New Products & Installations

Chennai’s Xpress Imprint invests in Heidelberg Printmaster PM 74 & Polar 78 Cutter

“Your dream is your destiny,” smiles Nagi Reddy, the director of Chennai-based print shop Xpress Imprint, which recently embellished its strong portfolio with value additions from Heidelberg – the Printmaster PM 74 and Polar 78 programmable cutting machine. Nagi Reddy’s association with Heidelberg dates back to his childhood days, where he would play in the press room around the several Heidelberg cylinder presses operating in full swing at BNK PRESS. Taking cues from his roots, Nagi founded a modest, one-man print shop in 1998 – Xpress Imprint, to supply printed stationery for healthcare institutions. He recalls the challenging times with a chuckle, “It was like a movie. I had a mini-offset press and played all roles from machine operator to running the business. But, the experience was educational and inspired my journey towards new horizons.” Today, Xpress Imprint is a compelling presence in Vadapalani, Chennai, and a trusted name among print buyers in the city. The firm installed a Heidelberg Printmaster GTO 52 in 2008, later expanding to a Speedmaster SM 52 five-colour press in 2010. The latest installation, the Printmaster PM 74 four-colour press, is pre-owned equipment from Heidelberg.

Nagi Reddy of Xpress Imprint with Klaus Nielsen, managing director, Heidelberg India and Venkataraman, regional sales manager, Heidelberg India.Nagi comments on the latest addition, “We were looking to upgrade to a press that could run both commercial and packaging jobs, switching between the two activities with ease, and yield better productivity. Heidelberg was our natural choice.”

The highly automated Heidelberg Printmaster PM 74 operates at a speed of 13,000 sheets per hour, delivering increased productivity.

The compact press is ideal for 29 inch format printing. The equipment can process substrates ranging from 0.03-0.6 milli-meter, resulting in high degree of flexibility. On his choice of remarketed equipment, Nagi says, “We decided to go for used equipment, mainly because of our confidence in Heidelberg India’s remarketed equipment division. We are not new to used equipment.

The Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 five-colour press we acquired in 2010 was also remarketed equipment. The press is in perfect condition even today and its performance is outstanding. We were more than happy with the after-sales support as well. So, we thought why not again? The Printmaster PM 74 was imported from Germany, after a thorough inspection by Heidelberg engineers. Heidelberg offered extended warranty for the spares and replaced rollers and blankets on the machine with brand new ones. From the date of installation, Heidelberg has been supportive out and out.”

The format and substrate-switchover features of the Printmaster PM 74 have helped Xpress Imprint achieve better productivity, inviting more business. “Success begins with a dream. If you are willing to work hard and go the extra mile to make your customer happy, one can make dreams come true.

Believe me, you do not have to be rich or famous to achieve your goals,” Nagi Reddy states emphatically.

The other acquisition is a brand new Polar 78 high-speed cutter, which provides remarkable efficiency. It is equipped with the ‘OptiKnife’ knife-changing system that facilitates easy operation, and precise cutting accuracy. The Polar 78 cutting machine joins an impressive array of cutting, folding and die-punching machines in the post-press division of Xpress Imprint. Venkataraman, regional sales manager of Heidelberg India says, “This is our third successful installation for Xpress Imprint. We will continue to provide support in every way we can. Needless to mention, our experts pay frequent visits to them shop providing technical support.”

A quality-conscious entrepreneur, Nagi Reddy hails from an artistic heritage. His illustrious grandfather, B Nagi Reddy founded and established the famous Vijaya Vauhini Studios, one of the largest in Asia. The studio has now been converted to a multi-specialty hospital. His grandfather was also a printing pioneer and a past president of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP).

He founded and managed BNK PRESS and Prasad Process—both multi-awardee Litho & Offset printing companies in Chennai from the 60’s until the 90’s.

Arch bishop blesses Pressline installation at Viani Printings, Kochi

The major arch bishop of Ernakulam Angamaly Arch diocese and the patron of Viani Printings—Mar George Cardinal Alanchery inaugurated the new PRESSLINE – PRIMA 36 multi colour web offset printing machine and a sheet fed offset KOMORI – LITHRON LS 25 and laid the foundation stone for the proposed new mega project Viani Print Arcade at Choody near Alwaye in presence of the auxillary bishop of Ernakulam Angamaly Arch diocese and chairman of Viani Printings— Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath, the auxillary bishop of Ernakulam Angamaly Arch diocese and vice chairman of Viani Printings—Mar Jose Puthenveettil, Tony Chammany—Kochi Corporation mayor, Gracy Joseph—councilor, Satish Bajwa—the chairman and managing director of Pressline India Limited, Angelo Lima Fernande—founder and managing director of Insight Group of Companies in the function held at Viani Printings, Ernakulam North, Kochi.

The managing director of Viani Printings, Fr Francis Arickal welcomed the gathering and the asst director of Viani Printings and principal of Viani Institute of Advanced Printing Technology (ViAPT), Fr Dr Paul Chakkian delivered the vote of thanks. The arch bishop blessed the gathering and the machines with sprinkling of holy water. The major attraction for the august gathering was the prints in colour coming out of the Pressline folder and thereafter the spontaneous print of the news and pictures related to the inaugural function.

Viani Printings, Kochi is one of the leading printing and publishing house in Kerala located at Kochi under the management of Ernakulam Angamaly Archdiocese of Syro- Malabar Church. Viani Printings is having a good team of professionals with strong/ technically qualified and dedicated staff in all departments.

"In our mega project comprising five acres of land, we are planning for printing college, automatic note-book making unit with all sizes and features, text book printing and production unit—International Print House, and packaging and printing unit offering all packaging solutions," stated Fr Francis Arickal.

Viani Institute of Advanced Printing Technology (ViAPT) is a continuation of the printing school started in the year 1967. Presently this Institute is functioning at Viani Printings, Kochi and in near future this will be upgrade as the printing college. Fr Dr Paul Chakkian is the principal and Kurias N Chacko, the New Indian Express Group of Publications former production manager and technical head of Kerala is the dean of studies.

Speaking at the function Satish Bajwa emphasised on the pivotal role printing plays and said, “It is my great privilege and pleasure that I am honoured to be here in august presence of eminences.” “At the outset I would like to congratulate Rev Fr Francis Arickal, the managing director and Rev Fr Paul Chakkian, Kurias, N Chacko for taking the giant steps towards the upgradation to bring Viani Printings to greater heights. I also express my sincere thanks to the board of directors and their technical advisors for giving Pressline India Private Limited, an opportunity to be one of your associates.”

The sentence “a drop of ink makes millions think” itself speak billions of words, how printing plays the pivotal role in shaping the minds of humans in educating and molding them. Having complete range of latest printing machineries and finishing equipment Viani Printings plays the key role to maintain the number one literacy status of Kerala in India. It will not be out of the way to mention here that the god's own country is gifted with Viani Printings to take the printing standards to excellence.

Also appreciate the great contribution of Viani Printings to this fully literated land for almost half a century. The latest version of Presline Prima 36 has been installed and being commissioned recently to join the fleet of new machines at Viani Printings. The Pressline's Prima is capable of printing 12- page newspaper, all in multi colour with a few more colour combinations to print 16- or 20- page newspaper. The machine can also print A4 size magazine signatures of 16- or 32- page all in colour. At this occasion we assure our fullest co-operation to Viani Printings at all the times to bring the best possible results and smooth production on our machines.

“My heartfelt gratitude to imposing their confidence in Pressline and look forward to have more potential association in the days to come,” appreciated Satish Bajwa. He also offered the facilities available at the Pressline factory to train the students of the institute so that, a strong contingent of trained web offset personal are available in future to service the web industry associated with commercial printers, newspapers at Kerala, nationally and internationally.

Express Newspapers orders first Goss Magnum Compact for the southern hemisphere

Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Limited has ordered a Goss Magnum Compact press for installation at its plant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the production of daily and weekly newspapers and semi-commercial magazines.

The order comprises three fourhigh Magnum Compact towers with one folder for 24-page singlewidth production with 546 mm cut-off. Installation is scheduled to begin in spring 2015.

“The Magnum Compact press will give us benefits on many levels,” said Kumar Nadesan, managing director, Express Newspapers. “Apart from providing more page capacity, the new press is highly automated which will make our daily production more streamlined and efficient.”

(L to R) Peter Kirwan, vice president of Asia Pacific, Goss International, Keerthi Abeynayake of MD Scan Engineering (Goss agent for Sri Lanka) and Kumar Nadesan, managing director, Express Newspapers.The Goss Magnum Compact press is the world’s first – and only – 2x1 web offset press with an automatic platechanger. The Goss Autoplate plate-changing facility will enable Express Newspapers to change a full set of 24 plates in less than five minutes, including ink presets. In addition, the ability to change a single plate in less than one minute will allow Express Newspapers to produce the multiple language editions of the company’s flagship newspaper, Virakesari, with unprecedented speed and efficiency. Full automation with pre-setting, automatic register control, ink filling and automatic reelstands are among the other time and waste-saving features.

In addition to the three editions of Virakesari (28-page Tamil-language daily with a circulation of approximately 65,000 copies; the 72-page Sunday Virakesari has a circulation of around 120,000 copies), Express Newspapers publishes a raft of newspapers and coldset magazines, including Metro News (daily, 25,000 copies); The Vidivelli (weekly, 27,000 copies); The Sooriyakanthi (weekly, 15,000 copies); The Mithiran (weekly, 40,000 copies); The Genuis (fortnightly, 20,000 copies); The Jothidakesari (monthly, 10,000 copies); and The Sugavalvu (monthly, 10,000 copies).

As the Goss Magnum Compact press is equally suited to book and semi-commercial work as newspaper printing, it is an attractive choice for the company.

The new Magnum Compact press for Express Newspapers will deliver more page capacity while making daily production more streamlined and efficient.“With the transformation of the newspaper market, we want to be sure that we are able to respond to new circumstances,” Nadesan continued. “The Magnum Compact press is a game-changer in being able to offer that versatility as well as the immediate benefit of time and waste savings. This made it our best choice to accommodate different editions, jobs, and the possibility of short runs for special editions or commercial publications.”

The fast and automatic plate changes of the Magnum Compact mean that plates can be changed and good copy achieved faster than on any other single-width newspaper press on the market, making it viable for short runs as low as 500 copies.

“We have a long history with Goss,” Nadesan concludes. “We have relied on our existing Goss Community SSC press for many years. Now, the Magnum Compact press will make us the most technologically advanced newspaper publisher in the region; its productivity, flexibility and automation will ensure our competitive edge well into the future.”

New milestones for Heidelberg

Onyx Printers, Bangalore has installed the first Heidelberg Speedmaster SX-74 in India while Sri Laxmi Ganapathi Images installed first Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 four-colour press and Suprasetter A 106 CtP in Andhra Pradesh.

Bangalore installation

Pradeep and Channabasappa with the brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 four-colour press.Onyx Printers is the first company in India to install Heidelberg Speedmaster SX-74 – the new benchmark for presses in the 50 x 70 format. The hybrid press, a drupa 2012 model, is a winning combination of the cutting-edge technology of the Speedmaster XL class with the tried-and-tested platform of the Speedmaster SM series.

“Of course, we were off to a bumpy start like any other fledgling business, but the journey has been and continues to be incredible. All the hard work is paying off now. We print with passion and enjoy the pressure,” smiles Pradeep Herur, who along with his brother Channabasappa (Channu) runs the show at Onyx Printers in Bangalore. The print-shop is engaged in packaging and commercial printing.

drupa 2012 was the launch pad for the Heidelberg Speedmaster SX models. At the show, the brothers got a chance to take a closer look at the Speedmaster SX-74 and were impressed with the short make-ready times and quick job change-over. The desire to own this sensational press took root in their minds.

Later, they visited Coimbatore for a special demo on SM 74, a press in a similar format and class, to observe its production capacity in the home environment. He called the press a “game-changer,” for its splendid performance in a local environment operated by a local operator on local raw material. The presentation strengthened their resolve to go for the Speedmaster SX-74, which is designed for ergonomic operation, shorter make-ready and a speed of 15,000 sheets per hour. The SX 74 press comes with auto plate loading, proven alcolor dampening system for brilliant print results. Highly efficient, Speedmaster SX-74 can handle substrates from 0.03 mm paper to 0.60 mm board with a maximum print format of 20.87” × 29.13.”

“One of the most alluring features is the flexibility in configuration,” he adds more thoughtfully. Onyx Printers has a prestigious clientele that includes Ad agencies and some big names in the corporate sector. About 60 percent of the work at Onyx involves packaging printing and the rest commercial printing. “Our clients are even happier with this latest addition to our family,” Pradeep concludes, adding “This is reflected in the flurry of new orders, ever since the Speedmaster SX-74 was installed.”

Andhra Pradesh installation

Veerabhadra Rao and Nagabhushana Rao with the Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74.Established in Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, Sri Laxmi Ganapathi Images, has recently installed Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 four-colour press and Suprasetter A 106 CtP equipment at a new branch of the company in Rajahmundry recently. With the latest investment, the four-decade old company is now equipped with contemporary technology in-house to cover the entire process chain from prepress through post-press.

The credit goes to the present owners MV Nagabhushana Rao and MV Veerbhadra Rao, who assumed control of the press in 1978 from their father and founder MV Satyanarayana. Under the leadership of this dynamic duo, the firm is constantly expanding its horizons to meet the new challenges in this highly competitive and fragmented business.

The company is engaged in printing Hindu literature, academic text books, workbooks, brochures, posters, magazines and wedding cards. Bhadra Rao visited Heidelberg’s Wiesloch production facility in Germany to get a personal handle on the company and the equipment he planned to buy.

But, once he set his eyes on the press, and the ensuing demo, his perspective underwent a 180-degree transformation. At that point, the decision to buy the Speedmaster SM 74 became a no-brainer. “It was love at first sight,” he recalls with a chuckle. “We were looking to improve print quality and speed, while reducing paper wastage,” he adds. The Speedmaster SM 74 four-color press matched his requirements to a tee.

The Prinect Press Center of the Speedmaster SM 74, with its innovative intellistart process-oriented operator guidance system, enables straightforward and precise machine control, while the speed-compensated Alcolor dampening system produces brilliant print results. The Speedmaster SM 74 can process a wide range of printing substrates, ranging in thickness from 0.03 mm (0.0012 inches) to 0.6 mm (0.024 inches).

The Print-shop has also installed the state-of-the-art, Heidelberg Suprasetter A106 CtP high performance pre-press equipment, which process 18 plates per hour with plate formats from 370 × 323 mm to 930 × 1,060 mm. Equipped with unique thermal laser technology developed by Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg experience has turned both the Raos into hardcore Heidelberg loyalists. “The investment is already beginning to pay off,” says the excited Nagabhushana Rao. “Ever since the equipments were installed, printing orders are pouring in,” he adds happily. Looking ahead, the Raos’ are already considering further investment in Heidelberg equipments in the next few years. This time their choice would run on the lines of a Heidelberg CD 102 press in the 70 x 100 format and a Polar cutter. “Progress is about the choices we make. Heidelberg has turned out to be one of our best business decisions,” concludes Veerbhadra Rao.

Demonstrating productivity and versatility

Heidelberg India conducts an open-house and a seminar in Coimbatore to give insights into their solutions

(From left) Thilak Kumar (managing director, Shree Maruthi Printers) with Udo Fiebiger (regional business manager - Heidelberg Asia Pacific), Peter Rego (general manager - sales, Heidelberg India) and Venkataraman (regional sales manager – Heidelberg India).Heidelberg India recently conducted an open-house at Shree Maruthi Printers, where live demos were carried out on the China assembled Heidelberg Speedmaster SM74 press. Three make readies with varied stock thickness ranging from 125 gsm to 350 gsm were carried out. Printers from all over India were amazed to witness a live production of varied jobs with remarkably short make-ready times, very high productivity and versatility. One of the highlights of the demo was a 350 gsm packaging job running at 15,000 iph and within the next ten minutes the press was producing a 150 gsm commercial job. “At an average, 50 jobs are produced and two million business cards are printed and delivered in a day,” said Dr Thilak Kumar, managing director, Shree Maruthi Printers, Coimbatore on the productivity of their newly installed Heidelberg Speedmaster SM74-4H.

After the live demo, Heidelberg India conducted a seminar titled ‘HEI PRODUCTIVITY’ at a hotel in the city. On the occasion, welcoming the gathering, Venkataraman Ganesan, regional sales manager, Heidelberg India, highlighted the importance of delivering value to the print products and mentioned that sustaining growth in a competitive environment is one of the major challenges faced by any printing industry today. Heidelberg has the solutions to overcome this aggressive business trend and help printers remain competitive. Udo Fiebiger, regional business manager, Heidelberg Asia Pacific, gave insights into the press solutions from Heidelberg, particularly the SM 74 offset press assembled in Heidelberg’s factory in China.

Peter Rego, general manager-sales, Heidelberg India and Saseendran Baskaran, assistant general manager-sales, Heidelberg India, touched upon noteworthy subjects in their presentations giving an overview of the products launched at drupa 2012, too. In the last session of the seminar, printers were exposed to various finance options available, enabling them to procure latest technologies.

“Coimbatore has been an important market for us. The market has grown in the past few years at a fast pace especially with the emerging industries like real estate, label, textiles and FMCG. Commercial printing has seen a fast growth in this region. Printers in Coimbatore are more conscious about the quality printing and we have many printers like Shree Maruthi Printers, Kalaikathir Achagam, Hitech Offset, Ace Data and Chroma Print, pioneering the adoption of brand new state-of-the-art equipments from Heidelberg,” added Ganesan.

Primera C130 and Bravo S: an ideal duo for both short runs and long runs

Working with new printed products also means new requirements for print finishing. So after installing a 6-colour Komori press last year, and taking into account that new printed products remain just as important while requirements for print finishing continue to evolve, Consolidated Press in Seattle, Washington has put into operation a Primera C130 saddle stitcher to go along with its Bravo S, both from Muller Martini.

“Due to our new signature machine, we are now able to print superior products including covers, all with the best quality,” says the company’s CEO Gary R Stone who has owned and operated the company that was founded in 1934 jointly with CFO Robert T Brown since 1995. “For the shorter print runs, in particular, we need a new solution that have significantly lower changeover times,” says Bob Brown.

That is why Consolidated Press decided in favor of a new Primera C130, which replaced two older Muller Martini saddle stitchers and complements a Bravo S that was put into operation in 2003. The new machine features six flat pile feeders, a cover feeder, a merchandise tipper, inline die cutting for calendars as well as an Apollo compensating stacker.

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