The Printers House diversifies – flexo presses & NexGen consumables

TPH begins manufacture and distribution of NexGen print consumables

The NexGen range of pressroom chemistry from The Printers House (TPH) Image TPH
The NexGen range of pressroom chemistry from The Printers House (TPH) Image TPH

The Printers House (TPH) with 75 years of history in the printing equipment business has recently diversified its manufacturing from web offset presses to mid-web inline flexo presses. A model of this machine was shown at the recent Printpack 2022 exhibition in Greater Noida.

The company which has its head office in Connaught Place in New Delhi and its manufacturing plant in Faridabad in the Delhi NCR, with a large installation base of newspaper and book printers in the subcontinent as well as overseas, has also started making and distributing consumables including offset plates, blankets, chemicals, coatings, and adhesives. Sold and serviced under the TPH NexGen branding, the company claims that the response thus far is extremely encouraging.

The Printers House factory
The TPH manufacturing plants on the main road in Ballabgarh in the Delhi NCR
Photo TPH

The consumables on offer from TPH are already quite extensive. Offset blankets are offered for both web offset and sheetfed presses with extensive technical specifications which include information that the blankets are optimized for direct driven presses and have neutral rolling characteristics.

Both thermal CtP offset plates and UV CtCP plates are offered with good run lengths. The Nexgen-T is claimed to be a robust thermal digital plate for high-end print with a run-length of 250,000 impressions without baking, and 100,000 plus impressions using UV inks. A complement of plate cleaner, fountain solution, and press washes are also offered.

The NexGen-CT is claimed to be a robust positive working high-end UV exposure CtCP plate for long runs and can also perform with the use of UV inks. NexGen branded developers, replenishers, finishing gum, plate cleaner, fountain solution, and press wash are also offered.

The extensive sets of NexGen pressroom chemistry include fountain solutions for all sizes and speeds of web offset presses and for sheetfed offset presses. While there are two levels of fountain solutions (or concentrates for dilution) for web offset presses, four types are offered for sheetfed presses including one for reducing IPA to 3-6% and another for alcohol-free printing given the right press conditions.

The TPH NexGen offering of natural, protein-based hotmelt adhesive is called NG Jelly Glue AU(M4310010) and is aimed primarily at the case-making, hardcover book binding, and luxury hard box market. It is claimed to be designed specifically for fast-setting case makers such as Perondi, Kolbus, and Horauf machines. Notably, its spec sheet says it is moisture resistant with negligible odor.

In addition, TPH is also offering water-based dry lamination adhesives for film-to-film application in the flexible packaging industry. Overall, the TPH diversification to a full range of quality consumables seems a serious beginning. It could provide competitive pricing from an organized and significantly reliable manufacturer and distributor with ten sales and service offices of its own in major print centers across the country.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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