TOI upgrades presses in Kolkata and Airoli

manroland Cromoman 4 x 1 presses

Times of India has been relying on manroland as its partner for print technology and service for the last two decades.

The Times of India printing company has been relying on manroland web systems as its partner for print technology and service for the last two decades. Now the capacities of two printing centres are to be expanded simultaneously, in order to further increase the success of the leading English Language broadsheet daily newspaper in India, through higher productivity.

India’s most successful daily newspaper has been printing with manroland web systems Cromoman 4 x 1 presses since 2011. The circulation of the Times of India is more than twice as high as its closest competitor’s with 3.4 million newspapers every day and can be compared with the circulation figures of leading regional daily newspapers in India. This calls for efficiency and creativity, two characteristics of the Cromoman 4 x 1. The high-end systems are the fastest in their class and well automated. Furthermore, they are perfectly suitable for contract printing and at the same time the Cromoman 4 x 1 prints high quality newspapers and magazines. Considering the constantly increasing circulation figures and the booming market, Times of India made the decision to upgrade its newspaper printing presses. The Cromoman 4 x 1 in Kolkata will be upgraded with two towers and two reel splicers. The press in Airoli will soon print on one tower and with an additional reel splicer.

Higher performance, more success 

The performance power of the Cromoman 4 x 1 makes production Times of India has been relying on manroland as its partner for print technology and service for the last two decades. speeds of up to 75,000 cylinder revolutions per hour possible every day. Minimum changeover times prepare the next production quickly. Automation options reduce paper waste, make-ready times and personnel costs. Important functions include fast automatic webbing-up (50 m per minute), inline control systems and the full integration of additional components into the PECOM control system.

In May 2017, the newly produced printing towers will leave the mrws headquarters in Augsburg and will be delivered to India. By the end of 2017, the promising capacity expansion is expected to be completed and to start production.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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