Vinsak installs Iwasaki TR3 offset at Paramount, UAE

Paramount is an adhesive labels manufacturer

Vinsak booth at Pamex 2023 Photo: PSA

Vinsak, a leading printing and packaging solutions supplier and the sole distributor of Iwasaki, a manufacturer of label printing machines, has announced the installation of a new TR3 offset printing system at Paramount Label Printing Press in the UAE.

Paramount is an adhesive labels manufacturer operating from Ajman New Industrial Area in the UAE. The company manufactures all kinds of labels such as pharmaceutical, sequential, barcode, weighing scale, industrial and clothing tags, and variable image printing – including graphics and text that changes from one piece to the next and creates compelling personalized marketing messages that go way beyond variable text.

Paramount is already using a 9-color Lombardi Flexo press for its long-run production of labels and flexibles and is fully equipped with pre-press facilities for quick turnaround. In most cases, they can offer same-day delivery, which even digital presses fail to do.

In the Middle-East market, there has been an increased demand for short-run labels. The production cost on digital presses also continues to be extremely high.

The advantage of the Iwasaki press offers the lowest print cost per square meter for short and medium runs up to 5,000 square meters. Being an intermittent press, it requires no tooling for changing repeat sizes and hence gives extremely fast turnarounds and lower costs.

The Iwasaki TR3 waterless offset model with 6-color waterless offset has six units of UV dryers, one flexo varnishing station, and one semi-rotary die-cutting unit to produce barcodes, destructible and tamper-evident labels, location and aisle board labels, color-coded labels for various industries with a maximum print width of 330 mm. The combined process of printing and finishing ensures the fastest delivery possible with the lowest origination as well as running costs.

Vinsak is a supplier of printing, packaging, and converting solutions in India, Africa, and the Middle East. Vinsak has provided many businesses with well-integrated and supported customized solutions. These include manufacturers of print that extend from large and well-established brands to entities that are in their nascent stage of growth.

Iwasaki manufactures and sells label printing machines, mainly intermittent rotary presses – letterpress and offset – and post-processing machines such as foil stamping and die-cut machines. 

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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