Heidelberg India shines at 15th PrintPack India

Signs deals for two Speedmaster CX 104 and a Speedmaster CX 92

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Team Heidelberg India at the Heidelberg stand at Print Pack 2022. Photo Heidelberg India

Heidelberg India participated in the 15th edition of Print Pack India, jointly with Gallus, IST Metz and Polar held between 26 – 30 May 2022 at India Expo Mart Centre at Greater Noida near New Delhi. One of India’s premier exhibitions for the printing and packaging industry was organized by the Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA).

The exhibition had opened its doors after the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic story, and the opportunity was well utilized by the graphic arts industry experts and Heidelberg India. As per the organizing team, the exhibition had 1,00,000 plus footfalls over the five-days, as the market is revamping for new business.

This year, Heidelberg India participated under the theme, ‘Unfold Your Potential’ showcasing the Prinect live demo solutions center, and information center for lifecycle solutions. An exclusive offer on the Saphira range of consumables and discounts for spare parts on Heidelberg, Polar, MK Masterwork, and Gallus equipment. The Heidelberg stand had dedicated information areas for Gallus and IST Metz, which product experts managed throughout the show.

While the show was enthralled with commercial, packaging, and label printers, the Heidelberg India stand witnessed potential printers from all segments. The commercial and packaging business seems to be a growing trend, and the publishing industry is returning to India. Heidelberg presented live demonstrations of Prinect to more than 40 printers during the show.

Samir Patkar, president at Heidelberg India, said, “Prinect workflow is one of the decisive workflows for the print and packaging companies which gives comprehensive benefits at pre-press and press. Also, we presented our Heidelberg solutions to the print owners with focus on how to reduce the yellow bar, how to increase the OEE (Overall equipment efficiency) with our latest nex-gen Heidelberg presses. Our product experts discussed the benefits of AI (Artificial Intelligence) factor and digitization of processes, which are collaborated with the Heidelberg presses and enabling an ecosystem to provide high productivity and ROI (Return on Investment).

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(From Left) Harsh and Sandeep Bhargava, managing director of Kumar Printers with Samir Patkar, president – Heidelberg India and Deepak Walia, Cluster Sales head – North & East, Heidelberg India.
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As Printpack special, Heidelberg India signed three press deals – the first is with Kumar Printers, a Speedmaster CX 104 seven color plus coater with IST UV and Prinect Image Control 4 system. The fully loaded Speedmaster CX 104 press is the first configuration in Northern India, which will be installed at Manesar, Haryana. The second is a Speedmaster CX 92 four-color press with Samrat Offset, based in New Delhi. And the third deal is a Speedmaster CX 104 seven color press with coating unit for Sukee Print Pack LLP, Bengaluru in South India. Also, a few more CX 104 installations are lined-up in other regions.

Sandeep Bhargava, managing director of Kumar Printers, said, “The Speedmaster CX 104 emphasizes increasing the efficiency with all latest features like intelliline, intelliguide and intellirun. The changeover process has been simplified, and change over time has been reduced drastically to 75%. With this investment, Kumar is securing some of the efficiency challenges every packaging converter goes through.”

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(From Left) Abhishek Singh, director – Samrat offset, in a discussion with Samir Patkar and Deepak Walia of Heidelberg India at Print Pack.
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Regarding the new investment Speedmaster CX 92, Abhishek Singh of Samrat Offset commented, “We are into a commercial, book, wide-format printing, and packaging jobs. The size format and the technical features are good on the CX 92. Hence, we will be able to increase our productivity multi-fold.”

Sumanth Volety, Sukee Print Pack LLP’s director, said, “We

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(From Left) BS Chandrashekar Cluster Sales head – South, Samir Patkar, president – Heidelberg India with Sumanth Volety, director – Sukee Print Pack LLP, Eeshan Volety and Uttam Volety of Sukee LLP, Lalitkumar Lamba, assistant general manager – Sheetfed product solutions – Heidelberg India.
Photo Heidelberg India

are excited to welcome the Speedmaster CX 104 seven-color press with coating unit to our press line. We are confident this will be a huge leap in our growth story, and we eagerly look forward to its installation and production.”

A good representation of Heidelberg salesforce from all regions participated at the show, including pre-press, press, and post-press product experts. The 15th edition of the PrintPack India has been a satisfying show for Heidelberg with multiple line-ups of orders for our Lifecycle solutions, Prinect, Heidelberg, Gallus, MK, and Polar equipment.

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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