Komori to participate in Print China 2019

Printing solutions under 'Innovate to create' theme

Komori Lithrone G40 press.

Print China 2019, the 4th international printing exhibition of China, will be held in Guangdong, China from 9 to 13 April 2019. Japan’s Komori Corporation will exhibit its products at the show under the theme ‘Innovate to Create’.

Komori says that the new concept will guide the industry at large to focus on how to make and what to create. It aims at creating new value with customers through state-of-the-art technologies that will lead the way in the next generation of print. At Print China 2019, Komori will present solutions that answer customer issues, starting with KP-Connect, which currently connects nearly 300 machines and provides visualization of production status such as operating conditions and operating totals.

By providing products for creating new added value, Komori partners with customers to solve problems, support business innovation and create a profitable future.

At the show, Komori will display its product – KP-Connect Pro, which is a middleware to connect processes, enabling digital control of all printing processes by means of a simple scheduler function and a function providing real time visualization of production results. The company will show the new concept of connected automation, which automatically evolves printing companies into smart factories by KP-Connect Pro.

Apart from KP-Connect Pro, Komori will also display Lithrone G40, H-UV / H-UV L (LED)-equipped 7-color 40-inch offset printing press with inline coater. Komori says the high performance Lithrone is designed for today’s printing environment. Designed with Komori’s dedication to precision manufacturing, the Lithrone G40 ensures high quality print with unsurpassed productivity. Manufactured with Komori’s laser focus on the environment, the the press promotes green printing by reducing consumable and energy usage and lowering the carbon footprint of print. With Komori’s revolutionary KHS-AI technology at its core, the Lithrone G40 is nothing other than the ultimate high performance printing machine.

Another product that Komori plans to display at Print China 2019 is the Lithrone G37, H-UV L (LED)-equipped 4-color 37-inch offset printing press. Lithrone G37 is an A1 size press that’s compact but can handle full-size work. The 37-inch press with a 640 x 940 mm maximum sheet size allows it to cope with full-size jobs. Equipped with H-UV L (LED) curing for fast print drying, this press has the power to address the full span of requirements in the publishing and commercial printing segments on both light and heavy stocks. Since color management can be implemented by including a CMS color bar on the sheet margin even with 8-up A4 or U.S. letter size impositions, this machine is ideal for producing high page-count products with high print quality.

The next product that will be on display at Komori’s stand is the Impremia IS29, a 29-inch sheetfed UV inkjet digital printing system. This professional digital print production system can deliver high print quality with an output resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, the Impremia IS29 is capable of printing a completely different image on each sheet without using plates. Capable of printing on a wide range of papers, from light to heavy stocks, this machine can print on offset paper without any precoating. Equipped with a sheet perfecting mechanism that uses offset manufacturing technology and a UV inkjet system with LED-UV curing system, this superior digital production machine can perform one-pass double-sided printing with fast print drying and high front-back register precision. The machine is capable of not only short runs of many varied items and quick turnarounds but also high added value such as variable and wide color gamut printing, the Impremia IS29 is the solution for creating new value in businesses.

Komori will also offer product-related service desks at Komori-Kare Corner during the show. Under the K-Supply brand name, Komori offers a lineup of special consumables, materials and equipment that are standard for Komori presses. K-Supply is not just consumables but also printing supplies for high print quality and performance developed with Komori Graphic Technology Center (KGC) knowhow. All exhibit presses will use K-Supply products such as K-Supply ink, dampening solution and blankets that are standard Komori materials offering high-level print quality, versatility and economical performance ideal for H-UV printing. At the exhibition site, new K-Supply products and service products based on three themes – productivity improvement, operation and performance enhancement, and energy saving and environmental solutions – will be shown. Proposals and products meeting the requests of customers, including case studies of retrofitting existing machines with the latest technologies, will be introduced.

Considering the subject of sustainable environment, Komori is developing measures to reduce web offset press energy consumption to the absolute minimum level. At Print China 2019, the company will introduce ways to significantly reduce wasteful electric power and gas, mainly options for eco-friendly specifications that fit the era.

At its stand’s print gallery section, Komori will showcase many different printed pieces from around the world printed on Komori offset presses showing high added value. There will be diaplsy of various printed items offering a competitive edge, such as special printing methods and business model ideas. Printing methods and key points will be introduced. Also, case studies of double-sided printing by the Lithrone GX40RP, the one-pass double-sided printing solution, will be shown.

In addition, a map will show worldwide installations of Komori currency/security presses and panel display of sample machine. Also, front and back samples of full-size Komori original banknotes printed on a currency printing press will be displayed. In charge of Komori’s printed electronics and precision devices business, Seria has a distinguished record in the electronic parts and screen-printing industries. The Komori stand will show its business development as a provider of total solutions and various screen-printed printing samples.

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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