Verico launches the Zahara Elite waterless plate

Part of the Zahara family plates

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These plates are available in most sizes and gauges
These plates are available in most sizes and gauges

Verico Technology LLC has successfully launched the latest plate in the Zahara family, the Zahara Elite waterless plate. These plates are available in most sizes and gauges for waterless newspaper, sheetfed, narrow web label, security printing and CD / DVD applications.

Elite is a drop-in product to the existing Zahara CTP settings and will not require any adjustments in exposures. The Zahara Elite is a 100% chemical free process plate using simply water for cleanout. No hazardous chemicals or dyes to maintain or dispose. Just expose, rinse and print.

Benefits of the Verico Zahara Elite waterless plate includes increased sensitivity in the CtP system which enables higher throughput with wider exposure latitude; durable on any substrate with increased scratch resistance; reproduction of finer screens with consistent durability; solids and fast ink roll up, excellent compatibility with UV Inks and increased solvent resistance; video microscopically measurability; and drop-in the existing processing equipment.

As the remaining stock of Zahara XP products are depleted, Verico Technology will automatically ship Zahara Elite plates to fill customer orders. Customers will notice the new labeling on the package that will distinguish Zahara Elite plates. Immediate upgrades available on request.

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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