Naph Graphics’ engineering-based ship is steady

Naph Graphics’ engineering-based ship is steady
Naph Graphics Koncept tower press at their plant in Noida

Delhi NCR-based Naph Graphics is known for building quality web offset presses designed for printing medium-sized editions of newspapers and periodicals. The company also produces special parts and attachments for web offset presses of varying makes, which showcase Naph’s engineering capabilities. Naph Graphics has supplied vertical online log delivery stackers for a number of press manufacturers across the country. The machines built by Naph Graphics are optimally designed for printing not only newspapers and periodicals but also books for printers producing medium-sized editions. At the same time Naph Graphics has diversified to the flexible packaging market with the manufacture of a high quality slitter rewinder. Indian Printer & Publisher spoke to Mohit Bansal, assistant director – marketing, Naph Graphics, for updates on the company’s growth story particularly in relation to the newspaper and book web offset presses.

Like any other manufacturer in the country, Naph Graphics also endured periods of low and high demand. The Indian web offset press market continues to remain dynamic with the newspaper, magazine and book publishing segments showing decent growth despite major turbulence in the form of demonetization and the currently under-implementation GST. Like most other sectors of the Indian economy, the web offset press manufacturing sector too, is enduring the difficulties that these developments pose. However, orders for new machines haven’t slackened even with the periodic rise and fall in demand.

The Naph Graphics production units in Noida and Greater Noida are generally abuzz with activity round the year and more so at the present time, with the crew working through shifts to process a number of orders from both within and outside the country. Bansal says that the company’s order book presently includes two Koncept tower presses for a couple of book publishers in Bangladesh, two 16-page presses for a newspaper abroad and one order for a 20-page press at home in India, for a newspaper contract printer. All the web offset presses on order have a speed of 36,000 cph, with maximum paper roll diameter of 1,100 mm and maximum paper roll width of 914 mm in addition to all the standard features and minor customizations wherever specified.

According to Bansal, quite a few other orders from within and outside the country are in various stages of maturity and the company is confident of closing all these deals shortly. He further shares that the company is steadily promoting its folders that are based on the 2 : 2 : 1 principle with double diameter jaw drum, double diameter folding drum and single diameter cutting cylinder. This configuration allows the folder to perform better without loss of production speed as it has just one clutch to engage and disengage along with high-speed quarter-folder attachment for the in-line one-fourth fold needed particularly by book printers. In terms of productivity, the Naph Graphics quarter-folder can easily exceed 25,000 cph and can even go up to 28,000 cph.

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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