Highcon Euclid IIIC for corrugated wins EDP Award at Fespa

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Highcon Euclid IIIC for corrugated wins EDP Award at Fespa
Highcon Euclid IIIC

Highcon System is presenting the capabilities of the new Highcon Euclid IIIC digital cutting and creasing machine to visitors at FESPA Berlin this week in Hall 5.2 for the first time. The fact that the Highcon Euclid IIIC machine for corrugated board has been awarded the ‘Best digital sheetfed cutting solution’ for quality and innovation in technologies for the digital printing industry by the European Digital Press Association (EDP) adds a bit of enthusiasm to its presentation.

The winners of the EDP Awards at the exhibition were selected on the basis of achievement, quality, and cost by 21 eminent trade magazines with editorial emphasis on digital print processes from all over Europe with coverage of 27 countries.

Commenting on the award, Jens Henrik Osmundsen, vice president – sales, Highcon and mgeneral manager of EMEA & APAC, said, “We are extremely proud to have won this award and to have received the recognition of this influential group of editors. I am also very happy to announce that Schoepe Display in Berlin has entered into an agreement to become the first Highcon Euclid IIIC customer in Germany.“

FESPA allows a new category of visitors to discover the opportunities brought by Highcon’s revolutionary laser die-cutting technology. Eitan Varon, Highcon executive vice president, will speak about the new Euclid IIIC and show samples at the FESPA Corrugated Inspiration Lounge in Hall 5.2 C40 every afternoon from 15:45 – 16:00. Silvano Gauch, president of LxBxH, Switzerland, will interact with the visitors about his day to day work with the Highcon Euclid IIIC for corrugated board and answer questions about the capabilities, benefits, daily workflow of the machine on 16 and 17 May 2018 between 13:30 and 15:00 in the afternoon.

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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