Variable Data & Digital printing

Print is in the air @ DSIDC Complex Kirti Nagar

On our quest to explore wonderful aisles of print world, we recently visited DSIIDC Packaging Complex in Kirti Nagar and were impressed with its infrastructure and host of people diligently working in the printing industry. Here’s more on this well-maintained and organised printing hub.

Delhi, being the capital, epitomises the entire nation. Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) has played a key role in propelling the development of Delhi by shaping up the Indian capital, a city of millions of people. Since it was established in February 1971, DSIIDC has projected, aided, counselled, assisted, financed and promoted projects to transform the face of Delhi. The various complexes that have been made under its aegis have been remarkable. Amongst all, the best one is DSIIDC Complex; Kirti Nagar, which is also one of the most fascinating printing & packaging hub of Delhi.

DSIIDC complex…

clean and user-friendly One thing that makes the DSIIDC Complex Kirti Nagar stand apart is cleanliness and greenery. As soon as anybody enters the place, it gives a nice feeling unlike most of the other industrial complexes. Established in 1998, it is well placed in the heart of the city.

This packaging complex is divided into four blocks – A, B, C and D. Most of the complex area is under CCTV surveillance and there’s a security check at the entrance gate as well. Moreover, it is also constructed in a way that is friendly for the occupants to ferry their materials as the roads inside are cemented. There are no stairs, only leveled elevated pathways to different floors, which is also a great help for taking heavy materials like papers bundles, raw materials, cartons, machinery on the trolleys and similarly sending back supplies to the ground floor for transportation.

The workers also feel happy with the safe and secure environment within the complex. The printing and packaging hub This complex boasts of every form of print and packaging organisations; there are offset printers, pre-press service providers, packaging professionals, digital printers, publishers, post press service providers, etc. The best thing is that they all co-exist in a wonderful harmony as most of them share their jobs to finish and supply on time.

People we met…

We met many print enthusiasts like Bal Krishan, president, DSIIDC Complex Association and MD, Memory Repro Systems; Rohit Makol (Jay Kay Art Press), Deepak Arora (Arora Printers), Deepak (RD Printers), Vikram Vij (ATM Print ‘O’ Pack), Ardeep Singh (TS Graphic Prints), AK Nangia (SAAR Printers), Sanjay Sagar (BVM Prints), Vasant Mehta/Ajay Mehta (Rita Book Binding), Salil Sagar (Guide Offset Printers), Rajeev Arora (Goodluck Process), Anurag (DI Concepts), Sourave Sharma (Print City), Vivek Sharma (Shree Radhey Colour Scan), Om Narander Vij (Vij Laminator), Ashok Kumar (Ashok & Company), Pradeep Sharma (Print Aid), Vikram Sabherwal (Navrattan Enterprises), Anju & Sunil Chadha (Monika Printers), Vijay Mehta (VM Sharpping House), Dalip Arora (Sagar Packers), Vaneet Chhabra (Indomax & Co), Amit Khanna (Innomax Communications), Vinay Malhotra (Malhotra Publishing House), Sumeet Chawla (Apex Laser Die Solutions), Jai Prakash Sharma (Newstech India), Sahil (Matrix), Bhartiya Rattan Publishing House, Chankya Mudrak, HS Malhotra (AM Board Products), amongst others and here’s what they share about their business.

Pre-press segment…

Rajeev Arora (Goodluck Process) started a prepress house in Paharganj area and later shifted to this DSIIDC complex. They have fully equipped set up including CtP/ CtcP, Imagesetters, etc and keep themselves occupied round the year. On asking about clientele, Rajeev shared, “The 30 percent of our jobs comes from DSIIDC Complex clients, while 70 percent from outside. Our clients are 100 percent loyal to us.” On asking about expansion plans, he shared that they are about to open a new unit in Naraina. Sharing the reasons to shift to DSIIDC Complex, he revealed, “This is a very good area with no parking issues. Most of our clients and suppliers are located within vicinity making this place ideal for our business.”

While, HS Malhotra (AM Board Products) shifted almost ten years ago and is very happy to operate from here, “We are leading pre-press house of north India providing high quality photo polymer plates for both flexo and letter press printers. We have supplies all over India. We also have good overseas clients like in Nepal, Australia, USA, Sri Lanka, etc.”

Press segment…

Rohit Makol (Jay Kay Art Press) has been in the printing and packaging business for a short time ago. They were exporters of corrugated boxes and tags and in 2004, they shifted to Kirti Nagar as there was municipal sealing happening in Ramesh Nagar, and it was nearest to that place.

They take pride in the fact that most of their clients are with them since the beginning and are 100 percent satisfied. Having wellequipped set up, they have 5-colour and 2-colour machines which are running with 60 percent capacity round the year. In terms of expansion, they are planning to install 5-colour machine.

Deepak Arora (Arora Printers – a house of diaries) started their venture from old Delhi and shifted to this complex in the year 2000. They wanted to shift to an organised place where facilities were good and this complex was first choice. Deepak shared that they are the top seller in exclusive corporate diaries in Delhi and produce best quality products. Most of their job is high-end annual diaries, which are always in demand by corporates.

Ardeep Singh (TS Graphic Prints) specialises in all types of screen UV printing, paper bags, non woven bags, glittering printing, etc. Then, there is Bhartiya Rattan Publishing House, offset printing service provider, which deals in all sorts of print jobs and BVM Prints is a leading provider of advertising, promotions and events in Delhi NCR.

Salil Sagar (Guide Offset Printers) is amongst one of the premier commercial printers in this DSIIDC Complex. They shifted here in 2003, and the main reason was a requirement of big spacious facility to expand. Another reason was to be in the industrial area. They have one 4-colour and single colour offset machines. They have 70 percent capacity utilisation round the year. On asking about expansion plans, he said that

Press segment…

Rohit Makol (Jay Kay Art Press) has been in the printing and packaging business for a short time ago. They were exporters of corrugated boxes and tags and in 2004, they shifted to Kirti Nagar as there was municipal sealing happening in Ramesh Nagar, and it was nearest to that place.

They take pride in the fact that most of their clients are with them since the beginning and are 100 percent satisfied. Having wellequipped set up, they have 5-colour and 2-colour machines which are running with 60 percent capacity round the year. In terms of expansion, they are planning to install 5-colour machine.

Deepak Arora (Arora Printers – a house of diaries) started their venture from old Delhi and shifted to this complex in the year 2000. They wanted to shift to an organised place where facilities were good and this complex was first choice. Deepak shared that they are the top seller in exclusive corporate diaries in Delhi and produce best quality products. Most of their job is high-end annual diaries, which are always in demand by corporates.

Ardeep Singh (TS Graphic Prints) specialises in all types of screen UV printing, paper bags, non woven bags, glittering printing, etc. Then, there is Bhartiya Rattan Publishing House, offset printing service provider, which deals in all sorts of print jobs and BVM Prints is a leading provider of advertising, promotions and events in Delhi NCR.

Salil Sagar (Guide Offset Printers) is amongst one of the premier commercial printers in this DSIIDC Complex. They shifted here in 2003, and the main reason was a requirement of big spacious facility to expand. Another reason was to be in the industrial area. They have one 4-colour and single colour offset machines. They have 70 percent capacity utilisation round the year. On asking about expansion plans, he said that industrial complex in Delhi /NCR like this,” he added.

Value additions…

Vikram Vij (ATM Print ‘O’ Pack) is a leading provider of printing services and accessories, they specialise in UV coating, (Spot-Full), lamination, thermal lamination, aqueous coating, leaf printing on automatic machines. Vikram also feels great to be part of this complex.

Post press segment…

Vasant Mehta and Ajay Mehta of Rita Book Binding – specialist in book work, calendars, pharmaceutical visual aids, spiral, spico and wiro binding and hard case binding shared their views on the importance of binding for any print job and added, “Any book printed with a world-class quality, will not last long, if it is not bound well. And the irony of being a binder is that everyone wants to cut at our cost only, be it printer, publisher or an end user.” They are amongst the best binders in Delhi NCR region and feel proud to cater all top publishers and printers. Started in 1996 from Naraina, they shifted to Kirti Nagar in 1998. With a humble start of taking contract job, today they have fully equipped set up with all modern machines for folding, cutting and sewing. He shared that he is happy with the growth they are getting and will remain in the same field as both his sons are already into the family business and doing well.

Dalip Arora (Sagar Packers) specialises in book work, hard case binding, perfect binding, spiral, wiro and calendar binding.

He is an active member of the Kirti Nagar DSIIDC Complex Association. There was no government agency to look after the internal issues like street lights, greenery, security and cleanliness of the complex. To look after these, the association was formed in the year 2000. Explaining the role of association, he shared, “We are taking all the important issues and problems to the concerned government agencies. Be it property tax or borewell registration, we are making things easier for our members.”

DSIIDC Complex is so well maintained that Delhi government is setting up more such complexes with Kirti Nagar as a role model.

Publishing…

Vinay Malhotra (Malhotra Publishing House), perhaps the only publisher within the complex is amongst early birds, who shifted to this complex. They started from Vikas Puri and shifted here as this place was meant only for printing and packaging companies. They specialise in offset printing and agricultural publishing. “We mainly cater to overseas clients in South East Asia. We specialise in event and conference print jobs. Till now, we have published around 40 titles in agricultural segment.”

Being in a printing industry for 25 years now and having average working hours of 14-18 hours a day, he feels that his next generation is not keen to join him. “My father RN Malhotra was a national award winning printer and he started his printing venture in 1940. And after being in printing for many years, we took up publishing as well,” he informed.

Being a member of executive body of DSIIDC Complex Association, Kirti Nagar, he is responsible for all the greenery that is spread all over the complex. “I am here since the inception and have seen this place growing. As it is said that there’s always a scope for improvement, so we are trying our best to improve this place for better,” he shared.

Digital printing…

Chanakya Mudrak Pvt Ltd, with more than 28 years of experience in the printing and graphic arts industry has always viewed printing with passion and dedication, be it in the area of quality or commitment. In pursuance of excellence they felt the need to diversify and became one of the firsts and also the most experienced digital offset print house in India.

“For the past six years we have successfully completed projects involving almost all types of techniques and substrates, from metallic to textured substrates to Tyvek paper. Digital printing results are now the closest to those from conventional offset printing with an unbelievable accuracy! To maintain the highest standards we retain trained professionals to handle our state-ofthe- art equipment who take uncompromising care at every step ensure four-stage quality check to get optimum quality with an eye on affordability,” told Inder Kumar Arora, director, Chanakya Mudrak Pvt Ltd.

“We have an expertise in paper printing and all our products are generally paper based. Our state-of-the-art finishing and special effects called “snowing” (Scodix technology) can add phenomenal value to marketing collateral and printed products. It is an all new technology introduced for the first time in Delhi by Chanakya Mudrak!” he shared.

“Not only are we one of the first users of an HP Indigo Digital Offset printing machine in Northern India, but also one of the most experienced one. We are exclusively into B2B printing. Our range of products varies from printed items as small as business cards to coffee table books, and as different as Marathon BIBs to Braille Calendars,” he added.

Screen printing…

Pradeep Sharma (Printaid) specialises in screen printing, sheet to sheet pasting, window patching and scratch printing. They had started in the year 2005 as screen printer. All the work is being executed manually. Their clients are based within DSIIDC Complex. On asking relationship with the clients, he added, “Our relationship with all our clients is quite good. Most of our orders are repeat orders.” They have no expansion plans on the cards as he is happy being a screen printer.

Sunil Chadha (Monika Printers) deals in screen printing, die-cutting, lamination, thermal lamination, fully automatic UV, spot UV, aqueous/matt/scrub varnish. They shifted from Paschim Vihar due to Delhi government’s sealing drive. This place is best suited to them to cater to existing clients and manage cordial relationship with suppliers as well. They are looking for other printing related fields for expansion.

Suppliers…

Jai Prakash Sharma (Newstech India) feels good to be operational from Kirti Nagar complex as their business associates are easily approachable. Newstech with headquarter in Mumbai is the one stop destination for state-of-the-art equipment —pre-press, press and post press, with compatible consumables – plates, chemicals and blankets—for newspaper production.

Vaneet Chhabra (Indomax & Co - a manufacturer and supplier of packaging materials) is executive member of DSIIDC Complex Association. They shifted to this place in the very beginning. Prior to this, they were operating from a rented facility, but later purchased this one here.

Around 90 percent of their clients are based in DSIIDC and he is happy with the results and the business he is getting at the moment. On asking future plans, he shared, “Competition is ever growing in this industry. Automation and innovation are keywords for everyone in this industry who wants to grow and expand their operations. The working area for us as of now offer limited space so to expand we need to move out of this place.”

Sumeet Chawla (Apex Laser Die Solutions), on talking about DSIIDC Packaging Complex shared that it is a nice industrial place with ample parking, green surroundings and peaceful atmosphere. “This is one of the reasons which pull walk-in clients to the printers here,” he said.

Ahmedabad based Shilp Gravure has a representative office in this complex. They are engaged in engraved copper rollers, anilox rollers, etc.

While, Reprographic Systems and Supplies, with head office in Chennai, have branch office in B block of this packaging complex. They deal in quality consumables for press, pre-press, post press apart from quality control equipments.

In block ‘D’ Memory Repro Systems has grown with the notion of doing the right job every time. “We have earned a reputation for offering quality pre-press and post-press equipment and consumables, as a result of continuous investing in technology and human potential. Our ever expanding service network also acts as a benefit to clients, with timely assistance,” Bal Krishan shared. Memory Repro has a manufacturing facility in Mundka Industrial Area in west Delhi, with a sales office in this packaging complex. However they do execute some of their offerings right from here.

“We are key players in the Indian printing industry since 1974. Our specialisation encompasses designing, manufacturing, and installing pre-press and post-press equipment and supplying consumables. Our products are marketed under the brand MEMORY.

To keep pace with the rapid changes in the printing and packaging industry, we have invested significantly in technology, training and services. We offer our customers expert assistance and make every effort to deliver the best products and services. It is our belief that strong relations with customers will enable us to move forward, meeting the challenges of future,” he added.

Further elaborating his role as association’s president of DSIIDC complex, he narrated, “We are working on many things to make this complex better. This include, complete CCTV monitoring; big and more lighting; security and single gate entry for all. Besides, one important aspect is to get the area converted as freehold. We also hold Annual General Meetings (AGM), where we discuss all small and big issues and concerns on one-on-one basis.”

Col (Retd) PK Aggarwal of Quality Color Offset is amongst few persons, who are responsible for every positive change that has happened at DSIIDC Packaging Complex. He holds the portfolio of the secretary of the DSIIDC Kirti Nagar Association for last 15 years. On asking about his journey from army personnel to a printer, he added, “I retired in 1991 from army and started this business as it was a family business and know-how was available already. God has really been kind to me and having engaged in printing and packaging segment, I am feeling very comfortable and as such not looking for more clients.”

He shifted to this complex in 1999, to set up an individual unit and this complex was best choice at that time. On asking about the complex he added, “This complex was created in front of my eyes. I was the person, who started all the developments. Greenery, seen today is also my initiative, I used to carry saplings from nursery to the complex in my car that too with my own money. The association was also started by me, under a tree. And many years have gone, I have grown old, but all inmates still want me to continue as secretary, so that I am involved in all the activities.”

On asking about message he wants to give to the members of this complex he shared, “Cooperate with each other, we live in community and it never works without mutual support.”

DSIIDC Packaging Complex in Kirti Nagar is unique and playing center stage for printing and packaging solutions. A unique feature of the complex is that it also provides an opportunity for companies situated there for being clients to one another. The motto ‘grow and let grow’ seems to be more appropriate and similar kind of complexes/ clusters need to be set up in more cities.

Anjana Saha of Ricoh India Ltd honoured

A promising lady in the printing industry, Anjana Saha, national business and marketing manager, Ricoh India Ltd, has recently been conferred with an award for “Outstanding Services Rendering to Printing Industry“ by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP). She has also won various awards from Ricoh for her contribution and performance.

“My 15 years journey in the graphic arts industry has been very educative,” shares the beaming Anjana, who joined the graphic arts industry after completing her formal education in printing technology from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Later, she pursued her MBA in Marketing to enhance her skills further. After working in various capacities in MNCs, Anjana has been with Ricoh India for last five years and accountable for driving profitable revenue growth through marketing, operational and business development efforts. She is also responsible for ‘product life cycle management’ of various ‘digital production printers’ - colour, black & white cutsheet and continuous feed, wide format LED printers and large format signage printers. She has travelled to different parts of the world - Japan, USA, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand for various training programmes.

“Whatever knowledge I gain from such programmes, I try to implement the same in Indian market,” she adds.

Anjana also extensively travels in India to meet various customers - South to North and East to West. “I try to understand customers’ requirements and try to strategies the product as per the Indian context,” she shares. She even shares her wealth of knowledge with various printing colleges in the country - GJ University, Hissar; Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Kolkata etc. “I always motivate students specially girls and push them to come forward in the printing industry. Success is bound to come if you work hard,” she adds.

An avid reader, Anjana loves to read various management, marketing and philosophy books. Her favourite book is Marketing Warfare by Al Ries, Jack Trout and How to Create, Win & Dominate Markets by Philip Kotler.

Lucknow’s first Canon imagePRES C700 installed

The commercial printing market of Lucknow is now ascended upon an updated technology – Canon imagePRESS C700. This machine for new levels of quality and productivity in colour production has been installed at Crest Office Automation, located strategically on Kaysons Lane in the upmarket Hazratganj area of Lucknow. Print & Publishing captures the landmark installation.

The proud partnershipLed by Puneet Datta, director, Professional Printing Products Division, the team Canon India organised a well-attended ‘Road show’ on Canon imagePRESS C700 on January 29, 2015 at Lucknow followed by the installation of the same machine at Crest Office Automation on the very next day. Showcased at the road show was also the company’s 24- inch iPF605 large-format printer capable to deliver maximum resolution of 2400x1200 dpi in 4pl droplet size.

Puneet on the maiden installation of imagePRESS C700 in Lucknow said, “This is the 21st installation of this cutting-edge imagePRESS C-Series across the country.”

He further added that the response to machine, ever since its launch, has been phenomenal all over the globe. High-value applications of imagePRESS C700 include catchy brochures, high-quality full bleed booklets, quality perfect-bound books/ magazines and others, which are the main activities at Crest Office Automation, but all set to be enhanced to a new standard following the adoption of the advanced Canon machine. “Though we are printer of some of the local magazines, covers of these publications have since been outsourced due to limitation in facilities available with us.

Now, with this imagePRESS C700, we are well equipped and ready to deliver the covers in-house,” confidently said Dinesh Joshi, director, Crest Office Automation Pvt Ltd. Pratipaksh Sanbaad, Janpaksh, Metro Lucknow, to mention a few, are some of the locally-circulated magazines printed at Crest Office Automation. Other than magazines, corporate biggies who have been associated with the company since a long time for a gamut of commercial printing include Ashok Leyland, Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai Development Corporation, Idea Cellular and others.

A brief look at the technological specifications of imagePRESS C700 reveals the machine’s competency in delivering upto 2400x2400 dpi in 256 gradations per colour. Running at the speed of 70pp/min, handling regular paper sizes from 7.2x7.2 inch to 13x19.2 inch of 52 to 300 gsm, it boasts of maximum paper input capacity of 7,650 sheets and maximum output capacity of 11,200 sheets (A4/A3). imagePRESS C800 offers versatility to create extensive and innovative applications and can handle everything from short runs to complex variable data printing.

Close on the heels of the landmark installation of imagePRESS C700 in Lucknow, Puneet said Canon India is now set to hit the roads leading to non-metro cities. “Our next-level mission is to capture more B-class cities like Chandigarh, Pune and others of the kind in a similar fashion of the Lucknow installation,” mentioned Puneet adding that they would also decisively plan to set up new support team to further augment the venture.

Ricoh joins hands with Jindal Photo

Ricoh recently signed up with Jindal Photo Limited, a well known brand in the photo industry, as a master distributor for photo lab segment. Together, they participated in the Photofair Exhibition - CEIF (Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair) from January 8-11 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

“Ricoh's presence in Photo Fair created a big impact in the photographic segment. We got overwhelming response, almost 1000 + visitors from various parts of the country - Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Bangalore & Varanasi had visited our stall,” said their spokesperson.

The company displayed Ricoh colour production printers -Taurus & Charis along with various applications like marriage albums, photo books, etc. They booked orders for five colour production printers during the show.

HP Indigo and Designjet pull crowds at Photofair

Appadurai and Mahesh Kumar Soni of HP India Sales Pvt Ltd
share more about Indigo and Designjet technologies respectively,
in conversation with Varsha Verma.


Appadurai and Mahesh Kumar SoniAt CEIF Photofair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (January 8-11, 2015), HP displayed two major technologies – Designjet large format printers and HP Indigo printers.

Mahesh Kumar Soni, country manager – design business – GSB, printing and personal systems India, HP India Sales Pvt Ltd, shared, “At CEIF Photofair, we are displaying a couple of technologies. Our Designjet range of production machines has a huge gamut of products – from low-end to high-end machines. We have also designed an aqueous and latex corner at the show, where innovative applications are displayed.”

Mahesh also explained that Designjet supports applications with quality, speed, economy and productivity. “The industry has become quality-conscious and Designjet offers 6/8 and 12-colour options to suit the customer’s requirements. We have a range of machines from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10-11 lakh, suiting all budgets. The HPZ3200 is a 12-colour machine with built-in spectrophotometer, which offers greater quality and is a differentiator.”

While, Appadurai, country manager-Indigo & Inkjet Solutions, Hewlett-Packard India Sales Ltd, shared that HP has provided booth spaces to eight of their customers at Photofair. “Each customer of ours is attracting thousands of his customers (photographers) to their booth. It is a good opportunity for them to meet their customers and increase their business,” he said.

Besides, HP also launched their HP Indigo 7800 at the show. “It works on MG600 platform and can handle a wide range of substrates like plastics, canvas, etc. It is a fastest sheet-fed digital printer with a speed of 160 ppm,” he shared. On asking about the target audience, Appadurai shared that initially, they are targeting their existing installation base of photolabs. “Infact, it is a great machine for commercial printers as it has an inline spectrophotometer which auto-calibrates the first print to the nth print,” he added. Another upgradation is the addition of light black.

On asking about the use of digital printing for book publishing segment, Appadurai shared that there are three segments in book publishing where digital printing is playing a substantial role – STM, coffee table books and children publishing. “In STM segment, especially in the medical field, innovations happen in mere 18 days. While, coffee table books require high quality print on special paper and has shorter runs, so digital is the only solution. As for children publishing, where again quality is very important, personalised children books are a big hit.

Though digital has made small inroads into publishing, it is bound to grow,” he said. Another important segment, where digital printing is playing a major role is 3D DVD covers. “This is possible through lenticular printing,” he added.

Inquiring about the technological innovations, Appadurai remarked that Indigo works on superior technology. “Infact, it is a digital offset machine – a digital machine with offset like quality. The sizes are increasing – with 13”x19” format to 20”x30” format, which can now cater to many more applications. I believe that there would be more innovation in size and more automation would follow,” he added.

HP India would showcase their capabilities in a 325 sq m booth at Printpack India 2015. “We hope to display Indigo and Designjet machines. Also latex would be a major attraction at the show. We will have a Wall of Fame where best applications around the world on HP Indigo would be displayed,” concluded Appadurai.

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