An Official Publication of
Indian Printing Packaging
and Allied Machinery
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 5-6
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Allied Machinery Manufacturers'
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A Word from
Economic Challenges and
Global recession General
From the Editor's Desk
Manufacturing Council Meet
Format Shifts in Offset Presses
Compromise-free plates – Part – I
IT Industry will recover
Graphic Arts Industry
Webs Roll on Workflow
Systems (P) Limited
Kodak India Pvt. Ltd.
Exhibitions, Exhibitions, &
Exhibitions Everywhere !!
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Indo Asia Machines
Shakti Udyog Ltd.:
16 Cover: A galore of innovations, for all segments
of printing / packaging devised, designed and
manufactured in India showcased in
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MEGTEC Systems India
ITC Launches Eco-friendly
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A Word from the President
conomic meltdown has effected us worldwide. We, in India have not escaped specially in the
Egraphic arts industry – though it came little late – newspaper industry got the major dent as the
total advertisement revenues have shrunk as corporate sectors and multinationals have reduced
advertisement budget from 209.57 million US$ to 137.75 million US$.
Indian Banks are now very cautious in releasing loans and are processing the same very slowly, the
outcome of which is total shortage of liquidity which in turn effecting total chain of business.
Currency fluctuation is another factor which is adding to confusion, uncertainty and anxiety which is
effecting the exports.
Our total exports in the year 2006-07 was 94.96 million US$ and in 2007-2008 it touched 90.09 million
US$ and in year 2008-09 it was 44.89 million US$. The decrease was due to international recession.
Looking at the brighter side I can say that Graphic Arts Industries growth is directly proportional with
literacy growth. Let me quote NPES/PRIMIR Survey report-“India is the world's fastest growing
market with a projected 73% rate of growth from 2006-2011…” India in the graphic arts industry is
equally making strong base and the world is looking on India's capability and capacity of designing and
manufacturing unique machines with international standards which could eventually convert in profit
IPAMA over the years have gained enough expertise to handle and organize international standard
exhibitions - as it has organized nine international exhibitions besides three domestic exhibitions.
In recently concluded exhibition PrintPack India – 2009 we got an overwhelming response which is
evident with the participation of 391 exhibitors who had handled business worth 95.76 million US$
during the exhibition days and are now filling in the serious business enquiries of 197.20 million US$.
Participant exhibitors showcased 47 recent innovations in all segments of printing, packaging and
We at IPAMA are ready for a collaboration for starting a research-cum-training centre at its new
building in Noida (which is under construction) on purely co-operative principle and exchange basis.
We have the infrastructure to start except we need a well-wisher's push to get going.
I thank you all to give me this opportunity to speak from my heart.
Thank you again.
Note: Excerpts from the address delivered at Global Print Meet at Beijing on May 13, 2009.
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and Global recession
General Secretary's Comments
ecause of world class machinery manufacturing activities which are cost-effective too – we in India
Bare taking this current economic challenge as routine. In the beginning of the Year 2009 we
organized an international exposition of the graphic arts machinery and allied products Printpack
India 2009 which was a tremendous and successful event.
We got an overwhelming response in participation and booked an area of 170056 Sq. Ft. We had 391
domestic and international participants in this exhibition with a turnover of 32000 business visitors.
Our exhibitors did business of Rs. 472 crores during the exhibition days and are filling the serious
business enquiries of Rs. 972 crores. Our participant member exhibitors showcased 47 recent
innovations in all segments of printing, packaging and converting.
We at Ipama are constantly and continuously keeping a watch on the international market, tracing
future soft markets for our members.
In the month of March-April 2009 we have observed that earlier 'hold-on' orders with our members
are being re-activated by the printers and budget allocations for the new or up-grade of equipments is
being re-allocated – this is an encouraging trend and we do keep our members posted of these
developments. Govt. of India's positive attitude towards Graphic Arts Machinery Manufacturers who
come under MSME scheme has given certain concessions in various taxes etc. and recent
announcement of reduction of Bank loan interest by Reserve Bank of India, and relief in excise duty has
also given a steady boost to our member manufacturers.
We believe that the international economic meltdown is going to ease soon may be in next three to
four months time – even US Treasury Secretary Mr. Timothy Geithner has announced immediately
after Group of seven meeting – “Without underestimating the challenges we still face, there are clear
signs that the pace of deterioration in economic activity and trade flow has eased.”
Note: Excerpts from the address delivered at Global Print Secretary General's Meeting in Beijing on May 13, 2009.
From the Editor's Desk
Although the present economic meltdown has thrown up
lots of opportunities intermingled with challenges–the
challenge of quality, well researched and devised machines
and other allied products manufactured in India. To maintain
the quality we have to train and upgrade our manpower in
their skills to the international standards – so that our
workforce skills and the machine fit in to the international
ILO forecast gives clear indication that global job losses due
to economic meltdown could hit almost 51 million and upto
30 million workers could become unemployed. Overall
India's export sector has already lost few lac jobs – specially
in the sectors of gems-jewellery, auto and textile – so far it
has reflected almost minimal in the graphic arts industry and
it was proved at the recently concluded mega show
Printpack India 2009.
The Indian printing industry is growing faster than the
country's economy GDP. However, with the global
economic meltdown 15 to 20 percent of business – when the
other sectors were hit, those sectors reduced spending on
print products and publicity. Whereas, in the area of printing
for packaging there is phenomenal growth of 17 percent vis-àvis
10 to 12 percent in commercial printing and 30 percent
for digital printing.
Industry experts have observed that – with the use of fast
moving consumer goods growing, international brands
coming in and pharmaceutical sector witnessing a
tremendous growth, the scope for package printing is
immense all over the country.
Inspite of domestic economic growth the fall in India's
exports on account of the global economic downturn is likely
to continue till about the end of the year. Exports, saw a
plunge of between 15 per cent and 33 per cent in the January
– March quarter of 2009, are likely to remain flat till the end
of the year according to the Export Import Bank of India
(Exim Bank). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
predicted that world merchandise trade will shrink 12 per
cent this year. Mr. T.C. Venkat Subramanian Chairman and
Managing Director of Exim Bank says “… we expect
exports to start looking up only by the end of this year”.
Keeping this scenario in view domestic graphic arts industry
has to continuously watch market situation and see how best
world-class graphic arts machinery can be offered on most
cost-effective prices not only to domestic users but to keep
on exploring requirements of overseas users as well.
Graphic arts industry has grown in technology and we are an
able match to the technology in the west – specially in web
offset presses and post-press machines and allied
equipments. We have capacity and capability to cater to the
needs of our domestic printing and packaging industry. At
the same time in some smaller towns printers still use
conventional methods for the printing as well as packaging –
whereas in metropolitan areas we are at par with the
No doubt money flow in the industry has slowed down but
government's firm economic policy has prompted banking
industry to be responsive to the industry needs either for
expansion or upgrading. Reserve Bank of India has cut the
repo rate – the rate at which banks borrow from the central
bank – by four percentage points to 5 percent in the last
In a recent meeting the President of Federation of Indian
Chamber of Commerce Mr. Harshpati Singhania said “…one
of the major challenges facing India Inc. today is availability of
capital at the right cost”. So let banks reduce interest rates to
the industry – growth will be back on well-greased wheels.
With the combined pressure of the industry and other
economic reasons besides Government of India's positive
attitude towards Capital Goods Engineering Manufacturing
industry and then Reserve Bank of India's declaration of
reduction in interest rates and excise duty has given
encouraging relief to the industry. On the international
scene – there are signs that the global down-turn in
economic activity is easing.
IPAMA's high-power team did visit Beijing to attend
GlobalPrint and AsiaPrint meet during Print China 2009
exhibition over there. IPAMA President and The General
Secretary presented their view points and we bring you
excerpts of their presentations over there. IPAMA is
constantly involved in the deliberations with CII organized
meetings and we bring you Highlights for Ensuring Growth of
the Indian Manufacturing sector Report of the Prime
Minister's Group. In the “Format shifts in Offset Presses”
how new models of presses offer formats that can set
printers apart and platforms open to value-added finishing.
From this issue we bring you all about Eco-friendly CTP and
conventional plates in two parts. Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan of
Infosys says that IT industry is all geared for normalcy by the
end 2009. “Short-run packaging…” article describes how
digital technologies enhance capabilities of conventional
packaging industry. In “Graphic Arts Industry Leaders…” of
post-press area we bring you views of some leaders about
economic-meltdown. In the article “Webs Roll on
Workflow” we highlight how latest workflow intelligence
drive smarter press operations – whereas we highlight how
the latest software loaded on new generation presses may
outsmart even the best operators. We are highlighting two
innovations exhibited during Printpack India 2009. Few
comments by our manufacturing members about frequent
exhibitions held here, there and everywhere. In Ipama News
we bring you pot-pourri of graphic arts industry from all over
the world. At the end we bring you a brief account of Global
Print and Asia Print.
Som Nath Sapru
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“Manufacturing Council Meet”
Ipama is constantly involved in the discussions with CII, FICCI and
FIEO and earnestly try to make a point in these fora to include in
their negotiations with various ministries at the Centre.
Ipama being the member of the Manufacturing Council of CII has
to attend all the meetings of this group – in the first meeting of
year 2009-10 on May 5, 2009 the Report of the Prime Minister's
Group's survey for the Measures for Ensuring Growth of the
Indian Manufacturing Sector was discussed and Ipama President
represented along with the CEO of Ipama. While discussing
Ipama President raised the issue that skill development and
vocational training should reach to villages where maximum
drop-outs from schools is a routine affair. This point was well
taken by all the Council Members.
The Prime Minister's Group survey which was headed by Dr. V
Krishnamurthy, Chairman NMCC (National Manufacturing
Competitive Council) basically focused on the following issues
which were concised by Dr. Arindam Bhattacharya of Boston
Group in a Presentation:
India manufacturing story so far
• Evolution of Indian manufacturing over the years
• Importance for the India economy
• Key drivers/ sources of competitiveness for India
• Major challenges/ hindrances for growth
Aspiration for India manufacturing and what does it
• Implications of 25% GDP share target
• Requirements in terms of investments, employability,
Driving India's manufacturing competitiveness – agenda
for the government
• Key policy measures that need to be taken
• Focus investment areas e.g. infrastructure
• Promoting development of industry clusters to build
Driving India's manufacturing competitiveness – agenda
• Positioning to benefit from globalising supply chains
• Riding the next wave of efficiency
Synthesis and summary of conclusions
The above points were discussed thoroughly and it was decided
that each individual association has to submit pre-budget
recommendations – we request you to send your valuable
suggestions in this regard.
We reproduce hereunder Report of The Prime Minister's Group
on Measures for Ensuring Growth of the Indian Manufacturing
Sector for you ready reference.
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Measures for Ensuring Growth of the Indian
Report of The Prime Minister's Group
A Prime Minister's Group was
constituted under Chairmanship of Dr V
Krishnamurthy, Chairman NMCC to
suggest measure for ensuring growth of
Indian manufacturing sector. The group
reviewed policies followed by successive
governments during the last two
The report submitted by the Group has
Dr. V Krishnamurthy
found the need for modifications or
additions to the policies and also
envisages a more dominant role for the private sector to push
manufacturing sector growth. The group further studied
policies followed by countries such as Korea, Taiwan,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and
China that posted high growth in manufacturing and found
some commonality in the approach followed by these
countries. These include the following:
1. Making robust growth of manufacturing central to the
2. Intervention by Governments through various policy
actions. Such actions were mostly focused on enabling the
manufacturing sector to face competition, especially from
3. Special attention to SMEs to make them competitive and
4. Ensuring involvement of industry in the process of policy
formulation and implementation.
5. Putting in place effective mechanisms for ensuring that
manufacturing growth and technology development
receive close attention and that timely and appropriate
actions are taken.
Given here is a summary of the Recommendations made by
the Prime Minister's Group.
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Recommendation 1 : Manufacturing Policy
The Group has submitted its recommendations in the form of
a report titled “Measures for Ensuring Growth of the Indian
Manufacturing sector”. The recommendations are focused on
giving a boost to India's manufacturing sector and suggest that
interventions required in the implementation should be the
• a participative process with involvement of stakeholders
in decision making
• well designed incentives and disincentives
• accountability and regulatory structures
The manufacturing policy should include:
• Make Domestic value addition the core endeavor of the
• Promote Clean technologies
• Promote employment intensive industries and high
• Make Macroeconomic Policies such as Monetary Policy,
Fiscal Policy, Foreign Trade Policy, Exchange Rate Policy,
FDI Policy in tune with the requirement of Manufacturing
• Outline the future role of the public sector
• Identification of the role of small scale industry in the growth
• Suggestions for improvement in the regulatory system
including procedural reforms
• Coordination with State Governments
Recommendation 2. : Interest rate and exchange rate
• Appropriate policies to ensure the outfall of stabilization
policies, including exchange rate variation on growth and
in particular on manufacturing growth, is moderated and
that the loss of competitiveness due to monetary actions
is offset adequately.
• A mechanism to ensure corrective actions are triggered
simultaneously must be put in place.
Recommendation 3 : Indirect Taxes and Domestic
• Total tax levels should be brought down to levels in
• Early introduction of combined Goods and Services Tax
• Domestic value addition should be the core guiding
• Necessary studies in this regard, for framing policies and
guidelines, should be initiated.
Recommendation 4 : Trade Policies
Institute mechanisms to
• Ensure impartial studies of the economic effects of
Agreements such as RTA, FTA etc.
Carryout mandatory periodic reviews to ascertain
whether intended benefits have accrued from these
Recommendation 5 : Technology Acquisition and
• Enunciate a clear policy to provide incentives for
acquisition of advanced technologies required for
strengthening India's technological capabilities.
• Give priority treatment in respect of the five strategic
sectors, namely Aerospace, Shipping, IT and Electronic
hardware, Capital Goods and Solar Energy.
• Create a Technology Acquisition Fund for use by Small
and Medium Industry.
• Re-examine the present policy of permitting 100 percent
subsidiaries of foreign companies in the manufacturing
• Set up a High level Technical Committee to:
– review the current FDI policy from the point of view of
transfer of technology.
– identify technologies needed by the country from
strategic point of view and where FDI is needed.
• Offset policies including the one under consideration in
the Commerce Ministry should mandate technology
transfer and appropriate organizational structures to
enable quick decision making.
• Facilitate commercialization of scientific advancement.
• Promote significant linkages through trade and
investment with technologically advanced countries.
• Strengthen science based institutions of higher learning
• Support entrepreneurship in frontier areas of Science and
• Emphasize cooperation among national universities,
research organizations as well as private sector under a
Comprehensive Technology Policy.
• Invest heavily in research in future technologies such as
nano manufacturing, solar and hydrogen technologies and
intelligent manufacturing technologies.
Recommendation 6 : Innovation
• Make substantial investments in R&D, building a skill base
and adopting new technologies.
• Develop and implement national priorities in innovation
• Roll out plan to improve the turnout of Ph.Ds in the long
Recommendation 7 : Regulations and Procedural
• Review existing regulations.
• Move decision making on most activities to independent
• Develop a statutory selection process for all regulators
both at the Central and State levels.
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• Constitute an Empowered Group of Ministers on the • Develop a long term vision in respect of shipbuilding.
lines of VAT Group to prioritize and persuade States to • Repeal the Urban Land Ceiling Act in States.
implement reforms in respect of specific laws and regulation.
• Make SEZs centers for domestic value addition, technology
absorption and dispersion.
• Set up Independent Commissions to follow up on the
suggestions of the Empowered Group.
• Consider SEZs to be economic zones with no fiscal concessions
but with world class infrastructure.
Recommendation 8 : Raw Material Acquisition of
Assets abroad by Indian companies
• Direct outward investments into purchase of raw material
• Have a centralized fund for acquisition of foreign companies/assets
in various sectors.
Recommendation 9 : Skill Development
• Create a National Skill Development Review Board – a full
time independent secretariat of exceptional quality for
• Place greater emphasis on vocational education at lower
levels and on technical & professional education at other
• Speed up the setting up of the proposed non-profit
National Skill Development Corporation in Public Private
Recommendation 10 : Small & Medium Scale Manufacturing
• Create on a high priority basis, a Technology Acquisition
Fund which would enable SMEs to acquire technologies.
• Create an appropriate mechanism to link up SMEs, Technology
providers and users of products.
• Prepare and publish a guide for new entrepreneurs on
Government rules and regulations for setting up businesses.
• Need for management and leadership development for
SMEs such as the Visionary SME Programme designed by
NMCC and CII.
Recommendation 11 : Public Sector Undertakings
• Enunciate a clear policy in respect of Public Sector's future
• Implement recommendations of the Adhoc Committee
constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arjun
Sengupta. The Committee submitted its report on administrative
and financial delegation of powers to PSEs in 2005.
• Government to provide necessary backing to PSEs to
undertake internal reforms.
Recommendation 12 : Infrastructure and Special Economic
• Increase spending on infrastructure to about 9 to 10 percent
of the GDP in the years ahead.
• Remove bottlenecks for setting up capacity immediately.
• Enhance capacity for production of power equipment in
• Step up investment in highways and railways.
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Recommendation 13 : Labour Reforms
• Implement recommendations of the Second National
Recommendation 14 : Industry Verticals
The Group identified two categories of industries:
Employment Intensive Industries –Textile & Garment,
Leather and Footwear, IT Hardware and Electronics and Food
Strategic Industries –Aerospace, Shipping, Capital Goods,
IT Hardware, Electronics and Solar Energy
• Support the following industries with focused attention:
o Machine Tool.
o Heavy Electrical Equipment.
o Heavy Transport, Earth Moving & Mining Equipments
o High Technology Equipments such as Telecommunication
Equipment & upper end IT and Electronic
• Abolish mega power policy benefits.
• Restrict capital subsidy under the Technology
Upgradation Scheme (TUFS) to sourcing from domestic
• Formulate a comprehensive set of policies to ensure that
the entire value chain of IT Hardware and Electronics
industry gets located in the country.
• Place manufacturing capacity for Solar systems related
equipment on high priority and the Solar Energy Mission
on par with Space Commission and Atomic Energy Commission.
Recommendation 15 : Coordination with State Governments
• State Governments to address vital areas such as taxation,
availability of land and other infrastructure requirements
such as water, electricity, implementation of regulatory
laws dealing with labour, environment etc, to bring
down transaction costs.
• Establish an appropriate Continuing Mechanism for coordination
between the Centre and States in respect of the
manufacturing sector. The mechanism should include
Centre, States, Industry and Academia.
Recommendation 16 : Continuing Mechanism
• NMCC or a set up of similar nature is required for effectively
following up on various recommendations. This
organization be placed under PMO.
–Source Confederation of Indian Industries
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Format Shifts in Offset Presses
Editors' Note: The newest presses offer formats that can set printers apart and platforms open to value-added
finishing – most of these prsses were showcased at IGAS 2007 and drupa 2008.
By Bill Esler
This was a banner year for announcements of re-engineered
sheetfed presses. From IGAS 07 in September 2007 in Tokyo
through drupa in June and Graph Expo in October, 2008,
printers have been treated to an unprecedented display of reenvisioned
sheetfed platforms. Advances include expanded
integration into electronic workflow; optimization of the
mechanics of sheet infeed, transfer and delivery; and resizing
of press formats. The sizing options in particular are moving
the industry from one-size-fits-all to more tailored dimensions
that are both more efficient in use of print area, and can
also help set printers apart from each other.
While the new press platforms have coincided with integration
of advanced electronics for the presses, the new mechanics
serve an added purpose: accepting specialized finishing
modules—coating and curing units, foilers, embossers—that
can be controlled from the console. These new platforms —
represented by the Speedmaster
XLs from Heidelberg, the HiPrint
from manroland, the LS and LSX
series from Komori—lay the foundation
for machines that can do
more than put ink on paper.
Along the way, presses have broken
away from the standard format
sizes. As early as 1994, the
manroland 300 pushed the envelope
for the 29´´ format. These
days the 23×29´´ “three-quarter
size” format offers all types of
Just as press formats are shape-shifting, they are also growing
into platforms for imparting ever more elaborate value-added
schemes. manroland initiated press-speed cold-foiling technology
with its introduction of the InlineFoiler Prindor. This
can be mounted into the 17,000-sph 700 and 18,000-sph 500
series models. Multicolor inline overprinting of foil provides a
wide range of design opportunities, as does inline coating with
dispersion or UV coatings, which manroland calls its “Value
Added Printing” strategy.
Manroland has also launched a unique sheetfed technology,
the DirectDrive Roland 700 press, which disengages from the
press drives and employs servo motors to allow job changeover
cycles on all units simultaneously.
After viewing a prototype at drupa 2004 and seeing the press
again in drupa 2008. “We were impressed with what we saw,”
says Greg Orlando, president of CFP. “It is a makeready monster
with much less paper waste compared to current technologies.
We did our ROI analysis and made our decision
rather soon thereafter.”
Plate cylinders and inking units are isolated temporarily from
the gear drive and driven by servo motors directly at the plate
cylinders. These directly driven plate cylinders permit all
printing plates to be changed simultaneously. Every printing
unit is also equipped with a fully automated plate changing
system so all plates can be changed in only one minute regardless
of the press configuration. Manroland calls it “Zero Time
Plate Change” since it takes place during the three to four
minutes needed for simultaneous washing of the impression
and blanket cylinders. The press also features electronic print
length correction, which lets the operator correct the print
length during production without adding or removing packing.
Foiling in three-quarters
After Komori debuted a redesigned Lithrone LS29 at Ipex in
2006, it brought out a specialized Extra Value Added version
for drupa, the LSX29 CF+C+E,
with inline cold foiling, UV coating
and inline embossing. The LSX29
Lithrone has 24×29´´ sheet size
w i t h a n i m a g e a r e a o f
23×29´´—12.5% larger than the LS
Ryobi has shown a unique foiling
system, which is situated at the
delivery end of the 750 series press
and relies on an LED UV fusing
process to fix the glue.
Heidelberg presented the
relaunched XL75 at drupa, built to
be customized with finishing
options such as UV coating, double coating units, cold foil
application with FoilStar, and the Duo press configuration,
where flexographic printing units precede the offset line for
laying down opaque inks or other special effects.
Heidelberg has also demonstrated on-press diecutting and
embossing on its Speedmaster 52. And it has adapted that
press train for another application: Anicolor keyless inking
system with two-drum ink train—each drum the size of the
plate cylinder—with an anilox ink fountain roller and conventional
wet dampening. Heidelberg refers to it as a “short train
inker.” More than 100 firms have installed this technology so
Because of the shortened ink train, black solids are usually
built with a rich black with this technology.
“You can see if you were doing just solids, that anilox pattern
is in the solid—so it is not ideal for that requirement,” says an
expert. The press is kept busy principally running 10- and 12pt.
coated one side and running it pretty hard.” Speed of
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makeready is pretty good. Another pleasant surprise is transition
of press operators from a Speedmaster 72. The press is so
easy to run—no ink keys. Ink density overall is controlled with
temperature, and that really works. There is actually a little bit
more range than we expected.”
More than forty inches
The standard 40´´ press has evolved to a 41´´ press or larger.
Akiyama has introduced a 16,000-sph eXtreme, a straight
press that debuted at IGAS 2007 and handles sheets up to
29.12×40.9´´. Also brand new is its full sized Mega Jprint, in 10color
configuration with a patented inline double coater. This
straight-through double-sided sheetfed, first seen at IGAS
2007, can also be specified as a 44´´ model.
At drupa 2008, Heidelberg showcased its Speedmaster XL
105P three-drum perfector, and its large format presses, the
Speedmaster XL 145 (41.73×57.09´´ sheet) and Speedmaster
XL 162 (47.24×63.78´´).
At drupa 2008 KBA showcased the 23×29´´ Rapida 75, said to
be aimed at the U.S. market, and the 41.75´´ 18,000 sph Rapida
106, as well as well as an upgraded version of its Rapida 105
41.33´´ press. UNIMAC Graphics, a $63 million firm in
Carlstadt, NJ, is the first U.S. printer to order the Rapida 106.
The 6-color press features hybrid UV capability, perfecting
after the second unit, can handle up to 48 pt. board, and has
extended delivery. The press is set up for high pile delivery,
26´´ above the floor.
“Rapida 75 gives minimum makeready time, maximum print
quality and unparalleled high-speed performance.” Automation
includes KBA DriveTronic, with dedicated drives and
simultaneous plate mounting system, as well as DriveTronic
feeder, with presetting capabilities, and sidelay-free infeed,
DriveTronic SIS. This means the substrates can be changed
from lightweight papers to heavy board, from plastic films to
corrugated, without adjusting any grippers. UNIMAC linked
the press through KBA's new independent consulting company,
KBA Complete, to a Hiflex Group MIS system to integrate
workflow and provide JDF connectivity.
Komori exhibited its 41´´ Lithrone SX at Graph Expo. First
demonstrated at drupa 08, and now in the final stages of presentation
before launch, mechanical enhancements on the
18,000 sph press accommodate a maximum sheet size of
29.5×41.3´´, and enhanced feeder and delivery for increased
sheet stability. A higher speed, fully automatic plate changer
with non-stop plate removal reduces changeover time. A highspeed
start function—it goes on impression at 12,000 sheets
per hour—reduces makeready waste to just 20 sheets, says
Advanced interface (AI) software can reduce job cycle times
up to 50%. The AI software has self-learning technology that
progressively updates press settings. As it refines the technology
on the LSX40 to go to market, many of the features shown
at Graph Expo are already available on the LS40 in a new
LS40Ai version. At Graph Expo 2008 at Chicago, Komori
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showed posters printed on a Lithrone S44. It is gauging interest
in larger size presses all over the world.
At drupa 2008, manroland debuted its largest perfector, the
47×64´´ Roland 900 XXL. The 900 XXL has four formats: 7
(112×162 cm), 7B (120×162 cm), 7B plus (126 ×162 cm) and 8
At Graph Expo, Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses showcased a
6-color plus coater version of its new Diamond V3000 series,
first introduced in September 2007 at IGAS in Japan. The press
accommodates paper, plastic and board up to 29.5× 41.3´´.
Key features include scratch-proof, smudge-proof transfer
and delivery skeleton cylinders, air showers above impression
cylinders, a gripper height adjustment device and an individual
air chamber at each printing unit. The new air management
systems are designed to prevent scratches and smudging when
printing on thick sheets. Redesigning the air hose arrangement
and reducing the number of air blowers has improved air control
Available as a tandem, perfector or straight press, the
V3000LX retains a seven o'clock cylinder arrangement with
double-diameter impression and transfer cylinders. Dozens of
mechanical improvements (e.g., lubrication-free gripper shaft
torsion bar and oil-less bearings on gripper shafts of impression
and transfer cylinders and a bender-less plate clamping
system) have been incorporated. Superplastic zinc alloy side
covers are pressure-formed to create more easily cleaned
contours and curves; they also shield out electromagnetic
waves, important for digitally controlled presses. Covers
feature spiffy LED beams so that operators recognize changes
in press unit status by the color and/or blinking interval of the
To speed changovers, the press uses SimulChanger, so printing
plates at all colors can be precision-mounted in just under
one minute. Premiering at Graph Expo was Diamond Color
Navigator color adjustment interface. It simplifies remotecontrolled
operations related to adjustments, such as register,
water fountain and ink fountain rotation speed and ductor
roller on/off timing. It also reduces dependence on the color
knowledge of press operators and eliminates complicated ink
key moves. Increases or decreases in ink density and color
balance adjustments are automatically implemented at all units
simultaneously through touch monitor input using a color
wheel. If an operator wants to increase red, for example, his
knowledge to add magenta and yellow and lower cyan creats
the required red.
Ryobi unveiled a prototype of an 8-up format 41´´ Model 1050
at IGAS in Tokyo in September 2007, where it also showcased
its inline UV casting and foiling options for the 6-up, threequarter
size 750 and an LED-UV curing with Panasonic lamps.
Highlighting the Sakurai exhibit atGraph Expo was a 575SDC
5-color offset press plus coater in the 6-up format size. The
press has a maximum print size of 31×23.12´´. The larger 596
has a maximum sheet size of 38.12×25.25´´.
—Courtesy Graphic Arts Monthly
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Compromise–free plates – Part I
It's easier than ever to go green in prepress as ecofriendly
plate technology steps up to conventional CTP benchmarks.
Printers implementing cleaner CTP technology report benefits
beyond environmental stewardship, including reduced
costs and more efficient production. And new ecofriendly
plates are eliminating drawbacks such as slower imaging and
shorter run lengths vs. conventional.
“This technology is getting better and better,” says a Senior
Executive of Heidelberg USA. “In the past, there was a performance
stigma around this technology,” he says, explaining that
the larger printing companies were less inclined to adopt
“green” CTP than the 2-up and 4-up market. “If you had a
platesetter that did 21 plates per hour with plates that
required chemistry, and then you went processless or chemfree,
you took a performance hit. That certainly kept some of
the big players out of the game.” Heidelberg and other vendors
now offer chemistry-free plates that image at normal
machine speeds and reduced chemistry plates that stand up to
very long runs. According to Cassino, the 8-up market is taking
Green CTP also is moving downstream to smaller format
shops. Following drupa 2008, Mark Baker-Homes, iCtP Business
Unit Director for Glunz & Jensen Elkwood, Virginia, USA,
noted that the majority of chemistry-free CTP solutions have
largely excluded smaller printers. With the launch of the company's
second-generation PlateWriter 2000, he said, “We
expect to ignite immense excitement amongst all small printing
companies and commercial print establishments who look
to invest in CTP and are keen to embrace the environmentally
Colleen Molkenbur, senior product manager for Mitsubishi
Imaging (MPM), Inc., Rye, New York, touts the environmental
benefits of polyester plates vs. aluminum. “Yes, polyester
plates are petroleum based, but like metal plates, they are
recyclable. And more importantly, the carbon footprint —
from production of the raw materials through the printer's
production of the imaged plate — is significantly smaller.”
With these developments and violet chemistry-free CTP
hitting the commercial print market this year, it seems there
will be an ecofriendly CTP alternative to every plate used in
any type of printing operation.
Editor's Note: Ecofriendly CTP matches conventional performance of the plates and besides being
ecofriendly these products are economical on production time.
By Denise Kapel
Agfa's ThermoFuse non-ablative plate technology is available
on a broad range of plates for various applications. A very thin
single-layer coating of aqueous solution physically bonds the
image to the plate without chemical processing.
The: Azura TS thermal, negative working plate for low- to
mid-volume commercial printing incorporates ThermoFuse
technology. Built on the original Agfa :Azura chemistry-free
plate, it features increased sensitivity and requires less laser
power, reportedly increasing throughput by up to 50%. It
images at up to 240 lpi and runs 100,000 impressions. The
plate requires a gumming process in a clean-out unit.
The reduced chemistry :Amigo plate brings the benefits of
ThermoFuse to higher run lengths — up to 200,000 unbaked
or 500,000 baked. It is a daylight working thermal plate that
delivers high-resolution plate performance, including stochastic
(FM) screening, as well as low chemistry usage and long
bath life. It can be imaged on any 830nm thermal platesetter.
Up to speed
Heidelberg's new Saphira Chemfree 101 negative working,
daylight-safe, anodized thermal plate features a higher spectral
sensitivity that enables it to be imaged at full or near-full speed
on all Suprasetters. The plate requires gumming in a small
clean-out unit, which is self-cleaning, uses no water and
requires a monthly gum change.
The Saphira Chemfree 101 plate is positioned as the perfect
combination with A52/A75 Suprasetter models, which have
been developed with the environment in mind. The power
consumption for these models is 1,000 watts — less than most
hair dryers. These equipments have a system that it's lasers
turn off when the platesetter is not in use, minimizing energy
usage. Much less chemistry is used in processing this plate.
Better coating for more contrast
“There also has been an improvement in the coating, providing
an even higher contrast plate,” says an an actual user “to
visually confirm that the plate has the correct information
before printing. Also, the plate can be measured by any standard
plate reading device.”
The Saphira Chemfree 101 plate, rated for up to 100,000
impressions, can be imaged at up to 200 lpi AM, 30 micron FM
or 250 lpi/20 micron hybrid. “In general, the manufacturer
promotes hybrid screening over any other type. It's easy for
the average printer to print, [because] you don't have to have
very strict process controls in your prepress and press areas.
You can be 'normal'. With FM screening, you've got to have
everything finely tuned in prepress and on press. Normally
with FM screening, you get shorter run lengths overall
because the spot size is so much smaller. So with chem-free
plates, it's more a case of the resolution of the plate itself. A
plate that can handle a 30 micron FM screen can still handle a
200 line AM screen. Most people today are printing 175 lpi,
and these plates can go up to 300 lpi with hybrid screening.
Many say that they wouldn't use FM screening — although it's
a good technology and it has its application — as the benchmark
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Reduced chemistry, better UV compatibility
Heidelberg's Saphira Thermoplate NA reduced chemistry
plate — using up to five times less chemistry — is recommended
for very high print volumes. The plate is rated for up
to 200,000 impressions (up to 500,000 baked) and offers
improved compatibility with UV inks. “If a plate can be baked,
then you can use it for UV applications,” says an expert. “The
ink is very abrasive and also the stock that you print on is usually
coarser, and that breaks down the plate quicker. Without
baking, some plates cannot handle any UV printing whatsoever.
Others can do short-run UV — 20,000 or 30,000
impressions — and if baked, up into the hundreds of thousands.”
Quality, speed & price
“Processless plates were a no-brainer for us from the very
beginning because of the savings,” says a commercial printer
based in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Fujifilm's Ecomaxx-T thermal processless plates enabled a
New York based printer to make the leap from film-based
imaging to the latest CTP technology. “Our workflow has
changed drastically,” he says. “The processless plates are a
little bit more expensive, but we're saving enough with them
to outrun the difference. We went from three positions down
to two, and that's helped us stay competitive.”
Compatible with most thermal (830nm) platesetters, the
daylight-safe Ecomaxx-T requires low imaging power that
results in the same plate production speed as conventional
thermal. It is a non-ablative plate that images at 200 lpi AM or
300 lpi FM/hybrid and supports run lengths up to 100,000
impressions. It carries a latent image with contrast, allowing
visual inspection after imaging. On press, its MultiGrain technology
enables the plate to carry ink and fountain solution
quickly, hitting full production within a similar number of
waste sheets to conventional plates.
Mr. Anderson an experienced printer was surprised to find
the new plate enabled faster makeready, getting up to color in
10-15 sheets instead of their previous standard, 100-200
sheets. “[That was] just a golden nugget we discovered once
everything was in place,” he says.
Fujifilm also offers the daylight handling Brillia HD processless
thermal plate. It supports run lengths up to 100,000 impressions
and offers 200 lpi AM or 300 lpi hybrid/FM resolution.
The newest addition to Fujifilm's CTP family is the 2-up to 8-up
Javelin 8800 series, introduced at Graph Expo 08 in Chicago,
USA. The Javelin 8800ZX can image 51 plates/hr.; the Javelin
8800E images 24 plates/hr.; the Javelin 8800S images 32
plates/hr.; and the Javelin 8800Z images 42 plates/hr. The E
and S models can be upgraded in the field.
Smooth sailing 48Hourprint.com in Tempe, Arizona, USA is a
short-run printer with two facilities and 85 employees generating
$25 million per year. The company recently switched
from chemistry-free CTP to Kodak's Thermal Direct Non
Process Plate. It develops on press, eliminating the costs associated
with standalone processors. The plate is compatible
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with standard thermal CTP platesetters and a wide range of
inks and fountain solutions. It can be handled before and after
imaging safely for up to 1 hour under white light and 4 hours
under yellow light. It offers up to 200 lpi AM or 25 micron FM
resolution and supports run lengths up to 100,000 impressions.
“We image the plates using standard AM screening at 200 lpi,
they go straight to the press and we do a normal rollup,” says
Mr. Glenn Kacsh, Vice President of manufacturing for
Kacsh says staff concerns posed the biggest challenge when
implementing processless CTP. “People tend to have preconceived
notions, such as, 'I don't want all that junk in my
fountain solution.' We had a conference call with Kodak and
they gave us a lot more information.” In the end,
48Hourprint's press operators found absolutely no changes
were required on press.
“The only weakness to the plates is that they scratch easily,”
Kacsh notes. “You do have to be careful in handling, so there
was a learning curve. But as far as startup and printability goes,
we never saw any issues with it.”
Kodak's PF-N Non Process Plate for newspaper applications
also develops on press, eliminating the need for a plate processor
or chemistry, thus reducing environmental impact.
—Courtesy American Printer
IT Industry will recover Early 2010
Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO
Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director of
Infosys, one of India's IT giant, said in a statement – “…we are
expecting IT industry to recover by late 2009 or early 2010.”
The IT industry which is reeling under the impact of global
meltdown is expected to come back on its normal track by
early next year. Mr. Gopalkrishnan said that inspite of gloomy
economic scenario we did very minor trimming in our manpower
– which was basically adjusted with retirements,
golden handshakes etc. and I wo'nt call it lay offs. He is of firm
belief that IT industry will see soon silver line behind economic
Each employee of Infosys Technologies is worth as much as
97 Lakh, based on the potential value of their future earnings
for the company.
According to the company's annual report the human
resources value of Rs. 1,02,133 crore during fiscal 2009 is for
1,04,850 employees during the same period. On an average,
the same translates into a value of about Rs. 97 lakh for each
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Digital Technologies Enhance Capabilities
Editor's Note: Odyssey's new digital press keeps the package printer at the forefront of custom-carton converting success.
Digital is making inroads in Packaging industry at fast pace.
By Natalie Hasselbacher
Since opening its doors in 1996, Odyssey Digital Printing has
seen demand for short runs appear, disappear, then reappear
and grow significantly.
“The desktop laser
printer has taken a lot
of the short-run printing
explains Odyssey president
“Where we may have
done 300 copies of a
brochure in the past;
that's all being done
in-house by most companies
The Tulsa, OK, commercial
printer, which started
out with three partners,
a Xeikon digital
press and a willingness
to do business
with anyone, has since evolved into more than just a print
shop. Through the integration of converting and finishing with
digital printing, Odyssey found a new direction, primarily in
wide-format, point-of-purchase (POP) work and some packaging.
Tripling in size, the company relocated to a more spacious
33,000-sq-ft facility in 2002.
“We can do more than just print something,” says Roberds.
“We do a lot of laminating and die-cutting. Many companies
don't build those capabilities into their color-laser operation.”
By installing its first official packaging press, a Xeikon 50SD in
May 2002, Odyssey entered the package-printing world and
soon established a relationship with Acushnet Golf, reportedly
the largest manufacturer of golf equipment in the world.
“When we started doing business with them, they had about
50 percent of the total golf ball market,” Roberds adds.
At the time, Acushnet also had nearly 75 percent of the customlogo
golf ball market. Its minimum order was 1,000 “dozen”
boxes (each holding four sleeves of three balls). “That's a lot of
golf balls,” jokes Roberds. “Their minimum is now 24 'dozen'
boxes with us. It has become a good opportunity.”
A particular brand offers customized golf-ball cartons with a
photo of a golf course's signature hole – in short each
Ballabgarh can be individualized or a golfer's favorite hole.
With a steady flow of these kinds of orders, an organized,
automated workflow is crucial. Acushnet's art staff designs the
templates and builds its own files that Odyssey receives over
“The templates come laid out the way final product is required
and all one has to do is send them to the printer.”
A year ago, new prospect Yankee Candle triggered Odyssey's
latest follow-up with Xeikon America. Last May, Yankee
Candle's demands called for a new fourth press. Along the
way, in 2005, Odyssey had purchased its third Xeikon—a
5000 system, but since then, it became “three generations old
in terms of technology,” says Roberds.
“We needed a new packaging machine. What really stood out
for us in the new Xeikon 3300 is two steps beyond where our
5000 was in 2005.” The reworked technology that provides
1,200-dpi versus 600-dpi print resolution created
new business opportunities for Odyssey.
“I don't think we would do much business with Yankee Candle
if we didn't have 1,200 dpi,” he says. “Many prospects would
see the work, and it just wasn't quite crisp enough and they
would decide they didn't want to do it.”
Odyssey is quick to point out that although the Xeikon 3300
was demonstrated as a label printer at Labelexpo Americas
2008 [where the company made the purchase], it has
alternative plans for now. Its primary focus is folding cartons.
“The goal is to put a box on the shelf next to a conventionally
printed box and the consumer can't tell the difference,” says
Odyssey vp Jan Fairless. “There's no way we could have done
that with the old printer. Eventually, we would like to do fill-in
production lines and test new products. We aren't there yet
and probably won't be for another six to eight months.”
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At Odyssey, creating personalized, short-run cartons for
Titleist custom golf balls starts with the Xeikon 3300. The
digital press uses dry-toner electrophotography. Its advanced
imaging head has one calibrated LED spaced every 21 microns
across the web width, resulting in sharp and crisp details,
Xeikon says. The printed material then goes through an
offline, integrated, rollfed, UV-coating machine also from
Xeikon that applies a protective layer. Following coating, the
boxes are die-cut with a Preco Industries Series III roll-fed
die-cutter that uses a “floating” metal die to score and cut
packages from the web. Rapid turnarounds are achieved with
die changeovers that take only 2 min. Finally, the carton blanks
are finished on a small-scale, proprietary folder/gluer. Finding
equipment for running small quantities initially presented a
struggle for Odyssey.
Curing converting hassles
“Converting short-run output was a big challenge because up
until digital printing
came out, most box production
was done in very
l a r g e q u a n t i t i e s , ”
Roberds explains. “With
a minimum order now of
24 pieces, we have to
have the ability to do
eight to 10 different die
setups in one day's
worth of printing.”
“The printing technology
is there,” adds
Fairless. “The coating
technology is there, but
the folding and gluing
equipment continues to
pose a challenge for us.”
Today, cost-effective converting of short-run packaging is
giving end-user companies a chance to separate themselves
from their competition through custom designs at more
“People have started to see the value in short-run packaging,”
Fairless says. “Being able to do different versions and
customizing are letting people apply the available technology
to their own businesses. Titleist was way ahead because they
had a need for custom boxes. If it hadn't been for Titleist, our
packaging business might be next to nothing.”
Digital labels and more
More than a dozen suppliers demonstrated digital-printing and
finishing systems at Labelexpo. Some of those units remain
prototypes, for others, the future of digital package printing is
Flexible Express, a digital-print operation dedicated to flexible
packaging, is the idea behind Foster Packaging's investment
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in an HP Indigo ws4500 press from Hewlett-Packard.
Xante Corp. recently donated a DP 8500 printer to
California Polytechnic State University's graphics
communications department for label/tag work. “It's
important that colleges and universities have access to stateof-the
art technology because their students will one day drive
the industry's growth and innovation,” says Tim Sykes, a
senior executive of, sales/marketing, for Degrava Systems.
U.K.-based Commercial Label Products added the Jetrion
4000 from EFI to stay competitive in the short-run label
market by eliminating the plate die costs.
–Courtsey Graphic Arts Monthly
Graphic Arts Industry Leaders say:
1. Mr. Sajith, Senior Executive of Welbound has to say that
there is over-all growth in post-press machine
manufacturing sector and he claims that compared to year
2007 – year 2008 and first quarter of 2009 showed a clear
growth of 25%.
No doubt there are some hold-ons to orders from
overseas buyers – but our domestic requirement of postpress
equipment has increased appreciably.
2. Mr. N.S. Manku, Chief Executive, Joy D-zign Engineers
Pvt. Ltd. was very candid and emphatic that the meltdown
has definitely slowed down overseas orders – but I do see a
growing growth of about 10% in the Post - press sector and
recent reduction in bank interest and excise has yet to
show its impact – may be it will take another 2 – 3 months.
3. Mr. K.S. Khurana, Chief Executive, Five Star Printing
Machinery Co. has to say that Amritsar and surrounding
areas turnover is 300 crores out of which about 50 crores
Since there is a visible growth in book production area
which has directly reflected on post-press manufacturing
Most of post-press manufacturers have lately branched -
out in the manufacturing of corrugated and packaging
machine manufacturing – and there is a very receptive
market for these machines.
4. Mr. Rajat Jain of Numero Graphics feels that the
meltdown has definitely reflected in his operations – but he
thinks that there are lots more enquiries in last six months
time – but he finds there is overall growth in post-press
area – customers are upgrading their machines – but new
orders have slowed down.
5. Mr. Abhay Dutta, Chief Executive U.V. Graphic said that
no doubt economic - meltdown has hit us but the punch
was not so hard as in western countries – orders have
slowed-down – but looks like economy will bounce-back
and flourish by the end of this fiscal year.
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Webs Roll on Workflow
Editor's Note: Workflow intelligence drives smarter press operations at Creel, and has considerably enhanced the product
quality and gives enough time to print-buyer to creat an efficient workflow to the printer.
By Roger Ynostroza
Improvements in the operation of massive press lines increasingly
come from workflow. That's been the case at Creel Printing
Co., where a technical presentation on a workflow application
quickly made apparent the potential for a better process.
"We realized within 15 minutes that this wasn't just a better
page-workflow system for us as printers, but a value-add solution,"
says Chris Evans, VP premedia and customer solutions
for the Las Vegas-based web printing firm. Evans saw in the
system a tool allowing customers to "streamline their page
processing, while creating an immediate
benefit for both of us in terms
of quality and throughput."
The efficiencies of the workflow
"have reduced our production
time—a gain we choose to give back
to our customers so they have more
selling time for ads or more graphic
production time in their facility,
without moving our original ship
date of their project." Evans says the
application, made by Dalim, elimin
a t e d t h e n e e d f o r C r e e l t o m a n a g e f i l e
preflighting—customers initiate that instead as a step in file
uploading. This, in turn, lets Creel "step up our own page
throughput by five or six times, all while improving print quality
and form compatibility."
Creel operates two plants in Las Vegas and a third 275 miles
away in Costa Mesa, CA. The latest and main plant, opened in
2004 in Las Vegas, encompasses 250,000 sq.ft. This location
handles data processing and color management remotely to
the other plants, transmitting ink and data files via point-topoint
Typical national clients include Sony, and Greenspun Media
Group, a national publisher of locally targeted lifestyle magazines
such as Aspen Peak, Bar Harbour, Gotham, Hamptons, and
Michigan Avenue, as well as numerous business publications.
Last year Evans and his team were finalizing selection of a frontend
system to accelerate Creel's cycle time and increase plate
production. "We were literally a week away from choosing a
respectable, well-known page-workflow system," he says.
When a couple of guys from Blanchard Systems, Dalim's distributor,
stopped by for a quick briefing, "The clear customer
benefit just jumped out," says Evans. "I thought, now here's
something that will help us and our customers."
The system, which the printer has adapted and branded as
"CIPS," for Creel Interactive Publishing Solution, includes
enhanced customer software for file submission, along with
customizable solutions and workflows such as
uploadmyad.com, which can be tailored by Creel for its clients.
"Fortunately, we have a lot of programming expertise on staff
so our IT people work directly with our clients' IT people to
ensure the proper file management and system structures are
in place," says Evans.
Creel's CIPS system is also compatible with existing creative
workflow solutions, such as Kodak's InSite system for soft proofing
and approval, if customers want to stay with established or
familiar processes. Dalim's Mistral and Twist software, says
Evans, form the backbone of CIPS, letting clients see live publication
impositions ("virtual digital
books"), giving them the ability to
manage ads and pages, including flexibility
to make corrections, resubmit
pages, change page positions, and
make approvals at the last minute.
"A key to great production on press,
along with CIP4 technology and ICC
profiles, is our use of Co-Rés
advanced screening technology
from Fuji, which produces the highdefinition
print quality that literally
delights our customers," says Evans. Creel uses Oris digital
proofs from CGS Publishing to profile its systems from monitor
to inkjet proof and on to the press equipment.
To do so, says Evans, color specialists create ICC profiles based
on SWOP and GRACoL color specifications, which Creel
manages using closed-loop CIP4 ink data files for all its presses,
including two Komori sheetfeds, and Goss and manroland
webs. Thus prepared, Creel pressroom personnel are able to
produce accurate and predictable color from monitor to the
press equipment. This year, Creel is installing its third Goss
Sunday 2000 web press at its main Las Vegas facility, an 8-unit,
two-web system with 57" web width, with Goss pinless combination
In 2007, it added a Goss Magnum 4 single-width 4-page newspaper
press, with eight four-high towers at its original Las Vegas
location. Creel installed its first Sunday 2000 in 2003 and added
a second 2000 two years later; both are in the main plant.
Creel's CIPS technology with ad submission capabilities, plus
providing other services such as online digital editions,
retouching, design, layout, secure data storage, advanced CTP
and screening, and the imminent G7 Master Printer certification.
"The result is a unique value-add production solution for
our customers," says Evans. "In an equipment-centered industry
like printing, innovative software and technical skills have
now dissolved the old 'I print; you publish' relationship by creating
a new working partnership involving Creel and our customers,
to the benefit of both parties."
—Courtsey Graphic Arts Monthly
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Editor's Note: Brains built into the next generation offset presses may outsmart even the best operators. Here's why: As printing
presses gain in capability, they also become more complex to operate. Longer, faster and more automated, presses today are smarter.
Seated in the console is an active intellect that can coordinate smarts from all over the plant.
By Roger Ynostroza
Software developers and
process analysts make up
sheetfed printers' newest
support team. Today their
programming expertise is
blended with the engineering
skills of product developers,
and prepress, to be sure,
but expanding a network
that extends all the way to
the business office, sometimes
even as far as a sales
person's Blackberry. Its
impact is especially powerful
when viewed from the
vantage of the pressroom.
Here smarter presses not
only take digital directives, but as they learn on the job, even
give orders to operators.
"Just when conventional wisdom says we've all taken sheetfed
development to the end of the road, along comes this new way
of thinking and new wave of artificial intelligence that open
unimagined paths, way beyond what we thought was a fixed horizon,"
says Doug Schardt, sheetfed product manager of Komori
"The new benefits aren't incremental, but dramatic: first-pull
accuracy and minimal waste, regardless of stock, ink, or press
environment. This new technology gets jobs underway very
quickly, plus it keeps the press in 'like new' condition over time."
In leapfrogging the usual step-wise approach to press development—say,
sharpening mechanical routines to take 100
makeready sheets down to 85 or 80—technologists were key
to development of a new generation of sheetfeds that lead in
print efficiency and quality. The end game: closing the press gap
on recent dramatic advances in prepress, page workflow and
Presets advance to smart software
Since job changeover and press makeready are the most important
targets, new control systems are designed to be selflearning—intelligent—so
that they can recall consolecontrolled
press presets, i.e., preferred operator settings, as a
starting point for specific repeat or successive jobs.
Self-learning systems compress job startup, receiving data from
MIS systems in JDF format to ensure matching of CIP3/4 files
from prepress, reading plate codes to confirm correct
sequence, and presetting feeder and ink-key curve settings.
These advances minimize the delays and operator efforts of
walking back and forth from the console to each press station to
During the run, intelligent systems ensure repeatable printing to
a target sample. Some systems use cameras to scan printed
sheets at speed to ensure that color values comply with target
densities set up in advance. Software modules can encompass
estimating and planning, as well as automation of work
Some advanced systems link up press and peripheral equipment
with sales and procurement departments, while other
approaches can be set up to track parts replacement, diagnostics,
and maintenance schedules. Industry technologist groups
have recognized intelligent systems.
Still, manufacturers confide that intelligent press systems are so
new and innovative that actual user feedback is scarce thus far.
Printers around the country who've adopted these systems are
only now exploring the benefits of using self-learning software
systems on an everyday basis. "But in a few years," says one
press manufacturer's Product Manager, "printers will wonder
how they ever ran without smart software."
One example is Intellistart, debuted by Heidelberg at drupa
2008 for all its Speedmasters equipped with the Prinect Press
Center console. It features automation software designed to
reduce job changeover time and cut errors by telling operators
the shortest sequence to start-up. For operators, the new, standard
feature means that starting up a new job saves shoe soles,
with fewer walks around the press—methodically moving from
console to delivery with sequential stops at all units along the
way to the feeder—instead of the customary four or more
round-trips. The savings: up to 70% fewer steps and trips
between the control console
and the press. The reduction in
walking translates to 8% more
out put, and commensurate
gain in capacity.
"The Intellistart wizard analyzes
settings from the current
job, evaluates the next job to
determine if those settings
need to be changed," says an
executive of Heidelberg USA.
"At all times, the operator can
accept or reject the software
then works through five setup stages—job, printing material,
paper run, ink unit settings, and color allocation—before com-
IPAMA BULLETIN KNOWLEDGE BANK
mencing a given job and completing it. If the next job requires
only a change of plates, the software directs that operation.
"Intellistart never takes over control of the press from the operator.
"But it does slash job setup steps, typically from 16 to just
five." Speedmasters are often ordered with automation boosting
Prinect Inpress Control, an inline spectrophotometric color
Quite a number of printers in the U.S. have combined
Intellistart and Prinect Inpress to cut makeready to 250 to 300
sheets, and in some cases even to less than 200 sheets.
Intellistart can incorporate Heidelberg's ColorAssistant option.
Its self-learning feature quickly accumulates value, getting better
as it's used. "The software remembers an operator's actions,
say, six pulls of 150 sheets each to reach a certain density," says
an actual user. "For the next similar job, it compresses the number
of pulls so that the job is nearly dead-on much more
Millennium Press, Agawam, Massachusetts, became the first
U.S. Intellistart user when it installed a 6-color plus coater
beta version of an advanced CD74 press that evolved into Heidelberg's
XL75 unveiled at drupa 2008.
"We have a full MIS-connected, JDF-based Prinect workflow. So
when we pull up a job
number on the XL75
console, there's automatic
loading of material
plus entry of size,
thickness, and all settings,"
the owner of Millennium
"We also have Prinect
Inpress so selecting
'gloss,' 'matte,' or 'uncoated'
and color, along with
heater settings if necessary. Inpress collects settings for
reprints, updating any revises for an exact job match later."
First press of its type
In the U.S. since late 2008, Unimac Graphics has been operating
first new-generation, fast-makeready 6-color 41? KBA
Rapida 106 perfector in its Carlstadt, NJ plant, printing commercial
and carton work on special substrates (foil, Mylar, vinyl)
at up to 18,000 sph straight, 15,000 sph perfecting.
"This fully automated press is completely JDF-based, so all jobs
are read for operator presets, which means that makeready
takes 10 minutes, maybe 15, including mounting plates and making
all adjustments," says Unimac spokesman. "Our crews love
the automation features, the predictability from job to job, and
the versatility of perfecting up to 28-pt. paper and up to 40-pt.
board [single side] on the same machine, with full sheet control."
KBA Inline Color Control is configured to set up target densities
of print images, which the press then adopts to as a standard
to match. During the run, the control system reads every sheet
at full speed, then controls the color units of the press to hold
to that target, ensuring sheets comply to tight, predetermined
KBA's on-press Qualitronic unit, performs image inspection to
a reference sheet, then to the entire run, even across a 100,000sheet
run. Qualitronic can be programmed to a minimal defect
range or standard; if printing results fall outside these parameters,
a signal alerts or beckons the press operator.
An off-press module, KBA's Logotronic Professional system,
evaluates the prepress to press interface to match CIP3/4 files
from prepress, throughout platemaking, to match the file to the
job. The outcome is sent to the press to open and set ink keys
as required. Another KBA capability Travis points out is the Pile
Identifier. It keeps track of the height of the delivery pile; when
the stack of sheets reaches the full height, the unit is programmed
to print out a sheet showing the job ticket and the pile
number, which is placed atop the stack. This simple inventory
control system tracks skids on long runs.
Komori's latest Lithrones, equipped with KHS-AI (Advanced
Integration) programs, come equipped with console-controlled
presets and softwarebased
the press system
to modify its inking
tables based on changi
n g c o n d itions—accounting
r o l l e r w e a r ,
etc.—keeps inking accuracy
in "like-new" condition
for first pulls. Likewise,
air system presets
are generalized, based
on actual stock being used—bypassing limits of simply saving
one job's settings. Every time that stock is specified for any job,
the press knows how to preset for it.
Meanwhile, console-controlled presets for lateral and circumferential
register, plus sheet cocking and fanout, minimize
the need for manual adjustments. Thus, notes Schardt, before
feeding sheets, operators can get the press up to 12,000 sph to
achieve ink and water balance for stable color, then print to stable
color in about 20 total sheets, dramatically less than the 100
to 200 norm.
Self-learning also permits "smart feedback," intelligent adjustment
at the console of all inking variables for a color change, and
"smart sequence," the time-saving ability—for up to 10
jobs—to pre-programme tasks in sequence to minimize
changeover delays. Along with tracking daily job setup, notes
Schardt, programs can track parts replacement and do maintenance
QuickChange Color from manroland is another example of an
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intelligent sheetfed application. Self-learning software takes manual
position corrections to the ink slides into account for future
set-ups. QuickChange Color uses the information to provide a
re-start sequence that reduces substrate waste, but also has flexible
ink flow control. This enables the printer to choose
between normal ink distribution, or more to the front of the
sheet, or more to the rear. QuickChange is one of several systems
integrated to manroland printnet.
One can use printnet software to network number of manroland
presses, and can give combined command for makereadies and ink
adjustments. Faster makereadies leads the list of benefits. The
printnet workflow solution uses automated work sequences,
ClosedLoop control systems, for higher operating reliability and
integrating order production processing to the business operations.
The system provides for automatic transfer of JDF job data from
an MIS system to the manroland system, which makes necessary
information available immediately. For companies not yet ready
for JDF integration, manroland's printnet allows for a simple job
entry, with dynamic selection of production settings. This creates
a job completely ready to start makeready on press in 45 seconds.
Intelligent press control
For Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses, the next-generation
DiamondLink III intelligent press control system features a Windows-based
platform accessed from the main COMRAC press
console and other terminals. The system, which permits realtime
monitoring and production control for Diamond series
sheetfed and web presses, controls makeready tasks, print production,
quality, and press monitor/fault diagnosis, and facilitates
This smart-press ensures press compatibility. Prepress data fed
from any CIP4-compliant front-end system allows operators to
digitally control and integrate manufacturing from prepress
through press. Data from the Diamond Color Navigator color
adjustment system are transmitted to individual ink keys via
DiamondLink III. MAX-net, an intelligent press satellite system,
networks a plant's Mitsubishi presses and peripheral equipment,
including sales, procurement, production control, and prepress.
PressLink, which manages press pre-settings, remote control
adjustments, and automated systems through the COMRAC
touch panel, controls ink key settings and fountain roller speed,
dampening systems, sheet size, press speed, and feeder and
ColorLink, connected to the RIP in prepress, allows prepress
data to be used to set ink keys quickly and precisely. In addition,
Quick Start Inking optimizes ink volume for the best density at
startup, and Smart Print End automatically stops ink supply to
ink rollers at the end of a job while presetting the next job.
Finally, for jobs on press, Diamond Color Navigator displays a
low-res image of the job and the ink key zones to be adjusted for
the color match on an upper touch-monitor, while a lower monitor
is available for inputting actual adjustments and transmitting
the moves to printing units. Required color adjustments are
transmitted to individual ink keys via Diamond Link III.
--Courtesly Graphic Arts Monthly
MAY-JUNE 2009 18
During Printpack India 2009 there was a galore of exhibits
in pre-press area notable amongst these new innovations
Technova Imaging Systems (P) Limited exhibited in the
range of CTP solutions:
The VioStar and PoliJet CtP systems are the newest additions
to Technova's range of CtP solutions, which was initiated with
Technova's Thermal offerings, almost six years ago.
Thchnova's Thermostar TN, the world's fastest imaging
Thermal CtP plate and Thermostar News, which is designed
for newpaper application, are 830 nm positive-acting plates,
based on an innovative thermal technology developed and
patented by Agfa. During Drupa 2008, Thchnova launched the
Thermostar Marathon plate, which is capable of run-lengths
of up to 2,50,000 impressions without baking and one million
with baking. In addition to world-class thermal plates,
Thechnova also offers technical guidance to printers who
want to source components for their thermal CtP systems.
Kodak India Pvt. Ltd. displayed its new innovation Kodak
TS 800 III Platesetter:
The Trendstter 800 III Plaesetter family is tightly integrated
with Kodak Workflow Solutions, Kadak Processing
Equipment and Kodak Plates enabling a complete prepress
solution. Third-party workflow systems are also easily
integrated. One can reduce costs and environmental damage
with processless plates.
The Trendsetter 800 III Platesetter family supports Kodak
Thermal Direct Non Process Plates and other processless
plates. These alternative plates significantly reduce costs and
have less environmental impact than that of traditional plates.
IPAMA BULLETIN HAPPENINGS
& Exhibitions Everywhere !!
IPAMA is concerned about the menace of exhibitions in each
nook & corner of the country – no doubt it is strain on our
members that they do not get enough time to concentrate on
the new product range, innovations and variations in the
existing products' upgrading etc. We thought that we should
check with our members about their views on this mushroom
growth of the exhibitions and circulated a set of questions and
IPAMA's General Secretary got very quick and positive
responses – we are reproducing the select correspondence as
“We are alarmed about the frequency of the graphic arts
machinery and equipments exhibitions being held by any
person in any available nook & corner of the country – what
we have observed that some of the organizers of such
exhibitions main aim is to make quick buck and get lost in the
crowd to manipulate next kill. Who makes them successful in
their motives is the manufacturer who is constantly milked to
be the participant in such exhibitions.
We thought to circulate a set of questionnaire and its
feedback will help us to come to a conclusion and we can
formulate an advisory for our members. We are of firm belief
that you will spare some moments and respond to
questionnaire and help us.”
1. In your opinion what should be the frequency of graphic
arts machinery and equipments exhibitions? Besides
Delhi where else it should be held?
2. How much time you require to come up with a new
innovation in your field of operation?
3. Normally do you budget for one or two exhibitions per
year or more?
4. Do you believe that one centralized exhibition under one
organizer will prove more beneficial for the
Kalsi Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd.:
1. Delhi, Mumbai are, only, suitable place for Exhibitions.
2. Required time for innovation is two years.
3. No, due to the busy schedule and limited financial
4. Yes, that is effective.
Indo Asia Machines Corporation:
1. In India: The graphic arts machinery and equipments
exhibitions should be 2 max. in a year, both domestic &
international including. Besides Delhi it should be held in
Mumbai, Bangalore or Chennai.
2. For new innovation in our field we require a time period
of 6 to 12 months.
3. To Attend a number of exhibitions per year is always
decided by the factors: Who are the organizers of such
exhibitions and in which cities the Exhibitions are going to
4. Yes, we do believe that one centralized exhibition under
one organizer will prove more beneficial for the
Shakti Udyog Ltd.:
1. One year is more than enough, it can be held in Mumbai,
Delhi, Hyderabad & Chennai.
2. One year-- tried & tested ready to market
3. Budgeting is done only for one
4. We would like our associations to take care of the show,
we feel they know best as they are organizers and
participants rolled into one.
Swifts Pvt. Ltd.:
1. Once in 2 years. Besides Delhi, they should be held in
2. Minimum one to one and half years.
3. One in 2 years or at best one per year.
4. Most certainly. It must be a joint venture of IPAMA &
Pressline India Pvt. Ltd.:
1. Leaving aside Delhi's main national event which should
happen once in four years, regional exhibitions can be
held in once a year (maximum)
2. Minimum one – two years.
3. In the present scenario of sluggish economy, even once a
year comes too too heavy on the budget.
4. The larger exhibition, centrally organized with potential
visitors in larger numbers can only be beneficial for
MEGTEC Systems India Pvt. Ltd.:
1. 2-3 years. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore.
2. 3-4 years.
3. One Exhibition per year maximum.
One exhibition for Printing and Packaging & another for
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ITC Launches Eco-friendly Paper
MAY-JUNE 2009 20
ITC Launched “Paperkraft Premium Business Paper”, an
environment friendly paper, in January 2009. This paper has
been devised and crafted using a pioneering technology, which
is first of its kind in India-and is called “Ozone Treated
Elemental Chlorine Free technology.”
Paperkraft is superior and environmentally friendly,
multipurpose paper for office and home use, which lets you
exercise your power to “Go Green”. This unique product is
an integral part of ITC's significant initiatives to augment
natural and alarming resources and has been launched in line
with ITC's triple bottom line commitment to building
economic, environmental and social capital for the nation.
Paperkraft Premium Business Paper has been created by ITC
to provide consumers an opportunity to partner in national
efforts to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change and
created a positive environmental footprint. In terms of quality
Paperkraft offers a superior value proposition since it is the
whitest and brightest 75 GSM business paper manufactured in
India. A proprietary chemical treatment has enabled it to
become an eco-friendly paper with a higher archival life.
The PaperKraft Premium Business Paper is being marketed by
ITC's Stationery Products and Education Division and its
distribution network is across the country. In this product
conventionally elemental chlorine was used in the bleaching
process during the manufacturing process and organochlorine
chemicals were eliminated – which has been used in
the production of this paper is known as Ozone Treatment
which is achieved by substituting elemental chlorine with
ITC is the only paper manufacturing company in the world of
its size and diversity, to achieve the mile-stones of being
carbon positive, water positive and achieving close to 100%
solid waste recycling. In addition to this ITC sources the raw
material from its social and farm farestry project, which
covers over 85,000 hectares and also created over 35 million
mandays of employment.
Ipack-Ima, Grafitalia, Converflex
If one wants to have an normal unparallel overview of
packaging, converting and printing equipments and allied
processes at one stage it is here at Fiera Milano, Italy in the
exhibition named Grafitalia, Converflex and Ipack – Ima which
was held from 24 – 28 March 2009.
This was the 21 edition of Ipack – Ima, the world's most
celebrated exhibition for grain based food, packaging, and
material handling. This exhibition covers complete product
chain i.e. from raw materials to the point of sale for both food
and other allied industries. Ipack-Ima, Converflex attracted
2100 exhibitors, on 90,000 Sq. Mts. area and had a footfall of
125000 trade visitors.
Grafitalia and Converflex showcased an exhaustive overview
of technological innovations for the printing and paper
converting industry. There were more domestic participants
and about 22% international participants who exhibited their
innovations and products. Italians as they are known for their
manufacturing of machines in packaging sector besides
rotogravure and flexogravure – did create a stir in the visitors
to witness new innovations in these sectors.
Grafitalia and Converflex are massive trade exhibitions that
normally display the entire production cycle for graphic arts
and converting technology. But this time the enthusiasm in
the show was somehow in low-key – may be economic
meltdown had its bite on this show as well. IPAMA as such did
not participate in the exhibition but its former president Mr.
H.V. Sheth attended the exhibition as a visitor. Mr. Sheth is of
the view that the Italians have excellent Rotogravure and
Flexogravure machine manufacturing and they hardly make
any offset or web-offset machines – and he strongly feels that
this is an excellent market for Indian manufacturers in this
segment. Mr. Sheth is convinced that exchange of business
delegations between these two countries might bear some
fruits in the areas of technology transfer or joint-ventures etc.
Mr. Uday Dhote, President MMS (on the left) and Mr. Anand Limaye,
Former President MMS at Ipack-Ima Grafitalia exhibition.
From India Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) had taken a
delegation to visit this exposition.
World wide publishers dot on India
Economic meltdown hit readers in the U.S. and Britain are
spending less and less on books, forcing English language
publishers to eye overseas markets, particularly India, to stay
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While the US and Britain are still the largest markets for English
language publishers, growth has petered out. The US market
was worth an estimated $24.3 billion in the year 2008 while sales
in Britain were about three billion pounds. But that year, book
sales by volume in the U.S. dropped six percent compared to the
year 2007. In Britain, the volume was down by four percent.
In contrast, the demand for English language books is booming
in the third largest market – India, which has been growing at 10
percent a year.
In a recent survey by UK Trade & Investment (UKT& I) and the
Publishers Association estimates that the market was worth
about $ 1.25 billion in the year 2007, with publishers estimating
that English language books contributed about half that amount
– the survey report was reported by The Guardian of London.
In comparison, the Chinese market was worth about seven
billion pounds in the year 2007, but its English market is smaller
than India's and British exports to the country are only about 10
million pounds. No wonder India spells good news for
publishers hit hard by the current financial crisis.
Random House, for example, has said the record-breaking first
print-run of 6.5 million copies of The Lost Symbol will include
over half a million for overseas territories, including India and
South Africa, a record for a new fiction title.
Towards the end of April 2009 Hachette joined Penguin,
Harper-Collins and Random House by publishing its first book
in India – My Friend Sancho by Amit Varma.
Publishers are also noticing a new mainstream literacy culture
that has transformed book reading from the preserve of an
educated elite into a cerebral leisure activity for the country's
emerging chattering classes.
This change in the scenario of publishing has brought
tremendors pressure on the printing industry in India – and
more and more publishers from overseas are looking on India
for the cost-effective publishing activities which in return puts a
demand on the graphic arts industry to come up with the costeffective
machines with international standards and economic
NPES The Association for suppliers of Printing, Publishing and
converting Technologies elected four new directors to its
board and reelected several returning board members and
officers. Elections for the term 2009-
2011 were held in Florida from
November 15-17, 2008.
The following persons were elected to
the NPES board for three year terms to
expire on 2011 Annual Cnference.
Michael Aumann, President and CEO,
Mr. Ralph Nappi
Buhrs America, Inc., John Copeland,
President and COO, Toyo Ink, America,
Kathleen McHugh, Vice President and Chief Markting Officer,
Presstek, Inc., Kazuyoshi, “Kosh” Miyao, President and COO,
Komori America Corp.
Mr. Ralph Nappi, President of NPES said in a statement that
“The NPES board focuses on the strategy and direction for the
premier association representing graphic communication
industry suppliers. The contribution of these new directors, as
well as our returning directors, will ensure that NPES serves
our industry in an innovative and responsive way for years to
Manugraph India Limited
Printpack India 2009 witnessed many new launches but
Manugraph stall attracted curions crowds of serious business
visitors to watch periodic demos of Cityline Express which was
integrated with UV Curing System.
UV Curing system can be fitted on any Manugraph press UV
technology is becoming very popular. This is because a UV
System costs one thired of the conventional hot air Heatset
system. UV Print quality now equals that of heateset. There are
several other advantages – particularly environmental issues.
Exhaust for more cleaner and unlike heatset no government
clearances are required for toxicity reasons, power cost is
less for the machines with UV curing systems.
Manugraph Stall at Printpack India 2009
Manugrph India Limited says that UV Curing System can be
installed on all Manugraph single - width machines for full speed
The Unique features are:
1. Excellent & cost effective for semi-commercial printing on
2. Lower investment compared to conventional Heatset
3. Lower energy consumption
4. Compact design, occupying far less space than Heatset
5. Cleaner exhaust, Governmental clearances not required
6. Easy to install, simple to operate
7. Easy to retrofit on any existing tower
8. High print densities, thin-ink film, long-ink mileage & no noink-misting
9. 4 Colour wet-on-wet printing back-to-back, with UV lamp
10. Hybrid printing possible
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MGE Launches Joint Venture
MGE launches new Joint Venture in India to supply Dampening,
Dosing and Filtration equipment to the Indian Print market the
manufacturing is in full swing and the formal opening of MGE
Graphic Systems India Pvt Ltd. is planned around mid day. The
new company is based in Northern Delhi and is a joint venture
between MG Electric (Colchester) Ltd and Intelligraph Technology
Pvt Ltd. The company has been set up in India specifically
to manufacture MGE's PRESSMATE range of print products for
supply to the Indian market
and surrounding territories.
“The Indian Print market is
already very large and predictions
are that it will continue
to grow over the coming
years at an accelerated rate”
said Simon Martin, MGE Technical
Director, “The demand
for well priced quality equip-
Pressmate 1kw Dampening Chiller &
4kw Dampening Chiller with
MX2 Automatic Additive
MGE Graphic Systems India Pvt. Ltd. participated in recently
concluded Printpack India 2009 and displayed Pressmate Range
of Chilled Dampeing Circulators, Ink Roller Temperature Control
System, varnish circulators, RO Units, Additive Dosing and
Filtration Unit, Return Circulators and Alcohol Control Units.
Wall St. Journal to print in India
MAY-JUNE 2009 22
ment is already there and this
will only increase as the market
grows and further
matures. The launch of our
new manufacturing base in India is specifically aimed at addressing
this and will provide Indian OEM's and Printers with a high
quality local source for their ancillary equipment and its support.
The initial responses that we have had have been very
positive and we are very excited to be entering the market at
The new company will manufacture
a subset of the
PressMate range primarily for
the Web market and will also
take on the distribution and
support of all MGE products
in India from Intelligraph Technology
Pvt Ltd with immediate
effect. Manufacturing of
PressMate products in the UK
plant will be unaffected by this
and will continue as normal.
Wall or unit mounted FX-1
Fount-Xtend filtration system
The wall St. Journal started printing its editions from India from
May 25, 2009 in an agreement with Indian Express Group. The
newspaper will be printed Monday through Friday at the
Express Group's printing sites in New Delhi and Mumbai and
delivered to subscribers and news stands in major cities the
same day as per press release from the Express Group and
various news agencies.
Plastic bag makers get into recycling
The plastic bag industry has an Earth Day surprise: less plastic.
Under pressure from consumers, environmental advocates and
retailers, the companies that make more than 80% of plastic bags
used by the nation's big retailers today will announce plans to make
the plastic bags from 40% recycled content by 2015.
It's no accident that the announcement is being made around 39th
observance of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.
The move comes as some cities are outlawing the bags and trendsetting
retailers, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, have
dropped them. Plastic bags, which take hundreds of years to
degrade, are regarded by many consumers as eyesores, threats to
wildlife and wasteful. The $1 billion industry makes about 90 billion
plastic bags annually in the USA alone.
With this move to ramp-up plastic bag recycling, some 463 million
pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and 300 million pounds of waste
will be cut annually, says Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry
Council, the trade group for the major plastic bag makers. "This is
"This is a significant commitment by the plastic bag industry to
reduce waste," says Matthew McKenna, president of the non-profit
group Keep America Beautiful, which will receive an undisclosed
donation from the American Chemistry Council.
Delhi State cum NCR has in a recent Gazette Notification reminded all the
citizens about environmental chaos due to usage of plastic-bags – it has
impressed general public and traders about “The Delhi Degradable Plastic Bag
(Manufacture, Sale and Usage) and Garbage (Control) Act 2000 (Delhi Act No.
6 of 2001 - as it was passed by the legislative Assembly of the National Capital
Territory of Delhi on 29 November, 2000).
This act specifies to prevent contamination of food stuffs carried in recycled
plastic bags, reduce the use of plastic bags, throwing or depositing non-biodegradable
garbage in public drains, roads, river, riverbeds and places open to
public view in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and for matters
connected therewith or incidental thereto.
In its early April 2009 notification the administration has specifiaclly mentioned
about periodicals which are beings mailed in plastic covers and imposing an
immediate ban for such usage of plastic covers – may it be weeklies or any
But not everyone is applauding the move. That includes Earth Day
Network, the organizing body of Earth Day worldwide.
"It's annoying. And it's transparent," says Kathleen Rogers, president
of Earth Day Network. "The death knell has sounded for plastic bags.
They're just trying to continue to make a bad thing."
The Natural Resources Defense Council agrees: "We don't want
people to use disposable bags. We want people to use reusable
bags," says Darby Hoover, a senior research specialist.
Management consultant Pam Murtaugh says the Earth Day gambit
will backfire. "They're late to the party of good sense. In bragging
about it now, they're only building their own glass house."
But Dooley insists the move is more than cosmetic. He says the
industry will spend $50 million to overhaul the manufacturing process
and will collect 470 million pounds of recycled plastic annually
to make the new bags.
Among major retailers that will be part of this new program: Home
Depot and Walgreens.
Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin says the program is "innovative"
and will "help improve the environment."
Home Depot is "encouraged by the positive steps the industry is taking
toward sustainability," says spokeswoman Tia Robinson.
—Courtesy USA Today
IPAMA is now taking a centre-stage in the international associations
by being the founder signatory members of Global Print
and Asia Print. During Drupa 2008 Global Print was formulated
in Dusseldorf and its founder members are PEIAC of China,
VDMA of Germany, Scipag-Embalco of Great Britain, IPAMA of
India, ACIMGA of ITALY, JPMA of
Japan, Graphispack of Spain, Swissmem
of Switzerland and NPES of United
States. Asia Print was formulated during
KIPES exhibition held in Korea, in
September 2008, and its founder members
are PEIAC/CPSC of China,
Mr. Demao Wang, President
PEIAC receiving a token
Present from Mr. Sanjay
Gupta, President IPAMA
Third Global Print Meeting in progress on May 14, 2009 in Bejing, China
IPAMA President & General Secretary
Attend Global Print & Asia Print
PPGI/Krista Exhibitions of Indonesia,
KIPES/PRINKOR of Korea, SFTC
PPA/Kaizer Exhibitions of Malyasia,
PRINTPHIL of Philipines, PAPGAI of
On the right Mr. Xu Jinfeng, Secretary General of PEIAC receiving a
token gift from Mr. K.S. Khurana , General Secretary IPAMA and on the
left Mr. Demao Wang, President PEIAC (sitting) keenly looking at the
token Present from Mr. Sanjay Gupta, President, IPAMA.
Pakistan and IPAMA of India. Main aim of Global Print is
exchange of data about graphic arts manufacturing, imports and
exports, besides technology transfer and creating a conducive
atmosphere for joint-ventures, cooperation in conducting and
organinzing technical conferences and seminars etc. Whereas
Asia Print is the body of all graphic arts manufacturers and
exhibitors to help each other in organizing exhibitions and promoting
such exhibitions in each othrer's country without any
financial commitment. Both the said associations planned their
meetings in Beijing during China
Print 2009. IPAMA's President Mr.
Sanjay Gupta and the General Secretary
Mr. K.S. Khurana attended
both the meetings scheduled on
May 13 and May 14 during Print
China 2009 exhibition.
Agenda of the 3 Global Print
meet was to discuss and take an
overall view of the world eco-
Mr. C.P. Paul, Jt. Secretary
(North) IPAMA, greeting
Mr. Jixin A. of PEIAC
nomic melt-down and its effect on graphic arts industry and
what kind of healing steps could be taken in such a situation –
focal point of the discussion was protection of Intellectual
Property Rights and the minutes of 2 meeting were read out
which was held in Chicago during Graph Expo 2008.
Mr. Demao Wang, President, of PEIAC flanked on the left by Mr. Sanjay
Gupta, President IPAMA and on the right by Mr. K.S. Khurana,
General Secretary, IPAMA and Mr. C.P. Paul, Jt. Secretary (North)
IPAMA (second from the left) next (standing) Mr. Xu Jinfeng,
Secretary General PEIAC and Mr. Kamal Chopra of NIPA along with
other Indian visitors visiting Print China 2009.
Asia Print held its 1 Member Congress meeting and read out
minutes of the second preliminary meeting held on Sept. 26,
2008 in Korea. The Major work during Beijing meeting was
getting its constituation signed by India and Pakistan which was
signed by Mr. Sanjay Gupta, President of IPAMA. Each
member presented the economic situation of the country
concerned reeling under global economic recession.
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