Xeikon 9800 at IGAS 2018


Xeikon, which is now a part of the Flint Group, will show the business production capabilities and door opening opportunities presented by the Xeikon 9800 digital press at IGAS 2018 held from 26 to 31 July 2018 at the East Halls of the Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. At its stand 24 in Hall 4, Xeikon will highlight how its 9800 digital press with its quality and versatility in digital document and commercial printing can print on a wide range of untreated substrates ranging from 40 gsm to 300 gsm. Its Xeikon QA-CD toner and high-quality imaging system deliver a print resolution of 1200 x 3600 dpi with variable dot density for unmatched printing quality. In addition, it will show how it is ideal for high-quality direct marketing jobs when integrated with variable data capabilities of the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end.

At the show, the Xeikon 9800 digital press, which is 5-color on both sides (duplex) press, will be equipped with a large-roll unwinder, a variable width stacker and a Web Finishing Module (WFM) for extra protection of the prints. Available QA-CD toners include CMYK, Red, Green, Blue, Extra Magenta and Super Black as well as White and Clear (UV reflecting) toner. On request, Xeikon can also provide special colors specified by printers and their brand owner clients.

The 9800 press delivers outstanding print quality at speeds up to 21.5 meters per minute at reduced consumables cost. Xeikon says this makes it the most productive digital color press in the Xeikon portfolio with 5+5 single-pass duplex printing. Xeikon will also present the possibilities delivered by its labels and folding carton digital production solutions.

Bent Serritslev, Xeikon’s general manager Asia, says, “IGAS is for a long time the reference show in Asia and brings in a lot of international visitors. In the past few years, Xeikon has been investing heavily in developing a full team of experts to support this growth. This team, coming from India, SEA, China and Japan will be present at IGAS 2018 to welcome visitors and discuss their business needs.” Vikram Saxena from Xeikon India will be at the IGAS event. In case Indian visitors to IGAS would like to register for demonstrations at the show, they can contact him at Vikram.Saxena@flintgrp.com.

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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