Abarna Colours strengthens productivity with Heidelberg

Installed Suprasetter CtP A106 and Prinect Proman workflow

(From Left) Team Abarna Colours - A.P. Murugan, B Mohanraj and E Sakthivel with the brand-new Heidelberg Suprasetter A 106 CtP Equipment.

Abarna Colours has installed a brand-new Suprasetter A106 CtP along with the Prinect Production Manager pre-press workflow from Heidelberg. The recent installation was completed at their 30,000 sq/ft production facility in Tirupur, a well-known industrial hub for garment exports in South India.

A.P. Murugan, managing partner at Abarna Colours, said, “The Suprasetter CtP paired with the Prinect Production Manager (Pro Man) workflow augment our pre-press division, today we save ample time in pre-press division with cost savings.”

The modular design of the Suprasetter A106 provides maximum flexibility for the medium-size print format. The patented laser system by Heidelberg for the Suprasetter provides an excellent imaging quality. Production reliability is ensured through the Intelligent Diode System (IDS). It means that if a diode fails, the operation can continue. The Suprasetter also offers a consistently high depth of focus to compensate for unevenness in the plates.

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Sakthivel, partner at Abarna, added, “Last year we had installed, the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 75 five-colour press, and this is our second installation. The bonding of the Prinect Production Manager, Suprasetter, and the CX75 brings in ease of use and boosts performance immensely. The seamless integration of various packaging pre-press processes both for mono cartons and labels, the entire range of screening options, press-presetting, color proofing, tools to enhance colour reproduction, and print quality provides the much-needed competitive advantage in today’s environment. The subscription model is pocket friendly, and we pay only for what we use.”

The Suprasetter A 106 has an internal punching system that ensures reliable production with maximum registration accuracy, reducing make-ready times and minimizing wastage, particularly for repetitive jobs. An extensive cooling system makes sure the plate setting process is not influenced by external room temperature.

Mohanraj, partner at Abarna, said, “We have our own paper production unit called ‘Punarbhuva’ which produces special eco-friendly paper and boards made from surplus garment material. We produce paper stock from 90 gsm paper to 400 gsm cardboard with an environment-friendly process. At Abarna, we use only the stocks from Punarbhuva, and we have exclusive clients from overseas who use our eco-friendly printed tags, labels, and other packaging items. We are certified with international standards for exports.”

Abarna Colours, the packaging printing specialist, focuses on packaging cartons, packaging boxes, paper covers, labels, hangtags, folding tags, hangers, band rolls. 

Murugan, concluded, “With the Suprasetter and Prinect workflow, we have better integration with our Speedmaster CX 75 press, we also use Saphira plates, inks, and other consumables from Heidelberg, which gives us optimum print quality.”

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.

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