Komori packaging seminar takes place in Mumbai

A well-attended event

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Takanobu Aoki of Komori Japan
Takanobu Aoki of Komori Japan

Komori India, in partnership with Komori Japan, has been organizing packaging seminars in key Indian cities to showcase the potential that Komori packaging presses offer to packaging printers. The Mumbai leg of the India tour took place at the Golden Chariot Hotel in the northern Mumbai suburb of Vasai on 30 May. The event was attended by a large number of existing and potential customers.

The session was opened by Sangam Khanna of Komori India, who thanked the guests and said that this type of comprehensive packaging seminar has not been conducted anywhere in India by an offset press manufacturer. He also talked about the value proposition that Komori presses offer.

Following Khanna’s talk, current Komori customers from Mumbai, Gobind Panjabi of Rukson Packaging and Abhinav Gupta of Globe Print n Pack, shared their experience of using Komori presses. Rukson Packaging is a specialist in MetPet cartons while Globe Print n Pack is a leading manufacturer of clear and promotional packaging. Globe mainly uses transparent PET, PP and PVC materials and films extensively for promotional packs for in-store marketing.

Gobind Panjabi of Rukson Packaging
Gobind Panjabi of Rukson Packaging

From Komori Japan, Takanobu Aoki, technical expert in charge of global sales promotion and a packaging specialist, informed the audience about the variety of Komori packaging presses and systems and their technical specifications. He talked in detail about established packaging presses from Komori portfolio, such as Lithrone G40, Lithrone G37 as well as Lithrone GX40RP. In addition to the packaging presses, Aoki also explained in detail the benefits of KHS-AI print management system, PDC-SX color management system, PDF Comparator, Print Quality Assurance (PQA-S) system and KP Connect production management system.

After Aoki’s session, Akihiro Inde, also from Komori Japan, showcased various samples of special print jobs achieved by Komori presses. He showed print samples such as fabric lenticulars, very matt black finish, very high gloss H-UV varnish, interdeck effect and white ink effect, imitation gold, silver ink (dump effect), specil #D and tags, among others. Inde spoke about the challenges that printers face in printing these special effects jobs and the solutions to overcome those challenges.

The third specialist from Komori Japan, Yuichi Nakamura, talked about the very relevant topic of return on investment (ROI). He showed how ROI of a new press is much higher than that of used machines. According to Nakamura, the factors that result in higher ROI for new machines are faster printing speed, lower make-ready time and lower total time taken per job. All these factors result in higher number of jobs per pay on new presses. Also, new presses have lower maintenance cost, he said.

The evening was wrapped up by a talk on LED inks by JK Raghav of Siegwerk India. He informed the audience about Siegwerk products, various regulations and next generation inks.

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