manroland Goss web systems launches Prima Controls Group

New group to focus on controls, drive upgrades and remote service provider

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Alexander Wassermann, CEO, manroland Goss.

After obtaining intellectual property rights to the assets of Harland Simon following the company’s insolvency in October 2018, manroland Goss web systems has announced the launch of the new group focused on controls, drive upgrades and remote support programs for all newspaper press brands, Prima Controls Group.

Made up of former Harland Simon Engineers and Technicians and led by senior manager of Engineered Solutions, Steve Withers, Prima Controls Group is focused on providing the proven solutions for different makes and models of newspaper press equipment, utilizing their over 100 years of press controls experience to create new opportunities for success in newspaper printing, as well as support the large installed base of controls and drive systems and remote support programs already in place throughout the world.

“With the launch of Prima Controls Group, we believe that we are in the best position we have ever been to offer support and enhancements to the newspaper market,” said Ron Sams, vice president of Sales for manroland Goss web systems. “We now have the expertise and the portfolio with solutions for press controls and drive upgrades at every size and for every brand on the market.”

Prima Controls Group senior project manager, Shawn Wright sees the benefits of being a part of manroland Goss web systems. “Now that we are supported by the combined resources of the new manroland Goss web systems company for both manroland and Goss press equipment, this opens the door for a completely new level of collaboration that was not possible in the past.”

With the establishment and industry launch of Prima Controls Group, the team is now fully engaged in discussions with print providers of all sizes within the newspaper industry, creating best-in-class solutions made for the challenging requirements of newspaper production.

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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