As a First edition, Interprint Expo 2012 concludes successfully

Jointly organized by Delhi Printers’ Association (DPA) and Offset Printers’ Association (Ludhiana) during September 14-16 in New Delhi, the inaugural edition of Interprint Expo 2012 concluded successfully. Spanning over 4,000 sq m area, the printing, packaging and allied machinery exhibition attracted around 135 exhibitors from various segments of the industry, making it a multi-dimensional show. Most of the exhibitors were happy with the response at witnessing good number of footfalls. Several orders were received during the three-day event apart from getting quality queries for the prospects. Ajeet Singh from Print & Publishing reports. At Interprint Expo 2012, the visitors got an opportunity to witness the latest print and packaging technologies in hall 12 and 12 A at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. One of the main features of the show was a presentation on ‘Benny Landa’ Nano Printing Technology which was the star attraction at drupa 2012. Among other highlighted features include: Award Gallery, displaying award-winning entries of the seventh National Awards for Excellence in Printing, Used Printing Machinery Forum (UPMF), and Screen Tex. Under UPMF, organized for the first time ever in India, printers not only enriched their knowledge about the availability of the pre-owned machinery, but also got an opportunity to offer their used equipment for sale. The exhibitors participating under this category included: Batra Graphic Machinery, Skyline Associates, Jindal Offset India, Machines Dealer, Mittal Graphics, Safire Machinery, Sai Shakti Graphics, Sakthi Printec, etc.

The show was inaugurated by Sheila Dikshit, chief minister of Govt of NCT of Delhi, in august presence of Arun Berry, president of Delhi Printers’ Association; Kamal Chopra, co-chairman of Offset Printers’ Association (Ludhiana); Vinod Rajpal, chairman of Interprint Expo 2012; Vijay Mohan, former president of DPA; Deepak Arora, general secretary and Badri Kumar, immediate former president, DPA; apart from executive body members of DPA and OPA. On the occasion, in her address, CM Sheila Dikshit hailed the importance of printing in the day-to-day life and called Delhi as the centre of printing. “Printing is a pious industry, which is not only the main tool for learning and spreading education, but a big source for providing job opportunities. It is the life-line of all nations. Exhibitions like Interprint Expo give a chance to printers to know and see the latest printing technology being developed at a fast pace. I am sure interaction between Indian and foreign print technocrats during the exhibition will be creating a vibrant print scenario in India,” she said in her message.

Haroon Yusuf, minister of industry, Govt of NCT of Delhi also appreciated the show in his message, saying that this international exposition covering segments of printing, packaging, converting and signage provides an effective platform to exhibit graphic art machinery manufactured in India and abroad. It also provides a unique opportunity for interaction with Indian and overseas manufacturers before the printers are able to decide the type of cost-effective latest printing and allied machinery. Ranjan Kuthari, president, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) also highlighted the importance of Interprint Expo.

As per Arun Berry, Interprint Expo gave the coveted opportunity to prepress, in-press, finishing, packaging, converting, and signage industry to share and discuss the current trends and shape the future of technology under one roof. The main aim of organizing this exhibition was to ensure that printers of India, especially North India, get a chance to see the latest printing technology virtually at their doorstep and discuss the utility, cost-effective methods as well as negotiate prices and terms for upgrading their units. And we succeeded to achieve the goals with rewarding conclusion of the show.

“Interprint Expo showcased the generation next technologies and provided wide solutions in pre-press, in-press, post-press, signage and allied areas. And with effective response at the show, the exhibitors could find an opportunity to reap desired benefits,” conveyed Praveen Aggarwal, president of OPA, Ludhiana.

“We tried to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to our exhibitors and visitors during this first joint endeavour of Delhi Printers’ Association and Offset Printers’ Association of Ludhiana with the blessing of All India Federation of Master Printers. However, we started with a limited space in only two halls, but with active participation of big, medium and small exhibitors, attracting good number of footfall made the show a huge success, generating good businesses for all,” said Vinod Rajpal.

A multi-dimensional show…

With effective presence of around 135 exhibitors showcasing diverse range of technologies and solutions in pre-press, in-press, post-press, signage and allied areas, the show evolved as a small but smart multi-dimensional exhibition.

One of the stands at the show attracting impressive number of footfalls was of Xerox, featuring brand new launch of D-95 (B/W) and C7800 (colour). The best use of the applications goes for commercial proofing, pre-press, book printer and photo-books. Handling of substrates of different varieties is yet another important feature which makes Xerox digital printing machines a preferred choice of print process.

For Creed Engineers/VINSAK, Interprint Expo 2012 was a platform where they demonstrated their TPS 1160 thermal platesetter and TPP 1300 thermal plate processor, for the first time in India, and got good response. The company also presented an extensive range of other pre-press and brand protection solutions, security inks, software, etc. VINSAK TPS 1160 thermal platesetter is a technologically sophisticated solution that helps printers make a quantum leap in a comfortable manner, providing a blazing speed of 24 plates per hour. This platesetter can image 8-up plate at 300 lpi, giving printers an extremely smooth tonal gradation. Advanced optic technology, enables fine registration of colour over colour when printed on any machine. While VINSAK TPP 1300 thermal plate processor compliments the platesetter’s overall throughput. Developed to process plates of varying thickness, VINSAK TPP 1300 thermal plate processor is very flexible to accommodate varying processing conditions to suit the needs of the innumerable plates in the market.

Coimbatore-based Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Pvt Ltd was showcasing three machines, including UV coating machine, four-colour offset machine, and variable data printing machine. As per PS Balasubramanian, executive director of the company, they also received an order for the UV coater machine form Foil Printers, Ludhiana. However, he was not very happy with the response, due to inadequate number of quality visitors. Amongst many equipments on display, the four colour machine DION 450 pulled maximum crowd. Their prominent distributor Popli Graphics was present to interact closely with the visitors looking for more information on vast range of equipments offered by Autoprint.

New Delhi-based Pramod Engineering displayed their state-of-the-art machines. Rohit Nath, director and Som N Sapru, general manager sales/communication of the company were present at the stand to interact with the visitors. As per Som N Sapru, they received the order for their six-head stitcher and two head stitcher. After introducing three different web-stackers including: standard web-stacker, compensating web-stacker with the delivery tray, and standard pride web-stacker with laser counter, they are set to launch a new high-end product.

For DN Rajguru, vice president marketing, KMI Business Technologies, Interprint 2012 was a very good show. The company displayed two Konica Minolta printers, and both were sold during the show. “We also received lot quality queries from the prospects,” added Rajguru. Displaying four printers, HCL was also happy with the response.

RSG also exhibited several products, including two large format printers, state-of-the-art monitors and machine tools. “By the end of the second day of the show, we succeeded to sell three machines and more orders are in the pipeline. Overall, we received very good response at the event,” conveyed Siddharth Jain, senior manager-sales of RSG Solutions.

There were also several companies offering digital finishing devices, like Jona Photo, 3S Graphic Solutions, GB Tech (India), etc. As channel partner of HP and Scodix, apart from being distributor for the COSMO films and GBC commercial offering complete range of thermal lamination films, 3S Graphic Solutions got good promotion of their products at the show. As per SS Saini, it proved as a very good event for them.

The manufacturer of arc lighting equipments for the plate making, Amar Supena Engineers was promoting their latest range of products, including UV curing and coating systems. In consumable segment, top-of-the-line distributor with much wider portfolio Anil Agencies was present at the show. As per Mohit Jain of the company, “Participating in Interprint Expo 2012 has been a very right decision for us and we shall continue to participate in similar fairs quite regularly.” TechNova was also present at the show with their full team of staff members to interact with the visitors Insight Communications and Print Solutions was also participating with their new offerings of Xerox digital presses apart from on-going Komori sheetfed and heatset web presses. As per Ajay Aggarwal, this is the right time for commercial printers to take up digital printing side by side.

Monotech Systems, the biggest distributors in graphic art industry in India, participated in Interprint Expo in a big way, with lot of aspirations and promoted their product range in prepress, digital printing and wide format graphics. Their managing director TP Jain was also present apart from all senior officials to interact with the visitors.

Other focused exhibitors on finishing solutions were Chennai based Suba Solutions Pvt Ltd, and New Delhi based Graphic Machinery Exchange. In the specialized category of fine paper and board, the presence of Galgo Fine Papers (Kraftile International) was very significant and their stand was always filled up with visitors coming from all spheres. The life line of any printing establishment is always a regular supply of uninterrupted power and to facilitate the same, Eventa Energy Systems was present, who are pioneers in offering end-to-end solutions by providing indigenously manufactured UPS systems starting from one kVA to 4000 kVA.

The show attracted exhibitors also from Amritsar, such as Kalsi Machinery, Associated Engineering Corporation, and Nanak Nam Industries, etc; apart from other parts of the country.

Last but not least, Ricoh, without having presence in the form of a stand, was seen everywhere with their corporate branding all around, and their key persons team was also there to interact with the visitors.

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