Komori adds new 8-color Lithrone G37P Perfector to its 37-inch sheetfed presses

The new press to be shown at IGAS 2018

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Lithrone G37P
Lithrone G37P

Komori America has introduced an eight-color Lithrone G37P perfector capable of one-pass double-sided printing. The Lithrone G37P is designed with a compact body size and can be equipped with a wide range of options, including Komori’s proprietary H-UV or H-UV L (LED).

To thoroughly optimize the print output, the optional  PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System can be added to inspect every sheet for defects and continuously adjust ink keys to maintain consistent color throughout the run-all at maximum speed.  The PQA-S works in conjunction with the PDC-SX Spectral Print Density Control by combining automatic register functions with deep analysis of print characteristics, such as grey balance, dot gains and Delta E, ensuring the highest level of print quality.

The perfecting mechanism of this new press does not require any gripper change as the sheet is flipped; instead, the entire gripper mechanism rotates after taking the tail of the sheet from the vacuum cylinder.  This design adds stability and reliability when turning the sheet, with a huge reduction in maintenance requirements.  The simplicity of the Lithrone G37P delivers high quality output at high production speeds. Additionally, the ability of the press to reduce the initial set-up and production cost on materials such as plates, blankets and rollers supports the Lithrone G37’s ability to generate profitability.

The new eight-color Lithrone G37P will be debuted at Komori’s pre-IGAS (International Graphic Arts Show) event at Komori’s Tsukuba Plant in Tsukuba City, Japan on 14-15 June. It will also be exhibited and demonstrated at IGAS 2018 beginning 26 July.

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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