Events & Exhibitions

No more hangars, only permanent structure for exhibitors @ PRINTPACK INDIA 2017

Organised by Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufactures Association (IPAMA), the 13th edition of Printpack India will see better infrastructure and more participation.

Hall No 1,3,5,7, 9, 10, 11 & 12 for PRINTPACK INDIA 2017)The 13th Edition of PRINTPACK INDIA will be held from February 4-8, 2017 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. During its earlier exhibitions, Hangars were been constructed for accommodating some of the participants/exhibitors due to shortage of covered space at the Expo Centre. On the request of the Association, the Expo Centre had constructed 6 new pillar-less exhibition halls with the height of 13 mtrs, fully equipped with ultra modern facilities, for holding national and international events at a much higher scale. The load bearing capacity of the new halls is around 30 tons/per sq. mtr, which fully meets the requirements of the machinery exhibitions like Printpack or Plast india.

Various new facilities are also being planned for 13th PPI, hopefully the exhibitors will enjoy in the forthcoming event.

Newly Constructed Halls, India Expo Centre & MartConfirmed Exhibitors (As on 31st August, 2016)

  • 3S Graphic Solutions
  • A.S. Print Aids Pvt. Ltd.
  • Abhikruti Digi Soft
  • Acme Machinery (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Advanced Graphic System
  • AG Services
  • Alpna Visual Packaging Aids
  • AND Global Sales Corporation
  • Anika Cards N Crafts Pvt. Ltd.
  • APL Machinery Pvt. Ltd.
  • Arofine Polymers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Arrow Multimedia
  • Associated Engineering Corporation
  • Associated Industrial Corporation
  • B & R Industrial Automation Pvt. Ltd.
  • Bagempam Industries
  • Baumer India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Bhogle Engineering Works
  • BK Gears Pvt. Ltd. (BKG Corrugated)
  • Bromide Color Chemicals
  • Compact Print Tech Pvt. Ltd.
  • Computer World
  • Condot Systems Pvt. Ltd.
  • D.D.M. Graphic
  • Darshana Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • Designnbuy Webtoprint Pvt. Ltd.
  • Dizario Machinery
  • Electro Mec
  • Empowera Techniorganics Pvt. Ltd.
  • Excel Machinery (Guj.) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Fair Deal Engineers
  • Falcon Vacuum Pumps & Systems
  • Five Star Printing Machinery Co.
  • Friends Engineering Company
  • Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd.
  • G.B. Tech (India)
  • Galaxy Printers
  • Gemco Controls Ltd.
  • Global Printech Graphics
  • Grafica Flextronica
  • Grafik Machinery Exchange India
  • Graphics Impex Services
  • Grover Industries
  • Gurleen Engineers
  • Guru Nanak Printing Machines Mfg. Co.
  • Harbhajan Singh & Co.
  • HB Fuller India Adhesives Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hi-Tech Systems PFE Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hm Web House Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hubergroup India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hy-Tek Print Mac
  • Imtech Marketing Services
  • Indo Asia Machines Corporation
  • Indo Poly Machines Corporation
  • Innovative Flexotech Pvt. Ltd.
  • Insight Communication & Print Solution India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Intimate Machines (P) Ltd.
  • Ionic Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
  • Jai Mata Engineering Works
  • Janatics India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Janta Printing & Packaging Machines
  • Joy D-Zign Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kanishka Polymers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Karamson Engineering Works
  • Kiran Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kohli Graphic Systems
  • Lakshmi Trading Company
  • Laser Die Tech
  • Line O Matic Graphic Industries
  • Machines Dealer
  • Malhotra Graphics
  • Mamata Enterprises
  • Manugraph India Ltd.
  • Mark VI Trac Systems
  • Matrix Cutting Tools Pvt. Ltd.
  • Max Rollers
  • Megabound (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Megtec Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Memory Repro Systems (P) Ltd.
  • Monotech Systems Ltd.
  • Muller Martini (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Multi Hitech Inc.
  • Muskan Graphics
  • Narsingh Dass & Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  • National Machinery Works
  • NBG Printographics Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Newsweb Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Novurania SPA
  • Om Vir Print O Pack Pvt. Ltd.
  • Omkar Engineering
  • Origami Machines Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pack Master (India)
  • Pan Graphics Machinery
  • Pankaj Trading Co.
  • Paper And Label Converting Technologies
  • Paper Processers
  • Parma & Parma (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pidilite industries Ltd.
  • Poddar Card Pvt. Ltd.
  • PPEM India
  • Pragati Corporation
  • Prakash Offset Machinery Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pratham Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Precise Graphic India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Precision Electrical & Mechanical Works
  • Preet Machinery Corporation
  • Pressline India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Printing Machinery Engineers
  • Print-O-Bind Technologies
  • Print-Packaging.Com Pvt. Ltd.
  • Provin Technos Pvt. Ltd.
  • PS Graphics
  • QIPC EAE India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Quadtech Inc.
  • Qutub Impex Pvt. Ltd.
  • Radix Enterprise
  • Radix Software Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Redlands Machinery Pvt. Ltd.
  • Reprographic Systems & Supplies
  • Reves Techpack Pvt. Ltd.
  • RISO India
  • Robatech India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Robertson Machinery Company
  • Romco M Offset Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ronald Web Offset Pvt. Ltd.
  • Royal Enterprises
  • RRM Trading Co.
  • Saawariya International Sahil Graphics
  • Satish Chemicals
  • Shailja Papers Ltd.
  • Shanghai Rocky Adhesives CO., Ltd.
  • Shanghai Wity IM & EX Co. Ltd.
  • Sheth Printograph Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shield Alloy Products
  • Shreeji Cut & Bend
  • Shri Vinayak Packaging Machine Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sigma Rollers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sodhisons Mechanical Works
  • Sona Commercial Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sond Associates (Engg.) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Stallion Innovative Machines
  • Sudershan Paper Mart
  • Sunlan Chemicals
  • Sunway Industries
  • Super Bond Adhesives Pvt. Ltd.
  • Technoshell Automations Pvt. Ltd.
  • Technova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd.
  • Tex Year Industrial Adhesives Pvt. Ltd.
  • U.V. Graphic Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Unique UV and Light Pvt. Ltd.
  • Unitech Organics Pvt. Ltd.
  • Unittex India
  • UV Printers India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Vallava Graphic Machinery
  • Veekay Industries
  • Vijaya Grafiks Inc.
  • Viva Graphic
  • VR Print N Pack
  • Zeneses Polymers
  • Zenith Rubber Pvt. Ltd.

PAMEX 2015 creates new record with unprecedented sales & deals!

Coming just a few months ahead of drupa and at the end of the year in 2015, the tenth edition of PAMEX held from December 9-12, 2015 at Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai saw a record number of deals being finalised, setting the stage for what could be the biggest year for the Indian industry in 2016. Uddhav Thackeray innaugurating PAMEX’ 15 exhibitionSuccessfully and meticulously organised by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd, PAMEX ’15 left an impeccable impression in the minds of exhibitors and visitors. While, the exhibitors were happy to meet good number of serious and quality visitors to the show, the visitors were impressed with a plethora of new launches and live demos, which helped them make purchase decisions at the show itself. The exhibition reported 20,441 unique trade visitors and featured 300+ exhibitors, 200+ running machines and 75+ product launches.

The inauguration…

The show was inaugurated by the chief guest, Uddhav Thackeray, president, Shiv Sena. Sharing his appreciation and pleasure in being invited to flag off the event, being a printer and publisher himself, he said, “It is an honour to inaugurate PAMEX and I thank AIFMP for inviting me. Printing industry is a very big industry and it deserves to get its due recognition.” Earlier, the chief guest had arrived to a tumultuous traditional Maharashtrian welcome. Sunil Garg, honorary general secretary-AIFMP, welcomed the dignitaries and exhibitors to PAMEX while Tushar Dhote, president, Mumbai Mudrak Sangh and co-chairman, PAMEX, highlighted how PAMEX 2015 was a step forward for printing shows. Shyamal Chandra Basu, president, AIFMP delivered the presidential address.

Wide display…

It was a digital feast at PAMEX 2015 as all the leading global players were there with product launches of their latest offerings. Leading the pack was HP with its Indigo 10000 Digital Press being displayed for the first time in the country. Konica Minolta launched JetVarnish 3DS and bizhubPRESS C1100/C1085. Adding to its popular SureColor series, EPSON introduced SureColor SC P9000, which is designed for the most exacting colour proofing applications and many others like in-shop branding.

Xerox presented the capability upgrade of Xerox Versant series 2100 and 80, where the kit can now print banner sizes (330 x 660 mm) in production mode. Ricoh, that was also co-partnering the event, displayed the all new Ricoh Pro C9100 series and the C7100x presses even as it also launched its RICOH MP W8140SP, an easy-to-use and cost effective MFP, tailored to cater highest level of detailing with high speed and productivity, suitable for engineering and architectural applications like maps and graphs.

EFI CEO, Guy Gecht was present himself to launch the MATAN QW inkjet printer, with ‘white ink’ feature, showcased for the first time in the region. Canon launched the muchawaited imagePRESS C10000VP.

Among other launches, Reprographics India launched the KIP 800 colour series printer. Newstech, dealing in products for offset processing and related activities, introduced a set of fountain solutions (Stabilat H-8000 and Unifount), low odour Uniwash, a CFC free solvent-based blanket and roller washes. Fully automated cross strapping machine for magazine and NTPJ-100 paper jogger table for both newspaper and magazine were some of the new launches at the show from Newstech.

Bodhi Professional Solutions (P) Ltd launched VeriPak 3D, a complete 3D visualisation tool for graphics professionals in the print, packaging and labeling industry. AGS introduced the PDF and print inspection software that is aimed at the packaging market and helps the converters to check their PDF files at the pre-press stage and during actual printing for various errors in the text as well as colour, thus avoiding a lot of rejections.

Provin Technos launched Foildex, a cold foil and UV cast and cure systems from Diversified Graphic Machinery (DGM). Proteck Machinery, distributor of postpress machines from Horizon, highlighted the RD 405 a rotary die-cutter and Smart Finishing Solution which has folding, stitching, binding and sheet processing system, to cater to the e-commerce and digital segments respectively.

In the sheetfed offset segment, Komori’s Enthrone press were running live demos at the Insight Communication’s stand while Provin Technos was promoting the Ryobi Indo Polygraph Machineries (P) Ltd, while several Indian made presses vied for the visitors’ attention.

Various types of Label presses were on offer in the stands of Standard Printer Providers, Provin Technos, Genius Flexo, Global Graphics, RK Label, S Kumar and the Malaysian exhibitor, Sen Label Machinery. Among the several companies offering corrugated box making machinery were Acme Machinery Company (P) Ltd, Acme Machinery India (P) Ltd, Associated Engineering Corporation, Flexography India Press, NBG Printographic Machinery Co (P) Ltd, Pack Link Industries, Sodhisons Mechanical Works, Suba Solutions Private Limited and Harbhajan Singh & Co.

Pratham Technologies, the manufacturer of paper folding machines, displayed its carton sorting system- Supersort. Beijing Daheng Image Vision Star JP420 carton inspection machine that detects defects in print, foil & emboss registration as well as in lamination at one go, was on display at the SL Kulkarni’s stand. The machine that was destined for the TCPL plant at Silvassa was inaugurated for demonstration by the MD of the company, Saket Kanoria. Autoprint showcased the recently launched Checkmate 50, the carton inspection machine along with Dion 450 NX, a four-colour nonwoven bag printing machine at their stand in the exhibition. Line O Matic Graphic Systems exhibited its latest and upgraded notebook making machines.

Chinese companies @ PAMEX

Chinese companies had a significant presence at PAMEX. While many of them were present with their distributors, over a dozen companies were also participating directly. Dongguan Hongming Machinery showcased its line of HM-ZD rigid box making machines which are available in fully automatic and semi automatic versions. Anco Development was promoting its automated bending, notching, lipping and straight cut machines. Zhejiang Ruian Dapen Printing Machinery displayed its touch screen system paper cutting machines. A leading multi colour offset press manufacturer of China, Jianxi Zhonjing Group was testing the waters with an information booth. Zhejiang Salili Machinery presented its line of package craft solution and gift box binding machines. Dongguan Tengfeng Machinery Co Ltd, was displaying a high quality rigid box making machine. Haiyan Huada Ink Chemical Co Ltd had displayed its range of Offset and UV inks and Shenzhen Mansion Technology Limited was promoting its range of adhesives and consumables.

Deals finalised…

The highlight of the exhibition was the record number of sales, deals and business happening on the grounds of BEC. To name a few, Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Ltd, Insight Communications, Anil Agencies, Pratham Technologies (P) Ltd, Stoosa, Ample Graphics (P) Ltd and Monotech Systems Ltd closed several deals at the event. RICOH sold 27 units to customers from all over India. Canon received the order of its all new imagePRESS C10000VP and Oce PlotWave 500 from the Mumbai-based Bharat Copy Centre (P) Ltd.

Insight Communications & Print Solution India (P) Ltd. sold Komori Enthrone 429 to Adinath Print Services, Mumbai on the first day itself. By the end of the show it had closed orders for six Komori presses and three Kodak CtP plate setters. Provin Technos (P) Ltd, reported orders for three Ryobi series presses.

S Kumar Multi Products Pvt Ltd sold Zonten LRY-330/450 stacked flexographic press to four printers – Printotech, Ludhiana; Silvasa Flexible, Vapi (Gujarat); Dinsin Labels Pvt Ltd, Mumbai; and Mamta Graphics, Pune.

The German company MBO’s subsidiary Herzog+Heymann sold M8.40 outster insert systems to Hyderabad-based pharma packaging firm Temple Packaging during the show.

Grafica Flextronica closed orders for two cylinder press with inline UV and complete screen making set up, six sets of Nano Print with full screen making set up and UV, and nine Nano Print Plus with screen making set up at the exhibition.

Kunal Enterprises announced its new partnership with Toppan Printing, Japan and showcased its range of products including the EP-Pak. APL Machinery announced Vishal Graphics as its partner for catering to the western market and were seen together promoting their LED UV lamps at the show. The most exciting announcement for the industry was the setting up of Indian JV- Zhongke India (P) Ltd, by the leading Chinese company and their display of complete range of equipment including two Case Makers, Rigid Box Maker and a lamination and grooving machine.

Exhibitors’ share…

The heavy footfall, that too of quality visitors, was the imperative element behind the success of the show. “The quality of crowd has been encouraging. The good number of footfalls on week days proved that we had very serious customers,” said CN Ashok, Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers. “We were very excited with the overall footfalls and arrangement of PAMEX ’15. Participation in such strategic expo would enhance our presence in the Indian phrama product packaging market,” shared Dirk Stuhmeir, MD, Herzog+Heymann.

EFI, exhibiting at PAMEX for the first time, found a very positive reflection from potential trade visitors at the show. “I see a stimulating economy in the Indian market for which we are making our investment at the utmost level,” said Stephen Green, vice president, Asia Pacific, EFI.

HP India, which had been the knowledge partner of PAMEX promotional roadshows, hosted a knowledge session for cosmetics brand owners and agencies at its stand, showcasing the possibilities in labels and packaging using HP digital printing technology. “PAMEX was a very special show for us in a lot of ways and we displayed the star of our portfolio - Indigo 10000 using the show platform for the very first time,” said Bhavna Saluja of HP. “We’ve had a wonderful show and the response has been great!”

Narendra P of Pragati Offset (P) Ltd, Telangana attended the show as a visitor. “Seeing is believing! This is what I would say about this PAMEX edition. I see all new developments in the printing and packaging segments. The range of box-making machines on display is tremendous. I’m totally impressed,” he shared.

T Sivaraj of Vilvram Graphic Traders, Karur, another visitor at the show was very impressed with the arrangements. “Firstly, I would like to appreciate the organisers for such a wonderful show with an excellent arrangement. The showcase of an array of advanced (digital) printing machines is simply amazing,” he said.

Conference….

A one-day International Technology Conference, organised by Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) was held concurrently with the second day of the exhibition. The event was attended by more than two hundred delegates from the industry.

On a concluding note…

“The enormous success of PAMEX 2015 will act as the strong base for the next edition of the show, where people will get to see more from the Indian printing industry. The unprecedented amount of sales that has happened at this edition of the event pictures the rising graph of the industry. With the industry, the show is bound to grow,” said Anil Arora, president, Print-Packaging. com (P) Ltd. PAMEX ’17 will be back in Mumbai two years later from December 18- 21, 2017. The industry waits in anticipation!



RICOH reveals complete printing portfolio

A newly launched monochrome MFP (multi-function printer), digital full colour production presses, a large-format Latex printer... a complete gamut of printing machines packed the stall of RICOH India at PAMEX 2015. When inquired about new among them, Umang Singhal, national business & marketing manager, Production Printing, RICOH India, revealed that the RICOH MP W8140SP is the fresh arrival in the Indian market, premiering at the show. “This new easy-to-use and cost effective MFP has been tailored to cater highest level of detailing with high speed and productivity, suitable for engineering and architectural applications like maps and graphs,” he explained.

The company also showcased its largeformat Latex printer—RICOH Pro L4160, which is an ideal machine for signage and display graphics. Hugely versatile, this Latex printer is featured with RICOH Gen 5 printheads that can create a droplet as small as 4 pcl, resulting in smoother colour gradation.

Umang explained that RICOH C7100, which pulled a huge crowd on the show, is specially equipped with fifth station to provide an additional clear and white toner in addition to the standard CMYK, suitable for printing all sorts including package prints. At PAMEX, the company sold 27 units: Three units in the East (two colour mid-production machines, one 5100); Five units in the North (two 8100 monochrome machines, one 9110s, one 5100s, one high-production colour 9100); Seventeen units in the South (sixteen 8100 monochrome machines, one colour 5100s); and Two units in West (one five-colour 7100x, one colour 9110s). The collectively total of the deal was worth Rs 7.5 crore! This is indeed one of the milestones RICOH India has ever made in a trade expo.


Konica Minolta Unveils MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL

Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd launched JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil inline digital foiling module to help printers expand their services to include new amazing spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The JETvarnish 3DS takes digital spot UV coating to a new dimension, featuring increased output for flat spot UV jobs and elegant 3D raised effects. This luxury, tactile finish allows users to differentiate themselves to gain new customers and venture into new markets.

In-line with the JETvarnish 3DS, the iFoil module uses a revolutionary new digital process which produces hot foiling without the use of dies, plates or make-ready. From magazine covers, books, brochures, labels, to invitations and packaging. It provides critical customization and “Foilon- Demand” (FOD) as well as Variable Data Foiling (VDF) options for mass personalisation of every piece produced.

Utilising MGI’s patented inkjet engine technology, the JETvarnish 3DS can accommodate sheets from 8x11.8-inch up to 14.33x40-inch and substrate thicknesses from 135 to 450 gsm. The 100 percent digital JETvarnish 3DS uses no plates or screens and has virtually no make-ready, ideally suited runs from one to thousands, with full variable data capabilities. JETvarnish 3DS is an environmentally friendly solution that also features solventfree coatings and a closed-circuit system that eliminates waste.

With speeds of up to 2300 A3 sheets per hour for flat spot UV coating, the JETvarnish 3DS is fast machine complementing both offset and digital presses and allowing commercial printers to increase their productivity while boosting their margins and differentiating themselves from their peers.

In 3D mode, the JETvarnish 3DS can apply digital effects up to 100 microns in thickness, producing visually stunning, tactile effects. It can coat directly onto digital prints (dry or liquid toner) with no lamination required and the ARC camera system ensures precise registration to printed sheets. The JETvarnish 3DS’s variable data feature allows for full personalization capabilities resulting in maximum marketing impact.

Yuji Nakata, MD Konica Minolta Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, said, “We are extremely glad to launch JETvarnish 3DS at Pamex 2015, the mega event for printing in Asia. Recently we had introduced our 3rd generation of high-chroma production printing systems in Rajasthan Photo Fair 2015. With our new generation of Konica Minolta’s production printing systems, we not only offer our customers, impressive colour reproduction over a wide range but also enable colour users to get the best out of printed documents in a fantastic quality.”


Zhongke India redefines standards of rigid box making

With its complete and comprehensive range of packaging machines, Zhongke India redefines the standards of retail packaging solutions. Shown distinctively amid the crowd in a big way during the recent PAMEX 2015 in Mumbai was the company’s large portfolio of machines covering entire gamut of rigid box manufacturing, which consists of highspeed, high-volume precision lamination, automatic die-cutting, grooving, among others. The company’s highly efficient ZK Series for fully automatic rigid box/case making machines and others of varied configurations and models pulled the crowd during the expo.

“We are happy to be in the Indian packaging market, which is now rapidly progressing. In this, we are overwhelmed with the ‘Make in India’ venture in the country,” said Peikuan Yu, MD, Zhongke China. The ultimate mission of Zhongke is to offer precision and premium packaging solutions for customers who search for world-class standards. “With all our machines, it’s possible for our customers to get end-to-end solutions for rigid box making under one roof,” mentioned Rohit Rajpal, director, Zhongke India Pvt Ltd. Products of well-known international MNC brands like iPhone and iPad are packed in rigid boxes manufactured by Zhongke.


SRK Technology redefines packaging solutions at PAMEX 2015

Presenting a whole gamut of what all required in highend finishing solutions for packaging, New Delhi-based SRK Technology presented its dexterity during the recent PAMEX 2015 organised at BMC in Mumbai. The company presented its ever popular technologies of automatic die-cutting, auto stamping, Automatic Lamination(both solvent free & water-base glue, folder gluing, window patching, among others. Among the major attractions presented by SRK Technology at the expo included Steienmann Digital coater DMax and PUR & water base Lamination machine, NIKKO JY-106T from YOCO, which is capable of taking up a maximum sheet size of 1060x750mm and runs at the die-cutting speed of 7500 sheets/hour both die-cutting and foil stamping.

SKR Technology has partnered with the overseas companies like Steinemann, YOCO, MTM, Paperplast, Pantec, Albo System, Gockel and All in Print. Overall impression at the company’s stand during the expo were the flaunts about the water-base & thermal laminators from MTM, Steinemann Sunflower 120-PUR sanding machine, YOCO FS-500 automatic print inspection machine, among others. “We have tied up with some of the leading overseas manufacturers of machines for packaging prints and finishing; and our aim is to provide our clients the best of technologies and service in the industry,” said Rajesh Agarwal, director, SRK Technology. Some of the leading printers and print finishers catering professional solutions for printing, finishing or converting high quality products for their customers are in the clientele of SRK Technology. To pick up a few from the list, TCPL Packaging, ITC Ltd, Parksons Packaging, Edelman, Cambay Technopak, Maipal and Sai Packaging are few clients with which SRK Technology has closely been associating for years. Rajesh Agarwal asserted that they have been partnered with overseas companies on exclusive basis to ensure reliability and continuous knowledge.


Canon launches imagePRESS C10000VP

Canon launched the ‘eagerly-awaited’ 1000 ppm colour digital press from Canon— imagePRESS C10000VP. Pointing at the newly unpacked imagePRESS, Puneet Datta, director, PPP Group, Canon India, said, “The professional printing industry is evolving at a fast pace and technological innovations are key driving factor to run parallel with the market demands and trends. As keeping pace with our customers’ evolving preferences, we continuously innovate and bring in versatility to our product offering.” He added that imagePRESS C10000VP is Canon’s new endeavour to tap the country’s ever expanding professional printing segment while ‘continuing legacy’ of developing best of the best technology in the best product form.

Certainly, this newly unpacked imagePRESS C10000VP is a continuing legacy, built on Canon’s success of the imagePRESS range and the digital press has set new standards in imaging quality and productivity with new technological innovations. In fact, the press is designed to meet the increasing demands for higher production volumes from professional printers. Moreover, imagePRESS C10000VP can deliver prints in 2400x2400 dpi, a choice of new front end controllers based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro platform that enables the press to streamline the workflow and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm. Upgraded new on this newly launched imagePRESS C10000VP include a host of at least 12 new technological innovations over the earlier imagePRESS series, such as 6000 and 7000.


Visitors made a beeline for newly launched 3D printers @ Monotech

At PAMEX ’15, visitors showed a lot of interest at the stall of Monotech Systems Ltd, where 3D printers were on show. “We have a range of 3D printers, from entry-level to midrange level,” told Gurvinder Singh, director (sales & marketing), Monotech Systems Ltd. Another new crowd puller at the show was JetSci variable digital printer with a new physical platform.

And, it’s not just digital that Monotech is catering to, it has products for offset segment too. “Digital printers are now moving towards offset while offset printers are moving towards digital. Monotech has an advantage because it deals in both offset and digital machines. Our tie-up with Shinohara offset machines is a step in this direction,” he added. In this backdrop, the company was showcasing laser die-cutter from Shinohara, for which there were many inquiries.

Infact, the stall of Monotech was divided into two – one for the digital enhancement products like Scodix, cutter, creasing and laser die-cutting solutions and another for the digital printing machines and both the segments were pulling good crowds.


Xerox India launches banner printing option in Versant 2100 and Versant 80

Xerox India launched banner printing option in Versant 2100 and Versant 80 at PAMEX. Other devices like Colour 1000i Press with Gold, Silver and Clear Options and Xerox Colour C70, were showcased. The company also showcased its FreeFlow Core workflow solution for the first time in the country.

Speaking at the event, Balaji Rajagopalan, executive director, Technology, Channels & International Distributor Operations, Xerox India said, “We launched the banner printing capabilities in the Versant 2100 and Versant 80 and we believe that this option will further add a lot of value to our customers. This feature was well appreciated by customers and print providers at PAMEX. We also showcased the Freeflow Core workflow solutions for the first time in the country. Its automation toolset will remove costly manual prepress steps, reducing your costs and time it takes to get jobs through your shop. It will enable customers to free up resources from repetitive tasks and move them to higher value jobs. We also showcased two other key digital presses – ColourPress 1000i with Gold, Silver and Clear Options and Colour C70”

He further added, “We received a great response at PAMEX this year and had the privilege of meeting over 1000 customers and prospects on-ground. All the devices showcased were launched this year and they have performed exceptionally well in the market. We have already installed more than 100 units of C60/70 alone in 2015 and hope to replicate the success with all our other devices. We are already in the process of closing some deals soon. Customers, partners and print providers were excited to see the Colour Press 1000i and its exciting features. This device is the first in the industry to offer Pantone Metallic Gold or Silver Dry Ink at rated speed in addition to Clear Dry Ink which enables highlighting specific areas and also gives a raised impact with up to 7 layers.” This opens the door for new revenues by migrating lucrative foil stamping applications, such as invitations, certificates and business cards, to short-run, high-value digital production.

Multi-pass printing with these specialty dry inks adds an extra textural/dimensional feel and “pop” to documents for attention grabbing effects on a wide range of applications. Also present at the event was Raju GVSR, newly appointed associate director and head, Production Systems Group at Xerox India. He said, “PAMEX 2015 was a huge success for us. We showcased our key digital presses launched this year and we were happy to see the excitement showcased across partners to customers. Xerox has always been strong in the digital printing segment and has devices to cater to almost all categories of digital printing. With this strength, we gear up for 2016 with some more exciting product launches that will revolutionise the digital printing market.”


HP offers high-value commercial, labels and packaging solutions

At PAMEX 2015, HP showcased its Exhibitions flagship HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press along with other printers and presses from its Indigo, Latex and DesignJet portfolio. The company also planned a slew of activities to engage and educate the Print Service Providers (PSPs) involved in general commercial printing and labels & packaging helping them explore the immense possibilities with HP’s digital print technology and provide increased value to their end customers through unique application and improved automation. Visitors also had the opportunity to see the many high-quality applications achievable with HP’s innovative Indigo printing technology, as well as the numerous production benefits of digital printing at the HP booth, the largest booth at PAMEX 2015 covering 500 sq m Area.

HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press is a B2/750 mm (long side edge) press. The press has over 200 units installed in 35 countries including India and maintains all the capabilities distinct to the HP Indigo portfolio in a B2 format, to expand digital printing capabilities into previously traditional offset markets, providing high value applications with the widest variety of substrates and unmatched print quality, including spot colours, photo inks and white. Latest enhancements for the HP Indigo 10000 include additional ElectroInk inks, including white, light cyan, light magenta and spot colours; and HP Indigo Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), which eliminates black via three-colour printing and enables an increase in colour printing output by 33 percent. About 25 percent of pages printed on HP Indigo 10000 presses are now said to be done so using EPM.

“Print service providers in the country are constantly looking forward to expanding their services and add new capabilities to remain competitive in the marketplace. HP’s Indigo portfolio, is fuelling the industry transformation from analog to digital printing by helping PSPs expand their range of applications and offerings to their customers, increase capacity and go after high-value applications; thereby achieving new levels of customer satisfaction,” said A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo & Inkjet Solutions, GSB, HP Inc India. “Today, we enjoy a strong base of installed HP Indigo machines in the country and have been able to achieve unprecedented print impressions in India in 2015 alone; a clear testament to the trust and acceptance of the HP Indigo printers with our customers.”

Also on display, the HP Indigo 7800 Digital Press helps PSPs manage colour easily, with automated colour management aided by an in-line spectrophotometer, eliminating the need for manual colour manipulations. Media fingerprinting, 3D colour calibration, spot colour refinement and other advanced colour management tools ensure accurate colour matching on a variety of substrates, colour consistency across presses and sites.

Along with the two Indigo presses, HP also showcased the HP Latex 360 Printer, HP DesignJet T3500 production MFP and HP DesignJet D5800 production printer. HP Latex 360 printer powered by third-generation, water-based HP Latex ink technology prints up to 978 sq ft/hr (91 sq m/hr) and increases application versatility, from a wide range of flexible coated and uncoated materials including textiles and double-sided banners.


Condot Systems turns up with turnkey solutions for variable data printing

Those in grim pursuit of innovative technologies for variable data printing must go to Condot Systems, one of the leading providers of unmatched solutions for the same. The company boasts of its widely acclaimed machineries engineered for product identification market, marking and batch coding, variable data printing, transport and vision systems, among which some were put up attractively on display at the recent PAMEX 2015 in Mumbai. Ever since its inception, Condot Systems has marked its footprints spreading all across the globe over the last two decades. “Our product portfolio consists of variable printing machines and accessories like integration kits as well as end-to-end solutions for vacuum mailing tables, desktop printer conveyors and feeders,” mentioned Vijay Kamat, GM-marketing, Condot Systems Pvt Ltd.

At the PAMEX 2015, Condot Systems demonstrated its range of products, showing the state-of-theart technologies and pulling a huge crowd to the technical competencies of the products. “Profiles of our customers are quite varied as we cater our products and services to diverse industrial clusters. Some of the main areas of our coverage include pharmaceutical, FMGC and packaging companies, where we have marked our presence with a proven track record in providing ready solutions available for applications like serialisations, repeat and random numbering, batch & bar coding, mail address, brand loyalty, track & trace solutions, etc.” said Vijay.

One of the key products from Condot Systems, HSAJET is based on HP inkjet technology and highly demanded among professionals engaging in printing variable data, batch codes, multiple dates and time formats, etc. On an average, around 3000 HSAJET printers are installed every year across the world. And Condot Systems is a technology partner of HSA/HP, representing Asia, Middle East and Africa. Vijay appreciated the organiser’s of PAMEX for making the show well organised to pull the right lot of trade visitors.

Beijing International Book Fair: a resounding success!

Held from August 26-30, 2015, Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) was a meeting ground for publishers from China and 82 different countries and regions around the world. The show was abuzz with activities on all five days and Print on Demand was one of the hot topics at the show. Here, Varsha Verma, associate editor, Print & Publishing brings a report. The 22nd Beijing International Book Fair was successfully held from August 26-30, 2015 at the China International Exhibition Centre (New Venue).

The statistics…

Spread over an exhibition area of 66,000 sq m, with 2,400 stands, featuring 2,302 publishing houses from not only the mainland China, but also from 82 different countries and regions. Approximately 3,00,000 titles were on display. Over 1,000 cultural events and seminars were held, which attracted more than 2,60,000 visitors to the fair. The rights deals signed at the fair numbered to 4,721, an 8.6 percent increase from last year.

Guest of honour country…

The United Arab Emirates was the country of honour this year, with an exhibition area of 1,000 sq m. The UAE invited its cultural institutions, publishers, and writers to attend the Fair, and held activities to enhance communication amongst publishing industry and writers. These included UAE culture, art and heritage photo gallery, film screening, henna hand art, Arabic calligraphy, crafts, etc.

Major highlights…

This year BIBF, for the first time, facilitated the Hall of International Children’s Publications (over 14,000 sq m) for children’s publishers from home and abroad. Besides, the Rights Trade Zone, the 1,500 sq m BIBF Picture Book Exhibition and the Illustration Exhibition were set in this hall. The new hall attracted over 40,000 children and parents during public days.

This year, BIBF continued to organise brand activities such as 2015 Beijing International Publishing Forum, BIBF Advanced Seminar on International Rights Trade, CLT-ELT Seminar, BIBF 10+10 Roundtable Meetings, and IDPF@BIBF International Digital Publishing Forum. Moreover, BIBF launched the first International Children’s Publishing Forum, Rights Managers’ Salon and the International Translation Grant Presentation. These activities contributed to enhancing communications between publishers from home and abroad.

9th Special Book Award of China

The 9th Special Book Awards of China was held at the Great Hall of People, Beijing. Established in 2005, it is a national-level award for foreign books that make great contributions introducing China and promoting Chinese culture and publications – it is awarded to foreign nationals, and Chinese nationals of foreign descent, working as authors, translators and publishers.

BIBF literature activities…

The show brought together a galaxy of writers, translators and artists from various countries and offered a reading retreat for literature fans. Over 50 renowned authors from China, Britain, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, etc participated in a series of activities like 2015 BIBF Literature Night, Introduction to New Books and Close to Reading. The activities were held in Writers Zone and offsite venues like One Way Space, Kubrick and Courtyard Institute and TrainspottingCulture Salon.

Print on Demand

At the show, there were a few companies showcasing their POD facilities. One such exhibitor was Xerox. According to Arie Levi, general manager, Xerox Impika Inkjet Solutions, Asia Pacific, Xerox started their operations in China in late 2014. “Many big publishers, with encouragement of Chinese government, have now begun to save cost (waste) and the market is now on a stage of looking at saving cost on printed material. We are in the process of getting an order for Xerox Impika soon,” he said.

CAPEXIL takes Indian contingent @ BIBF 2015

Book Division of CAPEXIL took a contingent of Indian printers and publishers at BIBF 2015. The CAPEXIL and NBT India stand was inaugurated by Vinod K Jacob, Counselor (Political), Embassy of India, Beijing. Siddharth Malik, second secretary, Embassy of India, Chaoyang District was also present on the occasion.

Since Ramesh K. Mittal, chairman, Book Publications & Printing Panel, CAPEXIL could not attend the fair due to immense work pressure, PG Bandhu, a veteran from the book trade, was entrusted the responsibility to lead the delegation of Indian printers and publishers.

Sunil Kumar, Executive Officer, CAPEXIL remarked, “CAPEXIL has taken this initiative for the first time at BIBF. We have brought 13 publishers who are looking for business opportunities. Mostly the response is good for the printers and publishers as BIBF is a good fair to be. A round table discussion has also been organized between Indian publishers, writers and Chinese writers and publishers at the Embassy of India.” Besides, CAPEXIL also facilitated and encouraged Indian trade visitors to the show.

The publishers to the show included CBS Publishers & Distributors, DS Publishers India, Future Books, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Pvt Ltd, Macaw Books, National Book Trust, India, Om Book International, Quixot Multimedia, Shivsagar Publishing, Sterling Pixels and Tara Books. Other exhibitors included RP Printers and National Handicraft Exports.


Preps on for ‘guest of honour country’ China @ NDWBF ‘16

China will be the guest of honour country at NDWBF 2016. Here, Wang Yuyan and Xiao Guanglu from Events and Media Department of China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) unfolds their plans for their participation, in conversation with Varsha Verma.

For the first time, China would be the guest of honour country at New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF). “We would not only focus on publishing but will have a plethora of other activities as well. “We will bring renowned Chinese authors to the show and will also arrange a picture exhibition,“ told Wang Yuyan and Xiao Guanglu at the beginning of the conversation.

On asking about the size of Chinese delegation to the fair, Wang Yuyan, director, Events and Media Department of CNPIEC, replied that we expect it to be a delegation of more than150 authors and publishers.

They are also collecting a book list, which may be over 5,000 titles for the show. “This will include titles on literature, history, tourism, picture books, Chinese culture, education, STM and digital,” Wang shared. “We hope Indian publishers would be interested in buying rights of such books,”added Xiao Guanglu, deputy director, Events and Media Department of CNPIEC.

Talking about the cultural events to be organised during the fair, Xiao informed that they will organise a great exhibition on China-India cultural contacts to unfold the friendship through the ages between the two countries. “There will be a tea show as well,” added Xiao.

Further talking about the two countries, Xiao remarked, “India and China are two important countries for global economy. We know about each other in different industries but publishing can bring together the cultures of these two countries.”

“We have a general impression that India publishing market share is increasing in educational and children publishing. While, in China, digital publishing is increasing at a rapid pace of 20 percent per annum, though we cannot compare it to the US. These e-books are more attractive to younger generation,” Xiao added.

Replying to a query on the kind of books Chinese publishers would be interested from India, Xiao replied, “We are looking for titles on current economy in India and the educational system. Also, India is strong in STM and literature, so these would obviously be on the top list.”

Paperex 2015 concludes successfully!

– E-commerce to boost demand for paper packaging industry

The 12th edition of Paperex exhibition and conference - Paperex 2015, was successfully held from November 1 – 4, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It is the largest conference organised in Asia for pulp and paper technology. Paperex conference brings together a highly focused and expert group of technology suppliers, internationally acclaimed scientists, academicians, research organisations and high profile delegates, industry captains, well known management personalities into one forum to share their experience, expertise and also to seek solutions to achieve sustained growth of the Indian Paper Industry.

The show was divided into six major zones - Specialty Technology & Services, Specialty Paper & Printing Pavilion, Tissueex, IPPTA Networking Lounge, Federation of Paper Traders Association of India (FPTA) Networking Lounge and Paperex Industry Networking Village.

The four day concurrent international conference on “Pulp & Paper Industry: Innovations - Need of the Hour” was organised by Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association.

As per the consensus views of majority of exhibitors, e-commerce boom will help paper industry to enter new phase of growth. With the increasing number of internet users and rising middle class in the society with higher disposable income has boosted the demand for paper packaging products in the shipment industry. This seems like it will continue on spurring the growth for the same. The Indian e-commerce market will be sized to $ 228 billion in 2030, according to Goldman Sachs estimates. That’s still below the size of the market today in China ($328 billion) and the U.S. ($281 billion), but close to ten times as large as India’s market is today. Indian e-commerce startups received $2.6 billion in funding in the first nine months of 2015, compared to $3.1 billion in all of 2014.

Trade experts are hinting that the industry is entering new phase of growth and paper packaging business will give much needed support to the industry. Speaking on the success of Paperex Exhibition, Gagan Sahani, director ITE India said that there were total 500 exhibitors from over 33 countries, including group participation from China, Finland, Taiwan, France and Germany. Most of the exhibitors are optimistic that the Indian paper industry is resorting to farm forestry for meeting its wood requirement; however, due to the long gestation period, the paper industry in India is yet to receive its full benefits. Thus, non wood based raw materials are increasingly becoming more popular in the paper industry in India. Having mapped with paper mill water use, companies are working to develop site specific plans at priority facilities that address additional efficiencies around water reuse and potential reduction. India’s consumption for paper will go up substantially in the medium term despite the digital creating a lot of buzz. Right now, per capita consumption of paper in the country is 9.8 kilograms as compared to 350 kilograms in the US, while global average is 58 kilograms.

The world’s largest paper exhibition organised by ITE India’s along with 12 trade bodies, has got tremendous response from both trade and general visitors. Paperex has confirmed that it is a reliable and tested platform to all connected with paper industry including, SME exporters, entrepreneurs and investors. Over 15,000 trade visitors attended the exhibition and learn about more technologies and positive eco-system.

Line O Matic @ Paperex 2015

Line O Matic marked its presence at Paperex with catalogues show with video presentation on their range of exercise notebook making machines and paper converting machinery.

The company has launched cut size sheeter (photo copy paper machine) model - CSS 100 with flying knife synchro cutting system, very heavy duty high capacity reel stand having robust construction with motorised track and trolley system for automatic reel loading and with upgraded double ream wrapping line including image printing having capacity of 100 ton production per day.

Now Line O Matic is having 4 models in cut size sheeter that is CSS 20, CSS 40, CSS 60 and CSS 100 with production capacity of 20 tones to 100 tones respectively.

Apart from cut size sheeter, Line O Matic fully automatic exercise book machine model – BOLT RB104 that can make staple pin type exercise notebook received staggering response from the market from its inception.

Overall exhibition was wonderful and company has received good number of inquiries.

It was also a good platform for the company to meet existing customers.

Quality business opportunities unpacked at PACK PRINT International 2015

Power-packed with conferences, seminars, one-stop packaging and printing consultations and presence of a horde of 14,615 visitors from 50 countries, PACK PRINT International 2015 held from August 26-29 at BITEC in Bangkok hovered quality business opportunities, reports PRINT & PUBLISHING editor SK Khurana. The 5th International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia (PACK PRINT International 2015) marked a successful showcase of products and technologies from 300 leading exhibitors from 20 countries. The specialist trade fair was represented by a broad mix of latest developments for printing and packaging supply chain. As strings of printers and machines covering broadly all areas were on display, visitors to the expo were thrilled to get hands-on experience of the latest in printing and packaging.

Collaboratively organised by The Thai Packaging Association, The Thai Printing Association and Messe Düsseldorf Asia, general sentiments on the success of the expo were reflected in the strong levels of exhibitor and buyer satisfaction. Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Düsseldorf Asia said, “We’re very heartened by the success of the exhibition, also in light of the recent safety and security concerns in Bangkok. On closing, we registered strong visitor numbers and significant sales transacted on the show floor – both of which validated the ‘pull’ factor of this world-class exhibition.”

Successful business network

The expo was propounded to be a common ground to numerous business transactions with leading companies, such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Konica Minolta, Takano Machinery, Heidelberg Graphics, Wanjin, Sansin, Superior Inkjet, among many others, reporting successful sales of their machines. For the first-timer like Wanjin, a specialist in print finishing solutions, they sold two machines by on the first day of the exhibition.

According to Korarit Jindatanon, PSB product marketing manager, Fuji Xerox (Thailand), they chose the expo as launch pad to introduce their Colour 1000i Press in Thailand as they were quite confident of quality regional audience the exhibition would draw. Similarly, for regular exhibitor HP, which had the largest digital printing booth at the expo this year, they highlighted their extensive fleet of game changers, specifically HP Latex printers and HP Indigo digital presses. Daniel Leong, business development manager, HP (Singapore) said, “The objective of our participation at PACK PRINT International was to showcase the latest Latex and Indigo technologies and others to the Thai market.” He added that the show was amazing as they had lots of visitors jamming around their booth with sales enquiries and leads.

Big industry player like Heidelberg Graphics, which announced its strategic partnership with Masterwork Machinery (MK), one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of die cutters, also secured several business transactions during the exhibition, including one to a new buyer – further paving the way for the company’s expansion plans into the Thai and regional market.

Consultancy Clinics

Geared up primarily to provide consultancy advice and business matching recommendations to packaging and printing companies, the two one-stop consultancy clinics organised by The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association received warm response from local and international companies alike. Chaivudhi Pungthong, president, The Thai Packaging Association, said the Packaging Clinic saw more than hundred companies comprising international firms, particularly suppliers from India, China and Latin America enquiring and sourcing for new packaging designs and materials.

Serving the needs of the market, the Printing Clinic received positive response and great interest from Indian and Chinese publishing companies looking for association with printing houses in Thailand. Pimnara Jiranithitnon, president, The Thai Printing Association, said, “Each segment has been represented at the clinic, with consultants from offset to digital printers offering advice and links to relevant local Thai printers. We are confident these engagements will spin off to greater trade prospects.”

Diverse trade visitors

All four days of the expo welcomed a diverse profiles of trade visitors from different industrial or market segments, such as printing and packaging domains, and others including vocational students from printing and design institutes/faculties as well as corporate groups, visiting delegations and industry associations from India, Vietnam, Philippines and Mauritius, for the first time this year. Preliminary statistics indicated that majority of the overseas visitors came from India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam.

Mentioned by Allan Driver, president of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (Mauritius), PACK PRINT International 2015 successfully showcased new printing technologies and was a great platform to explore possibilities for joint ventures and partnerships with Thailand and regional companies. The 21-group delegation representing printing and packaging SMEs in Mauritius were impressed by the expo’s line up, including the breadth of machinery and technology on display and how it suitably mirrored the leading global trade fairs like drupa and Interpack in Düsseldorf, though on a more regional context.

Enhanced next edition

“As an exhibition for the industry by the industry, PACK PRINT International is a platform dedicated to driving the industry forward in the region, and together with our partners, we are committed to developing the exhibition further through research and strategic partnerships, and to build upon the success of activities such as the one-stop consultancy packaging and printing clinics,” said Gernot Ringling adding that they as organisers look forward to an enhanced next edition of PACK PRINT International.

The next edition of PACK PRINT International will take place from September 20-23, 2017 at the same venue.

Seminars on perfect packaging

Stefan Glimm, executive director, Alufoil hosted a seminar on ‘Packaging Design Innovation and Technology’ in which he ticked some innovative packaging methods and technologies to save wastage while unpacking any packaged food item and the like. Picking up the example of Indian consumers who constantly lose net content of packaged pasteurised milks during pouring process, Stefan urged to develop correct and intelligent packaging processes to reduce the significant waste.Sector-specific seminars and conferences complemented the expo, attracting overwhelming response from participants. Crowd pullers were particularly the Food and Beverage Packaging Conference, organised by Food Focus Thailand and Kasetsart University and the Packaging Design Innovation and Technology Conference organised by The Thai Packaging Association and the European Aluminium Foil Association and Flexible Packaging Europe, which was held in conjunction with the Thai Pack Awards ceremony that saw leading Thai companies with their innovative product packaging being recognised for setting industry standards.

Dedicated pavilion for local printers

One-of-its-kind ever found in any printing expo, Thai Printing Association presented a unique and separate dedicated pavilion designed only for exhibitors who are local printers. The locally produced outputs and activities being put on display at the pavilion impressed more than a hundred of overseas visitors who showed keen interest in the exhibits.

Global traveller S VENKATARAMAN

Veteran industry stalwart S Venkataraman has his reasons of travelling the world over. He travels around neither for holidaying nor sightseeing but to attend printing expos, wherever it is, in any part of the globe to gain knowledge and pass it on to industry fellows. Recent PACK PRINT International 2015 in Bangkok was where Print & Publishing editor SK Khurana met him to chat over his life and works.

A dweller of three metropolitans, S Venkataraman was born on December 02, 1948 in Mumbai where he spent eleven years of his childhood before moving to New Delhi with his father who worked as engineer with a French company in the capital city. After schooling at DTEA School (Mandir Marg), Venkataraman graduated in English (H) from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Delhi University in 1972 and he further pursued a six-month course on PSS (Professional Selling Skills) in Chennai.

His exploration of different cityscapes in varied time periods has transformed him into a man of multilingual personality who knows six languages—Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Hindi and English. He can read, write and speak five of them fluently, except Malayalam that he falls short in writing. Venkataraman loves to be involved in humanitarian activities too; to point out an example: he has donated blood 20 times.

The first fulltime job of Venkataraman at Dynamic Engineering in Chennai had no connection to the printing industry. In 1978, he left the company that engaged in selling DIY (Do It Yourself) educational kits for school children. Soon after that, he joined Mototype India, a UK company, as a sales executive where he worked until 1984. Overall activities of the company revolved around selling of mono casters, plate making equipments, arc lamps, vertical cameras, printed circuit board (PCB) etching machines, perfect binders and others as it was a transition time of ushering in new innovations and phasing out mono-casters.

As his journey continued, Venkataraman worked with MSL Graphics in Chennai from 1984 to 1996. The company later changed its name from MSL Graphics to EAC Graphics and became quite popular in the market catering compugraphic photo typesetting machines and others like Muller Martini, Heidelberg, etc. He then worked for a couple of years at Monotype India until the company’s closure in 1998 following its acquisition by Jalan Group.

Venkataraman ventured into a brief partnership firm called Vignesh Associates with partner V Ganesh, selling Autoprint machines, Heidelberg spare parts, spray powder from Nikka (Japan) and PCS blades, before taking his final lap at Monoprint Equipment & Spares where he was involved from 2000 to 2013, dealing in various equipments and spares. Today, Venkataraman is fully retired from job; but his determination is still stuck to travelling and attending print expos around. As a life member of the Printing Technologists Forum (PTF), Chennai, he currently lives in the city with his mother and wife who is a state rank holder in MSc chemistry and now learning Sanskrit.

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