New Layflat LF600 mB India bookbinding system debuts at PrintPack 2022

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Layflat LF600 mB bookbinding system especially customized for the Indian market makes its first appearance at the PrintPack 2022. Photo LayFlat

A version of the Layflat LF600 mB bookbinding system especially customized for the Indian market makes its first appearance at the PrintPack 2022 being held at the India Expo Centre. Designed for creating ‘layflat’ photo- and other – books, the India version accepts single-sided (simplex) prints/pages up to 18 x40.” It also provides box creasing that creates a gap inside the pages to provide space between pages to allow inserting samples in commercial sample catalog such as those used in the laminates or garment industries. 

The economical L600 mB is a semi-automatic book block system which converts manually-fed pre-folded and creased printed sheets of photographic or other media into a finished book block using special low-temperature hot melt glue for maximum strength. It has an output capacity of up to 600 pages/hour. 

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Also being demonstrated in the stand are two binders that employ patented V-Shape LayFlat binding technology to create layflat book blocks from double-sided (duplex) printed sheets. These machines are designed to eliminate the problem that typically occurs when creating photo books from pages that have unique surfaces such as texture paper, metallic paper, and luster paper. 

The fully automatic VS 650 All In is a compact multi-functional binding machine which provides the entire process of making the book block – from window cutting, hole punching, and hot glue laminating through to the auto cutting of the laminated sheets. It can create up to 650 pages/hour.  

The TL 400 VS is a compact manual-feed multi-functional slit and strip binding machine that includes lamination to produce a completely layflat book block for sheets up to 482mm x 482mm. More than twelve TL 400 VS systems are generating more business for printing facilities in India.

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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