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Avery Dennison India completes 20 years of “Make in India”

On 22nd March, Avery Dennison India celebrated its 20th year of business in India. Since the inception of its first plant operation in Gurgaon (1997), Avery Dennison has been consistent in spearheading and leading the way in transforming the “then” label industry to what it is today.

Avery Dennison has always been instrumental in constantly value adding to the industry through imparting knowledge and nurturing skills of industry talent through their Knowledge Centre based in Bangalore. At the same time, it also addressed the changing needs of the industry over the years through developing innovative solutions at their research facility located in Pune.

At their 20th anniversary celebration in India, Pankaj Bhardwaj, sr. director & general manager for label & graphic materials in South Asia, Avery Dennison, said, “We are thankful to our customers, supply partners and all the ecosystem stakeholders for extending their support in making us the most preferred label and graphic materials manufacturers in the region. We have strong conviction in long term potential of the industry and hence have always invested ahead of time. We remain committed to expand the market, develop fit for market solutions and render excellence in servicing, in years to come.”

Moving ahead in the label business

With the advent of its operations in Indian label industry, Avery Dennison accelerated the evolution of overall industry standards by upscaling talent through divergent thinking. This not only uplifted the market but also ignited a trend in the industry which was later followed by other global players as well.

A progressive company…

As an organisation, Avery Dennison works with an outlook of being both inwardly and outwardly progressive. Inwardly, by giving its employees an environment which is more conducive to learning and career development and outwardly, focusing on customer value addition and working towards skill development through various initiatives in the market.

Avery Dennison India is committed towards making the industry much more progressive going forward in future too. To make this vision a reality, it also partners with its customers in order to make their processes more efficient and minimise their wastage and other such issues.

Avery Dennison milestones over the years are as follows:

1997: Incorporation of Avery Dennison India and installation of First hot melt coater.

1998 & 2006: Installation of additional Hot Melt coaters and upgradation of the facility.

2008: Inaugurated new production facility in Ranjangaon near Pune which expanded production of advanced pressure-sensitive materials.

2010: Opening of Bangalore Distribution Centre

2012: Inauguration of Avery Dennison Knowledge Centre for the region. The center showcases state-of-the-art solutions across the entire label converting and application process which helps expand the skills and knowledge base throughout the PS Industry.

2012: Expansion of Hot Melt coating capacity at Pune.

2014: Opening of Innovation Research Centre which provides dedicated research and innovation development services for Indian converters and equipment manufacturers. This provided growth opportunities for India’s pressure-sensitive labeling Industry.

2015: Installation of state-of-the-art emulsion coating line.

JN Arora brings PrintabLED to India

PrintaLED Q is a low temperature and high performance UV curing solution, compatible with most of the printing machines. It is a compelling choice for demanding applications, where performance, reliability and flexibility are required.

JN Arora Group is one of the oldest groups of companies in the business of supplying printing consumables. Established more than 50 years ago by Late Sh. Joginder Nath Arora, the company has expanded their operations of marketing printing consumables both in terms of geographical coverage as well as the range of products. More recently, the company has brought PrintabLED Q to India, which is a low temperature and high performance UV curing solution.

PrintabLED Q

PrintabLED Q is used for for curing of inks and varnishes for industrial and graphics applications. The benefits of using this system are many:

Low temperature, higher speeds: A patented cooling system optimizes the heat extraction from the LED chip allowing it to reach the highest level of power irradiance in the industry, still working at record internal temperatures lower than 70oC. This makes PrintbLED Q ideal where heating of the substance can be an issue and guarantees an extremely long lifetime. The low temperature even at the power of 20W/cm2 dramatically reduces wastage and rejects with heat sensitive substrates. Speeds of up to 450 m/min – 18000 sheets/h are reached for reel and sheet based printing.

Compelling economics: The possibility to control the power of the UV array per sectors of the lamp always ensures the right energy levels, only where it is needed.

Environment-friendly: It is environment-friendly due to increased electrical efficiency.

Switch to UV LED made easy: The modular approach and the limited dimensions of 80 mm x 90 mm x L make PrintabLED Q the ideal choice for retrofits projects for most known UV LED applications.

Applications: PrintabLED Q system can be used for graphical printing (reel and sheet based flexo, offset, digital and screen printing), wood finishing (varnish, finishing), bottling (bottles, caps) and industrial (adhesives, coatings, etc.)

PrintabLED LP

PrintabLED started by developing and producing a high power product, PrintabLED Q, for curing of inks and varnishes for industrial and graphics applications. Now, the company has launched PrintabLED LP, a more cost competitive solution that provides UV LED’s benefits in fully industrialized device. PrintabLED LP can be utilized on its own by final curing. PrintabLED LP is a compact and versatile curing system that can be air-cooled or water-cooled according to the application.

ALTANA acquires Landa Metallography Technology

ALTANA has recently acquired Landa's Metallography technology. First unveiled by Landa at the Drupa printing exhibition in June, 2016, this novel technology for producing metallized graphics is a sustainable alternative to foil-transfer processes, enabling metallization graphics at up to half the cost of conventional foil stamping. Landa will progressively transfer the remaining development and engineering work to ALTANA’s ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants division, who will be bringing the Metallography technology to market in the coming years.

"We are excited about this acquisition, which opens up new growth opportunities for ALTANA and strengthens our position as a leading solution provider for the printing industry,” stated Martin Babilas, CEO, ALTANA. “We are looking forward to our continued close and trustful cooperation with Landa as we prepare to bring this promising technology to market”.

Dr. Roland Peter, president of the ALTANA division ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants, added, "Landa’s Metallography technology has the potential to become a sustainable mainstream technology for metallization graphics, supplanting foil-transfer in applications such as labels and folding cartons.” The novel Metallography technology is both economically attractive and environmentally sustainable, saving a significant amount of material, cost and production time compared to the conventional cold foil and hot foil stamping technology.

While, Benny Landa, chairman of the Landa Group said, “We are delighted that ALTANA has embraced our zero-waste Nano-Metallography technology, for there can be no better owner for this business than ALTANA. As an innovative partner of its customers ALTANA has a wealth of experience and know-how in graphic arts.”

The green connection….

‘Environment-Friendly Printing and Packaging Techniques’, a one-day national conference organised by the Department of Printing Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Avinashilingam University was an eye-opener about how the industry is adopting eco-friendly methods in different spheres.

The conference brought together academicians, members of the printing and allied industries, Printers’ associations across Tamil Nadu, alumni of the department, students from other colleges and also parents.

Exploring how eco-friendly the printing and packaging industry is, the event was inaugurated by Dr. S. Jagannathan, director, Faculty of Engineering. He pointed out how people from non-printing background also have a key role to play in reducing environmental hazards with respect to printing. Each of us is involved in operations such as printing operations, text editing and graphic editing and so on, a day-to-day basis. He added that by adopting simple effective practices of the use of toolbars in software menus, each one of us can contribute to reducing environmental impact.

Dr S Maragatham, dean, Engineering, spoke about the various eco-friendly methods that are already in practice. She also added that this conference could be a chance to identify and work on specialised research topics such as eco-friendly inks for applications on food packaging.

Rajashree Ashok, MD, Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers, Coimbatore, was the chief guest. While speaking about striking a balance between nature and print, she stressed on how the next generation printing community must consciously work towards adopting the go-green policy.

Next-gen innovations….

The conference included a presentation of the contributions of students towards an eco-friendly printing future through their innovations. Most of them had the underlying theme of efficiency and cost-cutting. For instance, a four-colour manual screen printer that caters to small-scale industries, the students replaced the steel frame of the existing machinery with a wooden frame to prevent corrosion and thus early damage to the machine.

Other innovations included dye-sublimation printing technique for mug printing and single roller glue machine, which would cater to smaller printing units, besides a creasing machine.

There was also a live demo by the CADD centre on 3D printing technology and what it’s all about.

But the presentations were not all machines, but also a peek into virtual reality. Students showed a live demo of augmented reality that they had created for various events of the conference.

A peek into the green future

The poster presentation competition for students was based on eco-friendly concepts. The panel of judges were R. Shanmugasundharam, Purandhara Graphics Sales and Services, Coimbatore, V. Lakshmi, MD, Vijaya Lakshmi CADD Solutions, Coimbatore, A. Abhirami, Assistant managing director, Scientific Publishing Services Pvt. Ltd., Chennai and Geetha Janagarajan, Director, Star Color Park India, Coimbatore. The topics varied from using eco-friendly inks to reducing the waste in the packaging industry.

What’s up with the industry?

The conference also brought together various speakers from the industry who threw light on how the printing industry has been adapting itself to eco-friendly methods. The talks outlined basic concepts such as creating an ideal environment for a friendly offset printing (K. Panthala Selvan, UGRA Print consultant, Paper-Pressman Academy, Chennai) and how GOI presses are taking up eco-friendly measures ( M Balaji, technical officer, GOI Press, Coimbatore). S. Narayanan, Deputy Art Director (India Today), Chennai spoke about how environmental awareness has been a part of Tamil Typography over the years. But it would be incomplete without striking a balance between nature and the print-pack industry (Rajashree Ashok, MD, Autoprint).

Technical aid…

On the other hand, the department also hosted a session of technical presentations by students and faculty from various colleges about the green methods in the printing industry. A team from Guindy College of Engineering, Chennai spoke about investigating the shelf life and usability of natural beverage by redesigning the shelf package. The team from MIT, Manipal, took up a presentation that compared the printing colour gamut output using vegetable oil based inks in comparison to solvent-based lithographic offset inks.

There was also a presentation on developing a bio freshness indicator to reveal the freshness of meat to the consumer. This could be an effective method to control the wastage of perishable goods such as meat whose shelf life is affected by temperature fluctuations. Another team from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai presented an alternate packaging method for laptops which would ensure durability, value addition, reusability and waste reduction using plastic corrugation.

Other presentations included analysing the green printing certifications for the printing industry and also methods to reduce waste in the industry. The papers were judged by L. Ramanathan, Sree Vinayaga Screens, Madurai and Karur, M. Ilango, senior manager, Technova Imaging Systems, Chennai, V. Janakiram, GM- Sales- regional, Graphic Solutions Business, Chennai and J. Gandhimathi, graphic designer, Pavitha Graphics, Coimbatore.

–Janani Rajeswari S

Gearing up for GST –Impact on the printing industry

After being stuck in the corridors of power and countering around sixteen years of uncertainty, GST is finally going to see the light of the day. Sabeena Vasudeva shares her views on the impact of GST on the printing industry.

GST, which is being pitched as the biggest tax reform since Independence, will bring sweeping changes to a lot of business practices that the industry has comfortably settled into.

The time has come for all businesses to consider the impact of GST – a mammoth change which is knocking at their doors and start to prepare for its rollout.

It is very important on the part of the taxpayers to keep a check on their readiness for a smooth transition into GST regime along with ensuring that their businesses are not hampered. With GST likely to be implemented w.e.f. July 1st, 2017 there is only little time left to analyze, plan, implement and prepare for the change that is going to take place, once GST is implemented.

GST will have a far reaching impact on virtually all aspects of operations supply chain processes including contractual agreements, pricing, supply chain model, information technology, human resource, tax compliances.

Complete awareness and proactive preparation is of paramount importance in handling this huge tax reform effectively. In Malaysia during implementation of GST, it was experienced that the rollout was far from seamless because of lack of awareness and preparedness; it led to business disruption, operational issues and delayed compliance for many.\

One of the reasons for lack of preparedness was that GST had long been discussed and repeatedly delayed, just as in the case of India. Because of this, the businesses deferred taking necessary actions until it was too late.

In fact the need for preparedness may be even greater in India than in Malaysia because Indian GST will be unique and far more complex, with a dual GST regime, with two tax administrative authorities – the Centre and the State – which would have the powers to levy tax on each transaction concurrently.

Impact on printing industry

The Indian printing industry is keeping its fingers crossed and is hoping things would turn out for better after the implementation of GST. Multiple taxes and taxation points in the present regime are badly affecting the growth of this sector. GST will bring single-point taxation in the country and also simplify taxation system. Hopefully, things will be more efficient and manageable with implementation of GST.

It is expected that seamless flow of input credit, under the GST regime, would benefit the printing industry which presently faces the issue of blocked working capital due to large accumulated Cenvat Credit balances. GST is expected to substantially overcome the gaps which are present in the existing indirect tax regime by eliminating cascading effect of taxes and duties which are not getting full input set off. GST would also promote wider tax net as it would be beneficial to be GST compliant. It would remove cost inefficiencies arising due to current levy of Central Sales Tax, Octroi or Local Body Taxes and physical interstate tax barriers.

Under GST regime, the cost competitiveness of the printing industry would improve with the unification of fragmented domestic market along with the reduction in cost associated with tax compliance, inventory and logistics.

Looking towards imports, GST law states that imports would be considered as supplies in the course of inter-state trade or commerce. Imports would be subject to Basic Custom Duty plus IGST. Under GST regime, full input tax credit shall be available on such IGST paid on imports. Focusing on newspaper printing, it is recognized that in present regime, it is excluded from the burden of taxes. However, the exemption list under GST is not available in the public domain till date. Nevertheless, according to the GST Council necessities would be taxed at zero percent.

In principle, GST will have an overall positive impact on the printing industry. The real impact of GST on the industry can only be assessed after the effective rate is finalized, especially for raw material wood and pulp. Transportation, logistics cost and taxes on input material would also affect the businesses.

Some of the key features of the GST that need mention:

  • GST will bring a larger portion of the unorganized sector into the mainstream which will change the business dynamics for several industry segments.
  • Under GST the threshold limit and the exemption list would be significantly pruned. So many goods/services outside the tax ambit under the present regime could be subject to GST.
  • With the concept of single/separate registration for each state, there is likely to be an increase in tax compliance obligations. To give an indication, the number of returns would go up to around 37 in a year for a single registration.
  • The matching concept under GST where the taxpayers would have to reconcile their procurement with the sales of their vendors and supply of goods and services with their purchasers on a monthly basis in order to avoid denial of input tax credit, could be cumbersome.
  • Although credit of GST paid on inputs at every stage of value addition would be available for the discharge of GST liability on the output, separate credit pools for all three different types of GST – CGST / SGST / IGST would have to be maintained for each state.
  • The transitional provisions under the GST law entail a list of credits that can be carried forward into the GST regime, on fulfillment of certain conditions.

The need of the hour is to gear up and initiate the process of identifying the potential issues that might emerge while transitioning to GST.

It is obvious from the above that the businesses that are proactive in preparing and planning in the GST early can gain a real competitive advantage. Early planning and timely execution is necessary to leverage this advantage. It will help avoid disruption along with being 100% compliant of all legal and procedural requirements under the new law, and manage opportunities effectively as the GST approaches.

GST implementation looks certain during July 2017. The time is now to comprehend and gear up for this huge change coming our way and to take full advantage of this transition period.

(Author is a partner at Dewan P.N Chopra & Co. and can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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