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manroland web systems doing well in India

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Sudeep Bhattacharjee, managing director, manroland India. Photo IPP

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.

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