Nippon Color showcases AccurioShine 3600 – Hall 9D Stand H21

AIS function makes machine smarter

Nippon Color showcases AccurioShine 3600 – Hall 9D Stand H21
Akshat Pardiwala, chief operating officer, Nippon Color standing showcases AccurioShine 3600 at stand H21 in hall 9D in PrintPack India 2022. Photo Nippon Color

Nippon Color is showcasing the latest spot UV AccurioShine 3600, a 14-inch digital offline embellishment solution at PrintPack India Hall 9D Stand H21. This solution aligns with the printing and packaging industry trends that require value-addition at an affordable cost.

The AccurioShine 3600’s artificial intelligence and smartscanner (AIS) makes it superior to similar machines from competitors according to Nippon Color. It creates various glossy effects on a variety of substrates, stocks, and media with a single varnish mix. Plastics, synthetics, and cartons weighing between 135 and 450 gsm are embellished easily with 2D and 3D gloss finishes on paper. Offset and digital inks, lamination films, and aqueous coatings can all be used to coat printed items. The solutions seems to be extremely useful for a wide variety of applications from commercial print to publishing, stickers, packaging, and others.

Sample of the product displayed.
Sample of the product displayed. Photo Nippon Color

“We have collaborated with Konica Minolta to provide industrial printing solutions, such as the AccurioShine series for spot UV and foiling and the AccurioJet KM-1e, a B2+ sheetfed UV inkjet system that gives print professionals endless options. JD Graphics in Lower Parel, Mumbai, already has a JetVarnish 3D One and AccurioShine 101 installed by Nippon Color,” said Akshat Pardiwala, chief operating officer at Nippon Color.

The AIS is swiftly impacting the industry in terms of digital printing and finishing. Artificial intelligence is used by the technology to establish an automated varnish registration over the preprinted sheet, cutting setup time by more than 80% and eliminating make-ready waste. Any errors caused in the original offset or digital print processes, such as sheet and image skew, shift, stretch, or contraction, are corrected and adjusted by the AIS without human intervention.

“For our newest product, we’re getting a lot of enquiries. Customers understand the value of digital decoration and how it can help them distinguish their prints from a simple CMYK print to spectacular raised UV print with foiling,” concludes Pardiwala. 

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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