TOI adds 4 x 1 towers in Chennai and Pune plants

TOI adds 4 x 1 towers in Chennai and Pune plants
Srinivas Ch

According to its managing director Sudeep Bhattacharjee, manroland web systems completed three installations of Regioman 4 x 1 tower extensions last month at The Times of India’s Chennai and Pune plants. In addition, the company is all set to complete the installation of three more 4 x 1 Cromoman towers at The Times of India Kolkata and Airoli (Navi Mumbai) plants by the end of July 2017. “In India, we had a pretty good month,” says Bhattacharjee.

Recently, manroland sold a registration cut-off system to Amar Ujala, which will be mounted on a Manugraph M360 press. The installation is expected by September 2017. Last year during WanIfra 2016 Conference in Kolkata, manroland sold a registration cut off system to Lokmat.

Speaking about the service projects that the company has taken up since last year, Bhattacharjee says, “Worldwide, we started service projects since drupa 2016, when we laid special emphasis on the service part. Subsequently, we did a big project in America. In India, the project has begun to gain momentum since the last edition of Wan Ifra in Kolkata.”

Global commercial web offset sales
Bhattacharjee further shares that manroland web system has sold five commercial heatset web offset presses across Europe, Australia, Iran and America in the recent past. “As far as commercial web offset sales are concerned, this year we had a very good sale worldwide—in terms of annual sales, we have almost 90% of the entire market. That is a good thing that has happened in this segment.”

Bhattacharjee said that Indian newspapers are growing with healthy sales figures coming from the regional newspapers. In fact, since April 2017, the newspaper industry in general is experiencing a good run with many dailies investing in Indian manufactured presses as well. “If we talk about imported newspaper presses, a few customers are now looking at investing in double-width (4 x 1) presses; although it’s taking some time, it will surely happen. There has been a sudden rush of double-width presses in the southern part of the country. In fact, if we look at the top South Indian language dailies, they have already converted to double-width,” says Bhattacharjee. I also feel that there is good opportunity in the northern part of the country. In the North, the newspapers are growing at a healthy rate and the circulations are going up. I think there will be a time very soon when they have to think about double-width (4 x 1) presses like their southern language counterparts.”

Last year, manroland installed a Cromoman 4 x 1 press at Hyderabad-based Namasthe Telangana, which went into production in December 2016. “We are talking to people and they are looking at various projects. There are good things in store but that would take some time to happen,” concludes Bhattacharjee.

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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