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Forestalling challenges in the Indian packaging market

HP and Kris Flexipacks organise PACKEDGE - Power to your brand!

In today’s competitive market, the package has become the ‘first moment of truth’ especially at a retail outlet. Generally, a brand is remembered with the design of its label and package. Consumer’s decision is heavily influenced by visual appeal given out by a product when packaged attractively. Resultantly, the businesses are now increasingly seeking digital technology for labelling and package printing owing to its cost effective, eco friendly & convenient nature. Re-emphasising on this growing competitive industry requirement for attractive and identifiable packaging, HP along with Kris Flexipacks hosted an event in Mumbai to highlight the opportunities in the booming packaging industry, the challenges faced by manufacturers, the solution HP technology provides and the fabulous work Kris Flexipacks does in the packaging space for a plethora of big brands in the country. The event was attended by about 100 packaging development managers and brand managers from various corporates. Here’s a brief. HP Indigo ws45000 O ne of the Asian leaders in packaging solutions, Kris Flexipacks has been efficiently servicing customers across seven countries for segments like food and beverages, garment packaging, retail packaging, industrial packaging, etc. Backed by HP technology, Kris has become the most preferred supplier for leading companies like Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Cadbury, Coca Cola, PepsiCO, Reckitt & Benckiser, Heinz, Nestle, Marico, Colgate, Amul, Dabur to name a few. Installation of the HP Indigo ws4500 enables them to further enhance their servicing potential in reaching out to a variety of customers with more cost effective, fast and one stop printing solution. Now, the company offers a wide gamut of packaging solutions such as shrink sleeves, wrap around, combi packs, laminates (for food & beverages), shopping bags (retail packaging) & industrial poly bags (industrial packaging). Innovative marketers are continuously exploring package options to give them an edge in the competitive market.

“One of the strongest digital appeals of this digital press of course is its remarkable turnaround time. With HP Indigo digital press, we get a high productive, cost effective digital solution. Designed for high-volume 24/7 operation, ws4500 has an economic run length of 6,500 linear feet, enabling to print with up to 7 colours, including spot colours, white and eye-popping colours,” commented Shailesh Sheth, chairman, Kris Flexipacks.

“The market volume of the Indian packaging industry amounts to about Rs 77,570 crore and has constantly grown by approximately fifteen percent year on year. It is estimated that the pace of growth will accelerate to in between 20-25 percent over the next five years. Today, everything around us comes packaged and keeping that in mind, we at HP provide a complete end-to-end solution with proven print technology of HP Indigo ws4500. We are proud of our association with industry leaders like Kris Flexipacks, and together we want to look at extending the breakthrough digital printing portfolio in various market segments,” conveyed Puneet Chadha, director – Graphic Solutions Business, Imaging & Printing Group, HP India.

Smruti adds one more feather in its wings

Opting appropriate option at right time results in amazing advantages in entrepreneurship! It is rather significant in printing industry where the selection of suitable cutting-edge technology plays pivotal role in effectively boosting the overall performance of a company. And sometimes, to take initiative is inevitable as Ahmedabad-based Smruti Offset did and now is reaping the benefits. The company is now geared up to expand its capacity adding another location under their umbrella. JR Chokshi from Ahmedabad reports on the eve of opening ceremony of their new work place. Smruti Offset team with directors - Ramesh Patel, Hitendra Patel and Vimukt Patel in the middle Relentlessly striving to achieve optimum quality for redefining service standards and offering holistic solutions to valued customers, Smruti Offset has constantly been burgeoning on with good percentage of growth since inception in 2005. To further enhance their productivity, they are insisting on strengthening the infrastructure procuring world-class technologies.

“In this process, we opted for expansion of our unit and decided to shift in Dudheshwar area and in particular Ravi Estate, where a number of printing units are going to be established. Recently, we purchased Heidelberg SM 74 and Trumex Sakurai-Sc 1 U-V printing cum spot coating machine of 28” X 40” capacity, perhaps second in Gujarat and first in Ahmedabad, apart from having Polar cutting machine and Stahl folding machine, loop and centre stitching as well as perforating cum half cutting machine in our own premises and hope to install CtP to boost printing capacity along with arranging bigger premises. This is in view of catering to our valued customers,” said Ramesh Patel, managing director of the company, who looks after over all administration as well as developmental activities. In all, they have two four colour Heidelberg machines and a full-service bindery with a high degree of automation. Originally, they started Smruti Offset at Madhavpura Market, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, which they desire to amalgamate in present spacious and more environmental surroundings.

In Smruti’s operations, there is no compromise on quality and delivery scheduled as this is treated as the image of the company as well as provides an additional edge in the market. Stringent quality control measures at every stage of production have been adopted to ensure cost effective as well as world class printing services to the valued customers, apart from providing constant training to staff making them competent to operate with cutting-edge technologies. With these endeavours, Smruti Offset has made a name for itself as a quality printer in Gujarat.

Directors trio: Ramesh, Hitendra and Vimukt Patel with their latest prestigious addition-Heidelberg SM 74. To many of their customers, Smruti is not only a printer but also an advisor in developing good designing and printing collateral, ensuring lasting impression and cost effective products. Smruti’s client list includes Gujarat’s top corporate and design houses like Rasna, Clarian, Vadilal, Cera Sanitaryware Ltd, etc and they are continually striving hard for inviting good customers. Being equipped with sophisticated technologies and infrastructure along with a qualified team of acumen and pro-active employees working 24 X 7 to achieve jobs to the utmost satisfaction to the customers, Smruti is providing complete commercial print services from pre-press, to printing and post-press. They have expertise in prestigious products like corporate brochures, catalogues, flyers, danglers, annual reports, calendars and what not?

Now, Smruti has capacity and redundancy built-in to handle any huge and complex jobs with the quickest turnaround time at new premises with a well conceived plant layout. Behind this success is the trio, committed for bringing the company to new heights, including: Ramesh Patel to whom the slogan is ‘Lay down a path for the team to tread and set targets for them to achieve’; Hitendra Patel, one of the directors, who strenuously engrossed in all production activities, with the motto ‘Success comes to those who are passionate about what they do’; and Vimukt Patel who takes responsibility of marketing activities, relying on ‘Growth forms an inevitable part of life’.

Six technologies from five companies marked the InterTech stars 2010

Kodak again shines with two prestigious awards

Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2010 InterTech Technology Awards. Six innovative technologies from five companies - FUJIFILM, Heidelberg, HIFLEX, Kodak, and Printing Research Inc - were selected to receive the award, in which two technologies are from Kodak. Recognized as a symbol of technological innovation and excellence, the InterTech stars will be presented before an audience of industry leaders on October 03 in Chicago (US). Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system Six innovative technologies selected to receive the 2010 InterTech Technology Awards included: ZAC automated controller technology module, (Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division); HIFLEX Webshop (HIFLEX); Kodak DigiCap NX screening and Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system (both from Eastman Kodak Company); Prinect Inspection Control (Heidelberg USA); and SUPER BLUE 3 (Printing Research, Inc). The technologies receiving this prestigious award have been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry. The independent panel of judges deliberated over technology nominations ranging from software solutions to press consumables and printing systems. Great strides in technology were demonstrated in inkjet, web-to-print, plate processing, and flexographic and offset print quality. Inaugurated in 1978 as a way to honour the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact in the graphic arts and relatedindustries, the InterTech Technology Awards have become a solid indicator of significant trends in graphic arts technology; over eighty percent of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

Kodak was the only multiple winner, earning two of the six prizes awarded this year. Over the years, Kodak has received a total of 26 InterTech Technology Awards for innovative solutions for commercial, data, publishing and packaging printers. Receiving the 2010 InterTech Technology Awards are the Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system and DigiCap NX screening. The Prosper S10 imprinting system is a monochrome continuous inkjet solution offering an unprecedented combination of image quality and high productivity with consistent reliability and low total cost of operation, enabling the creation of more effective, personalized communications materials. On the other hand, DigiCap NX screening significantly improves ink transfer efficiency during flexographic printing, especially when printing on films. It allows flexographic printing to truly compete on a quality level with gravure printing for flexible packaging, producing higher print densities, smoother solid area ink coverage and expanded colour gamut with process printing.

Another award winner Heidelberg’s Prinect Inspection Control inline print defect detection system was developed primarily to address the need in pharmaceutical, specialty, and package printing to detect and correct printing defects prior to distribution. It is the industry’s first, internally integrated, in-line defect detection system designed to locate printing and material defects (hickeys, marking, scumming, scratching, etc) in real time and at the full rated speed of the press on each and every printed sheet as it passes through the coating unit of the press by comparing every printed sheet to a digital reference. Upon detection, the system provides audible and visual alerts and inserts a tab in the delivery pile to indicate the first occurrence of the defect(s). If the defect clears itself, then an additional tab is inserted into the delivery pile to mark the last defective sheet and accurately define the range of defective printed materials. Equally impressive is the fact that the intuitive user interface for Prinect Inspection control is operated through the Wallscreen of the Prinect Press Center, a 2009 InterTech Technology Award recipient.

In the past four years, Heidelberg has earned the coveted Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award for six innovative, game-changing technologies. This award marks the fourth year in a row in which Heidelberg has been recognized for technologies including the Prinect Press Center with Wallscreen and Intellistart (2009), Prinect Inpress Control (2008) and Speedmaster XL 105 (2007), all of which have since proven their staying power in the marketplace as integral features of Heidelberg’s Speedmaster press platform. Since 1978, the year InterTech Technology Award was introduced, Heidelberg has accumulated 30 InterTech Technology awards representing the company’s record of innovation across the print media landscape. From prepress and workflow to the pressroom and bindery, Heidelberg’s technology leadership is further validated by its worldwide installed base and underscored by loyal customers.

Fujifilm’s ZAC automated controller technology module offers a revolutionary intelligent processor design which monitors conductivity and precisely controls activity, resulting in increased chemistry life, decreased effluent and reduced costs. The InterTech judges credited Fujifilm’s ZAC technology for its control over plate processing which results in more consistent plates, less money spent on chemicals, as well as reduced chemical waste without requiring a change in workflow. This is the second year in a row that Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division has been honoured with an InterTech Technology Award. Last year, the company’s Taskero Universe ColorPath Verified solution, a system and method for remotely monitoring, maintaining and servicing every facet of the colour production process, was a recipient.

Kodak strengthens CtP base in Punjab and Chandigarh

Continuing to expand installation base in the commercial, packaging and newspaper printing segments, Kodak has further strengthened their position with recent installations of thermal CtP solutions in Punjab and Chandigarh. Career Computers, Daffodil Printers, Daily Ajit and Pixel Graphics are some of the names who have opted Kodak prepress solutions. Here’s brief. Kodak Founded in the year 1979 by Sardar Gyan Singh and further being run by the second generation including Inderpal Singh and Iqbal Singh, Career Computers, a Jalandhar-based design services bureau, felt the need to invest in Kodak’s prepress solution given their belief to deliver on their end customer requirements such as quality, accuracy, flexibility and faster make-ready during the production process. Kodak’s prepress solutions opted by them include Trendsetter 800 IV platesetter with Prinergy Evo workflow, Preps imposition software, T-860 plate processor and thermal plates. “After a thorough analysis of the various options available in the market, we realised the Kodak was best suited to our requirement and the only solution to output different and complex jobs with ease. The recent investment in the Kodak prepress solution has further boosted our confidence and reinforced our faith in Kodak, so that we would also highly recommend to other fellow printers wanting to invest in CtP technology,” commented Iqbal Singh of Career Computers.

Patiala-based Daffodil Printers, a renowned printing house established by Sardar Kuljit Singh and Kanwaljeet Singh, boasts of state-of-the-art printing equipment options to cater to commercial and packaging jobs covering customers spread across Punjab region. “We decided to invest in a prepress solution and preferred the Kodak Trendsetter 800 II and T-860 plate processor with online processing supported by Kodak’s Unified workflow solutions, Prinergy Evo workflow and Preps imposition software, and have already started enjoying the benefits of faster registration and production for short run jobs printing along with accurate and hi-quality printed output. The quality aspect has been further enhanced due to the use of Kodak thermal plates, and in turn we have been very well supported by Kodak’s technical team and channel,” said Sardar Kuljit Singh, director of the company.

‘Daily Ajit’ or ‘Rozana Ajit’ - a Punjabi language newspaper published from Jalandhar, started by Sadhu Singh Hamdard and presently edited as well as owned by Barjinder Singh Hamdard - installed the Kodak Trendsetter News platesetter. Gurjot Kaur, senior executive, Daily Ajit and daughter of Barjinder Singh Hamdard believes that it is important to maintain the family tradition of leading the technological changes necessary to support the growing circulation of Daily Ajit. “We preferred the Kodak Trendsetter News platesetter ensuring flexibility, speed, enhanced quality and trouble free functioning. This is further supported by Kodak thermal plates offering excellent dot reproduction, long run lengths and ease in handling as well as managing the plates,” said Gurjot, adding, “With an expansion plan in printing offset machines, we have also decided to invest in another Kodak platesetter apart from the existing Trensetter News.”

Established in the year 2006, Chandigarh-based Pixel Graphics has now emerged as a renowned prepress services bureau catering to printers in Chandigarh, Patiala, Rajpura, Ambala and the surrounding print clusters in Punjab. Recently, they invested in Kodak CtP technology and prepress solutions. “Our vision and aim is to take the latest available technological solutions offering to our customers, and this led to our decision to opt Kodak products. We received excellent installation and service support from by the Kodak team and channel partners, and now expecting business growth by using Kodak’s thermal plates that are preferred by many customers. As per our experience, the entire range of Kodak CtP prepress solutions, comprising the Trendsetter 400 III platesetter, T-860 plate processor, Prinergy Evo workflow and the Preps imposition software, is in total synergy,” said Inderjit Singh and Manoj Kansal, directors of the company.

“Kodak has undertaken several initiatives with respect to increasing its market penetration through customer relationship management as well as marketing efforts along with understanding the needs of customers, and catering to their requirements by providing customised solutions which are backed by round-the-clock service, that in turn is supported by application and hardware engineers. Customers are confident to choose Kodak as a valued technology partner for up-gradation in their existing set-up. This helps to simplify the process resulting in saving on time and resource costs, and thereby enabling customers to offer affordable and competitive rates. Kodak offers unique technical benefits, such as the flexibility option offered to the customer to upgrade CtP equipment as per the growing requirements, or the ability to print from speeds varying from 15 pph to 60 pph onsite. Kodak’s technical advantage and superiority in thermal platesetters, incorporating the revolutionary and patented Kodak SQUAREspot imaging technology, and integrated with Kodak’s Unified workflow solutions, make it an excellent preference and choice for prepress segment customers,” elaborated Subir Paul, regional sales manager - north and east, Graphic Communications Group, Kodak India Private Limited.

“A majority of the customers in Punjab and Chandigarh are using Kodak thermal digital plates, due to the unique advantages that these plates offer such as dot stability on press, excellent colour control, consistent reproduction, sharp detailing for extremely long stable runs and FM screening capability. These benefits add to the durability of the Kodak thermal digital plates, and make them ideal for hi-end commercial, publication and packaging printing,” stated Natesh Puri, manager, prepress solutions - northern region, Graphic Communications Group, Kodak India Private Limited.

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