Arrow Digital installs Kongsberg X24 Edge at VGA

The Kongsberg is field-upgradable and simple to use

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Kongsberg X24

Arrow Digital has announced the installation of a Kongsberg X24 Edge at VGA Digital Printers, Pune, a known name in the printing industry, to help increase its production capacity. 

Sam Patel, CEO and MD at Arrow Digital, said, “It has been years working with Mandke, and it has always been a pleasure to join hands with him. This new addition will help VGA address the print-to-finish jobs and remove the need for manual or outsourcing interventions.” 

The X24 Edge can handle any type of application for signage, display, and packaging with high production speeds and good cutting quality. It is field-upgradable, which means one can eventually upgrade as the job capacity increases with the seamless finishing options of Kongsberg. The finisher is capable of cutting a variety of substrates and is very simple to use. Its various milling options match production requirements.

Vyankatesh Mandke, director at VGA Digital Printers, said, “We have high-speed printers, but finishing has always been the hurdle. Depending on outsourcing reduces the throughput, there is no control over QC, and it was a logistics nightmare. With the tightening of the skilled labor, we could not get the final printed products out the door. Now turnaround time is faster, and we can deliver the final finished product with a rapid turnaround. With Kongsberg, we are confident of increasing our capabilities, which lends itself to finding more clients and increasing our production capacity. There are several finishing tables in the market, but we needed a sturdy and rugged table that can last for years. The Kongsberg’s rock-solid build differentiates it from other technologies in the market.”

Sam said the Kongsberg provides a complete spectrum of tooling to finish the entire range of media from soft to rigid substrates. The rack-and-pinion drive system offers speed, sturdiness, and strength, which enables customers to finish thick or thin materials with ease. The i-cut production console offers users powerful functionality for signage, display, and packaging production. 

Additionally, AIPC ensures highly efficient production and extremely accurate print-to-cut registration. Also, its state-of-the-art user interface offers improved usability with its personalized job management operator. The fast tool loading, auto-recognition, and calibration features are ideal for short-run jobs. The conveyor gives you the confidence to achieve flexible substrates with ease.

Mandke said, “Post-Covid, we have understood that dependency on outsourcing or manual intervention can cause a severe issue to your business. When you have a reputed clientele, you must ensure you serve them in the best possible way to stay ahead in this race. Kongsberg has given us the confidence to achieve deadlines and even to reach out to more and more corporate brands with innovative designs. We’ve now got all the tools in place that we wanted. Kongsberg is backed by Arrow’s Service Support, with its state-of-the-art demo/training and R&D facilities in India, which makes us extremely confident in the product and its capabilities.”

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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