Fujifilm announces new generation of thermal platesetters

Two Luxel T-X and three Luxel T-S models

The five models in the range consist of two Luxel T-X (high-speed) and three Luxel T-S (standard).

Fujifilm on 28 February announced the launch of a new range of Luxel thermal platesetters for offset plate production. The range is compact and easy to use and features five models to ensure suitability for diverse customer requirements. Manual loading, single cassette and multi-cassette options are all available.

The five models in the range consist of two Luxel T-X (high-speed) models and three Luxel T-S (standard) models.

Job and system management is performed through a simple PC interface via a fiber-optic cable, allowing settings to be viewed on a large screen. Plates can be loaded into multiple cassettes, aside from the cassette in use, allowing for continuous operation, and 8mm clamps with an option for 6mm on the T-X model ensure compatibility with a wide range of web and sheet-fed presses.

A remote maintenance service allows the monitoring of system status from off-site, along with guidance on timely maintenance and the replacement of consumables.

Sean Lane, Product Management and Support manager, Offset Products says: “We’re delighted to be able to bring this enhanced platesetter to market. With its compact size, easy operability, and imaging improvements, it’s designed to add value to offset print businesses and improve ROI. We’re proud to continue to support offset print businesses and help them to boost efficiencies in a challenging market.

Fujifilm Corporation, one of the major operating companies of Fujifilm Holdings has built up a host of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging and applies these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the medical and life science fields.

Fujifilm Graphic Communications Division is focused on delivering print solutions that help printers develop a competitive advantage and grow their businesses. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital printing, and workflow software for print production management.

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.

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