India’s first-ever Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 in Sivakasi

In a trend-setting move, Sivakasi-based Kaliswari Group added the Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 four-colour press to its in-house printing division. With this installation, the global fireworks exporter earns the accolade of buying the first ever Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 in the country. The Kaliswari group manufactures and sells fireworks under the well-established and reputed “Cock” brand. Pyrotechnics is the key business, but the 92-year old Kaliswari group also operates in other diverse verticals, such as educational institutions, transportation and hotels. An in-house printing division caters to the commercial and packaging needs of the group’s own fireworks and other businesses.

AP Selvarajan, the director of Kaliswari Group is clearly excited about his latest investment. “We are more than happy to invest in the first Speedmaster CS 92 press in India. The format and production speeds of the CS92 score an A+, but the wow factor is the assured savings in plate and paper costs.”

Launched in the ‘Print China’ exhibition in April 2015, the Speedmaster CS 92 was specially targeted at the Asian printing fraternity. Selvarajan, impressed by the technical advantages that the Speedmaster CS92 had to offer, after watching a demo at ‘Print China,’ signed up for the press in the very next month.

The Speedmaster CS 92, a size 37- format press, has a production speed of 15,000 sheets per hour. It can handle substrates with thickness ranging from 0.03 mm – 0.6 mm (0.0012 in – 0.024 in). Printing plate costs are almost 20 percent lower with the CS92, a key competitive advantage in a fiercely contested market. The unique format class caters to about 90 percent of commercial print products. Alongside the classic 16-page A4 format, the Speedmaster CS 92 also promotes the use of additional imposition layouts – Nine A4 repeats or six-page products in three rows of repeats.

Ganesh Kumar, senior sales manager, Heidelberg India for Sivakasi region states, “The Speedmaster CS 92 is based on the extremely successful press format – the Speedmaster CD 102. Developed by Heidelberg engineers in Germany, this machine ensures stable print quality throughout the entire run, exceptionally easy operation, and outstanding productivity. On a concluding note, Selvarajan states, “The Speedmaster CS 92 will be a value and proud addition in our nine decade journey. We hope to accomplish a lot with this latest wonder from Heidelberg.”

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