Naph Graphics innovates its web offset presses

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Founded by four partners, Harish Bansal, Neeraj Rastogi, Ashu Bharaj and Ashok Goel in 1996, Naph Graphics develops web offset printing presses, specially designed for printing newspapers and periodicals with medium-sized editions and circulations. The company started with the production of uniquely designed shafts and then came up with a new folder design for web offset presses that it first sold to an Eastern India customer. At a time when newspapers are adding capacity and quality improvements to existing presses, Naph is also able to offer attachments and field retrofits for existing presses of other manufacturers in addition to its own web offset presses.

Best-in-class folders
Naph Graphics is well known for its quarter folders, which it claims have features that are unique. Based on the 2:2:1 principle with double diameter jaw drum, double diameter folding drum and a single diameter cutting cylinder, the configuration helps in improved folder performance since it has just one clutch to engage and disengage.

The folder is equipped with an electronic copy counter, safety pins for overload protection and fan-type delivery. It is also equipped with an inline creasing system for perfect quarter folding at high speeds in addition to parallel perforation on the folded edge of the section in order to release trapped air. Naph Graphics also offers high-speed double parallel folders for book printing with parallel and cross perforation. Naph claims its folders require less maintenance, are less noisy and offer reliable functions and longer service life. In terms of productivity, the folder output easily exceeds 25,000 cph. It is also possible to insert color and monochrome supplement pages in the main section of the newspaper automatically with the help of a balloon former.

Integrated reel stand
Naph Graphics claims to be the first manufacturer in India to put the reel stand underneath the tower while ensuring that the height of their 4-Hi tower remains at 14.5 feet. Naph Graphics presslines with integrated reel-stands ensure shorter web paths resulting in less wastage apart from saving space on the shop floor.

Other innovations and engineering improvements carried out by Naph Graphics on its presses result in considerably better performance. For instance, Naph Graphics’ press towers have staggered cylinders adjusted to ensure that even when the blanket is disturbed, the tension on the paper does not change, resulting in better ink registration and quality output. These critical improvements in design components are the result of market-oriented research that are an integral part of product development and engineering at Naph Graphics.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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