New digital presses at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019

Screen launches new Truepress Jet520HD at HID – Hall 2

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Sreen launches new Truepress Jet520HD

At Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019, Screen will launch its Truepress Jet520HD+ press with an integrated Screen ‘NIR’ Dryer. This system will be a core focus of Screen’s offering along with the Truepress Jet520NX. The company will also outline its relationship with Solimar Systems and exhibit its range of digital printing solutions, including its pioneering SC inks and workflow technology.

The Screen NIR Dryer technology features enhanced drying functions for both lightweight coated stocks and heavier weight, coated offset stocks. The results are an expanded range of applications for print service providers and even higher productivity for difficult-to-dry substrates with increased print speeds on offset coated stocks.

The Screen Truepress Jet520HD+ system is a high-definition inkjet web press with a true print resolution of 1,200 dpi and precise droplet size control at up to 150 meters a minute. It is claimed to achieve the color, texture, detail and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication and commercial work. With exclusive access to Screen SC inks, Truepress Jet520HD+ users can maximize the exceptional quality available with the press on a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated stocks, without the need for pre-treatment.

The next generation Truepress Jet520NX, based on the company’s more than 10 years of experience in inkjet printing, supports not only transactional printing, but also direct mail, transpromo and book printing at a maximum speed of 150 meters a minute. In addition to the standard printheads, the Truepress Jet520NX can be fitted with an extra ‘fifth color’ printhead enabling the use of Screen’s unique UV invisible ink, developed as an anti-counterfeiting measure, as well as other special inks. The press delivers superb quality, market-leading uptime and a maximum speed of up to 150 meters per minute.

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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