Change to create new impetus at Heidelberg

Dr Gerold Linzbach to take place of Bernhard Schreier as new CEO at the company

Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg will be leaving the company at the end of 2012. He is handing over the company's chairmanship after almost 13 years. Over recent months, key steps have been taken to set the company's new strategic course and a start has been made on putting this into practice to return Heidelberg to sustained profitable growth. What's more, the industry trade show drupa has led to the highest quarterly incoming orders in four years for the first quarter of financial year 2012/2013. The Supervisory Board and Schreier himself feel now is the right time to make the change in order to create new impetus at the very top of the company. The Supervisory Board unanimously appointed Dr Gerold Linzbach (56) as Heidelberg CEO with effect from September 1, 2012. Schreier will ensure the transition goes smoothly and will accompany the handover process till the end of the year.
"I would like to thank Bernhard Schreier for his achievements as Heidelberg CEO. In a career spanning a total of 37 years, 13 of them as CEO, he has truly made his mark on the company and has succeeded in guiding it through two major global economic crises and structural upheaval in the printing industry. Particularly in very difficult recent times, he has helped transform Heidelberg from a traditional press manufacturer into a solution and service provider in the print media industry," said Robert J Koehler, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberg.
"Heidelberg is a global market leader and is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge technology and customer proximity. In Dr Gerold Linzbach, we are delighted to have found a successor with international experience to press ahead with the company's strategic reorientation and ensure its return to profitability. Dr Linzbach has many years of management and capital market expertise,which will help pave the way for a successful future at Heidelberg," he added.

Mondi’s ColorLok campaign succeeds in Europe

In a successful promotional campaign, with two million ream stickers and half a million scratch-and-win lottery tickets, Mondi drew customer attention to the benefits of Mondi office papers with ColorLok Technology. The campaign came to a close with prizes distributed throughout Europe, including trips to Barcelona, Morocco, and Norway. Notably, after expanding its range of ColorLok papers, global paper and packaging producer Mondi launched a campaign in January 2012 to bring the benefits of ColorLok Technology to life. ColorLok Technology is based on a class of paper additives that visibly enhance the print quality of inkjet documents. A specific chemical interaction between additives and the pigment holds the pigment on the paper surface while the rest of the ink penetrates deep into the paper, resulting in the crisp, vivid print quality.

EFI Connect 2013 to sizzle in Las Vegas

One of the world leaders in customer-focused digital printing innovation, EFI recently announced that the 14th annual Connect users’ conference, EFI Connect 2013, will take place early next year during January 15-18 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The conference offers business leaders extensive educational sessions and opportunities to form long-term relationships with industry peers, discuss issues that matter and share business, process and revenue ideas.

HNL broadenS horizons to writing and print paper business

Based at Vellor in Koyattom, Hindustan Newsprint Ltd (HNL), one of the subsidiaries of Hindustan Paper Carporation (HPC), has recently launched their Expansion-cum-Diversification Project (EDP)and diversified their operation from the single product portfolio of newsprint production to writing and printing paper (WPP) of production by creating a swing-facility with the exhisting facility of newspaper production.
The launch of the project is the part of their striving plan to be one of dominant players in the Indian pulp & paper industry with a wide range of product grades from newsprint to premium film coated varieties of 50-100 gsm for writing & printing grades. There is a total production capacity of 280,000 MT per annum – scales under the plan which is comparable with the best players in the industry. The company has presently an installed capacity of 1,00,000 MT per annum for producing 49 - 45 gsm newsprint.
Under the Expansion-cum-Diversification project they are requiring paper machine for the product grades including cream wove NSS/maplitho/copier/film coated with swing facility to produce newsprint also. Also there are plans to build a de-inking plant having capacity of average daily production of additional 300 MT of pulp, from the raw material procured mainly from international sources. All the new facilities for the project shall be installed at the existing site by optimally utilizing the available space. Proposed technologies for the project ensure environment friendly processes which comply with all the existing and forthcoming environmental regulations/guidelines.
Under the increased economic activity and post-commissioning operation of the proposed project they will provide impulse to further economic activities in Kottayam and neighbouring districts.Development of industries/establishments will promote sourcing of basic inputs and give fillip to the prospects of connected industries in the region – TCC, KRL, HOCL etc. Currently finer varieties of paper grades are sourced from other states – the project will provide self sufficiency for the state in this regard including generating considerable employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Beirut to host the first SND

An Nahar News Design conference and workshop in Middle East

In a time of great change in the region, the media industry is also transforming; the challenge is now to adapt to and absorb these new trends. Given this scenario, An-Nahar and Society for News Design (SND) have joined hands to organize the first News Design Conference in the Middle East, which will be held in Beirut from November 8-9, this year. The visual aspect of publications matters across platforms. In a world where the visual element has become very important, design must evolve with the times. Thus the conference will have focus sessions on newspaper design and redesign, information graphics and platforms such as web and tablet.

JK Paper ties up with HP for ColorLok technology

JK Paper, India’s one of the leading and established paper manufacturers, has become the first Indian company to produce and market ColorLok copier paper in India. Tying-up exclusively with HP for ColorLok Technology will help JK Paper bringing in world class printing paper for the increasingly demanding of India customers.
ColorLock Technology involves surface treatment of paper which improves quality of print and compaitability of printers, photocopiers and other DTP applications. It is based on a class of paper additives that visibly enhace the print quality. A specific chemical interaction between additives and the pigment holds the pigment on the paper surface while the rest of the ink penetrates deep into the paper, resulting in the crisp, vivid print quality.

MassCoMedia on the growth

Courtesy new technology, speed and delivery of communication - both in print and electronic media - is the backbone of New Delhi based MassCoMedia, the institution totally dedicated to electronic,film and print media. More recently, MassCoMedia students have completed 300 odd films on various subjects since its inception. These films have surprisingly started getting recognition and awards, at various levels, the best being the Dada Phalke award.
The institute is now set to offer a film making course in September 2012 with one of the leading directors of Bollywood endorsing it.

Autoprint envisages efficiency enhancement programme for printers

Taking another initiative to help print industry, Coimbatore-based Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Pvt Ltd, along with Manugraph and TechNova (as training partners), has envisaged an efficiency enhancement programme for printers. Under this unique training programme proposed to be implemented through various printers’ associations across the country, the company would make an arrangement to train operators at the concerned printer’s own facility. In order to make the programme a great success and obtain industry view points, Autoprint recently organised a get together with executive committee members of Delhi Printers’ Association (DPA).
On the occasion, giving overview of the proposed programme, CN Ashok, managing director and CEO, Autoprint, informed, “With collective initiative by at least ten printers, we will appoint a well qualified trainer to run efficiency enhancement programme, who will one by one go to each printer’s site for twice half-day training in a week. He will not only train the staff to increase their efficiency, but also look after the betterment in pressroom chemistry, maintenance, costing, and waste management, which ultimately increase the productivity and profitability of the printers.
For this training programme, every printer will have to contribute only Rs 10,000 per month paying advance for one year. With willingness to cooperate and implement trainer’s recommendations, printers would significantly witness improvement in their entire operation.”
Established in 1992, Autoprint is one of the leading printing and allied machinery manufacturers in India, offering a wide range of products including: Autoprint 1510 Colt (single colour), 1520 Colt(single colour), Knight (single colour), Dion 250 (two colour) and Dion 450 (four colour) sheet-fed offset machines (commercial printing); Pack to Pack 7000s (single colour) and Pack to Pack 10000i (two colour) for continuous stationery printing (computer support); Repetto 65 (die punch & creasing), Fine Coat 80 and 65 - an offline flexo coating machine for UV and aqueous coatings; and Autoprint Reckoner VDP 50 and VDP 65; etc. As per Ashok, “Presently, we have 12 products in our portfolio, and launch at least a new product every year.Having manufacturing facilities in Coimbatore and Himachal Pradesh, we produce 2.6 machines per day. With reach in the markets of 50 countries, we have so far installed around 8,700 machines.”
Welcoming the initiative by Auotoprint, Arun Berry, president of DPA appreciated the quality of their machines, mentioning their first set of machines installed in New Delhi since 2000 and are working very efficiently even today.

Dates of Print Efficiently 2012 set for October

Second edition of Print Efficiently has been set to organise in October at IFS Showrooms in Perivale, Middlesex. Key event partners, Kodak, IFS/Horizon and Apex Digital Graphics/Ryobi, have announced that visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of their latest printing technologies and automated finishing systems over the two-week event beginning October 08, 2012.
The partners talking part in Print Efficiency will have specific printing activities, such as Roland DG for wide-format print solutions, KAS Paper Systems Ltd for mailroom inserting and
wrapping machines, PDC (Perfect Document Creation) showing coil binding solutions, and Lake Image Systems with camera verification systems. Shuttleworth Business Systems will
demonstrate its MIS solutions and provide the JDF workflow and the paper and substrates partner is Antalis McNaughton.

Print will be an evolving mix of multiple scenarios: PrintCity

In the future, print will be an evolving mix of multiple scenarios for different market segments, economies and cultures. However, all of them will have a common need for a two-part strategy to optimise their success. Firstly, print must be seen, it needs to stand in its own right and be valued as a functional media. This needs to be underpinned with a combined lean & green manufacturing strategy to ensure its profitability and sustainability. This is PrintCity’s view presented under the headline SEEN! LEAN & GREEN.
To reflect this dual strategy, PrintCity has chosen an innovative 2-in-1 format that combines two related books into a single revolving back-to-back printed book. Print retains many unique communication attributes that assure its future will be seen, valued and used within the media mix. It is not so much a choice between e-media or print, but rather what is their best combination?
Print that is seen attracts more sales attention to the product and more value to the printer, publisher and packager. Value Added Printing and Packaging is the only medium that offers an endless combination of colours, surface treatments, shapes, substrates and smells that stimulate our senses to create emotional value and response. Smart printing technologies are further increasing this value proposition.
With such views, the PrintCity Alliance has made its new PRINT: SEEN! LEAN & GREEN industry reference book available to order in printed form.

321st truck carrying relief material goes to village Dhariti (Katra)

The 321st truck carrying relief material donated by Shyam Sewa Ashram, Samana for the migrants staying in terrorism affected village of Dhariti (Katra) in distt Raisi in J&K was flagged off by Vijay Kumar Chopra, CMD and chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group. The eminent persons who were present at the occassion included: Madan Lal Pardesi, Sita Ram, Vishal Gupta, Kuldip Bhullar, Harjinder Pal and Lion JB Singh Chaudhary.

Ten Indian printers opt collective stand in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

In the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 to be held during October 10-14, ten Indian book printers shall be particpating with collective stand (Hall: 8.0, Stand S 989) for the first time. These printers include: Gopsons Papers Ltd, Noida; International Print-o-Pac Limited, Noida; Jayant Printery, Mumbai; Manipal Technologies Ltd, Manipal; Multivista Global Ltd, Chennai; Nutech Print Services,New Delhi; Parksons Graphics, Mumbai; Replika Press (Pvt) Ltd, Kundli (Haryana); Repro India Limited, Mumbai; and Thomson Press (India) Ltd, Faridabad.

Goss International sees things differently at Graph Expo 2012

Highlighting their innovative approach for commercial, newspaper and packaging printing, Goss International will recharge its drupa theme at Graph Expo 2012 (booth #845), to be held in Chicago during October 7-10. Reiterating an invitation to ‘See Things Differently’, the company will emphasize how this corporate philosophy provides new solutions for greater productivity and opportunity across all three print sectors.
Endorsing the company’s technology and support resources, North American printers have given Goss International a 100-percent market position for new commercial web presses in the region over the two years since Graph Expo 2010. Recent Goss commercial web success in the Americas has included installations of gapless technology Sunday presses as well as Goss M-600 and M-500 presses, all incorporating latest features aimed at facilitating short runs and low waste. Among these, are the first Sunday presses with DigiRail digital inking as well as the wider Sunday 3000 press (up to 75 inches).
Reflecting the wide portfolio of web offset systems and complementary technologies, the Goss booth at Graph Expo will also present unique options for newspaper and packaging printing, print finishing and aftermarket support. In addition, the exhibit will reflect the expanded range of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux, Yawa products and various converting equipment from Shanghai Electric companies.
Since a world-first technology reveal, with live cylinder change demonstrations at drupa 2012 in May, Goss Sunday Vpak presses have increased the focus on web offset as an attractive alternative to flexo, gravure and sheetfed offset for many packaging applications. Based on the groundbreaking Sunday gapless press concept, Goss Sunday Vpak presses feature quick-change blankets and printing cylinder sleeves that make ‘infinitely’ variable repeat lengths easy and affordable. The first Vpak 500 press system will be installed in the United States later this year.
Recent North American orders for Goss finishing systems, including Magnapak and Pacesetter lines, underline that big leaps in productivity and efficiency are possible with new technology. Equipped for address-specific selective inserting and inkjet personalization, the latest installations have been driven by business opportunities available through improving net productivity,efficiency and targeting of copies. At the show, Goss Lifetime Support team will also present parts, service and enhancement programmes designed to extend the competitive lifespan of press and finishing systems. Projects such as a unique newspaper press reconfiguration at Newsday in New York, a major multi-press controls upgrade at Star Malaysia and creative commercial web enhancements across the Americas, will be highlighted to illustrate fast-ROI opportunities available and the advantages of choosing a supplier with substantial resources, expertise and project management capabilities.

Manroland appoints Nikhila Graphics as printcom Channel Partner for Hyderabad

In order to promote their printcom brand of consumables in the country, Manroland India has appointed Hyderabad based Nikhila Graphics as an authorized Channel Partner for printcom consumables range from manroland for the state of Andhra Pradesh. The partnership offers printcom’s certified range of printing consumables including pressroom chemicals, blankets, rollers etc.
The new partnership and premises were recently inaugurated by Anil Bhatia, managing director, Manroland India and Raghav Raju, one of the most respected technocrat in the Indian printing industry. The inauguration was attended by leading commercial and packaging printers from Hyderabad.
Established in 2009, Nikhila Graphics has rapidly established itself as a trusted supplier for several leading printers in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The company led by two partners K Ashok Reddy and Ch. Brahma Reddy has earned a good reputation for timely delivery and prompt service to its loyal customer base. “We are delighted to partner with manroland for printcom consumables in the Andhra Pradesh Market. We look forward to offer to our customers printcom’s range of high quality print consumables and will soon expand our operations to Vijaywada and Vizag in the coming months,” commented K Ashok Reddy, partner, Nikhila Graphics.
printcom brand stands for print competence and serves as a seal of quality for the manroland range of process-compliant system components. All printcom products are tested and certified for highest quality standards by the manroland Research and Development department for their use on all offset printing presses and superior printing results are guaranteed by the intensive trialsconducted in various projects and installations all across the globe.

In India, manroland has launched its printcom range of fountain solutions, printing washes, presscare and platecare products, blankets, printing rollers, UV lamps etc. The company is on an aggressive expansion drive and is establishing a nationwide distribution and after sales support network to service the leading printers in the Indian market. With a strong team of trained printers and chemistry experts pan India, printcom brand is fully equipped to support customers with its certified consumables and offer value added services.

IBP to organise 25th

condensed course for publishing professionals

For the publishing professionals who wish to update their knowledge in the field of publishing, Institute of Book Publishing (IBP) is organising 25th (Silver Jubilee) condensed course on publishing, a ten-day lecture and workshop programme during Nobember 19-28, 2012. Persons enrolled for the course will be taught by India’s top luminaries in the publishing industry. The course has been designed to update knowledge regarding different aspects of publishing. Comprehensively the course will facilitate to understand new technological developments and nitty-gritty of publishing ready to meet the challenges lying ahead. During the period of study, the professionals will have chance to go for field visits to publishing, processing, printing and binding house aprat from the opportunity to interact with the faculty, course directors and the speakers. At the weekend there will also be a sight-seeing trip to Agra or Jaipur.
OP Ghai Scholarship: since 1995, the institute has been facilitaing scholership in memory of OP Ghai, the founding chairman of the institute. Tha candidates wish to compete should submit a two-page write up on the topic ‘How Digital Publishing can Improve Educational Resources?’ A panel of judges will evaluate the submission and the highest scorer will be awarded with theschollership. The selected candidate will be given 50 percent concession on tuition fee.

For details contact: Course Director, Institute of Book Publishing, A-59, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-II, New Delhi-110020. Ph: 011 2638-5677/6165/6209 or e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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