Insight Print installs HP Latex 1500 at Lucky-Tech in Mumbai

HP Latex automatic maintenance makes life easy and saves time and money

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(L-R) Punit Jhaveri, Sumit Jhaveri founder Lucky-Tech and Ashish, director, Insight Communication at newly installed HP Latex 1500 roll-to-roll wide format printer.

Insight Print Communication distributor of HP Latex machines in India announces the successful installation of the HP Latex 1500 machine at Lucky-Tech Membranes, Mumbai. Lucky-Tech is providing solutions for smart engineered membranes for tensile structures, biogas membranes, aluminium hanger tents, truck side-curtains, high-speed roll doors, oil booms, flexi-tanks and many more applications. They are the exclusive partner for Sione Belgium. The company wanted to expand to the new application and unique offering with printed membranes for tensile application, hence moving forward with HP Latex 1500 roll-to-roll machine.

Lucky-Tech is part of the Jhaveri group established in the late 1940s by Rajmal Jhaveri catering to the advance technical textile segment. Inspired by his father’s values and business these duo of brothers duo Punit Jhaveri and Sumit Jhaveri did intense research and have travelled across the world to get the right product for Indian market. With an aim to transform the technical textile/pvc coated fabric segment these brothers duo led the foundation of the company.

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HP Latex 1500 is a 3.2-meter roll-to-roll wide format printer with an indoor high-quality speed of 45 sq/m per hour. HP thermal inkjet print heads maintain quality print after print with 1200 dpi resolution and auto nozzle replacement. This printer is equipped with Optical Media Advance Sensor (OMAS) for precise and accurate motion control of media advance between print and swaths. The optimizer solution is positively charged, the ink is negatively charged the two are attracted to each other enabling the printer to reach higher image quality at higher speed.

“We aim to provide the highest quality results for every design and being the most advance and innovative architectural and industrial membrane company, we wanted the best printing solution for our products. With our hands-on experience with the current HP Latex 570 for more than 2 years, we were pretty sure of the same technology in 10 feet as our next upgrade.“ commented, Punit Jhaveri founder at Lucky-Tech Membranes.

HP Latex 1500 can also print two rolls at a time with double side blockout and double side backlit options. An optional ink collector kit enables us to print on porous media such as textile and mesh. Automatic maintenance makes life easy and saves time and money as no daily printhead maintenance is needed.

“We are known for innovative, versatile, and rugged products in the field of advanced technical textile PVC coated fabrics that not only caters to various needs but also offer value for money and quality through its detailed engineered solutions With the addition of Latex 1500 machine we can now offer high value printed applications that are convenient, durable, light-weight, and authentic,” further added, Sumit, founder at Lucky-Tech Membranes.

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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