Megha Kalra


September 12, 2015 Megha Kalra

Label printer, Kumar Labels recently shifted its label production facility to Greater Noida. Meanwhile, its sister concern, Hassle Free Technologies, has developed a special labelstock technology called single release two faces (SRTF).

According to Anuj Bhargava of Kumar Labels, the construction of the 25,000sq/ft new facility at Greater Noida was completed within 48 days. “The move took five days. We used 65 trucks. Everything was done by our team,” he added, saying that the company has acquired an adjacent plot of 1800sq/m.
Bhargava said for SRTF, a patented technology, which is single release with two faces, “The applicator is ready and will be displayed at LabelExpo Europe,” he said.
Bhargava said the new labelstock technology is more environment-friendly, and more economical. “It will benefit everyone,” he added. “It offers dual printing in one go. With this, the machine suppliers will be able to sell longer machines, and converters will be able to convert more in one pass. With this, changeover time will be less and the storage will be more.”
The only reservation, according to Bhargava, is that it prints the same job on both sides. “On the plus side, we can reduce liner thickness because we have layers on both sides. We can go up to 15 microns, while normally we use 23 microns,” he said.
Bhargava claimed that just 1% penetration of the SRTF will save 40,000 trees in India. “This is with the conventional liner thickness. If you reduce the thickness, say 30 microns from 60 microns, then we can save 68,000 trees,” he said, adding that for using SRTF, anyone can seek for licences from Kumar Labels.
Bhargava said the research and development of the technology was supported by the Department of Science and Technology, government of India through their TIFAC division. SIDBI was also a key partner.
“We are not looking at windfall profits. We are looking at nominal profits, which will pay for our future R&D,” he said.
The motto of Hassle Free is ‘innovate to save,’ said Bhargava. “What is the point of innovating if you are not giving the value to you customers? You must be able to do more with less. If you cannot achieve this, then there is no point in innovation,” he added.
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September 7, 2015 Megha Kalra

Luxury Packaging, UK’s only event for luxury packaging, is now in a new home, London’s iconic Olympia for the first time. Scheduled for 16 and 17 September the show is hosted by trade show organiser, Easyfairs.

This year, the show will host latest innovations, techniques, products and solutions to give products real aspiration, look and feel. Fresh content and features for this year’s show include the great innovation debate, innovation wall, brand innovation programme, and much more.
The show is growing year-on-year and with over 50 exhibitors dedicated to materials, decorations, techniques and products, plus over 120 suppliers in packaging innovations. Luxury Packaging London helps decision makers secure business targets, brand awareness and company growth.
Several companies are using Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging show as a launch pad for new products. Quadpack will unveil a line of aluminium and wood sheathed droppers that cover bottles. The 30ml packs have a viewing window to see the product. Also on display at the event, Quadpack’s new liquid foundation range, under the Q-Line brand.
Smurfit Kappa will be launching its new KartonFlute Lite. At 750 microns, the company said it offers quality offset printing with tight registration and finer screens for better detail and colour fidelity. The product does not have the set-up costs associated with pre-print or litho laminated corrugated board, according to the company.
Amberley claims to offer total grease resistance with its new self-adhesive paper, Tintoretto Gesso greaseproof labels, while Winter & Company will launch Touche, a soft covering material with a silky matt finish for luxury packaging.
Alison Church, director, Easyfairs UK packaging portfolio event, said, “Print will be in focus this year and we have a lot of paper suppliers showing several interesting finishes. The show guide front cover would sport the new Touche material from Winter & Company, black on one side and white on the other.”
She added, “New features will run alongside established show favourites surrounded by around 175 exhibitors. One of the new elements will be the brand innovation programme.”
Nine creative agencies, including Webb Devlam London and Icicle Group, will discuss how to develop brands with high-quality packaging design.
The Retail Institute, meanwhile, will chair a new great innovation debate, exploring the term ‘innovation’ in relation to packaging.
Also new for this year is the rising star scheme, which tries to help young brands or start-ups find the right suppliers and products to enhance their brands.
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August 24, 2015 Megha Kalra

The Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation (MPTC), an undertaking of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, has invited tender applications for the empanelment of quality management monitors (paper and printing) from candidates who have successfully completed degree/diploma in paper and printing technology.

The details regarding the eligibility criteria for the empanelment, duties of quality management monitor (paper and printing), honorarium, travelling allowances, terms and conditions for the engagement, application format and other details are available on the website
Candidates interested to participate in the tender can send in their application by registered post to the office of MPTC, Pushtak Bhawan, Arera Hills, Bhopal on 21 August 2015.
The form application form can be downloaded from:
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August 21, 2015 Megha Kalra

Packaging specialist, Creative Printers, has installed the Air Motion Systems (AMS) sheetfed Peak 3 UV curing system on its Komori LS 529, a five-colour plus coater with extended delivery, which made it easy for the retrofit. The system is installed by Faridabad-based APL Machinery, Indian representative for AMS.

The pre-owned Komori LS 529 was installed at the firm’s premises in Ahmedabad two years ago. The Creative plant also boast of a two-colour Heidelberg press; Maxima, Heidelberg and Shivshakti die-cutting machines; Bobst and Cartonal folder-gluers and among others.
The over five-decade old firm manufactures cartons, labels, packaging inserts and promotional materials for clients from the pharma and textile industries. Before the retrofit of AMS system, the firm outsourced its coating requirements.
“We were looking for a system that would quicken our turnaround time, wouldn’t pile on our already constraint space, save on electricity, as well as save on wastage we have had to incur while outsourcing,” said Raj Mehta, a director at Creative. “The AMS has done exactly that. Also after sending the extra sheets, there was no way we could find out how many sheets have come back. Short number meant we had to reprint the job all over again, even for small quantities. And given the space constraint, an offline system was not an option.”
While there are Indian manufacturers, like APL in India, who manufacture such cassettes, the AMS P3 two-cassette system incorporates features that are adapted to the demands of high speed printing. “One, it’s the speed at which it dries. In the APL system, the machine can be run at a maximum speed of up to 7,000sph with three cassettes at 100% intensity while in AMS at 13,000sph with two cassettes with 60% intensity. That means half the number of lamps required to cure the sheets. That’s reduced our energy cost,” said Mehta.
The P3 module components can be changed, checked and cleaned quickly, without tools, said Mehta. “The plug-and-play-style locking mechanism made for easy installation easy and maintenance, making it a flexible system to have.”
The company has invested in a site in Ahmedabad’s printing hub, Changodhar, where it will eventually move with plans of installing more AMS systems on the press. “The idea was to start with an online cassette on the machine, and if it works, we add more cassettes after each unit, to enable us to use UV inks. We are on course for that move,” said Mehta.
Creative produces 15 packaging jobs per day converting 100 tonnes of paper and paperboard per month.
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August 12, 2015 Megha Kalra

Kerala Printers Association (KPA) has announced the launch of Kerala PrintEx 2015 exhibition. The three-day event will be held from 13 to 15 November, 2015. The exhibition will be spread across 80,000 sq/ft area.

The exhibition will be organised at the Adlux International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Ernakulam, Kerala, India. KPA currently boast of more than 6000 members and is one of the largest printing associations in India.
Ashok Kumar, vice president, Kerala Printers Association said, “We are expecting more than 50,000 visitors this year from the printing industry, which also includes the 6000 members of our association.”
“Business owners, operators and also students and faculties who plan to join the printing industry along with traders are expected to attend the show,” informed Ashok Kumar. The show will take place along with the association’s annual conference and election to elect the office bearers of KPA for the year 2015–2017.
“We are expecting more than 100 exhibitors for this edition. Major players in the industry have already showed their interest in participation,” said Ashok Kumar. The previous edition of PrintEx was held in October 2013, at Kokers convention center Ernakulam, Kochi. “The show was a success with more than 60,000 visitors,” added Ashok Kumar.
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August 10, 2015 Megha Kalra

More than 120 print firms have sent in their entries for the PrintWeek India Awards. This translates into over 1000 print jobs. PrintWeek India is in the process of creating a unique website, which will capture these top print jobs along with their tech specs in an attempt to demonstrate the power of print.

The problem of India’s print and allied sector of USD 30bn, on which the world’s second-most populous nation depends, is rarely the focal point for media news or spends.
Therefore, the main aim, as Suresh Ramakrishnan, publisher, Haymarket Media said, is to connect printers and print buyers. “This website will be a sort of a game changer in attracting print buyers. Many brands and top corporates seek to invest in print. Be it: UV or MetPet or photo albums.”

There is a steady stream of enquiries from buyers across the country.

A disgruntled buyer from Rajasthan asked, “My head office wants to know how to do the visual merchandising for my bank facades, if I’ve a service like this, then my prayers will be answered.”
In order to cater to such a buyer, the site will inform buyers of product segments like wide-format print to industrial applications to labels, as well as who the key players in the market are and who can produce the job in the Indian market.
In addition to the Award entries, the website will be regularly updated with the Top Jobs that the PrintWeek India team comes across during their visits to print firms across the country. Eventually, a provision will be provided for the printing companies to upload the details of their jobs.
Plus, the buyer can surf the site and know which printers in which cities can produce the said print job.
All of this will be provided with technical information regarding the paper, board, inks, and finishing. An end buyer, who wants to get a particular job in his city, can look at similar samples from the website and can get the contact details required.
In form of an intuitive website, the new platform is designed in an unique easy way to use the format, so that the primary focus remains the print works and related case-studies.
The target audience is not just top brands and MNCs, but also rural businesses and SMEs and MSMEs.
Ramakrishnan said, “It will be a platform for the print industry and packaging industry to connect with end customers.”
The site will go live on 7 October at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai as part of the PrintWeek India Awards Night; an event which will be attended by more than 350 print VIP delegates.
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August 7, 2015 Megha Kalra

The panel, which will evaluate the ensemble of entries received for Awards 2015, from 120+ print firms across the country, has been revealed.

The PrintWeek India Awards Jury Day is scheduled for 25 August at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
The jury, like each year is a panel drawn from a spectrum of print discipline comprising of print technologists, print buyers, print designers, creative heads, photographers and marketers. To name a few, key persons from Medulla Communications, a communication agency; Stuff India, the leading gadget magazine; Elephant Design, the ET-award winning design practice; Heinz; Laqshya Media, MOMS (Madison OOH); Aditya Birla Group; and BBH India, will constitute the board.
Noel D’Cunha, managing editor, PrintWeek India said, “This is what participation at the PrintWeek India Awards facilitates, an opportunity to showcase the best of your work to the top brass consumers and decision makers of print. We bring together top calibre professionals who share an in-depth understanding of the business, from within the print industry and those who spend on print.”
Soon after the Jury Day, the shortlist across all the 26 categories (20 Quality Awards and 6 Performance Awards), will be announced in the PrintWeek India e-newsletter.
The winning companies will be honoured with the Prism amidst a gala celebration on 7 October at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. “The Awards Night will be a match-making session between print buyers and print firms,” said D’Cunha.
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August 3, 2015 Megha Kalra

While talking about wide-format segment, the focus is always on signage and display. However, other product segments, such as printing on ceramics and printing on textile, are making big leaps within the industry segment. Caldron Graphics, the Indian manufacturer of a range of wide-format machines, is focusing on the ceramics industry. Again, the trend is to have multiple printheads in the same machine for faster turnaround. Here too, Caldron Graphics has put its best foot forward.

“We have a range of machines for printing on textile and ceramics, apart from machines which use conventional substrates. We saw that our ceramic line is picking up and we decided to concentrate on the same,” said Rajat Mitra of Caldron Graphics at Media Expo Delhi.
The latest addition to the product line of Caldron Graphics is CJ7000 II model, which is a combination of the features of CJ 6000 and CJ 9000 models. Based on the printhead SPT 1020-35 pico litre, CJ7000 II is developed and positioned as mid-range and high-end model. Added features include more nozzle orifices and bigger printhead.
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August 1, 2015 Megha Kalra

Mumbai-based Aakarsh Print-O-Graph has installed its second Ricoh digital press, a C7100x with a fifth colour station. The machine installed 15 days ago has already printed 1.25 lakh copies. The firm’s first Ricoh was a C901s, installed in 2011.

The firm invested in the second Ricoh because of the size benefit the C7100x offers, the special texture printing, as well as back up to the C901s. Even the C901s clocks a run of 1.50-lakh prints per month.
“We are pretty impressed with the new machine’s output and our customers are satisfied too,” said Punnan Saji, who is the partner of the firm along with Arjun Dangar. “The machine can print on paper size of up to 13×27.5inches and thickness of up to 370gsm. We have printed jobs on difficult-to-print gloss papers too.”
Aakarsh produces photo albums, brochures, visiting cards, wedding cards, folders, and other collaterals at the firm’s 400 sq/ft site in Andheri East, which is located in the busy lane of Nagardas Road, and in the vicinity of Chinai College.
Most of Aakarsh’s clients are walk-in customers and canvassers, but the company also has a few corporate clients. “Our clients are such that they do not want to wait. And if the machine is down, they can easily go and take print elsewhere. That’s the reason, we opted for an additional press,” said Saji.
Prior to establishing Aakarsh in March 2011 with a pre-owned Xerox 250 colour press and two black and white machines, Saji and Dangar worked in a digital print shop. “Having worked for around 20 years together, we decided to set up our own print business. We received solid support from Ricoh, both in terms of finance and machine selection,” said Saji.
The company is equipped with a finishing section comprising of binding, paper cutting laminating, creasing and perforating machines.
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July 30, 2015 Megha Kalra

HP has created a new facility to help printing companies and brands in Asia Pacific and Japan to bring their ideas to life. A group of media professionals from Asia were recently invited to look into this centre of excellence. Here, Varsha Verma of Print & Publishing brings a report.
HP’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Singapore aims to educate and inspire printing companies and their customers – including brands, agencies and print buyers – in Asia Pacific and Japan about new opportunities made possible by HP digital printing solutions. Spread over an area of 21,000 sq m, the facility provides customers with one-stop access to HP’s broad digital printing portfolio and solutions, as well as a space to connect with experts and share creative and technical best practices.


The facility further supports worldwide Indigo ink volume production by expanding local capabilities from the current ink series to the fast-growing new generation of inks for the HP Indigo 10000, 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses.

“Brand owners are facing increased competition as consumer choice and expectations have exploded. As a result, they’ve moved into the digital world to connect more powerfully with their customers,” said Gido van Praag, vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “The HP Centre of Excellence aims to give them the tools to compete, helping brands identify new ways to combine their unique skills with the industry’s broadest portfolio of innovative digital printing solutions, and its unparalleled application capabilities.”

“We believe in the ecosystem of innovation, which includes print buyer/brand owner innovation, print service provider innovation and go-to-market innovation,” Gido said. He mentioned the innovative use of digital prints at Belfrance Bakers & Chocolate (India), Forbidden City, Coco-cola, Durex personalised campaign, Shanghai Natural History Museum, etc.

He also mentioned about digital going from short-runs to long runs. “Digital prints accounts for 38 percent of $50.6 billion graphics hardware and ink value,” told Gido. “Also, HP’s digital value proposition for labels and packaging is increasing. Digital has an exciting time today and the future is even more exciting,” he said.

HP Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence unlocks the full power of digital printing

The complete graphics portfolio and partner solutions along with an extensive gallery of applications – from stamps to building wraps – can be seen in the new facility to make it easier for customers to unlock the full power of digital printing.

Printing companies can benchmark and conduct end-to-end application testing of their HP digital printing equipment. Inspirational ideas and pilot projects in a real-world production environment, can be easily seen here. The applications are displayed in well demarcated zones – living room showcase (HP latex technologies), supermarket showcase – labels & packaging, bookstore showcase – publishing, general commercial printing, art gallery, etc.

Fully operational HP Indigo Digital Presses, HP Scitex Industrial Presses, HP Latex and HP Designjet Printers can be seen here.

Also displayed was the newly launched HP PageWide printer, which is specially focused to take on the blue print market segment in India, besides churning out very good quality full-colour prints.

HP Ink Manufacturing Facility

The increase in ink manufacturing capabilities supports the growing demand of Indigo next-generation presses, which are reaching 150 installations worldwide. These installations are in addition to more than 6,000 HP Indigo Presses now in 120 countries.

The 10,000 sq m expansion to the ink manufacturing plant supports global production of specialized HP Indigo ElectroInks for the new generation of HP Indigo 10000, 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses. The Indigo 10000, the first B2-format digital press with offset quality, enables print service providers, photo specialty shops and book printers to provide high value, high productivity applications. The Indigo 20000 and the Indigo 30000 Digital Presses are the first digital presses designed to meet the needs of label & flexible packaging and folding carton converters.

To allow HP Indigo customers in the region to order and receive more than 3,000 specially mixed ink colours within short lead times, the plant also manufactures Pantone-licensed spot colour inks. Substrate testing and certification capabilities are built into the plant to enable substrate manufacturers, suppliers and HP Indigo press owners from Asia Pacific and Japan and Europe, the Middle East and Africa to evaluate substrate compatibility with HP Indigo Digital Presses.

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July 29, 2015 Megha Kalra

Creel Printing, a specialist in catalogue, publication, direct-mail and newspaper production, is installing a twenty-four-page Sunday 2000 press system at its facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA this summer. With a high level of automation, the eight-unit, two-web configuration from Goss International has been devised specifically to increase output and press uptime.

“At Creel we are committed to continually advancing our technology in order to ensure we can anticipate our customers’ emerging requirements,” commented Allan G Creel, president of Creel Printing. “Given the changing world of print and digital media, this not only means we need to expand our product capabilities, we also have to ensure we can do it faster and more efficiently. Obviously, with an enviable reputation for high-quality print, there can be no compromise in our production standards. These have been the guiding principles behind this decision to invest with Goss.”

At 57 inches (1,450 mm), the new press system for Creel Printing features the widest web of any Sunday 2000 model, providing 50 percent more paging capacity. The specification includes Goss Autoplate automatic plate changing for all eight units and Goss Omnicon press controls with colour control. The choice of two Goss pinless folders, a PCF-1 SQF and a PFF-3.2, allows a variety of folding options – such as quarterfold, delta, and double parallel – with minimum paper waste. This provides pagination flexibility and enables Creel to produce a broad range of formats on the Sunday 2000 system, including magazine, tabloid, square tab and digest.

Also included in the order is a Goss Ecocool/T dryer which features integrated chill rolls. In addition, the model for Creel Printing has an integrated afterburner for reducing gas consumption as well as a Goss Contiweb web guide and web break detection system.

A Goss Contiweb FD flying paster completes the equipment line-up. Featuring a 50-inch (1270 mm) diameter roll and operating at speeds up to 3,150 feet per minute (16 m/s), the paster has an integrated infeed and a web guide function, controlled via Omnicon console. Remote diagnostics provides additional back-up for failsafe paster control.

Creel Printing is a multiple award-winning company that most recently took home 11 Gold Ink Awards from GraphExpo last year for print products spanning high-end fashion and entertainment magazines, event programmes, magazine covers, and softcover books. Founded in 1953 and today operating out of state-of-the-art, 2,50,000-square-foot headquarters in Las Vegas, Creel Printing is ranked among the top 50 commercial printers, 10 largest publication printers, and 10 largest commercial digital printers in North America.

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July 28, 2015 Megha Kalra

Monotech Systems, leading manufacturer and supplier of products and solution for printing, packaging and publishing industry displayed a new array of products at Print Expo 2015, Chennai. The company displayed products from its different business verticals, the highlights being launch of Pixeljet Eco Solvent Printer, Pixeljet Textile Printer and new introduction of Standard POD Laminator from GMP.

Pixeljet ECO 3202 Eco Solvent printer was launched from company’s own brand “Pixeljet” in wide format printing. This was an extension the existing Pixeljet Eco 1800 TS Eco Solvent Printer with an ability to print width up to 3290 mm. Another product under Pixeljet brand i.e. Pixeljet TP 2180 Thermal Transfer Textile printer was also launched at the expo. The company believes that there is a huge market for dye-sublimation printing. Point of Sale displays, decorations, sportswear, and wide range of promotional products indicate about the available market opportunity.

In digital enhancement segment, the company introduced GMP Protopic III 540 series of standard POD laminator that will cater the photography and other printing segments. Scodix digital enhancement gallery was also on display.

Engineering systems division was covered by Oce PlotWave 340 multi-function systems, Monotech Print, Copy, Scan multifunction systems for technical data printing and scanning in colour and monochrome modes. The newly launched Canon iPF 8410SE Poster Printer was also on display.

From pre-press segment, the company displayed Amsky UV CtP and focused on HGDE UV CtP systems, basysPrint UV CtP System and newly introduced Amsky Aura Flexo CtP for packaging printers.

T P Jain, managing director, Monotech Systems, remarked, “We do participate in Print Expo every year and this time the expo is more organised. Our main highlight has been the newly introduced products along with Scodix gallery which always has been a crowd puller. We also have created a buzz about our ‘Make in India’ initiative in which we have a product range of JETSCI Industrial Inkjet Systems with Inspections System, which has more than 20 installations across India and overseas. Visitors have shown a great interest in the products and we have received couple of orders too.”

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July 27, 2015 Megha Kalra

“Your dream is your destiny,” smiles Nagi Reddy, the director of Chennai-based print shop Xpress Imprint, which recently embellished its strong portfolio with value additions from Heidelberg – the Printmaster PM 74 and Polar 78 programmable cutting machine.

Nagi Reddy’s association with Heidelberg dates back to his childhood days, where he would play in the press room around the several Heidelberg cylinder presses operating in full swing at BNK PRESS. Taking cues from his roots, Nagi founded a modest, one-man print shop in 1998 – Xpress Imprint, to supply printed stationery for healthcare institutions. He recalls the challenging times with a chuckle, “It was like a movie. I had a mini-offset press and played all roles from machine operator to running the business. But, the experience was educational and inspired my journey towards new horizons.” Today, Xpress Imprint is a compelling presence in Vadapalani, Chennai, and a trusted name among print buyers in the city. The firm installed a Heidelberg Printmaster GTO 52 in 2008, later expanding to a Speedmaster SM 52 five-colour press in 2010. The latest installation, the Printmaster PM 74 four-colour press, is pre-owned equipment from Heidelberg.

Nagi comments on the latest addition, “We were looking to upgrade to a press that could run both commercial and packaging jobs, switching between the two activities with ease, and yield better productivity. Heidelberg was our natural choice.”

The highly automated Heidelberg Printmaster PM 74 operates at a speed of 13,000 sheets per hour, delivering increased productivity.

The compact press is ideal for 29 inch format printing. The equipment can process substrates ranging from 0.03-0.6 milli-meter, resulting in high degree of flexibility. On his choice of remarketed equipment, Nagi says, “We decided to go for used equipment, mainly because of our confidence in Heidelberg India’s remarketed equipment division. We are not new to used equipment.

The Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 five-colour press we acquired in 2010 was also remarketed equipment. The press is in perfect condition even today and its performance is outstanding. We were more than happy with the after-sales support as well. So, we thought why not again? The Printmaster PM 74 was imported from Germany, after a thorough inspection by Heidelberg engineers. Heidelberg offered extended warranty for the spares and replaced rollers and blankets on the machine with brand new ones. From the date of installation, Heidelberg has been supportive out and out.”

The format and substrate-switchover features of the Printmaster PM 74 have helped Xpress Imprint achieve better productivity, inviting more business. “Success begins with a dream. If you are willing to work hard and go the extra mile to make your customer happy, one can make dreams come true.

Believe me, you do not have to be rich or famous to achieve your goals,” Nagi Reddy states emphatically.

The other acquisition is a brand new Polar 78 high-speed cutter, which provides remarkable efficiency. It is equipped with the ‘OptiKnife’ knife-changing system that facilitates easy operation, and precise cutting accuracy. The Polar 78 cutting machine joins an impressive array of cutting, folding and die-punching machines in the post-press division of Xpress Imprint. Venkataraman, regional sales manager of Heidelberg India says, “This is our third successful installation for Xpress Imprint. We will continue to provide support in every way we can. Needless to mention, our experts pay frequent visits to them shop providing technical support.”

A quality-conscious entrepreneur, Nagi Reddy hails from an artistic heritage. His illustrious grandfather, B Nagi Reddy founded and established the famous Vijaya Vauhini Studios, one of the largest in Asia. The studio has now been converted to a multi-specialty hospital. His grandfather was also a printing pioneer and a past president of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP).

He founded and managed BNK PRESS and Prasad Process—both multi-awardee Litho & Offset printing companies in Chennai from the 60’s until the 90’s.

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July 25, 2015 Megha Kalra

For the benefit of the Indian Printing & Packaging Industry and to extend the maximum facilities to its members, IPAMA had been exploring the possibility of developing industrial cluster or plots in Faridabad/(NCR), in collaboration with HSIIDC (A Government of Haryana Undertaking). In pursuance to this, IPAMA invited printing, packaging & allied machinery manufacturers for site visit of IMT (Industrial Model Township) and interactive session with HSIIDC officials at Faridabad recently.

In response to the call of IPAMA, approximately 50 manufacturers attended the meeting and expressed their willingness for industrial plots in the form of a cluster.

After visiting the industrial plots developed by HSIIDC, Salil Narang, general manager, HSIIDC (A Govt. of Haryana Undertaking), furnished details about the Cluster Scheme in depth.

The detailed discussion with the members covered the prevailing land rates, and various other important issues. Soon after the meeting, 14 plots were booked on the spot, totaling an area of 15,600 square meters, while a few members showed genuine interest.

While concluding the meeting KS Khurana, president and CP Paul, general secretary, IPAMA elaborated the benefits of Cluster Scheme and importance of factories at single place by citing success stories of similar Clusters.

CP Paul thanked Narang and his team and the members present for their enthusiastic response to the proposal.

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July 24, 2015 Megha Kalra

Speaking on trends and developments at the LMAI Conference, which was held at Jaipur from 16 to 18 July 2015, Jurgen Brau of Erhardt+Leimer stressed on the role of inspection system and 100% print inspection in the label industry.

“In the label industry, one of the major problems is that demand and quantity do match in terms of quality,” Brau said, adding, “Missing text, wrong registration, ink splash are also common in label production printing.
The solution? “100% inspection system can guarantee error-free production,” he said.
Brau said one of the advantages of print inspection is the final check of outgoing rolls. Here, one rewinder can serve several presses. The disadvantage is that the rewinder stops after each detection of defect.
“The 100% print inspection can run at high securities settings, can reduce waste significantly, and can increase confidence of the operator and the owner of print production facility,” said Brau.
The only disadvantage is that it requires slightly higher initial investment.
Erhardt+Leimer India is a fully owned subsidiary of Erhardt+Leimer, Germany. Established in 1978, the company manufactures and markets web guiding systems and web tension monitoring systems for textile, paper, film, foil, tyre and corrugating industries.
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