HT Media and ToI order UV curing systems

HT Media

L–R: Volker Selg, head of sales — web applications, IST Metz; Snehasis Roy, technical director, The Times of India; Holger Kühn, managing director sales-IST Metz; Shyam Shanker, director—B & C, The Times of India; Jürgen Merz, sales manager -web applications, IST Metz; Christian Metz, chief executive officer, IST Metz & Robert Sänger, managing director – technical, IST Metz

In the beginning of August, German UV curing system manufacturer IST METZ GmbH announced the sale of three UV curing systems to HT Media Ltd. for installation at their Greater Noida plant and six UV curing systems to The Times of India, for Installation at three of their plants.

The HT Media UV systems are installed on their Colorman & TKS presses and The Times of India UV systems will be installed on their Regioman presses. The systems at HT Media were handed over on 31 July 2017, while The Times of India systems will be installed in Sept. 2017.

IST METZ, based in Nürtingen in southern Germany, with around 500 people worldwide and international sales companies in France, England, Italy, USA, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, China, Thailand and Japan, provides complete systems with both UV arc-lamps and LED. A major strength of IST METZ is the capability of integrating into presses as well as the deep process knowledge.

During the techno-commercial decision-making process, HT Media’s management expressed its extreme satisfaction with the system installed on the Regioman press in Mumbai, in August 2015. This was the basis for the repeat orders.

In the case of The Times of India, who had tried competitors’ systems previously without much success, Snehasis Roy – technical director, helped the management with his thorough knowledge on the IST METZ system, having installed it at ABP Ltd., when he was assistant vice president – production till 31 December 2016.

With these sales IST METZ could be considered as a leading supplier of UV systems for both doublewide and singlewide presses, with their installations at Bartaman of the Manugraph Hi-Line press.

The flexibility of the IST METZ system helps customers decide on the speed of curing, type on cooling system for the lamps, maintenance aids, etc., to suit their budgets and requirements.

IST METZ is the only company in this business manufacturing all major components in their own manufacturing facilities in Nürtingen, Germany, including the lamps, ballast system, reflectors, etc. This gives them the advantage of taking sole responsibility for the performance of the systems.

With the factory-trained engineers from Newstech, their distributor in India, the cost of installation and startup for the customer is also greatly reduced.

IST METZ will be present at the stand of Newstech during the WAN-IFRA Expo in Chennai – Stand Nos. 2.02 to 2.05.

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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