Pinnacle Technocrats at PrintPack India

Layflat LF600 mB & Adroit Z auto inline V-shape binding machine

Pinnacle Technocrats
Nilesh Parmar owner of Pinnacle Technocrats and Djawad Khorosh, chief executive officer of showcases the sample of 18 x 40 photo album at PrintPack India 2022. Photo IPP

At PrintPack India 2022, Pinnacle Technocrats is displaying its Adroit Z auto inline V-shape binding machine and a variant of the Layflat LF600 mB semi-automatic book block system from single-folded sheets. Exclusively adapted for the Indian market, the machines mark their debut in Hall 15, Stand J28. The Indian version allows single-sided (simplex) open-sized prints or pages up to 18 x 40-inch. Box creasing also produces a gap between pages to allow samples to be inserted into a commercial sample catalog, such as those used in laminate or clothing industries.

Two binders using patented V-Shape LayFlat binding technology to construct layflat book blocks from double-sided (duplex) printed sheets are also shown at the stand. These devices are aimed at solving the challenges of making picture books from pages with unusual surfaces, such as textured paper, metallic paper, and luster paper.

Djawad Khorosh, chief executive officer, of talked to IPP about the Indian market, “The Indian market is a huge market for V-shape for Pinnacle and classic hot melt machines. We are taking this exhibition as an opportunity to kick off the project.”

Layflat has more than 300 customers globally for LF 600 mB technology and has also launched its LF 2000 series. This new machine, designed especially with HP Indigo, is in the B2+ format for the bigger digital presses. The LF 600 mB has 54 installations worldwide. The company also started working with outputs from inkjet presses from Fujifilm, Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and Heidelberg. “Layflat uses non-water-based glue, which can be immediately processed after 10 minutes of cooling down,” said Khorosh.

He adds, “The Indian market is booming as Indians are more engaged in weddings and traditional ceremonies and have an inherent fascination for preserving memories in the form of books. Many players are doing this type of work. For Layflat, we do this in a premium manner, providing premium quality and finish to customers through an 18 x 40-inch open size book. The customer can, thus, have a full-size family photo on a single page.”

The prices for high-quality products with upgraded technology are intentionally kept low for the Indian market. “PrintPack India is working wonders for our company, as many inquiries are coming,” concludes Khorosh.

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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