GGP Media replaces digital letterpress printing line in Pössneck with manroland web systems solution

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manroland web systems, a global market leader in web offset, is setting the standards in digital finishing, with successful installations of the FoldLine and FormerLine digital finishing lines in the last few years. The systems being highly effective and fast, they have convinced renowned digital printing companies like GGP Media, a subsidiary of the Bertelsman Printing Group. In addition, manroland web systems provides software and workflow solutions for complete networking of the whole press room – even offset presses can be incorporated. In Pössneck, the system of a competitor for a letterpress line is currently being replaced with a solution from Augsburg.

In the past few years, manroland web systems has successfully enhanced its practical competence for digital printing. With the help of its in-house know-how, the digital finishing modules FoldLine and FormerLine were developed. With complete workflow solutions, manroland web systems is a trailblazer for total networking in many press rooms and in demand worldwide. At drupa 2016, manroland web systems demonstrated its growing capabilities and could consequently generate many new projects. GGP Media, for instance, now counts on the competence of the Augsburg-based company in its plant in Pössneck and is replacing a complete competitor system with manroland web systems solutions.

“manroland web systems has not only produced a more productive and faster system with 1000 feet per minute – what convinces us most are the workflow solutions, which enable us to network the complete press room – and this does not only concern digital printing, but can also integrate offset,” says Martin Hawich, production/technology manager.

“The integration of the complete plant offers our customers immense advantages. The trend is clearly moving away from stand-alone solutions in digital printing, as they are still being offered. At manroland web systems, we further developed the workflow sector early on, alongside the actual production components. We define ourselves as an integration partner for the printing industry and continue using the customer’s workflow systems in existing installations. We offer software solutions such as WorkflowBridge, Imposer or the production planner MasterQ as plug-ins. These components are intelligently connected and optimize the complete process, resulting in a coherent and consistent system for the conventional and digital printing sector. This means that the networked production process is already reality today,” is how Alwin Stadler explains the advantages for GGP Media and the trends in digital printing.

At the digital forefront
As a complete solutions provider, manroland web systems has already been assuming project management in the digital printing sector for some years. With its core competences, further development and workflow solutions, the company provides answers for new business models and challenges on the market. The FoldLine and FormerLine inline finishing aggregates can produce high volumes in multiple-shift operation, not least because the speed and web width of the digital printing presses have increased. The workflows enable cost-optimized and versatile production of the most diverse printing products, and all this around the clock. This is how business volumes can be achieved which make industrial digital printing profitable.

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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