Lithrone GX40P added to the Komori lineup

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Komori has added a new Lithrone GX40P perfector to the lineup of the Lithrone GX40 40-inch sheetfed presses. It is known to be one of the world’s most cutting-edge machines that handles both double-sided one-pass and straight multi-color printing with a perfecting mechanism to guarantee high productivity and portability.

The Lithrone GX40P’s perfecting mechanism utilizes Komori’s unique three double-size cylinder arrangement. The impression cylinder, transfer cylinder and perfecting cylinder are each double-size to avoid stress on the paper. Simplified and highly rigid, use of the new perfecting mechanism ensures high-speed, stable two-sided printing at speeds of 18,000 scans an hour, displaying excellent heavy stock compatibility with both single as well as double printing.

The increase in quality and productivity follows with a variety of options such as Parallel Makeready to drastically shorten makeready times, autopilot for non-stop automation from test printing to production printing and options such as the A-APC (Asynchronous Automatic Plate Changing System), PDC-SX (Spectral Print Density Control – SX model) and PQA-S (inline Print

Quality Assessment System (Sheet)) that makes quality and productivity improvements possible. The Lithrone GX40P reduces work load around the board through environmentally and workplace friendly printing that saves energy, space and reduces exhaust heat.

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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