Bobst India to showcase latest innovations at Printpack 2019

Post press solutions from Bobst

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Venugopal Menon of Bobst India

Bobst India will be demonstrating live two post press solutions at the upcoming Printpack 2019 that will be held in Greater Noida. The two machines are new generation die cutter Novacut and the latest Expertfold folder gluer.

According to Venugopal Menon of Bobst India, the Experfold folder gluer that will be displayed and run at Printpack will have a “new surprise” and will be equipped with quality control system and end of line box collection system. He says that since last Printpack 2017 Bobst has come up with various new innovations with improvements and developments in the post press equipment for the solid board converting industry.

“If anyone getting into packaging business wants to stand out, be different, be innovative and also be the most cost efficient then he or she will find the right product and solutions at the Bobst stand in 2019,” Menon states.

In addition to the two machines, Bobst’s business unit – services will also showcase the new product and solution offerings to existing Bobst customers. According to Menon, the aim of this exercise is to make Bobst customers become more efficient by helping them increase the uptime of their machines and to manage better their total cost of ownership.

Bobst India is based in Pune where it operates a world class manufacturing facility for folder gluers and downstream equipment for the corrugated board industry including a competence cum training centre in a built-up area of more than 20,000 square meters. Bobst has an installed base of more than 1000 machines in India.

At Printpack Bobst India will be in Hall 10, Stall E35/ E36.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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