New Products & Installations

Kodak’s thermal CTP technology a hit in Tamil Nadu

Earlier this year, Kodak celebrated 21 years of thermal imaging technology and its 21,000th computer-to-plate (CTP) sale at drupa 2016. In India, the print industry continued to build on its healthy growth trajectory with investments in new technology and equipment a key factor shaping the future for the country’s hundreds of thousands of printers. One region, in particular, has characterized this investment trend over the past year. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Kodak has seen sharp demand for its portfolio of CTP platesetters with ten customers in 2016 choosing to integrate Kodak’s complete pre-press solution -- thermal CTP platesetters, thermal printing plates, and Prinergy Workflow -- into their operations.

By incorporating this pre-press combination, printers are realizing improvements in productivity, quality, and sustainability, especially when integrating technology like SONORA Process Free Plates.

Some of the well-known printers in Tamil Nadu which have adopted Kodak technology include:

Digital Plate System in Chennai installed their fifth Kodak CTP, a Trendsetter Q800. As a pre-press Bureau, their core needs include speed of output and high resolution to meet the exacting needs of their customers. They opted for a high-speed machine (X Speed) that delivers 2400 dpi output at a standard 34 plates an hour. Combined with Kodak plates, Digital Plate System will utilize this advanced infrastructure to expand their business in the market.

While, Frontline Printer in Guindy, which serves the publishing market (newspapers and magazines) added a second Kodak CTP machine with the purchase of a Kodak Trendsetter Q400.

Eswari Cards in Sivakasi, which was established over 50 years ago, has carved out a niche in the wedding card market, where they are well-recognized leaders offering a wide variety of options to professional wedding photographers. Recognizing market demand for a higher degree of output quality, Eswaro Cards installed a Kodak Trendsetter Q800 CTP and Kodak thermal plates.

In Madurai, Tamil Nadu’s cultural headquarters, a strong economy over the past few years has buttressed the growth of the print industry. Vijaay Offset is taking advantage of this trend and has invested in a Kodak Trendsetter Q800 for their offset production of stationery, book publishing, and general commercial printing jobs.

Olympic Cards is an existing Kodak customer, and they were running an older model of the Trendsetter 800 CTP platesetter. Their experience with Kodak and Trendsetter’s thermal imaging capabilities gave them the confidence to choose Kodak yet again, and they recently installed a hybrid Kodak Trendsetter Q800 CTP with DITR film imaging capabilities. Catering to wedding cards and stationery printing jobs, Olympic Cards is set to grow their business with the help of DITR, which produces consistent, reliable results with sharp image reproduction and exceptional background clarity.

The new installations in Tamil Nadu highlight the trust that the print industry has in thermal plate imaging technology and on Kodak’s ability to deliver on the demands of India’s burgeoning print industry.

HP records robust installations for its PageWide portfolio in India

HP Inc has announced a double-digit growth in installations for its PageWide portfolio of printers across the country.

“As we celebrate the one year completion of our PageWide portfolio introduction in the Indian market, we are delighted to note a sustained and healthy growth in the installed base across the country,” said Devang Karia, country manager, Large Format Design, GSB, HP Inc. India. “The PageWide portfolio offers a compelling proposition against LED with the fastest large-format production printing available in colour and black-and-white enabling reprographic houses, print service providers (PSPs), enterprise central reprographic departments (CRDs) and print corners to produce computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and opens up new business opportunities with geographic information system (GIS) maps, point-of-sale applications and posters with high speed, versatility and productivity. We are confident of a sustained and high double digit growth of our installed base as our customers reap unprecedented benefits with our PageWide portfolio.”

HP PageWide XL portfolio offers the fastest large-format production printing available in color and black-and-white. HP PageWide XL Printers do the job of two printers in one single device, providing monochrome and color prints at breakthrough speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer.

HP PageWide printers and MFPs enjoy the leadership in the TDP MV-HV segment with market leading share of 88.9 percent as per the IDC data for Q3, 2016.

The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes the HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and Multi-function Printer (MFP); HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer; HP PageWide XL 8000 and 5000 printers; and HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP.

Efficient Sheeter from Line O Matic

Line O Matic offers Cut Size Sheeter CSS 20/CSS 40/CSS 60/CSS 100, which consists of shaftless unwinding twin reel stations, de-curling unit, slitting unit, chopping unit, conveyor unit, collating unit, robot unit, ream wrapping unit, centralized control panel(PLC).

Line O Matic Cut Size Sheeter is a heavy duty high capacity photo copy paper making machine. This is an online reel to photo copy ream making machine with automatic wrapping system. It is loaded with the most advanced features to meet the latest industry requirements. The machine not only provides unlimited flexibility while operating but also an assurance of accurate cutting. It is an online paper reel to A4/A3 copier ream making machine, with unlimited flexibility while operating.

Heidelberg makes inroads into tier-II cities

–Tiruvannamalai’s Subam Printers installs a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74

As part of its revenue acceleration strategy, Tiruvannamalai-based Subam Printers expanded its most-coveted portfolio with a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74. “Quality excellence is an unspoken commitment to the customer. We continue to rely on Heidelberg to help us deliver this promise,” smiles Palani, managing director, the driving force behind the 25-year old print firm.

The Heidelberg connection…

Palani (in center) with the brand new Speedmaster SM 74 Four colour press.From a modest beginning as a screen-printing startup in 1991, Subam Printers has grown to a 12,000 square feet print facility today, owing to the relentless efforts of this first-generation printer. His relationship with Heidelberg dates back to 2011, when Subam installed a Speedmaster 74, four-colour offset press at its Guindy subsidiary in Chennai.

A major portion of Subam’s business consists of commercial printing jobs from regular clients. The print shop is equipped with a state-of-the-art designing division and a complete array of prepress and postpress equipments. The latest Speedmaster SM 74 installation is a perfect fit into the print shop’s quality- and performance-conscious modus operandi, which is to “avoid delays and defects, while practicing zero tolerance to negligence.”

How Speedmaster SM 74 will enhance their work?

Palani states emphatically, “With our new ‘Speedmaster SM 74.’ there would be no delays or defects, thanks to automation components like ‘Autoplate’ to facilitate fast and efficient plate changes. This in turn, reduces make-ready and setup times phenomenally compared to other presses. With a production speed of up to 15,000 sheets per hour, the press is exactly what we need for our commercial printing setup.”

Ganesh Kumar, senior sales manager, Heidelberg, adds, “Productivity, performance and Prinect – that sums up the Speedmaster SM 74 for you.” The Prinect Easy Control colour measuring system of the Speedmaster SM 74 helps in bringing down paper waste levels, while a speed-compensated Alcolor dampening system produces brilliant print results. A highly-automated feeder with central suction tape helps the Speedmaster SM 74 handle a wide array of printing substrates, from thin paper to board, ranging in thickness from 0.03 mm (0.0012 inches) to 0.6 mm (0.024 inches).

“The latest generation print buyers are sticklers for quality output, as well as timely and reliable delivery. The SM 74 will help drive better user experience for our growing client base. It is our key to explore a broader addressable market,” Palani says.

Heidelberg focus on tier-II cities

The installation is also a reflection of the inroads Heidelberg is making into Tier-2 cities. Rajendra Prasad, manager - Marketing & Communications, comments, “The Indian print industry has the next wave of growth from Tier-2 cities. We are glad that our continued emphasis on Tier-2 markets is starting to pay off. The Subam installation shows that we have moved from market creation into the adoption phase. While we focus on innovation in core technologies, Heidelberg will continue to keep the customer at the centre of everything we do.”

Mimaki opens first India demo centre at New Delhi

Now that Mimaki is fully gearing up for a strong and determined presence in the Indian market, the company has opened its first demo centre in the country at New Delhi, accommodating an exclusive range of machines of varied configurations and technologies. PRINT & PUBLISHING takes a sneak peek at the newly opened Mimaki demo centre, which is designed to help customers get live experience of the company’s latest and upgraded machines.

Yasuhiro Yamada, Kazuaki Ikeda and Tomohiro Ikeda formally opening the demo centreLocated at the ground floor of DLF Tower on Shivaji Marg in New Delhi, the first demo centre of Mimaki in India is measured around 3,000 sq ft. The centre easily accommodates up to 10 wide-format machines at a time, providing visitors live running and demonstrations of the displaying machines. In a brief conversation with Sign & Graphics, Tomohiro Ikeda, managing director, Mimaki India Private Limited, says the opening of the demo centre is an important move they have strategically taken up to intensify the company’s presence in the Indian market.

“At the demo centre, we demonstrate our range of machines, which consist of the latest releases and upgraded models,” mentions Tomohiro, adding that the technologies on display at the centre are predominantly of UV, Latex and eco-solvent machines. The line up consists of a whole gamut of Mimaki machines, from entry-level to high-end models, designed for all possible applications that any print solution provider may like to pick up to fulfill customers of varied backgrounds. Whether it is UV flatbed or roll-to-roll systems, the centre has it all under its roof.

As of now, the demo centre houses different Mimaki systems of different technological advantages—namely, Mimaki UJF-7151 plus UV flatbed inkjet printer; Mimaki JFX 200-2513 UV LED flatbed inkjet; Mimaki JV 300 Series, all for solvent/water-based sublimation inks; Mimaki CG-SR III Series cutting plotters; Mimaki SIJ-300 UV LED inkjets series; Mimaki JV 400 Latex Series for odour-free aqueous, resin-based technology with proven green qualities, among others. “We are introducing this Latex series in the coming Media Expo 2016, to be organised this month at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi,” informs Tomohiro. Mimaki India has so far been partnered with some of the leading machine suppliers that take care of distributing all machine models in any far and near geography of the country. “Now we have tied up with four Indian suppliers; hopefully more can become as per our requirement in future,” says Tomohiro.

When asked about the number of demonstration centres they plan for the Indian market, Tomohiro says the number could be of any, but after the Delhi centre, what we are planning is to open another one soon in the western part of the country.

Shunmuga Thermal System installs Heidelberg CtP to internalise CtP plate-making

Team Shunmuga with brand new Heidelberg Suprasetter A106 CtP equipmentSivakasi-based Shunmuga Thermal System invested in a Heidelberg Computer-to-Plate Suprasetter A106 to bring the CTP plate making process in-house, marking a departure from a tradition of outsourcing the pre-press operation. This installation not only reasserts Heidelberg’s market dominance in Sivakasi, a major printing hub in South India, but also is indicative of a growing trend of printing firms that aim to internalize CTP plate making.

“Our latest addition - the Heidelberg Suprasetter CtP 106 - is a game changer. Having an in-house plate-making facility has helped cut down on outsourcing time and costs, with a tremendous positive impact on productivity and quality. Heidelberg’s pre-press and press standardization is a job well done,” comments Thavasi kumar, the co-founder of Shumunga Thermal Systems.

A high-performance, pre-press equipment designed for medium formats, the Suprasetter A106 can produce up to 18 full-sized plates /hour, and expose plates in sizes ranging from 370x323mm to 930x1140mm. Exceptionally low power consumption renders a long laser life for the Suprasetter A106, a strong credential that appeals to customers like Shunmuga.

Established as a commercial printing unit in 1985, this three-decade old company, operates out of a 12,000 square feet production facility, and continues to specialize in printing school notebooks. The production shop floor is equipped with a Heidelberg SM 102 five-colour press with perfector – operating in multiple shifts, in addition to two other two-colour and four-colour presses. The Postpress division includes state-of the-art cutting, finishing and lamination equipments.

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