Naph Graphics’ engineering-based ship is steady

Processing both domestic and export orders for web offset presses

Mohit Bansal, assistant director – marketing, Naph Graphics

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.

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