangers to the industry or to the exhibition. ‘We have been participating for many years.

Here, we are launching new camera system – PowerScope 5000,” he said.

On the other side of the show floor, under the show theme ‘Performing Arts on Labels’, Toyo Ink Arets India, wholly owned subsidiary of Toyo Ink Group, in association with its subsidiaries Toyochem and Toyo Ink India, exhibited the group’s latest label and package printing innovations. Devender Sharma, regional head-western region, Toyo Ink Arets, said they received good visitors’ response to their product showcase ranging UV and water-based inks, UV varnishes, specialty coatings and adhesive products, which are designed to meet the challenges in today’s label printing, conversion and others.

“Doubtless to say that general impression of Durst is its portfolio of large-format textile printing systems for display graphics, but here we present at this expo what the company keeps in store for label printing,” said PS Ravishankar, managing partner, Printronics (a Durst distributor in India). The company presented a string of inkjet label presses, Durst Tau series, among other, which are designed for industrial printing of labels, foils and so on. RICOH Thermal Media Asia Pacific on other side presented new grades of thermal transfer ribbons, B120BG, which is claimed to have better image density and sensitivity compatible with a wide range of receiving materials.

Showing a spectrum of products from Sun Chemicals designed for narrow web flexographic, DIC India pulled crowd at the expo, persuading them to embark upon fresh innovations in label printing. Among the products on showcase, SolarFlex inks were unique with added features like low odour for sensitive applications, fast curing for higher press speeds, colour strength, etc. According to Surya Lamba, sales manager-flexo business north, DIC India Limited, the inks are designed to print labels, tags, sleeves, tickets and other applications on narrow web systems. Italian company Biessse Tape Solutions demonstrated its solutions comprising tapes, equipments and software designed to bring perfect labelling at the expo. Patrizio Filipponin sales manager, Biessse Tape Solutions SpA, commended the expo for being a well-arranged networking point for a horde of focused visitors.

At the stand of Royal Coat, their principals IST Metz GmBH was represented by Joachim Hilderbrandt, head of sales department, narrow web applications. “Almost 90% of sheet-fed offset presses in India use curing solutions from IST Solutions,” he said. ‘We have 18 years partnership with Royal Coat and are happy with their performance.” Another principal present at their stand was Sven Krugen, area sales manager, Zecher, which offers anilox rollers.

Vinsak India at its stall displayed USAR label slitter rewinder live, pulling a huge crowd. The label slitting machine is available with features such as register cutting, 100 percent missing label detection by inspection camera and variable data printing options. Manish Dabas from the company said all major components in the system are driven by a servo motor capable to run at the speed of 220 m/min. The machine was sold to the New Delhi-based label and commercial printing firm Excell Graphics during the expo. Another key exhibitor, Grippo Solutions India unpacked its range of labelling products, such as doctor blades, pressure-sensitive tapes, splicing systems and others.

Though Provin did not showcase any machine at the show, they were there to promote all their products and to reiterate Rotatek as a brand.

Memory Repro Systems (P) Ltd offered pre and post press equipment for label presses, which included flexo plate cleaning machine, pressroom trolleys for printing cylinders and anilox rollers, and flexo video plate mounter.

Bodhi Professional Solutions (P) Ltd offered pre-press and colour management solutions, which included Star Plate, VariPak, VariScan, Max pro, X-rite instruments and proofing systems. According to Nikhil Puntambekar, marketing manager, Bodhi Professional, they were present at the show to meet their customers.

Noida-based UV Graphic Technologies was another elated exhibitor launching four new machines, including an off-line and in-line rotary hot foil stamping systems, a combi plate mounter for flexo industry, laboratory LED equipment and a UV LED curing system at the expo. Branded as ‘The Pony’, this off-line and in-line rotary hot foil stamping machine with foil saver features multiple streams of foil as well as registered holographic foil stamping. Abhay Datta, director, UV Graphic Technologies, said they are happy with the crowd’s response to newly launched machines.

FUJIFILM Sericol revealed its existing range of products at the expo. “Our presence in the expo is to present some of the premium and versatile inks, designed particularly for narrow-web applications and others,” mentioned Baibhav Nath, senior executive-marketing, FUJIFILM Sericol India. A range of samples printed using the inks were shown in an appealing manner at the company’s stall. The inks shown consisted of UVivivd for narrow web applications; UVived SOF sheetfed offset UV inks and others. APL Machinery, another crowd-puller at the expo, presented its LED UV lamp from Air Motion Solutions (AMS) LED, which was sold to Delhi-based printing and packaging firm SS Paper & Box.

One of the regular participants at the show, Keith Electronics pulled a huge crowd showing keen interest in their products on showcase. Among the set of products shown attractively at the company’s stall included MF-20E printing and cutting system for the label market. “The expo is well organised and footfalls are quite temping throughout all days,” remarked Raj Chopra, director, Keith Electronics, adding that they would expect business growth in the post-event period. Providing colours of all choices, Inkstream, a leading manufacturer of narrow web flexo printing inks, demonstrated a set of its water-based consumables. Anuj Upadhyay, ASM-north, Inkstream appreciated the expo’s overall arrangement and footfalls they received.

DigiFlex, a Hyderabad-based flexo pre-press house, showcased its range of products from the acclaimed brands including Kodak. The spectrum of digital flexo plates from the company are perfectly designed for label industry as well as others including flexo and offset (spot coating), flexible packaging, pharma sector, non-woven bags, corrugated board printing, and so on. “The expo is quite good in terms of the footfalls of visitors who are much focused; we hope for converting some enquiries into business post-event,” said Muralidhar Nalli, managing director, DigiFlex. The company under its parent unit TGS deals in packaging machines from two leading Taiwanese manufacturers—Wen Chyuan and SBL Group.

Presenting its OM brand auto-feed type perforating/creasing/kiss (half) cutting machines if 18, 24 and 36 inch widths at the expo, Mumbai-based Patel Enterprises marked a new paradigm in label printing, infolding new possibilities in innovations.

According to SN Patel of Patel Enterprise, the machine is compatible with a diverse range of applications, such as stickers, labels (half and full cutting), perforation, single and multiple creasing, for book cover page, and many others.

Standard Printers Providers was also present at the show with their catalogues.

Holostik India showcased its wide range of products; security holograms, shrink sleeves, labels, tax stamps, pouches, wads, wide webs, hot stamping foils etc and also displayed its IT-enabled end-to-end solutions like Product Authentication, Supply Chain Management, Warranty Management, Inventory Management, Reward Management, Payment Collection, Marketing and Promotional Campaigns etc. The company also unveiled its new product Monocartons exhibiting highest security and state-of-the-art technology. “It was a pleasure to exhibit our wide range of products and solutions at Label Expo and we are delighted with the over-whelming response at our stall,” said UKGupta, chairman and managing director, Holostik Group.

LMAI Awards…

Endorsed and supported by the Label Manufacturers Association of India, All India Federation of Master Printers, Delhi Printers Association and Authentication Solution Providers’ Association, Labelexpo India also hosted the revered LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards. The prestigious gongs were given out for excellence in six categories: Flexo, Letterpress, Offset, Combination Printing, Digital and by gold sponsor Avery Dennison. The event was also supported by silver sponsors: Iwasaki Tekko, Label Planet, Nilpeter, Omet, Orthotec, UPM Raflatac, Vinsak and Xeikon.

The winners were as follows: Flexo Line, Webtech; Flexo Line & Screen Tone, Mudrika Labels; Flexo Color Process, Kwality Offset Printers; Flexo Wine & Spirit, joint winners Kumar Labels/Ajanta Packaging; Letterpress Line, Webtech Labels; Letterpress Line & Screen, Webtech Labels; Letterpress color process, Sicon Packs; Letterpress Wine and Spirits, Kumar Labels; Offset Line, Update Prints; Offset Line & Screen Tone, Update Prints; Offset Color Process, Seljegat Printers; Offset Wine & Spirits, Update Prints; Combination Line, Universal Print Systems; Combination Line and Screen Tone, Kumar Labels; Combination Printing Color: joint winners Any Graphics/Kumar Labels; Combination Wine & Spirits, Pragati Pack/RP; Digital Printing, Any Graphics; Digital Printing Wine & Spirits, Pragati Pack; Screen Printing, Wine & Spirits, Any Graphics; Rotogravure, Mudrika Labels; Booklets & Coupons, joint winners LetraGraphix and Unick Fix-A-Form.

The Innovation Award went to Mudrika Labels and the special Jury Award to Any Graphics.

Kodak partners with Sergusa Solutions

A strategic partnership was announced by Kodak with Sergusa Solutions, wherein Sergusa will carry Kodak’s Packaging portfolio to offer a turnkey solution to greenfield packaging convertors as well as to existing flexible packaging convertors that are using conventional print technologies. Ashis Bhattacharya, CEO at Sergusa Solutions and Vidhu Gautam, regional business director for APR and Abraham Prabhakar, vice president for packaging division at Kodak India were present as the show.

Vidhu shared that this partnership is like glove-in-hand or hand-in-glove. “We wish to bridge the gap between flexo and offset and take flexography to the new level.Designs which esrlier could not be printed by flexo can now be printed with it,” he said. He also talked about the Flexcel technology, which was launched at drupa 2008.

“India is progressing well for the last 2-3 years and we have installed 20+ systems and still counting. But, Kodak is not stopping here. Our R&D is working at next generation NX plates – Ultra NX for flexography, which are more productive, efficient and promise for environment. We believe in simplicity, efficiency and productivity and we will continue to do it,” he concluded.


HP India showcases labels and packaging advancements with HP Indigo WS6800 digital press

–Skanem Interlabels India chooses HP INDIGO WS6800 digital press to meet their growing digital printing needs

HP India showcased the HP Indigo WS6800 digital press including the recent labels and packaging advancements; including advanced automated colour management tools, new HP Indigo ElectroInks, upgrade packages, software enhancements for mass customization amongst others. These new innovations allow more customers to capitalize on the growing digital opportunity in a market which is achieving double digit percent page growth year over year. HP also announced the installation of HP Indigo WS6800 digital press at Skanem Interlabels India, at their Mumbai facility.

Sharing some of the success stories of key Indian brands who have innovated in labels and packaging with HP’s Indigo technology A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India said, “The consumer market is changing rapidly with proliferation of products, which leads to shorter and shorter run lengths. A research report from POPAI indicates that 76% of retail purchases are made at the store. This brings a battle of brands to the shelf of a super market. The packaging of the product should enable the brand to stand out of the shelf. Packaging decoration and functionality can be tremendously improved by digital packaging. On demand packaging is turning out to be a great savior for brands that need faster time to market and to differentiate from the growing competition. These three factors are the basic reasons for the huge increase in the demand of digital printing. We are seeing the digital printed labels and packaging growing at a very high pace and our customer base in India is executing more and more innovative projects.

At its booth, HP showcased a rich application gallery, showing the latest labels and packaging applications including samples of HP SmartStream Mosaic, HP Indigo ElectroInk Fluorescent Pink and HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White amongst others. The booth also has dedicated areas for showcasing some of the best-in-class labels and packaging applications developed by key HP Indigo customers including Skanem Interlabels, Hora Arts and Pragati Pack.

Talking about HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press, Appadurai added, “There are 1000+ installations worldwide and it can print of different materials ranging from 12-250 microns. It is ideal for self-adhesives, flexible packaging and folding cartons.”

On asking about their experience at Labelexpo India, he replied that there are serious people at the show and the facilities are better and it will give them a better ROI.


Konica Minolta ventures into industrial printing

Labelexpo served as the perfect stage for Konica Minolta to foray into the high potential industrial printing segment in the country with the launch of its industry leading bizhub PRESS C71cf printing machine. Visitors were also comprehensively briefed about the cutting edge technology, incorporated in bizhub PRESS C71cf by Konica Minolta’s top executive team including Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta India; Toru Suda, general manager, Konica Minolta, IP Business Development Division; Yoshinori Koide, EGM – PP & IP Marketing, Konica Minolta India and Kuldeep Malhotra Sales Head, Konica Minolta India.

Bizhub PRESS C71cf comes as an optimum printing solution for small and medium size businesses in the label and packaging segment to help them explore the endless benefits of digital printing including catering to high volume demands and penetrating new untapped markets.

The machine harnesses Konica Minolta’s state of the art dry toner technology, which is a perfect end to end printing solution for mid range businesses, operating in the label printing segment with varied requirements. The machine also furnishes an impressive printing resolution of 1200 dots per inch (dpi), equivalent to 3600 dpi x1200dpi/8bit and prints images with a maximum size of 1195x320 mm. Compatible with a paper width of 330 millimetres, it also packs in low temperature fusing technology and Simitri HDE toner, enabling it to print on a broad range of different materials including synthetic paper and polypropylene.

Konica Minolta also demonstrated its powerful bizhub PRESS 1250 digital printing machine for high volume printing demands in B&W domain. The machine fetches an impressive printing speed of up to 125 ppm and is also embedded with real time image density and toner ratio sensors for high image stability during prolonged printing operations.

Further elaborating the benefits of digital printing in India as a market, Yuji Nakata, said, “At present the global market size of industrial printing, including packaging, textiles and labels stands at $456.5 billion. This creates a huge potential for digital printing in the segment as a significant number of industrial printing businesses still rely on analogue printing and are struggling to meet the new emerging demands in the printing segment. We at Konica Minolta are committed to set new benchmarks in the digital industrial printing segment in India with our last mile customer service network and industry leading digital printing solutions.’’

“We have done a huge market survey in Europe, US and India and found that there is a good scope for mid-level machines and our bizhub PRESS 1250 caters to that segment,” he added.

Further expressing his delight on Konica Minolta’s participation at Label Expo 2016, Kuldeep Malhotra, sales head, Konica Minolta India said, “India being one of the fastest growing printing markets across the globe has witnessed an unprecedented demand for volume printing as well as diverse printing requirements from different industry verticals. We at Konica Minolta are determined to help mid range industrial printing businesses in the country fetch the endless benefits of digital printing with our new product range which we have unveiled at the Label Expo, 2016. Digital presses are increasingly being used for packaging as they offer colour consistency, affordability, just in time, etc. The running cost of bizhub PRESS 1250 is Rs 10 per metre in full-colour.’’

The machine can print on paper, tack and non-tack paper, film, etc. “The market is growing and digitalisation in fast. It is a very good opportunity to make investment and with Konica Minolta, customers can be assured of good after-sales service,” concluded Kuldeep.


Multiple launches from Monotech @ Labelexpo India

Monotech Systems India, launched multiple products not only from its own brand JETSCI (made in India project) but from the other principals like Focus and Labelmen as well. This was the biggest ever participation of Monotech Systems in Labelexpo. The new products included a variable data inkjet security printing with slitter rewinder and inspection system; a modular full colour inkjet printing solution; ultra-high speed & quality hybrid inkjet imprinting unit; and a personalized solution for cards.

The company displayed Focus Proflex High Performance Servo Label Press live at the expo and introduced the Taiwan giant Labelmen to the Indian labels and packaging market. The modular full color inkjet printing machine for label production can be integrated with an existing flexo printing press or finishing and converting machines. With a printing width of up to 330mm and top speed of 70m/min, it features an advanced RIP engine, CMYK process color, UV LED and lamp curable inks, as well as an option to have white, spot or security inks.

According to Kishore Kumar PS, AVP-labels & packaging, Monotech Systems Ltd, the biggest strength of Labelmen machine is its ability to print on lamitude. He was happy with good footfalls from commercial printers and packaging printers alike.

Monotech Systems also launched the JETSCI X1 and X2 series of hybrid inkjet imprinting units that can be retrofitted to any converting, conventional printing press of high speed and quality requirements. With Fujifilm Dimatix Samba printheads that offer a resolution of 1200dpi, the inkjet unit prints at speed of up to 300m/min. The unit can print with both water-based inks as well as UV-curable inks. The inkjet imprinting station is targeted at printing barcodes, 1D, 2D and QR codes or logical and sequential numbers, variable images, custom fonts and symbols, micro text and security features, full or part page variable features as well as multi-color printing.

The company also showcased the personalization machine for printing plastic and PVC cards. It is equipped with K-series inkjet printheads. This particular solution could print VDP on plastic cards in one color at high quality and speeds; and also it can be further upgraded to full color printing. The cards can be printed at the speed of up to 6500 cards per hour.

According to Jimit Mittal, inkjet products & solutions, JetSci, Monotech, they got really good response and good number of leads at the show. He added that JetSci products are being installed not only in India, but also Africa and Middle East due to their quality and reliability.

TP Jain, managing director of Monotech Systems, said, “We have a strong presence in inkjet, labels and packaging. With more than 70 installations across India, Africa and the Middle East, we provide machines and integrated system to our customers that are manufactured in-house under brand name, JETSCI. I believe this is a mass platform to launch and excel our Made in India products as well as other products from our international partners, which have been well accepted and appreciated by the customers in the Indian market.”


Avery Dennison focussed on customer commitment

At Labelexpo India, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials showcased a range of innovations to help customers elevate shelf appeal, improve productivity and address new compliance and sustainability expectations.

Anil K Sharma, vice president and general manager, materials group, South Asia Pacific & Sub-Saharan Africa, Avery Dennison, outlined the journey of Avery Dennison in India. He further said that labels not only help customers create shelf-appeal, but also offer functionality, versatility and capital efficiencies. According to him, innovation, product vitality and sustainability are very important.

“This innovative range of products and technologies speaks of our commitment, and also our ability to continually deliver new and innovative solutions to help our customers address their business and operational challenges,” added Pankaj Bhardwaj, commercial director, Labels and Packaging Materials, South Asia, Avery Dennison.

While, Darren Milligan, senior marketing director, materials group, South Asia Pacific & Sub-Sahara Africa, Avery Dennison, shared that they are offering 30 different products in seven zones.

Printpack India 2017 surpasses all its previous records

The countdown for Printpack India 2017 has begun and the organizers are thrilled to announce that their participation booking has crossed its previous records. Here’s more on this printing extravaganza. Significant changes in economic policies of the country has given an assertive and definite boost to most of manufacturing industries including graphics arts industry - there is a constant and continuous demand for the printed products in the form of text books, exercise books, periodicals and newspapers, reason being growth in the literacy in all the regions of India. This significant change in economic policies and steady growth in graphic arts industry has encouraged Indian Printing and Allied Machinery Association (IPAMA) and its members to showcase their new innovations in the fields of prepress equipments, in-press machines, post-press machines, finishing machines, packaging machines, label printing and digital machines. IPAMA members are continuously upgrading the technology used in the manufacturing of their products.

IPAMA has realized the need of the hour and is providing regular exhibition opportunities to the manufacturing members to showcase their latest innovations which can match the ever-increasing demands of printers to provide cost-effective quality print products in short production time.

Printpack India 2017 – better than the best!

To be held from February 4-8, 2017 at India Expo Centre, Noida, Printpack India 2017 is breaking all its previous records of participation bookings and they have already crossed 13,386 sq m of stall booking and the demand for the stall booking is tremendous. There are 260 confirmed participants and over expectation is that another couple of weeks’ time we are going to touch a figure of more than 400 participants.

“We have been informed by several manufacturers that their new innovations are ready and they are counting days to launch their creations during Printpack India 2017. Because of tremendous demand for stalls, IPAMA is going to open bookings in an additional new hall in India Expo Centre,” shares HV Sheth, president, IPAMA. “We are sure that these innovations would prove a source for creating user delight as well as enhance performance so as to generate greater value for the printer and the print-buyer at large.”

“Printpack India 2017 will provide an ideal opportunity to manufacturer members for joint-ventures and trade-talks leading to technology transfer which ultimately will bring great progress and benefits to the Graphic Arts manufacturing industry of India. It has been observed by the industry-watchers that Indian Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers have innate sense of competitive nature which leads them to upgrade and improve the products on continuing basis keeping in mind cost-effectiveness and standards matching any brand of overseas machine for any segment of printing, packaging and converting,” he said.

Go digital…

Printpack India 2017 will present an array of digital presses, for short to large print-runs in varying sizes and formats. Digital press manufacturers are offering their new innovations which will give cost-effective printing solutions vis-a-vis offset printing for short as well as large print-runs. “This mega event will showcase digital machines offering variety of configurations starting from card printing, text book printing, wide-format printing in single and multicolours, besides label printing with inline, slitting, punching, gluing with release paper,” he added.

Facilities provided…

IPAMA has kept in mind to provide maximum international standard facilities for both exhibitors and visitors. . The visitors will have much more easier way of registration besides on-line registration.

“The participants will provide maximum information on their exhibits by display, live-demos, and printed literature on their innovations. Business visitors will have an ample opportunity to watch and participate in technical sessions and live demos conducted by the experts of the industry,” told Sheth.

Printpack India exhibitions have proven its effect for the entire Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers fraternity of India and of neighbouring countries including Middle-East that this show offers ample choice for all segments of printing, packaging, converting, and signage requirements.

“The prime focus for all participants of Printpack India 2017 – we believe, must have value creation for the printing, packaging and converting segment and the innovations will create sustainable employment opportunities which in return will be responsible for immense economic growth,” he concluded.

CHINA PRINT 2017 the world’s attention Converged in Beijing

CHINA PRINT 2017 International Media Week (InfoPrint 2016) was recently held in Beijing, where delegates got an overview of the exhibition. Sonal Khurana of Print & Publishing attended this event and here’s a brief report. Jointly sponsored by Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC) and China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (hereinafter CIEC), organized by China Print Show Company Limited, CHINA PRINT 2017, also known as the 9th Beijing International Printing Technology Exhibition will be held from May 9-13, 2017 at New China International Exhibition Centre. The booth application has now been approaching to an end. CHINA PRINT 2017 is estimated to embrace over 1,300 exhibitors covering a total exhibition area of 160,000 square metres – which is about to attract more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world. Accordingly, new record is expected to be created in the aspect of exhibition statistics.

In order to deliver a comprehensive introduction of the preparatory progress of CHINA PRINT 2017 to the exhibitors, potential visitors and media, the Organising Committee held the International Media Week for CHINA PRINT 2017 and InfoPrint 2016 on December 7, 2016 at China People’s Palace Hotel. The event was attended by around 300 delegates from over 20 countries and regions including Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, The Philippines and United Arab Emirates covering industrial media, leading mass media, printing associations, unions and professionals.

This event was hosted by Lijian WANG, vice president and secretary-general of PEIAC. “As of the 30th of November this year, 1,056 companies from home and abroad submitted their applications online with more than 158,000 square metres exhibition area reserved. The all 8 in-door halls have been fully occupied. Supporting halls covering 40,000 square metres will be constructed right outside the exhibition halls, so as to meet the needs of the exhibitors. The development of CHINA PRINT is not only full of hope and vitality, but also indicates its popularity as an international brand show. CIEC and PEIAC will continue our close cooperation and make the best of advantages, to make CHINA PRINT 2017 a more successful fair,” he said.

Jian’guo XU – president of PEIAC and Shijun ZHENG – vice president of CIEC also participated in the meeting. “As for the organisation of the overseas professional buyers, we will fully take the advantages of the network of Asia Print and Global Print. We have already received confirmations to organise the buyer delegations from associations of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, The Philippines and Vietnam,” said Jian’guo.

Weici CAI gave an analysis on the current status of China’s machinery industries, while Hui ZHAO introduced the latest preparatory progress of CHINA PRINT 2017 in detail. Further, the up-to-date information of a new gravure material – the water-based full-colour ink was released by Huaxin (Foshan) Printing Co Ltd.

The programme also had representatives from Heidelberg, HP, Konica Minolta, Dinga, InfoTech, Sino-MV, Cron, Shandong Century, Beijing Kangdexin and Beijing JHF to deliver their wonderful presentations regarding their exhibiting plans at CHINA PRINT 2017 including the debut of their state-of-the-art technologies and products.

Jing XIA, product director of Heidelberg China gave an overview of Heidelberg – Leading the Digital Printing Era. While, Re-create the Possibility – Discover the Power to Touch the World was the topic of discussion by Peng LI, general manager of HP Indigo and PageWide Web Press Solutions Mainland China and Hong Kong.

New Gravure Material – The Success in the Development of Full Colour Water-based Ink and its Batch Application was discussed by Yongqiang WU, vice president of Huaxin (Foshan) Colour Printing Co Ltd.

Liancheng CAI, CEO of Masterwork Machinery Co Ltd discussed Comprehensive Solutions by Masterwork Leading the Intelligent Post-press Era. Gang LI, business operation director of Digital Printing Department of Konica Minolta China spoke on You&We, Take your business to the next level.

Make the Crisis an Opportunity – New Chance for Digital Post-press was discussed by Zhihao ZHENG, General Manager of Southern China of Shenzhen Infotech Technology Co Ltd. New Model for Printing Processes Control was the topic of discussion for Chen CHEN, product director of Sino-MV Technologies Group.

Jianlong XIANG, general manager of Hangzhou Cron Electrical Co Ltd spoke on Intelligent Printing from Cron Supporting the Industrial Upgrade while Jiqing BIAN, executive director of Shandong Century Machinery Co., Ltd spoke on Century's Thinking – How to Enhance the Intelligent Automation in Post-press. Yujia BAI, marketing general manager of Beijing Kangdexin Film Material Co Ltd gave a presentation on Leading Visual Innovation, Starting Wonderful Life. Changning YAN, vice president of Beijing JHF Technology Co.,Ltd. spoke on Print Tomorrow, Print the World. Beijing JHF High-tech co. is one of the largest digital printer makers of the world. JHF is also one of the earliest ones who pioneered the research and development of the digital inkjet printing equipment in China.

The event successfully came to an end with Chang’an LU’s closing remarks.

One day prior to the meeting, the representatives also had a trip to China Printing Museum to discover the long history of Chinese printing methodologies and its development; later, Topcent Industrial Park was also visited to illustrate the attendees the contemporary status of China’s printing industry.

The event was enriched by presentations, seminars, media interviews, interactive discussions and visits to the printing-related sites, so that the media were able to learn the exhibition and the industry in-depth and had their reports vividly undertaken from various angles. In addition, the programme also stimulated the cooperation and communication amongst the government, the associations, the Organising Committee, the exhibitors, the visitors and media.

The event was attended by Prof Kamal Chopra, president, AIFMP; HV Sheth, president, IPAMA and Anand V Limaye, general secretary, AIFMP, among others. The visitors to China Print 2013 comprised of 16% Indians and it is expected that there will be similar number this time as well.

Media Expo 2016, New Delhi records maximum exhibitors

Innovations give signage professionals a distinct business advantage Organised by Messe Frankfurt, Media Expo in its 29th edition, returned to New Delhi with a spectrum of innovative products and technologies from leading companies from India and overseas. JYANESWAR LAISHRAM and ABHINAV MALLIK report the three-day expo, held from September 29 – October 01, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Across the show floor of 12,444 sq m in three halls, Media Expo 2016 in New Delhi brought an array of showcases revealing latest signage technologies and products with a cohesive approach to boost the business of PSPs, sign makers and others to a new echelon. More than 175 exhibitors, consisting of big machine manufacturers, channel partners and OEMs, participated in the landmark expo.

The new-age signage innovations were offered by exhibitors from India and offsore countries like UK, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippine and others brought to display. “The expo is positively growing year-on-year; this year, the exhibition floor has grown 30 percent from last year and 20 percent in number of exhibitors,” said Raj Mahek, executive director, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

MAJOR SHOWCASES

At the expo, FUJIFILM India unveiled its ‘Made in India, Made for India’ eco-solvent printer—Vybrant 1800. “We had already announced the launch of the printer earlier at our demo centre in Mumbai; and this introduction is for the northern Indian market,” informed Yasunobu Nishiyama, MD, FUJIFILM India Pvt Ltd. He added that the printer is their indigenously born first eco-solvent baby in India and they are looking ahead to introducing upgraded models of the same technology. Also shown at the company’s stall was Acuity EY, equipped with the company’s award-winning Uvijet inks.

NEGI Sign Systems & Supplies pulled crowd with the introduction of its Negijet TX R-1900 direct textile printer and Negijet Starfire 3000 Series, alongside a line of its existing printers designed for varied range of applications.

With the introduction of the new RJ 1016V UV LED curing flatbed printer, Mehta Cad Cam Systems demonstrated its spectrum of machines, designed for different activities including CNC routing, laser engraving, etc. According to Shailesh Mehta, director, Mehta Cad Cam Systems Pvt Ltd, the newly introduced RJ 1016V is engineered to offer the best cost vs performance value in the market. Mono Sign Systems introduced UNO Series—an LED module with no requirement of ‘power supply’ as it runs on direct current consuming only 220V. Saurabh Agarwal of Mono Sign Systems explained that the new LED module would save cost, power and labour. A big crowd puller on the other side of the show floor, Sun Sign & Technologies announced its latest product SENFA Decoprint, a complete textile media range for almost all possible applications, which include backlit displays, interior walls, events, fine art reproduction and outdoor displays.

With the launch of UJF-3042 MkII UV-LED inkjet flatbed printer, Mimaki India displayed its range of machines, which included the TX300P-1800 direct-to textile printer for on-demand production. Tomohiro Ikeda, MD, Mimaki India Private Limited, said the newly introduced UV printer is for high-quality and highly accurate prints and he expressed his delight about the expo’s good footfall. Showcased attractively at the stall of Britomatics was a BriteJet 3000 Series with Konica E512i (32pl) printhead. Sumit Dev, director, Britomatics India Private Limited, revealed that more than 50 printers of the model have so far been installed countrywide.

Providing a complete portfolio of large-format and flatbed printers as well as materials, JN Arora showcased a long line of machines for diverse applications, comprising Coltex sublimation printer, HandTop flatbed inkjet systems, Siser’s digital thermo transfer textile media for both plotter cut and printable range, among many others. Vimlesh Arora, MD, JN Arora, said the company’s participation in the expo was a big opportunity for them to unfold a fresh spectrum of technologies and machineries triggering a new revolution in sign making. Crowd that thronged the company’s stall was impressed with the unique features of Coltex sublimation system and another crowd pulling Smartjet UV LED curing flatbed printer.

In the league of major show-stoppers at the expo was Roland DG, which along with its Indian channel partner Apsom Infotex presented a line of machines, among which TrueVIS VG-640/540 print-and-cut eco-solvent printer pulled the crowd. “We are showing here some new products that we premiered at drupa 2016; it’s good to see crowd swarming around our showcases,” told Deborshi Paul Choudhury from Apsom Infotex Ltd.

At an adjacent stall, Colorjet stormed the show-floor with the announcement of new printers, technologies and ‘an attractive scheme’ for those investing in the upgraded version of Neptune printer shown during the expo.

Caldron was another big showstopper as the company introduced a portfolio comprising CJ 8000 dual purpose roll-to-roll and flatbed printer, HS-M3015B plates and pipes fibre cutting machine, among others.

RICOH India, on the other side, introduced its RICOH Pro L4160 at the expo. About it, Anuj Gupta, regional business manager-North Production Printing Business Group, RICOH India Limited, said trade visitors showed ardent interest in the company’s new and versatile wide-format system.

Showing its ever popular cutting plotters, among which the new Graphtec CE6000 and FC8000 Series was the products of attraction at the expo, regular participant Keith Electronics attracted a host of serious trade visitors. “This show is always turned out to be a good platform to introduce our new range of high quality, highly reliable and easy-to-operate cutting plotters,” Raj Chopra, director, Keith Electronics Pvt Ltd.

With the announcement of its Mimaki dealership, Vee Kay Enterprise also unpacked two new quality printers—IDS-3300 UV roll-to-roll 3.2 m long printer and Ultra-Jet 512i high-speed solvent printer.

PRINTING SYSTEMS

Fresh at the expo from EPSON were three new SureColor 64-inch printers designed for high-quality graphic production. The newly unpacked printers from the company were EPSON S40670, S60670 and S80670, all equipped with PrecisionCore printheads. Yet another show-stopper at a nearby stall was Arrow Digital that physically demonstrated a line of high-end printers, including an EFI VUTEk GS 1625 LX Pro UV hybrid printer.

PICOMAX Pro with Konica Minolta 512i/512/1024 printheads was the new launch from Macart Equipments, a renowned manufacturer of wide-format machines in India.

Showing its line of solvent and eco-solvent printers, along with a bunch of spare parts, Daksh Enterprises offered an exclusive set of systems. While, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India marked an offbeat presence at the expo. In this respect, Manish Gupta, senior product marketing manager-PP, sales & marketing from the company, said a lot of wide-format printing firms are users of their digital presses—that’s why it made sense for them to take part in the signage expo.

CUTTING, BENDING & FINISHING

APL Machinery, a leading manufacturer of UV curing and coating systems, demonstrated its fully automated high-speed UV coating machine with precise registration, among other machines at the expo. “This machine can be used as offline coater for UV and aqueous coating as well as primer on a range of applications including posters,” explained Abhishek Paul, director, APL Machinery Pvt Ltd. In addition, the other machines on display at the company’s stall consisted of DIGI UV System, 3D UV curing system, Roller coating machine, among others.

STLT (Sahajanand Laser Technologies Ltd), among the big show stealers, demonstrated its huge Infinity Fibre metal cutting system. Benson Polymers showcased the company’s Polyfix, an instant glue cyanoacrylate adhesive solution and other products designed for fabrication of signage and display items.

LINE OF MEDIAS

Among the exhibitors displaying a versatile range of printing media or materials included Pioneer Polyleathers Limited, Qurex Flex, ITMS India, Sun Printable Fabrics, Dinesh Acrylic House, Sunlex Fabrics, and Aditya Impex.

INK RANGE

FUJIFILM Sericol India, a renowned ink major, showcased infinite solutions of its widely-acclaimed Color+ Series inks designed qualitatively for different wide-format technology printheads, namely, Dimatix Spectra, XAAR, Seiko, Konica Minolta, RICOH and Epson.

SAM-INK range from Inkjet Systems attracted visitors looking for quality inks. Another exhibitor introducing a range of solvent-based inks at their stall was Navratan Specialty Chemicals.

Among those showing premium range of inks at the expo was AT Inks, which presented high-end products comprising Quattro, Duos and Cobalt, suitably designed for varied printheads including StarFire.

CHINESE PAVILIONS

Presence of a band of Chinese exhibitors made the perfect diversity in the expo. The offshore exhibitors showed a gamut of products consisting predominantly of printing media and LED components. The overseas participants were collectively allocated in the strategically devoted ‘Chinese Pavilions’ stalls.

‘We are pushing latex into different markets’: Puneet Chadha

HP at its stall had shed some light on ‘latex’ technologies, about which Puneet Chadha, director-market development, Graphics Solutions Business, HP (PPS APJ), said that the technology has been successful for their customers for years. “Latex is so versatile in terms of printing on all substrates. So, our customers have done fantastic jobs using this technology,” he shared. At the expo, HP introduced HP Latex 500 Series, upgraded versions of HP Latex 300 Series for unattended printing, and HP Latex 1500 Series for high-volume production.

“Now, latex applications are visible in all parameters, be it in billboard, fleet graphics, transits and all high-volume jobs; we are seeing penetration of the technology into different markets,” asserted Puneet. Latex technology now covers a lot of innovations, including wall art (using HP Wall Art media), interior decors, fleet graphics and canvas prints, all churned on flatbed printing platform. “In order to make our customers grow hand-in-hand with us, we organise brand engagement seminars called ‘Innovations Win’ in major cities. Our customers through these seminars could show what they produce to reach out to brands. On this front, latex technology is very successful,” narrated Puneet. And on the other side at another stall of the company, HP also presented two new versatile Designjet post-script printers.
New arrivals from Monotech Systems

Three brand new printers from Monotech Systems drew crowd at the expo. The three newly unpacked machines from the company were: Pixeljet UV LED RTR with RICOH printhead; Pixeljet Satrfire Series with Spectra printheads; and Pixeljet Jumbo Series with KM 512i printheads. In addition, the company showcased also other systems at its stall, such as Pixeljet ECO 1800TS with RICOH printheads, Canon iPF 8410SE system, among others.

Taking to Sign & Graphics, TP Jain, MD, Monotech Systems, said they would plan to bring up next big technologies for the wide-format market, particularly in the hybrid domain. “We have already penetrated into the flatbed domain and a lot of our machines are now running in several signage firms all over the country; now, our turn to focus on hybrid models, combining the technologies of roll-to-roll and flatbed,” he narrated. Fresh innovations from Monotech Systems would also be in the realm of double-sided flatbed printing compatible with new and better set of media for nigh-end graphic applications, including outputs for in-store displays.

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