Nikhil Offset buys Kodak Achieve 800 Thermal Platesetter

It offers a process-less technology which contributes to sustainability

Naresh Kumar Sirpaul, director of Nikhil Offset with Kodak Achieve 800 Thermal Platesetter
Naresh Kumar Sirpaul, director of Nikhil Offset with Kodak Achieve 800 Thermal Platesetter

Delhi’s leading commercial printer Nikhil Offset has invested in a Kodak Achieve 800 Thermal Platesetter that produces 18 plates in an hour of 1030 x 838 mm. The machine has been supplied and installed by Monotech Systems

“The majority of jobs we provide are for publishing and consuming approximately 1,500 – 2,000 plates a month. To fulfil the high demand, we opted for Kodak Achieve Platesetter, which is productive and has a process-free operation,” said Naresh Kumar Sirpaul, director, Nikhil Offset. 

“The Kodak Achieve offers a process less technology which contributes to the sustainability, and hence it was the first choice. Sustainability and climate protection are increasingly prominent in all aspects of life, and not even the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed them off the agenda. In recent years, reducing environmental impact has become a much more important factor in every economic sector. We printers are no exception, not only because of the increasingly stringent environmental standards that the industry must meet. Sustainability is also high on the list of priorities for printers’ customers and consumers. Not surprisingly, the prospects of success are better for businesses that opt for sustainable processes. Monotech Systems has good after-sales support, and they already have a good reputation in the market. Interacting with the team and their services has been a wonderful experience,” he added.

Kodak Achieve Platesetters are robust and reliable CtP devices

Established in 1989, Nikhil Offset is a leading printing press in New Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Area. With a setup of 4-color Heidelberg, 2-color Heidelberg and 4-color Komori offset presses. The company serves many customers in the publishing industry. This well-known establishment acts as a one-stop destination servicing local and other parts of Delhi customers. Till now, this business has established a firm foothold in its industry. The belief that customer satisfaction is as important as their products and services has helped this establishment garner a vast base of customers, which continues to grow by the day.

Kodak Achieve T400/T800 Platesetters are robust and reliable CtP devices that deliver the stability of Kodak’s thermal light-valve imaging technology at a surprisingly low cost. They’re based on the successful Kodak Trendsetter Platesetter platform and available with various automation and speed options.

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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