IPAMA BULLETIN (May - June) - Indian Printing, Packaging and ...


IPAMA BULLETIN (May - June) - Indian Printing, Packaging and ...


An Official Publication of

Indian Printing Packaging

and Allied Machinery

Manufacturers' Association



For private and free circulation





Sanjay Gupta


N.S. Manku (North)

C.N. Ashok (South)

A.D. Chatterjee (East)

J. S. Doshi (West)


K.S. Khurana


C.P. Paul (North)

T. R. Mahajan (South)

C. P. Dahra (East)

J.S. Kalsi (West)


Satish Bajwa


Som Nath Sapru


K.M.S. Bhatnagar


Indian Printing Packaging and

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K.S. Khurana


Som Nath Sapru

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A Word from

The President

Economic Challenges and

Global recession General

Secretary's Comments

From the Editor's Desk


Manufacturing Council Meet


Format Shifts in Offset Presses

Compromise-free plates – Part – I

IT Industry will recover

Early 2010

Short-run packaging:

Digital technologies

Enhance Capabilities

Graphic Arts Industry

Leaders say:…

Webs Roll on Workflow

Intelligent Sheetfeds


Technova Imaging

Systems (P) Limited

Kodak India Pvt. Ltd.

Exhibitions, Exhibitions, &

Exhibitions Everywhere !!

Kalsi Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd.:

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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ITC Launches Eco-friendly


Ipack-Ima, Grafitalia,


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NPES Elections

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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

making ventures.

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.

Sanjay Gupta


3 MAY-JUNE 2009

MAY-JUNE 2009 4

Economic Challenges

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.”

Thank You.

Note: Excerpts from the address delivered at Global Print Secretary General's Meeting in Beijing on May 13, 2009.

K.S. Khurana

General Secretary

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

Western countries.

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

seven months.

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

5 MAY-JUNE 2009


“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,

resources etc.

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

for corporates

• 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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Highlights of

Measures for Ensuring Growth of the Indian

Manufacturing sector

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

growth model

2. Intervention by Governments through various policy

actions. Such actions were mostly focused on enabling the

manufacturing sector to face competition, especially from

external sources

3. Special attention to SMEs to make them competitive and

technology drivers

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.


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

result of:

• 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

technology industries

• Make Macroeconomic Policies such as Monetary Policy,

Fiscal Policy, Foreign Trade Policy, Exchange Rate Policy,

FDI Policy in tune with the requirement of Manufacturing

Sector growth

• 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

Value addition

• Total tax levels should be brought down to levels in

competing countries.

• 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

and research.

• 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

assets abroad.

• 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

Partnership Mode.

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


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

the country.

• Step up investment in highways and railways.

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Recommendation 13 : Labour Reforms

• Implement recommendations of the Second National

Labour Commission.

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


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

(130×185 cm).

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


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

friendly message.”

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.

Earth-friendly options

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

of quality.”

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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



Short-run packaging:

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

demand away,”

explains Odyssey president

John Roberds.

“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

and packaging

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 Internet.

“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

affordable prices.

“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:

Economic Meltdown

vis-à-vis Post-press

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

is exported.

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.


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

T1 lines.

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

15 MAY-JUNE 2009


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Intelligent Sheetfeds

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,

linking pressroom

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

check settings.

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

recommendations." Intellistart

then works through five setup stages—job, printing material,

paper run, ink unit settings, and color allocation—before com-


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

measuring system.

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

Press says.

"We also have Prinect

Inpress so selecting

'gloss,' 'matte,' or 'uncoated'

stock automatically

adjusts densities

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.

Self-learning sheetfeds

Komori's latest Lithrones, equipped with KHS-AI (Advanced

Integration) programs, come equipped with console-controlled

presets and softwarebased

self-learning. Programming

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


Power networking

QuickChange Color from manroland is another example of an

17 MAY-JUNE 2009


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

local networking.

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.

Systems include:

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

delivery operations.

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

displayed were.

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.


Exhibitions, Exhibitions

& 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 received:

“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

be held.

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

Newspaper Publishing.

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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

chlorine dioxide.

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

th th

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



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

on production-time.


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

all stocks

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

for toxicity

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

each side

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

Doser attached.

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

this time.”

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

unprecedented. "

"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.

Green Delhi

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

periodicity magazines.

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


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,


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.

23 MAY-JUNE 2009


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