Gayathri Machinery to represent Multigraf at Printpack 2019

Printpack India 2019, Hall 5, Stand C6

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Gayathri Machinery
TOUCHLINE C375 PLUS can be extended with additional perforating tools allowing selective perforation in both directions. It can be combined with the folding unit TF375 to form a fully integrated creasing, perforating and folding machine.

Gayathri Machinery, the Chennai-based representative of German companies such as Hohner, Rilecart, Hang, Nagel, and Cstek, has partnered with Multigraf, a Swiss manufacturer of creasing, perforating and folding.

During their fifth participation at Printpack India 2019, the company will launch the Multigraf creasing, perforating and folding machines. The Swiss-built C375 Plus features positive and negative creasing, and continuous or ‘timed’ lengthways and crossways perforating, with up to four perforating heads for crossways operation. The crease depth adjustment can be automatically controlled via touchscreen. The machine is designed for easy and quick job changeover. It takes only 30 seconds to set up a new job and output the first sheet. Moreover, as it doesn’t require a separate air pump; the operation is quiet. The tiny footprint of 1,850 x 600 mm is an advantage, especially for Indian print firms.

“We have always had very good response at the show and are optimistic about the 2019 show too. Although there is a slight cash crunch in the market, the overall scenario is quite positive and we look forward to meeting a large number of serious visitors at our stand,” the company reports.

With expectations of closing the show with an order pipeline of at least 30 machines and confirmed orders of 5-8 machines, Gayathri Machinery hopes for a successful exhibition.

With the portfolio of machines that the company is offering, they look forward to meeting both digital and offset printers at the show. Exercise notebook manufacturers will find a complete solution for their wire-stitched books.

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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