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.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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