Nippon Color to show digital flexo plates at Labelexpo India

To be present at Hall 5, Stand M23

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Truepress Jet L350UV SAI - UV Inkjet Digital Label Press from Screen. Photo: Nippon Color
Truepress Jet L350UV SAI - UV Inkjet Digital Label Press from Screen. Photo: Nippon Color

Nippon Color, which specializes in offset printing, flexographic printing, and digital printing technologies, will promote HD platemaking technologies and digital label printing & finishing solutions for label converters at Labelexpo India 2022

The company will display samples of digital flexo plates imaged on Cron, Screen, and Luescher flexo CTP systems and processed on Glunz & Jensen flexo plate processors. The company has recently been authorized to sell Screen’s UV inkjet digital label printing solutions and will showcase samples printed on the Screen Truepress Jet SAI series. Nippon Color has also partnered with Fujifilm for its water-washable flexo solution, and it will be also displaying the water-wash processor on its stand M-23 at Labelexpo.

Akshat Pardiwala, COO, said, “This is the first time we are exhibiting at Labelexpo India, and we are excited to meet label converters looking for a digital set-up to complement their flexo presses to cater to the short-run and personalization demands of labels. Predominantly being in the offset industry since 1972, we have seen a trend of commercial printers migrating to labels and packaging for expansion. Moreover, with the commercial printing industry declining, the packaging segment has offered print providers an opportunity for growth due to a boost in eCommerce. 

“Digital label printing & finishing allows you a very short time to market, with virtually no make-ready time and waste. To support print providers in this transition, we have added multiple digital label printing & finishing solutions and are thrilled to present them to our customers. The Expo works as an excellent platform for understanding customers’ requirements.”

Flexo is likely the biggest process used in some packaging segments, such as flexible packaging and corrugated labels, Pardiwala said. 

“Flexo printing is continuously improving through developments in plate technology, advanced methods to mount plates, and developments in anilox rollers, inks, and curing systems. The market requires eye-catching printed packaging of brands with spot colors. However, flexo has improved most of the analog print process with developments across all stages, from design to finishing. HD flexo imaging in pre-press is allowing gravure-like print quality. While quality is improving, the time and cost of approving artwork and producing plates are reducing”, he concluded.

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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