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Four companies shine at 2016 Intertech Technology Awards

Six technologies from four companies have been selected for the 2016 Intertech Technology Awards based on their innovation and likelihood of advancing the performance of the graphic communications industry.

Since 1978, the InterTech Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America have honoured the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

This year, the following six technologies have been awarded:

Omnifire 250

The Omnifire 250 personalizes and decorates a wide variety of three-dimensional objects up to 11.8” in diameter using UV inkjet printing in an automated robotic process. It pretreats the object, prints up to five colours and can apply a protective coating. Unlike traditional industrial solutions, it can quickly and conveniently print one item like a soccer ball and then switch in seconds to a different shaped item such as a wine bottle. The InterTech judges singled out the Omnifire 250 as a breakthrough technology that will lead to a myriad of new applications and business opportunities.

Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH 82-P: Streamfeeding in all Stations

The judges were won over by the engineering ingenuity and productivity gain of the Stahlfolder TH 82-P. The hallmark innovation is that it can run in streamfeeding mode so that sheets or signatures are overlapped up to half their length as they enter each folding station, enabling a 50% higher throughput at the same linear speed. While one piece is exiting a fold plate, the next one is already arriving. This approach means that the folder can produce at the speed of a sheetfed offset press while maintaining the same fold quality achieved in single sheet operation.

Highcon Beam with 3D Modeling
Highcon Systems

The combination of Highcon Beam’s digital cutting and creasing capability and the optional 3D Modeling module lets users pursue opportunities in 3D production. The workflow converts 3D models into separate layers according to a paper’s thickness that are then laser cut on the Highcon Beam. Compared to other technologies with expensive material costs, Highcon’s machine builds large scale masters and molds for a fraction of the cost and in minutes rather than days. One judge commented, “This is an intriguing application that lets printing companies get involved in 3D with paper, a substrate they’re undoubtedly more comfortable with.”

InSoft Automation

Imp software is a versatile and standalone tool for planning and creating print-ready layouts. The level of automation is impressive, but the standout feature is the ability to optimize layouts across a variety of job types (from packaging and labels to magazines) and print processes (offset, digital and wide-format). Moreover, rectangular flat jobs and diecut jobs can be ganged separately or together. The software’s modularity makes it particularly cost-effective, letting users add modules as their business expands. Imp’s ability to locate dies in inventory that can be reused for a new layout also got the judges’ attention.

Xerox Color 800i/1000i Press Metallic Dry Inks
Xerox Corp

Engineering dry toner with reflective pigments was difficult enough, but Xerox also figured out how to apply it to achieve a high sheen gold and silver. Using a fifth housing station on its Color 800i/1000i Press, the metallic dry inks provide a high-impact dimension that opens the door for new revenues or savings by migrating lucrative foil stamping or metallic ink offset applications to personalized and print-on-demand jobs. Said one judge about the ability to apply silver and gold via dry toner, “This is a game changer; I wish I had this capability on the machines I currently run.”

Xerox Versant 2100 Press with Ultra HD Resolution
Xerox Corp

Ultra HD Resolution lets companies produce jobs at a resolution of 1,200×1,200 dpi on the Xerox Versant 2100 press, a quadruple increase in resolution from other presses. The judges noted that with the resolution increase there’s no longer a reason to avoid the elements that used to be a problem for digital print — gradients, thin fonts and vector graphics. The key to the innovation is the ability for the Versant to resolve colour to a depth of 10 bits (versus 8 bits) throughout the imaging chain, from the EFI print server to the print engine and Versant components.

Bakshi Mark pushes innovation bar in integrated solutions to a new standard

Offering finest range of systems for marking, coding, traceability and conveying
Being the most trusted and sought after name among the corporate firms engaged in business of marking, coding, traceability, conveying and other allied fields, New Delhi-based Bakshi Mark, is noticeably a one-stop source for complete and integrated solutions. In an exclusive conversation with Print & Publishing, Nagesh Bakshi, chairman & MD, Bakshi Mark Pvt Ltd, traces down a brief history of the company and its products and production plants. Domestically successful Bakshi Mark is now fully geared up for exports. Founded in the year 1995, Bakshi Mark - a brainchild of Nagesh Bakshi, developed MarKode, a brand coding machine which is now available in varied models and configurations. Expanding the portfolio, the next machine the company manufactured in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant of 1,500 sq m in New Delhi was MarkCon—a breakthrough in automated conveying system for material handling with integrated turnkey solutions. This ISO 9001:2008 company also has an extended production plant at Manesar in Haryana.

MarKode Markjet X: the leap machine

Nagesh BakshiMarKode Markjet X is an advanced nonstop QR Code printer, powered by HP Inkjet Technology. Application range of the machine include: best before expiry, mfg date, barcodes, real time and dynamic printing. “Markjet X is designed for variable data imprints too, such as serial and random numbers, mailers and database printing,” mentions Nagesh Bakshi, adding that the machine is also compatible to ‘track and trace’ DGFT compliance and rejection system. Capable to handle variable printable images like alphabets, numeric, logo, barcodes, Markjet X is designed to connect up to two printheads to produce images of 2 to 48 mm high.

When enquired about Markjet X’s possible applications, Nagesh Bakshi smilingly says, “Today is the era where there is a printing technology for every surface; and Markjet X is for almost everything under the sun.” This coding machine is designed for a gamut of applications including BBE Dates, MFD Dates, GTIN, Serial Numbers, Lot Numbers, QR Codes, 2D Codes, Barcodes, lots more.

MarkCon conveyer system

Indigenously manufactured MarkCon is yet another flagship machine from BAKSHI MARK, designed for vast conveying applications in different industrial domains. This automatic conveyor system is custom designed and integrated with turnkey mechanisms for advanced material handling, which includes operations ranging from unloading raw materials up to production and loading of finished goods. “This conveyer system is easy to install and operate; it has advanced inbuilt features that guarantee reliable output,” explains Nagesh.

An added advantage of MarkCon is that this system features bend and belt conveyors with turntable and automation to maintain jar distance, and it maintains optimum material flow with inclined belt conveyor. Moreover, the system is advantageously composed of bend slat conveyor, roller conveyor and steel slat conveyor, all in 90o bends. And it also features a roller conveyer with a diverter system, a turn table and a modular z-conveyor.

Turnkey conveying solution…

Integrating all its turnkey conveying solutions together, Bakshi Mark produces a complex turnkey system designed perfectly for the packaging and allied industries. Telescopic Hydraulic Conveyor in this integrated system is a state-of-the-art device, which has been awarded by IPMMI (Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India) in recognition of its technical competence.

Summing up the roles of the company’s turnkey systems, Nagesh says their integrated solutions are for aligning, coding, collating, gantry, palletisation, pick & place, profiling, robotic, shrink wrapping, sorting, stretch wrapping, taping, track & trace, weighing, so on. “Through our close relationship with suppliers and principals, we are able to offer highly competitive services to our clients in the areas of design, development and manufacturing,” he adds.

Strong quality control

Backed by a strong team of 150 wellexperienced professionals, which comprise engineers and IT experts, BAKSHI MARK manages everything in-house, taking care of different technical disciplines at global standards. The technical team undergoes strict quality control for every single product before shipment.

Other products…

The team also develops KRABIT, a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, which according to Nagesh will be available commercially in the market soon. To improve business relation with customers, KRABIT optimally manages and analyses customers’ interactions and data throughout a lifecycle.

In addition to its own products, Bakshi Mark has tied up with a number of eminent offshore companies like LINX, OSLING, CIJ, MARKEM to distribute a line of marking and coding systems to meet the needs of Indian customers. “We take care of the aftersale service of these imported machines we distribute,” says Nagesh, adding that they do try to make their optimum effort to meet the increasing needs of their customers belonging to diverse business parameters.

Strong clientele…

Some of the regular customers of Bakshi Mark that have been associated with the company for years include Mother Dairy, ITC, PepsiCo, Amazon, Dabur, Moser Baer, Colgate, Amul, Nestle, Cipla, among others.

Next strategic move

“Today, our MarKode has become a brand recognised at a mass scale in the Indian and overseas markets,” mentions Nagesh, adding that they are now fully gearing up to augment exports. He says they have just received the first overseas order of MarkCon from a Sri Lankan client and talk is going on with one from Mexico.

WAN-IFRA India Conference 2016 unfolds new paths for news media

Attended by around 400 industry delegates, Kolkata edition of WAN-IFRA India Conference was organised on September 21-22, 2016. SM Dutt and Jyaneswar Laishram from Print & Publishing share the trends and tradition of the newspaper world discussed by 35 speakers from India and abroad. The annual WAN-IFRA Conference, now in its 24th edition, took place in Kolkata for the first time, pulling participants from more than 20 countries. In the welcome address at the onset of the conference, Magdoom Mohamed, MD, WAN-IFRA South Asia Pvt Ltd (India) thanked every participant and attendee who made the occasion so perfect. Subsequently, DD Purkayastha, MD & CEO, ABP Group (Kolkata) and WAN-IFRA board member, in his opening address, mentioned that the Indian news media industry is now in the cusp of a print-digital transition with digital start-ups taking flight. Traditional publishers, according to him, should now innovate and collaborate to be relevant in the print-digital world.

Common inaugural session

The two-day conference, which was co-sponsored by INS (Indian Newspaper Society), had a common inaugural session, in which keynote speaker Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, founder-MD and CEO of Bandhan Bank (India) addressed the crowd about the banking industry and its similarity to the new media industry. While, Manfred Werfel, director, World Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA (Germany) talked about the World Press Trends, WAN-IFRA’s annual update of the newspaper industry worldwide.

World Printers Forum

Day one: A session on ‘Operation Efficiency in Print Production’ was conducted by Manfred Werfel in the World Printers Forum, wherein he explained why optimisation in newsprint handling is important as newsprints are handled 16 times between the mill and newspaper press. At the closure of the session, with respect to the topic he discoursed, Manfred released OPAHAL (Optimised Paper Handling & Logistic) practice guide of WAN-IFRA.

While, PK Phillip, VP-work, Malayala Manorama (India), talked about the advantages and challenges of ‘inserting systems’.

Energy efficiency in newspaper printing plant was the topic for Josef Schiebl, technical director, Suddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck (Germany), who explained why effective power utilisation is the key step for sustainability in newspaper production. Session on ‘Engineering Excellence in Print’ had two technical experts (engineers) from Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, namely, Neeraj Sharma and S Karthik, who presented a ‘case study’ sharing some strategic management of technology and human capital to achieve competency in cost, productivity and quality.

While, keynote speakers—Janaka Rathnakumara, COO, Wijeya Newspapers Ltd (Sri Lanka) and Somnath Guha, associate VP-engineering, ABP Pvt Ltd (India)—elucidated how period mechanical audits and pro-active maintenance help improve the life of newspaper presses.

Concluding sessions in the World Printers Forum witnessed three key speakers who narrated about Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Day Two: The second day opened with the session on ‘Publishing System’ in which the first speaker Bhausaheb Patil, director-technology, Sakal Media Group (India) asserted that the shrinking of print media is a true phenomenon that may hit the Indian market, sooner or later. RP Lakshmivenkataraman, assistant vice president-pre-press, The Hindu (India) recommended to adopt multi-channel publishing with an objective in mind.

While, Cornelius Sohm, head-Russmedia Solutions (Austria), shared that their company adopted different editorial systems and workflows in the newsrooms, even in the pre-digital period, around 23 years ago.

In a session on ‘Value Added Printing,’ Ambi Parameshwaran, founder, (India) described the existence of the power of print in the industry. Anandan Thangasamy, manager, technical services, Star Media Group (Malaysia), narrated that designs play vital role in value addition. While, Nandini Choudhury, chief technical manager, DIC India Ltd (India) stressed on value addition in prints with UV inks.

Newsroom Summit

World Editors Forum (Newsroom Summit) unfolded a series of talks on the topic ‘Newsroom of the Future’ conducted by a string of speakers, including DN Mukherjea, president, ABP Digital & editor, Fortune India, who discussed upon the trend of social media, whether the medium has taken over journalism and also, he suggested the ways editors could add value to journalism. Another interesting discourse in the session was on ‘robots in journalism’ which Justin Myers, news automation editor, The Associated Press (USA), explained how the technology could add value to journalism.

A discussion was held on what VR (Virtual Reality) could do in real to indulge in promotional activities of news media production houses.

Other inspiring sessions in the summit were on ‘Open Mobile Web’ addressed by Dushyant Khare, head-global partnership–Southeast Asia & India, Google (Singapore).

Day 2: On the second day at Worlds Editors Forum or Newsroom Summit, which was conducted as a session common with Crossmedia Advertising Summit, the discussion on ‘Audience Development’ drew up four speakers. Kaustuv Chatterjee, senior vice president-Brand Language & Mirror, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (India) recounted how Ei Samai, a Bengali language brand from the company, attained its success—through a case study. Came up next yet another success story, that too about a Bengali daily titled The Tale of Ebela, for which Supriyo Sinha, vice president, Anandabazar Patrika and Ebela, APB Group (India), presented a case study interpreting how the paper pulled young readers, both in print and digital platform.

Youth Ki Awaaz, a media platform for the youth, driven by a community model and a unique editorial style, was what its founder and editor-in-chief Anshul Tewari brought to the discussion table. The last speaker at the forum, Chelo Banal Formoso, editor-learning section, Philippines Daily Inquirer (Philippines), also shared the youth initiatives that her newspaper instigates to build the brand and attract young readers.

Crossmedia Advertising Summit

A line up of keynote speakers shared their opinions, experiences and strategies in the session on ‘Trends in Crossmedia Advertising.’ Ulbe Jelluma, marketing manager, Europe, Print Power (Belgium), talked about the balancing act of print and digital, not print vs digital. While, Jay Lauf, publisher and president, Quartz (USA) narrated about the newspaper’s advertising strategy. Third speaker in the summit, Ramanujan Pobbisetty, enterprise sales director, ComScore (India), revealed the fact and trends in the current print media market where mobile and online advertising occupied equal shares.

Dushyant Khare, head-global partnership–Southeast Asia & India, Google (Singapore) talked about effective use of open mobile web, followed by a discussion over the sensitive issue of ‘ad blocking’ conducted by Magdoom Mohamed. “Build up a strong brand to reach out to the masses,” echoed Vinay Maheshwari, senior VP-sales & market development and brand marketing, DB Corp Ltd (India).

Closing session

Closure of the conference was marked with a Common Closing Session in which a host of speakers talked about ‘Shaping the Future of News Publishing’.

South Asian Digital Media Awards

Jointly presented by Google, prestigious WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards were designed in recognition of best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide:

Best Website: (GOLD); (SILVER) and,, (BRONZE).

Best New Product: Gadgets 360, from Red Pixles Ventures (GOLD); News Beeps, from NDTV Convergence (SILVER); Vixty app, from NDTV Convergence (BRONZE).

Best New Mobile Service: News Republic App (GOLD); (SILVER); The Quint (BRONZE).

Best Digital Advertising Campaign: The Quint – IAmShatterProof for Motorola (GOLD); NDTV Convergence – L’Oreal Paris Women of worth 2016 (SILVER)

Best Use of Online Video: The Quint – The Wild West of Utter Pradesh (GOLD); NDTV Convergence–Shiksha Ki Ore Campaign (SILVER); NDTV Convergence – L’Oreal Paris Women of worth 2016 (BRONZE).

Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Mobile Service: NDTV Convergence – Nirmal MyFit100Days (GOLD); Times Internet – (SILVER)

Best Reader Engagement: The Quint (GOLD); The Hindu––Ask Ashwin Contest (SILVER); The – Tamil Nadu Election Campaign 2016 (BRONZE)

Two new appointments at WAN-IFRA South Asia

At a meeting held on the sidelines of the conference, KN Shanth Kumar, editor of Kanada daily Prajavani and director of The Printers Mysore Lt (Bengaluru) was unanimously elected as new chairman of WAN-IFRA South Asia Committee. He takes over the position from K Balaji, director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd, who had recently stepped down. WAN-IFRA South Asia Committee was formed in September 2004, to help and guide the association in shaping its activities to serve the industry better.

Further, WAN-IFRA South Asia has appointed M Srinivasan as manager-sales & events. He will be responsible for events and expo services of WAN-IFRA in the region. Previously worked for as business development manager – sales, M Srinivasan replaces V Antony who left WAN-IFRA South Asia in March this year.

Asian Best-in-Print Awards

During the World Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA announced the Asian Best-in-Print Awards, in which some of the leading print media in the continent were honoured with the prestigious accolades. Some of the leading companies coffered with the exalted awards under the category ‘Best in Print–Circulation Below 150,000 Copies’ were: Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Singapore (GOLD); The National, United Printing and Publishing, Abu Dhabi (SILVER); Berita Harian, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Singapore (BRONZE). And the winners under the category ‘Best in Print–Circulation Above 150,000 Copies’ included: The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Singapore (GOLD); Apple Daily, Apple Daily Printing Ltd, Hong Kong (SILVER); and The Shizuoka Shimbun, The Shizuoka Shimbun, Japan (BRONZE).

Foyer Info-Booth Expo

The two-day conference also included an Info-Booth Expo, where a host of leading solution providers to the news publishing industry showcased their products and services. Of them, manroland India presented its competencies in various parameters of newspaper production, among which the showcase of sample newspapers printed and produced using Kodak Prosper digital press and manroland Foldline, a fully automated, multivariable pin-type folder. At the company’s booth, Lokmat signed agreement to invest in Grapho Metronic automatic registration and cut-off control system. Grapho Metronic is an integrated sub-company of manroland family. “The new system with 16 cameras will be mounted on our Orient presses; and we expect a new standard in our production following the adoption of this new system,” said Neeraj Mahajan, VP-technical, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd.

Poddar Global, a leading supplier of international newsprint brands to all leading newspapers in India, showcased its premier products range. While, Manugraph presented competency of its ECOLINE web offset press of 30,000-50,000 cph.

ABB at its booth presented an alternative to the OEM—manroland PECOM, a press management system and control consoles. MWM Group, with its Indian partner Cadgraf, presented its range of products including: ReelTrack, an inventory system for efficient newsprint usage; CopyTrack for real time overview and control of all ongoing productions; cloud-based Production Planning for overview production resources, and others.

From ppi Media at the foyer expo was Content-X, a common editorial solution.While, 4C Plus, demonstrated its product and solution range comprising NRCS/Editorial System (NewsWrap Modules), Digital First Newsroom, Total Content, apps for Mobiles and Tablets, Digital, TV and Newspaper Fonts, Media Design Solutions and many others. Newstech showcased fully automatic cross strapping machines; ink pumping systems for auto-ink feed.

Ferag (Wrh Global India) showcased samples of newspapers produced using its newly introduced Fold n’ Stitch system. Kawal Arora, managing director, Wrl Global India (Ferag), said that they would present just a few innovations the company unpacked during the recent drupa 2016 at their booth. News Hub Media (NHM). Wellprint, and Trelleborg etc were also present at the show.

Huber Group launches MGA Basket containing more than just inks

In a string of events organised in the cities of Mumbai and Delhi, Huber Group has announced the introduction of MGA Basket containing two new offset printing inks for food packaging—MGA Natura and NewV Pack MGA. The new product launch events were flanked by heads and technical experts from Huber Group from India and Germany. Print & Publishing perceives a spectrum of prospects the ink major opens up with the introduction of new products in Delhi.

At the inaugural session of the landmark product launch of MGA Basket in Delhi, Ashwani Bhardwaj, managing director, Huber Group India Private Limited, announced that the newly introduced MGA Basket is designed to attain safety, productivity and aesthetic of any printing firm. “Substrates are changing day-by-day, improving from conventional to sophisticated ranges. In this context, we introduce our new and upgraded portfolio, which we call MGA Basket, containing newly introduced MGA Natura and NewV Pack MGA UV offset printing inks for food packaging,” he asserted, adding that new products possess good organoleptic properties of low odour and low taint.

MGA Natura

A host of technical experts from Huber Group (Germany and India) explained the unique features of the new inks, as well as other products that make the group mean more than just inks. The experts explained that MGA Natura are specially developed for primary food packaging; all components in formulation of the inks are evaluated, which means MGA Natura contains only substances that do not migrate. This fast setting ink series is engineered for food packaging printing on cardboards and other absorbent substrates. The inks are featured with good rub resistance characteristic in combination with mandatory water-based coating.

NewV Pack MGA

Specially formulated for food packaging with brilliant organoleptic and low migration properties, NewV Pack MGA inks are fast curing and even aging UV lamps have no impact on migration levels. Like MGA Natura, available in yellow, magenta, cyan and black, NewV Pack MGA are matched with individual colour inks, brand colour inks and inks with colours matched to specific substrates, in addition to inks matching shades taken from the classic colour guides.

Big software advantage

Technical experts, on the helm of revealing added advantages, talked about the Huber Group CRS mixing systems for UV offset inks, which feature resistance property control, inventory control, easy mix, digital colour communication and ink/substrate adaptations. In CRS max, Huber Group achieves highest colour gamut to meet the most extreme colour matching requirements. This software consists of print ready, mono-pigmented colour inks with highest pigment concentration and individual fastness, in addition to additives for specific applications.

Designed for full control on the fastness that is required during printing, CRS max enhances finishing and life cycle of a print product, while this situation is left unattended by conventional or traditional colour communication systems. Some of the big advantages of CRS max include: fast and safe matching for spot colour inks; flexibility; speed for jobs to run within optimised schedules; and more. This software solution is designed to reduce left over inks, because added quantities for safety are not needed and minimum quantities do not apply.

Safe food packaging

Characteristics and properties of Huber printing inks are determined by a multitude of different factors and requirements. In addition to printability, the company’s inks take on visual characteristics and properties of substrates to be used. Such dexterity in applications of the inks results in a large number of formulae that make use of very different raw materials. The composition of the inks is highly specific, depending on the printing process or demands for enhancement on finished print products. “Over the last 250 years, we have been innovative partner for the printing industry; now our philosophy is to share our products and technicalities with partners throughout the world,” announced Ursula Borgmann, group CEO and chief technology officer, Huber Group.

Huber Group is now in a position to offer a well proven quality ink range of low migrations and coating for folding cartons under the MGA Basket, in the Indian market, changing the landscape of possibilities in food packaging and more.

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