The Printers House talks about new initiatives at Printpack

Launch of new inline flexo press soon

Rishab Kohli TPH
Rishab Kohli, director, The Printers House at Printpack Photo: IPP

At the 15th Printpack India, The Printers House (TPH) known for its single-width Orient web offset presses installed in approximately fifty countries, talked about a number of new initiatives that it has taken in the recent past. The company has launched a new web offset press, and a new consumables division. In addition, it will soon unveil its new webfed inline flexo press.

Kohli began by talking about the inline flexo press that has been under development for the last two years and is now getting ready to be launched. “This project was two years in the making. We have tied up with an Italian designer. What we are launching is an online flexo press that can print on film. We will officially launch this press around August or September this year. It will be affordable for a large majority of the market and will target packaging printers who are currently using gravure technology. Soon after that, we will launch our label press and then a wide width press for the sheet fed market,” Kohli said.

Compact and affordable web offset press

TPH has also launched a new web offset press that is compact in size and affordable. “Innovative and compact, this press is different from other web offset presses. It is a line contact system. And we have already got orders for a couple of units. With this press, customers can reduce operating expenses by 15% compared with their existing presses. Its’ compact size helps them save space and it is very affordable,” Kohli said.

The company has recently set up its consumables division that supplies plates, chemicals, and blankets. “This division was launched just a couple of months ago and is doing very well,” he said.

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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