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Special offer on Saphira consumables at Printpack

Easymatrix 106 foiling machine

Heidelberg is participating in Printpack for the first time, and is showing its postpress finishing solutions. Together with its postpress partner, MK Masterwork Machinery, it will be demonstrating two MK Easymatrix diecutting machines at the show. The 220 square meter stand will present and highlight the company’s complete offerings right from its Prinect Prepress Solutions to its presses and finishing and converting equipment. In addition, Heidelber will bring special discounted offers on consumables, spares and services to Printpack India.

The star products at the show will be the Easymatrix 106 FC foiling machine and the Easymatrix 106 diecutting machine with stripping – both the machines were launched in 2015, and showcased at the Heidelberg stand at drupa 2016. On all the days of the exhibition both the machines will demonstrate carton packaging work and related workflow.

The Easymatrix 106 FC foiling equipment is targeted at packaging printers and converters for producing high quality, fine register foiling and embossing cartons with precise registration in one pass. Twenty heating zones ensure best results, even with complicated jobs. The longitudinal foil unwind system is equipped with 3 advance shafts in the standard configuration which can be expanded to 6 shafts for smooth, accurate feeding of the foil with excellent tension.

The software for the foiling system was developed by Masterwork and can handle even complex foil advance calculations – increasing efficiencies in foil usage. The foil tension is controlled with servo drives and a foil rewinder is available as an option. A hologram registration system can be added as well.

According to Heidelberg, the Easymatrix is a value for money equipment for packaging printers. Its automated workflow is much more effective because it largely eliminates errors resulting from manual intervention. With an output of 7,700 sheets an hour and short set-up times, the Easymatrix 106 C/CS is productive and hence cost-effective up to the 106 format. It processes materials from 90 to 2,000 grams per square meter. Even corrugated board up to 4 mm thickness can be processed. So far there are 14 Easymatrix equipment installed in India. Customers include Galaxy offset, Parksons Packaging, TCPL and Replika.

Customers will have an opportunity to feel the real power of Heidelberg’s Prinect solutions at the prepress area with a complete demo and learn about the company’s subscription models and prepress software solutions. The Saphira knowledge team will be there to support customers for their needs for the right pressroom chemistry and ink combinations. Customers can also enter in appropriate discussions with Heidelberg’s unique subscription models for acquiring a printing press in their plant without having to buy the machine for which it will be useful to be ready with production data and project plans. The company will be running a Special Printpack India offer at the show for its Saphira consumables and services.

CGSASP’s finishing solutions at CEIF 2019

Vpaper Tower exhibited at the CGSASP stand at CEIF 2019

Capital Graphics (CGSASP) offers customized solutions to the graphic arts and packaging industry apart from offering full-time technical support to the wide range of products it offers. At the recently concluded CEIF 2019 in Greater Noida, it exhibited three machines for finishing and photobook production at its stand. The first was the Unifoil Printer, a digital finishing machine that allows print shops to print names, logos and images in gold, silver or any color foil. Especially useful for bound volumes including photobooks, the machine enables customers to better personalize and premiumize their products. The solution was offered to photobook printers and commercial print shops to print foil in different colors and several machines were sold at the show itself.

The second machine on display was the Vpaper Tower for producing lay-flat photobooks with double-sided print. While most of the lay-flat solutions in the market are expensive and require single sided printed to be glued back-to-back, this machine makes softcover and hardcover lay-flat books from sheets that are printed on both sides using a special double creasing system. These books open fully and stay open.

For photobook producers the solution offered was much cheaper in comparison to others. “The Indian market has a huge potential in the wedding album segment. But, on the other hand, there is also a big market for the commercial printers who do more on-demand production with fewer quantities but more print work. They want to finish these print work on the higher end as they have a greater profit margin in finishing,” says Kunal Gandhi, director of Delhi-based CGSASP.

The third lay-flat machine for photobooks shown was also from Italy – from Marcello Strada. It is a very simple and practical machine with a single compressor motor that uses pre-gummed boards (adhesive removable boards) to which one-side printed sheets are fixed with precision. Marcello Strada himself was at the stand demonstrating the machine.

In India, normal binding is more prevalent as compared to other forms. When the books are thicker, normal binding doesn’t help. The books do not open properly. The center-stitched books are still better in comparison to the ones which are glued. For books to lay-flat some amount of creasing is required. That is possible with the machines that we offer. The lay-flat market is growing in India because now people are becoming aware about this technology,” adds Gandhi.

The print quantities are increasing day-by-day. The demand for more printed work in a short span of time is increasing. In addition to these factors, the cost of manpower is increasing and all these factors are playing a vital role in automating processes. “These factors will sooner or later compel print shops to adopt automated solutions because profitability will take a hit if one remains rigid in the longer run. Also, there is a heaven and hell difference between the work done by a machine as compared to that done manually. There won’t be any consistency in the job if automation isn’t adopted. For example, if one produces 500 books and all the books don’t have the same finish, the entire stock would be rejected. Today, quality has become the key and, hence, automation is inevitable,” he says.

Even though the lay-flat technology is fast growing in the country, there are still many who have no knowledge about it. There is a need for companies offering this technology to introduce it to the market on a wider scale. “There is a need to market this technology well. This is not known to people now and we cannot expect random people walking by our stand to stop and ask us about it. We need to educate the market about lay-flat books. This machine adds value to the print work. Generally, value-addition needs a lot of knowledge to be shared. At the same time, all those who came to know about this technology are looking for ways to integrate it at their workspace,” Gandhi concludes.

Also at the stand was Gabriele Spano, a photographer who has built up the I Nobili studio in Italy which fabricates luxury packaging for photobooks. These are the ultimate in cases, valises and boxes with handles for the preservation, storage and display of memorabilia and luxuriously bound photobooks. Speaking of his desire to spend more time in India to understand its culture and the need to create new luxury products, Spano says, “We believe that beauty will save the world and we hope to contribute.”

Sona papers to exhibit specialty grade papers at Printpack 2019

Sona Papers to exhibit recycled paper at Printpack 2019

The Printpack India exhibition is recognized as the country’s leading and one of the largest trade shows in the printing and packaging fraternity. It acts as a platform where the customers, printers, converters and other packaging industry professionals gather to showcase, source and acknowledge the recent developments in the printing and packaging arena. As a leading fine paper merchant of the country, Sona Papers sees a great opportunity through this participation, to be recognized as a trusted and reliable stakeholder in commercial printing and packaging arena.

The company will exhibit its range of specialty grade fine papers, 100% recycled papers and specialty boards at the show. It has been participating in Printpack India exhibition since the last 10 years. “Printpack India does provide us a good platform to interact with potential printers, print specifiers and converters. The company is also expecting higher visibility of its product portfolio among the printing and packaging fraternity,” a spokesperson from the company says. At the event, the company plans to target the printers, print specifiers, converters, packaging industry professionals, digital printers, graphic designers and corporates.

Kolhapur’s Sigmarq Technologies to debut at Printpack 2019

Sigmarq Technologies assembly shop

Kolhapur-based web offset press manufacturer Sigmarq Technologies will be participating for the first time at the upcoming Printpack 2019. Situated in the Five Star MIDC, about 30-minute drive from the city of Kolhapur, Sigmarq has been making a mark for itself in the web offset industry. Managed by two veterans of the industry, Rajesh Ghorpade and Pradeep Shirale, the young company now caters to some of the well-known names in the newspaper industry.

At Printpack, the company will be displaying its flagship product Crusader towers along with its accessories like motorized ink zone control system and sneak type webbing up system. However, there will be no live demonstrations, Ghorpade says.

“Since this is our first Printpack exhibition, we wish to meet all interested parties. It is the biggest show in India which carries its legacy as authenticity, so it is an important show for us,” he adds.

Sigmarq achieved success with its autopasters and progressed to making towers and folders in 2012. In 2014, it launched the Crusader brand of towers. Some other customers that Sigmarq caters to are Ennadu, Gujarat Mitra, Malayala Manorama, and Daily Thanthi, among others.

Spotlight on the Hot Picks at Printpack – Show Daily

CN Ashok

At a recent meeting in Coimbatore, CN Ashok talking about the upcoming Printpack India exhibition said, “It is shaping up well and it is an important show that is being held at a nice venue. As far as foreign visitors are concerned, Autoprint has received confirmation from many who plan to visit the show. They are Autoprint’s existing dealers and they will come to the show. So, according to me, there is good traction.”

Indeed as the the Printpack Exhibitors tell us more daily about their exhibits, the exhibition is on course to be the most successful edition of this event yet. We are daily updating our Printpack pages with new previews. We are also expecting the new Aqua Line of the Noida Metro that goes to the India Exposition Centre in Greater Noida to be inaugurated before 31 January 2019. Although we have read that the testing is done and there is a wait for the prime minister’s to do the honors, no date has yet been announced. However, iff the inauguration doesn’t take place by 31 January, NMRC will have to reapply for a CMRS clearance, which would need more trials and thus, further delay the Aqua Line’s launch.

Book fair

Hot picks

The Printpack Show Daily which will be distributed each day at the show entrace is on course to help visitors find the most interesting new developments being exhibited and demonstrated at the event. Support it and use it to tells visitors what hot at your stand while we will ourselves put the spotlight on the must see technology with our hot pick at the show. Tell us what you are showing and why your product or technology deserves to be one of the hot-picks for Printpack 2019. Write to Harish with your stand’s preview at

ASER 2018 report released


ASER (Annual State of Education Report) 2018 was released on 15 January 2019 at India International Center, New Delhi, during the official release event. The report surveys status of children’s education and schooling across rural India. In 2017, ASER conducted a survey called ‘Beyond Basics’ on the age group between 14-18 years across 28 districts in India to get the knowledge of aspirations of the youth and to assess their abilities and skills applied in everyday tasks.

In the 13th report, ASER reversed back to the ‘Basic’ model of assessment for children aged between 3-16 years in 2018. A total of 596 districts, 3,54,944 households, and 5,46,527 children were surveyed in 2018. The reports cover the three major aspects of the status of education – school enrollment and attendance, basic reading and math abilities in children aged between 5-16 years, and school facilities with sports infrastructure was a new addition in 2018 report.

Enrollment in schools

School enrollment for children aged between 6-14 has been above 95% for more than 10 years, the figure has reached 97% in 2018. The children opting out of school has reached below 3% for the first time. Enrollment for girls in schools has improved over time. More than 10% of girls enrolled out of school in 2006, the figure dropped to more than half in 2018 with only 4.1% out of school. Similarly, more than 20% of girls aged between 15-16 years were not enrolled in school at all in 2008; this figure dropped down to 13. 5% in 2008. Enrollment of children in private schools has been consistently increasing over the years.

Reading and mathematical abilities

ASER 2018 reveals that there is a low yet consistent increase in reading abilities among children in primary classes. The mathematical skills of children in class 5 in government schools have increased in states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Beyond Basics

In ‘Beyond Basics’ segment of the report, it was found that children aged between 14-16 years showed substantial gender gap in the arithmetic skills such as division in the everyday context. Boys outperformed girls in maths. However, girls performed better than boys where reading skills were concerned in many states.

School and sports infrastructure

The Right to Education Act implemented in 2010 has considerably helped to improve the figure of children receiving compulsory primary education. The availability of school facilities mandated by RTE has improved during the 8 year period to quite an extent. A total of 66.4% of schools have usable girls’ toilet while the figure was just 48% in 2010. However, these figures do not stand true for states like Jammu and Kashmir and major North-eastern states. The 2018 report also revealed that 8 out of 10 schools provided children with playground either inside the school premises or nearby.

Moreover, for the first time, ASER observes that the foundational skills of children more than one grade have improved and sustained for the past few years. The fact also covers the government schools that provide to the underprivileged children.

A movable feast


The 27th annual New Delhi World Book Fair organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi between 5 January to 13 January 2019 was a roaring success. One of the oldest book fairs in India, it is organized by the National Book Trust of India. The theme of this year’s book fair was ‘Books for readers with special needs’ and the ‘guest of honor country’ was Sharjah. The fair offered a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, to promote titles and was an intellectual feast.

Apart from the thousand of book titles presented by hundreds of publishers around the world, the book fair hosted numerous mini-exhibits, international events, seminars, conferences, coversations, and cultural programs to captivate book lovers. The category-wise placed exhibitors made it easy for the visitors to navigate through the fair. Halls were designated for events related to children, authors, foreign exhibitors, cultural presentations, seminars and discussions, themes, and international events.

The event began on 5 January with the inauguration of the Sharjah Guest of Honor Pavilion. The aesthetically pleasing Sharjah Pavilion attracted quite a number of visitors which introduced them to the Arabic tradition, history, politics, literature, calligraphy, folk music, art, artifacts, costumes and books. From the chance to meet some of the extraordinary artists from Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to a peek into the tax free and profitable environment of Sharjah’s publishing industry, the Sharjah pavilion made an exciting spot at the book fair.

We are all differently-abled

The theme of this year’s book fair emphasized the reading needs of the differently abled and especially children. The attempt was to explore the problems related to the production and distribution of content for readers with various special needs. Panel discussions on the topics such as ‘Readers with special needs: Issues and challenges,’ ‘Inculcating reading habits among children, with special needs,’ a Disability Film Festival, discussion with differently-abled artists, poetry and music programs were some of the many approaches undertaken by the National Book Trust to meaningfully reflect on the important issue.

Dapon, an all dwarves theatre group in India performed a short drama depicting the daily discrimination and prejudices they have to suffer at the hands of ‘normal’ people on 8 January in the theme pailion. The pavilion was decorated posters, panels and art about and by some of the differently-abled artists and achievers.

The Children’s pavilion hosted a variety of workshops and panel discussions on magazines, children’s literature, storytelling, anger and stress management, skits on importance of books, seminars on the rights of students, science writing, imagination, dance, Indian history, career guidance and environment. The organisers of their activities included Pratham Books, Wise n Shine, National Book Trust, Amity University Press, Jawaharlal University University, ABDS Corporation, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the Sahitya Akademi.

The author’s corner was an interesting platform for budding and aspiring writers to gain an insight into the world of writers and publishers. Discussions revolved around new books, politics, evolving forms of writing and literature, various forms of writing, audio books, electronic media and the future of books. Publishers and authors such as Renu Saini from Prabhat Prakashan, Priyank from Benten Books, Nikhil Devasar and Venkatesan from Penguin Random House India, Vani Prakashan, Natasha Badhwar from Simon and Schuster, Reshma Qureshi and Tania Singh from Pan Macmillan India and many others shared and explained their views on these topics.

Life after acid attacks

The pavilion gave voice to acid attack victims in an event ‘Life after acid attack: being Reshma’ organized on 10 January where Reshma Qureshi spoke about how she overcame the suffering and damaged caused to her after a a brutal acid attack and evolving into a confident and strong person who is now the face of ‘Make love not scars’ an initiative aimed towards supporting acid attack survivors. On 11 January, the Braille edition of Ek Yogi ki Atmakatha, the Hindi translation of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, a yogi who spread the knowledge of yoga and spirituality among millions of people around the world.

Apart from the smorgasbord of events on diverse topics, book fair visitors found themselves lost for hours in the sea of books ranging from original titles to discounted books filling countless shelves in well designed visual settings. The 9-day long book fair ended on 13 January 2019 successfully with a total of 9,00,000 visitors. This years theme sentisized young and older visitors to the daily struggles and serious issues faced by differently-abled people while also empowering them to address these challenges.

Durst strengthens large format printing division

Dual leadership: Durst has promoted long time employees Christian Harder and Andrea Riccardi to run its large format printing division

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is expanding its high-revenue Large Format Printing (LFP) segment with a new leadership. Previously, the segment was divided into the areas of web-fed printing in Brixen and flatbed printing at the Lienz production site. With the introduction of the P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems, the historically grown structure will be dissolved in favor of better efficiency in the daily dealings with Durst customers and the business unit will be controlled from the Durst headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy.

The new dual leadership will be formed by experienced Durst managers Christian Harder and Andrea Riccardi. Both employees have been with the company for over 20 years and have helped shape the evolutionary stages of Durst inkjet technology in all its facets. As the new global sales director, Harder has cross-segment know-how and has been responsible for successful worldwide sales management for ceramics printing in recent years. Prior to that, he was responsible for sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the LFP segment. Riccardi, as the new head of Product Management, worked for many years in direct sales in the important LFP market Italy and since the end of 2016 has been responsible for the product portfolio in LFP web printing and the further development in soft signage/fabrics printing.

“The reorganization in the LFP segment brings together the building blocks we set in 2017 with the introduction of the P5 technology platform, the expansion of the Lienz and Brixen customer centers and the new headquarter in Brixen,” says Christoph Gamper, chief executive officer of the Durst Group. “The new dual leadership has my fullest confidence and the best prerequisites for further developing the segment and consolidating our position as market leader. By concentrating the management function in the Group, we are also paving the way for optimal networking and integration with the relevant areas in development, software and services. The Lienz location will also benefit from the cross-segment technology transfer.”

KM’s new C83hc for faster photo imaging

Konica Minolta
L-R Manish Gupta, national marketing manager - IP & PP, Daisuke Mori, managing director, Ashok Sethi, general manager - Sales - PPDC/IDC, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India

Konica Minolta participated in full strength at the Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair (CEIF) 2019 held at Greater Noida recently. The company displayed the AccurioPress C83hc and C73hc along with MGI JETVarnish 3DS. While the new AccurioPress C83hc enables production printing with an output of 81 ppm with automated and real-time registration adjustment, the MGI JET Varnish with foil enhances documents with sparkling effects using 3D or traditional flat spot UV coating and digital foil.

In the photobook industry, we at Konica Minolta India have been able to sustain good growth both in the number of presses sold and in number of output (or clicks) as far as the photo print volumes are concerned. We have gone beyond the metro cities such as the B, C and D towns now. These conventional photographic imaging customers are slowly moving to the digital segment and along with this change our machines being well accepted,” says Ashok Sethi, general manager – Sales PPDC/IDC, Konica Minolta Business Solutions. Also at the stand were Konica Minolta India’s managing director Daisuke Mori and Manish Gupta, the company’s national marketing manager.

As far as the print volumes are concerned, the company has witnessed 12 to 15% growth and the numbers are similar on the machine units. Konica Minolta offers the High-Chroma series of machines to the photo book industry. Earlier it was the 70hc, then the company graduated to 71hc and now the latest machines by Konica Minolta for the photo book industry are the 73hc and 83hc.

The AccurioPress C83hc is the latest machine which is best suited to customers with high print volumes who can print as many as 100 to 150 albums per day. Launched in late 2018, the C83hc from Konica Minolta costs nearly 20% more than C73hc. So far, it has reached about a half dozen installations across the country.

Full choice for the photobook segment

Earlier the company offered only the C71hc, now it offers three machines in that segment with an output of 71 ppm and 81ppm – the C71hc, C73hc, C83hc. “When we talk about the photo book market and all the three machines combined, we have an installation base of nearly 650 machines so far. We have still not fazed the 70hc machine either – these older machines are also still running. We still use the same technology for the machines but over a period of time the toners have changed, including some improvements on the imaging end and productivity.

Talking about improvements on the imaging end, we don’t mean the resolution of the machine, as it remains the same. In terms of ensuring the quality of the imaging, certain parameters within the machine have changed over the years. We have a better understanding about the customer requirements. We also have a new color calibration unit – IQ501,” says Manish Gupta, national marketing manager – PP & IP at Konica Minolta Business Solutions.


The new IQ501 color management unit ensures the quality of every print in the machine. The basic purpose of this unit is to ensure quality standards, color and image-to-image registration. It is equipped with two scanners and a color array which ensure that the sheet-to-sheet color and image registration are accurate. It can also be linked to Konica Minolta’s cloud-based color management solution. The IQ501 unit takes some space so although it can be retrofitted on the older Accurio digital presses, printers have to make sure that they have the space for it fit between the print and delivery unit of the machine.


As far as the new B2 inkjet press that Konica Minolta has installed at its first customer in Chennai, Gupta says, “The KM1 is doing good. We are going a tad slower on that probably to understand the Indian perspective, the challenges and the applications of the machine. The KM1 uses a different technology – UV inkjet. In the Indian context in terms of where we can position those applications and the different kinds of media on which can be used on the machine are some of the initial challenges that we are facing and daily solving,” Gupta says.

Daisuke Mori, managing director of Konica Minolta India added that the company believes that it is still in the investment stage as far as the machine is concerned. “Since this is the start of a new product line, the company plans to invest more depending upon the business the machine generates. We are not strictly looking at the profitability angle at this beginning stage,” says Mori.

QuarkXPress update adds full Indic languages support


On 15 January 2018 – Quark Software released today the December Update for QuarkXPress 2018. With this update, QuarkXPress 2018 adds new features to fully support Indic language typography. As a global leader in graphic design and page layout software, Quark recognizes the need for full Indic language support, which is now offered as a free update to QuarkXPress 2018. In addition to supporting current customers, Quark sees significant potential to attract a new customer base with these new features.

The value of Indic support

“We see a trend worldwide, and of course in India, where customers prefer our perpetual – no-subscription – licensing model for QuarkXPress. Together with our partners 4C Plus, Clavis Technologies, Modular Infotech and Summit, we are excited to be able to serve the Indian market even better now with full Indic language support,” said Ramesh Yella, senior product manager for QuarkXPress. “Our partners are also offering professional OpenType fonts and additional software and services that are needed to publish in India, which will help customers get even more value from QuarkXPress.”

What’s in the December Update?

To help customers in India publish in popular Indic languages, QuarkXPress 2018 now integrates with updated Unicode libraries and offers full support to Indic Unicode fonts. QuarkXPress 2018 embraces native OS features for keyboard input methods for Indian languages. It also supports analyzing and reordering characters as per Indic orthographic syllable boundaries; conjunct creation and glyph positioning; Hunspell hyphenation support for 11 Indian languages that offers spell checking and hyphenation methods; text input through keyboard; copy and paste and direct import and more. The key features are:

Indic text and typography support: Quark now offers core text and typography features in QuarkXPress to enable Indian publishers to build and publish documents in various Indian languages that support Unicode fonts.

Support for Indic Unicode fonts: Users can obtain Indic Unicode Fonts from font vendors like any other fonts (Latin script fonts) without having to use special XTensions to support keyboard mapping and other language features.

Digital publishing with Indic fonts: With the native Unicode fonts support, now users can publish to HTML with digital layout capabilities within QuarkXPress. The digital formats include eBooks, HTML5 Publications and App Studio Apps.

QuarkXPress customer Harsh Chaudhary, Director of Dainik Navajyoti, Jaipur, says, “Our designers love QuarkXPress 2018 for its faster performance and easy to use UI retained for many years. The native Indic support is a huge plus as we were waiting years for this support. In addition to hyphenation support, spellchecking is an added advantage. We look forward to exploring native HTML5 export capabilities with Indic languages. The perpetual licensing model of QuarkXPress gives us an opportunity to choose when to upgrade and it does not lock us into subscriptions where we end up paying with no added value.”

QuarkXPress 2018 Indic Support Features Overview

Integration with the latest Unicode and ICU libraries; Indic language support for the following Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Odia, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Assamese and Gujarati; Integration with Input Keyboard Methods (IMEs) offered by Windows and macOS platforms;

Support for Indic text typing, import, export and copy and paste; Support for OpenType features offered by Indic fonts; Spell checking for Indic languages; Hyphenation for Indic languages; Syllable based Drop Caps support; Unichar based Indic text deletion; Find/Change support for Indic languages;

Enhanced Glyph palette support for Indic languages; Integration of font grouping, font fall-back, language locking for Indic fonts; Integration of zero width joiner and zero width non-joiner support for Indic text; and, Syllable based Kerning/Tracking support.

Indic Support Free for Existing QuarkXPress 2018 Users

The December Update including Indic support is for both Mac and Windows versions of QuarkXPress 2018 and is free for all current QuarkXPress 2018 users. It can be downloaded using the built-in Auto Updater in QuarkXPress or downloaded here:

Special offer for users of competing software: Save 50%

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QuarkXPress 2018 is available for purchase through the Quark Store, from our Quark telesales team or from any of our Authorized Resellers.

About QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress is the graphic design and page layout software used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world who value quality and performance in their daily production of print and digital products. Built on a 64-bit architecture with uniquely innovative features, QuarkXPress has surpassed the competition as the most modern and efficient design software on the market today.

Printpack 2019: BVS to introduce Guardian PQV detection system

Baldwin Vision Systems
MultiCam TRIM camera

Baldwin Vision Systems designs and manufactures advanced color management and inspection technology solutions to help achieve print quality perfection with consistency. By automating workflow, the company helps its customers manage complex requirements and exacting standards. Its solutions also help reduce waste and improve print quality—delivering a fast return on investment.

Among the BVS automated solutions, DeltaCam and SpectralCam deliver accurate inline spectral data to achieve absolute color consistency. For packaging and converting, BVS is introducing Guardian PQV advanced 100% defect detection for the entire production process. The Guardian RTM adds real-time quality monitoring to track and compare many different production metrics. ColorTrack software facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink. Additional solutions include the performance-proven AccuCam, MultiCam, MultiCam TRIM, CCR+, RIC, and the new Autotron 3600.

This is the first time that the company is exhibiting as BALDWIN Vision Systems, after last year’s acquisition led to the combined engineering resources, product portfolios, and global footprint of QuadTech, PC Industries and Web Printing Controls.

Fujifilm’s print and photography offering at CEIF 2019

SM Ramprasad, assistant vice president of Fujifilm India

Fujifilm, a major brand in the digital imaging market, participated at the recently concluded CEIF 2019 in Greater Noida. The company’s stand at the exhibition was seen bustling with various programs and interactive sessions with the visitors. “Whenever there is an event in Delhi, there is always a bit of skepticism because this venue is far from the main city. But I think this venue has evolved to an extent where the customers don’t mind traveling all the way,” says SM Ramprasad, assistant vice president of Fujifilm India.

Apart from selling products or launching new products, it is more of a festive atmosphere at the photo exhibition. Fujifilm has over the years come across a lot of customers in India, and with the kind of bonding the company shares with these customers, the event provided a great opportunity to get in touch with prospective customers and also proved to be an exceptional networking platform.

Fujifilm Jet Press 720s aimed at commercial print

Apart from its imaging and inkjet technologies on show, we asked Ramprasad to talk about the B2 format Fujifilm Jet Press 720s, which is a sheetfed inkjet press of interest to commercial and packaging printers as well as to the photo-book market in India. Ramprasad said, “The kind of product the 720s is, it requires certain ROIs for the customer to be completely sure of the product. Currently, we don’t want to sell the 720s press as a product just for the photo applications, or the wedding album segment because that is a market wherein A3 is working exceptionally well. And hence, we want to address this product more to the commercial offset industry.

“In commercial offset, there is a challenge of running cost. Currently, the customer benchmarking is the cost incurred on offset as compared to short-run jobs. There is a point, as of now; if the printers are able to come to a level of say 200 to 500 sheets in the B2 format, the 720s will become economical actually. This short run of 200 to 500 sheets merged with the number of jobs a printer has in a month will be the determining factor. The moment this threshold crosses 1,000 B2 sheets, it becomes easier for customers. Right now, we do have some prospects where we’re working on. But by and large, the running cost is a factor in India as compared to Europe and Japan, which determines the viability of a product here.”

Since there is an element of risk in buying the new Fujifilm Jet Press 720s and achieving the ROI, many of the printers who seem to be interested are actually keen for someone to be the first mover and to prove its viability in the Indian market. Fujifilm India is also keen not to oversell the Jet Press 720s and it appreciates that its customers need to themselves understand both the capabilities of the technology and the opportunities that it represents in the realistic light of the market conditions that they face. Nevertheless, Ramprasad is optimistic considering the number of customers who are seriously interested in buying a B2 format sheetfed inkjet press.


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