Goss and Nitta join forces on folder belts

Goss and Nitta join forces on folder belts
Nitta Corporation of America develops products specifically designed for the many printing folders that Goss manufactures

Goss and Nitta Corporation have announced their collaboration in developing MRO Belt Kits for the high-speed sections on Goss PCF-1, PCF-3, SG-3, and the new JF80G Folders.

As the U.S. manufacturing arm of Japan’s Nitta Corporation, Nitta Corporation of America develops products specifically designed for printing folders that Goss manufactures, using the most advanced technology available.

“It is with great pride that Nitta is partnering with Goss, the premiere press and folder manufacture in the world,” said Pete Simpson, business development manager of printing at Nitta. “Goss’ engineering, support, technical expertise, and hands-on approach mirrors Nitta’s approach to the printing market, with both offering the latest technology and world class products,” he added.

Nitta sets itself apart in that they offer free splice training. Their belts allow the folder to maintain a constant speed and maintain control of the book. With consistent designed tension, high surface durability and improved resistance to edge fraying, Nitta belts are designed to last.

Goss customer feedback after using Nitta belts on their folders has been resoundingly positive.

Samuel Billings, pressroom supervisor of LSC Crawfordsville said, “The Nitta belts lasted four times longer than the OEM belts. We used to change them every two weeks. Now we change them every two to three months depending on the paper we run.”

PCC Print has a Goss Sunday 2000, PCF 1.2 and uses Nitta belts on the accelerator tape. Steve Vogel, PCC Print Pressroom Supervisor, now changes belts every 16 to 20 weeks as opposed to every four to six weeks. The greatest improvement he sees with Nitta belts is in more control and less skewing.

“By partnering with Nitta, Goss will help our customers maximize the production capabilities of their folders and receive real savings in terms of time and money,” said Glen Bickford, Goss service director. “Currently, we are collaborating on developing belts for additional Goss folders. Our relationship with Nitta can only continue to benefit Goss customers.”

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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