Scodix Ultra 6000 press to debut at Hunkeler

27 February to 2 March 2023, Switzerland

Scodix Ultra 6000 press to debut at Hunkeler

Scodix, a provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, will showcase its Ultra 6000 Press powered by smart high definition (SHD) for the first time in Europe at Hunkeler Innovationdays from 27 February to 2 March 2023 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Scodix Ultra 6000 Press delivers good embellishment results for a range of products, including book covers, luxury packaging, and commercial print products, the company said. The focus at Hunkeler will be embellishment solutions on offset B1 and B2 sheet formats demonstrating the economics and productivity to replace analog embellishment technology, whilst offering publishers greater flexibility to enhance a wide variety of book covers from paperback books to high-end book jackets. In addition, Scodix will show its SHD technology, which, the company claims, offers a breakthrough in high-definition, fine clarity, and delicate detailing for eye-catching results.

Scodix is thrilled to be debuting the Ultra 6000 Press powered by SHD at Hunkeler Innovationdays,” says Mark Nixon, Scodix EVP, Global Sales & Marketing. “The 6000 press is already selling well, and we are keen for publishers to experience all the advantages that come with it. Scodix products deliver an incredible combination of economic, sustainable, and efficient solutions to take the printers and publishers to the next level of enhancement.”

The Scodix Ultra 6000 Press enables a fast return on investment, with refined, elegant enhancement increasing the perceived value of books and making otherwise inconceivable short runs not only possible, but economical too – replacing the need for hot or cold foiling, and a host of other enhancements, all on one platform.

Nixon adds, “In the face of increasing online purchases and the popularity of personalized books, the publishing industry continues to require smaller job runs and faster time-to-market. Clearly, digital enhancement is an excellent solution for those challenges, but with the large format of the Scodix Ultra 6000 and virtually zero makeready time, publishers can also match the productivity of their analog systems.”

As environmental impact is increasingly essential to the industry, Scodix is committed to delivering more sustainable solutions and environmentally friendly processes within its presses and digital enhancements. This includes eliminating VOC emissions and removing the need for metal-based stamps/clichés, chemicals, and solvents, while also reducing overall energy consumption. 

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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