Printpack India: Manroland Goss has an eventful year

Big data from big mission critical presses

Sudeep Bhattacharjee speaks to IPP live at Printpack India 2019

Sudeep Bhattacharjee, the managing director of manroland Goss India which is headquartered in Delhi-NCR with a new office in Noida, described the huge improvements in the Printpack India exhibition and called it a mini-drupa.

At Printpack, Bhattacharjee outlined a very busy and eventful 2018 for the parent of what was earlier known as manroland web systems India and will henceforth be known as manrolandGoss India. Apart from Goss, the company acquired GWS – the largest used press dealer in the world. In addition, it acquired the drive systems manufacturer Harland and Simon. The company now has a comprehensive arsenal encompassing electronic, drive systems, presses and technologies including high automation and the Internet of Things.

Speaking about the renewed manrolandGoss’ four-fold strategy, Bhattacharjee said its systems solutions provide refurbishment, moving and re-installation of used web offset presses. These can be of various makes apart from the manroland web and Goss presses that the company has already been working with. In fact, the company is ready to service and automate even Indian-manufactured web offset presses.

The second strategy element to some extent is an extension of the first – engineered solutions that provide automation for presses including retrofitting technology such as the company’s Pecom control systems. Such a solution was provided to Kala Jyoti in Hyderabad a couple of years ago for its Komori heatset web offset press control systems with register and color automation. This initiative has been generated largely by the wholly-owned Indian subsidiary and, if we understood correctly, is now being migrated by manrolandGoss to the rest of its global markets.

The third element of the strategy is service solutions, which again goes across all web offset brands. It includes consumables and spares from its eCommerce web storefront as well as local stocks and the guaranteed quality of recovered and rubber rollers that are provided with appropriate installation and calibration training. Extensive service and training support for its mission-critical customers is provided by the experienced team of hands-on engineers and printers.

The fourth element of the manrolandGoss India strategy is to bring the latest automation techniques to its web offset newspaper printer customers. These are embodied foremost in its Maintellisense technology with sensors embedded in the presses and an IOT adapter that can send data to manrolandGoss servers for enabling predictive maintenance.

Once a press customer activates his subscription, the Pecom control system shares the operational, mechanical, performance and vital health data through a firewall ‘Genubox’ with the manrolandGoss servers. These servers not only look at one user’s data but are able to crunch the signals and numbers from hundreds of presses and sensors that are simultaneously generating ‘big data’ for anticipating problems and creating preventive maintenance and pre-maintenance solutions.

Bhattacharjee briefly mentioned the company’s fast developing flexible hybrid Varioman press that can provide hybrid printing and EB curing solutions for flexible packaging.


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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