New Enthrone 429 4-color at Foil Printers

Foil Printers
L to R: With the new Enthrone 429

Ludhiana-based Foil Printers recently installed a 4-color Komori Enthrone sheetfed offset press. A commercial printer, Foil has a battery of pre-owned machines including a 5-color Heidelberg MOVHF, a 2-color Adast and a Heidelberg SORDZ besides digital presses from Ricoh and Konica Minolta.

Speaking about the purchase of the brand new Komori, Foil’s Sudhir Chopra said the new press was essential to meet the demand for quality for which his company is known. “We are the only printer of the area to get the Excellence award from the President of India and to maintain that brand we opted for Komori. The Komori Enthrone meets most of our demands within our investment limits,” he said.

Dalip Chopra, who is responsible for production at Foil Printers, added that the new machine is particularly required to meet the demand for quality production with fast turnarounds. “The Komori Enthrone 429 has a double diameter impression and transfer cylinder and it was one of the reasons why we opted for Komori,” said Dalip, adding, “We are printing around 20 sets of jobs per day with an average run of 1,500 sheets per job. And our target is to go up three times.”

The company has also invested in a CtCP from Mumbai-based Nippon Color. “The plate processing equipment was essential to feed the new printing press; we needed a CtCP in-house,” Dalip said. “Since CtP plates are expensive for a city like Ludhiana, we went for CtCP to be competitive in the local market. We consume about 125 plates a day but with the installation of the new Komori, the consumption may increase to 200 plates daily or more,” he elaborated.

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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