News & Activities
Two more Pressline web presses
at The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express, known for its intrepid and highly transparent tone, having a large net circulation is now published from 22 major cities across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha. The newspaper’s penetration is now extended over 24 percent of the national population. With such progression, this newspaper recently ordered two lines of machines consisting of auto splicers and colour printing towers from Pressline in their attempt to augment quality and production capacity. Adoption of the two lines helps The New Indian Express produce 20 pages and 16 pages daily in colour. The group is already using Pressline machines to print the daily at various centres like Tirunelveli, Vellore, Trichy, Coimbatore and Kozhikode.

Under the stewardship and able guidance of its chairman Manoj Kumar Sonthalia, the group along with its very dedicated team of professionals also publishes others newspapers including Tamil daily Dinamani, Cinema Express, Malayalam Vaarika and Kanada Prabha. Ever since Manoj Kumar took over the group, a far reaching impact in The New Indian Express has been witnessed across Southern Peninsula and continues on the growth path with new and additional machines of productions from various centres.

From Russia with success at show
Along with its local sales and service partner VIP Systems, manroland web systems has concluded a successful show at Polygraphinter Russia 2013 held recently in Moscow. Whole range of printing equipments suitable for the Russian market and beyond was showcased at the stand of manroland web systems and VIP Systems. The team successfully interacted with several new customers and projects – a good sign for the upcoming market.

Polygraphinter Russia is one of few prominent regional exhibitions, which feature equipment, materials and technologies for the whole printing industry. It is considered to be one of the leading exhibitions on printing industry in Russia and Eastern Europe with a longstanding history. More than 200 companies from over 15 countries showcase their products every two years at this show. manroland has used this platform to present its product range containing webfed equipments and services, digital folding solutions and upgraded products.

Business Line redesigned
On its landmark 20th year of publication, The Hindu’s business daily Business Line has come out with a new re-designed outlook. Aurobind Patel, one of the renowned designers, has incarnated the new avatar of the paper. As per Mukund Padmanabhan, editor, Business Line the new look of the newspaper was achieved through extremely difficult task. Right from careful selection of fonts to colour pallete, attention has been paid to the smallest details to develop the design maintaining simplicity and elegance.

ExpoPrint 2014 gears up
for good show at Sao Paulo

ExpoPrint Latin America 2014, one of the largest printing fairs in the Americas, starts the year in which it will be held by reaping the results of three years of intensive work to offer the best structure for the exhibitors and the best experience for the visitors. Six months out from the start of the event, ExpoPrint Latin America has five of its six pavilions fully sold.

For Sandra Keese, who is the director of APS Feiras & Eventos and responsible for ExpoPrint, the numbers reported to date reinforce the work being done and proves the strength of the ExpoPrint brand. The goal now is to provide the best possible structure to the exhibitors and visitors, delivering an event to the high standard which the professionals of the printing market deserve.

The year 2014 is crucial for the printing industry. The exhibitors of ExpoPrint are planning a series of major releases during the fair, with technologies that will streamline the workflow of the professional printer. It is a chance to make a conscious investment and get ahead in this important and competitive market. ExpoPrint Latin America will be held from July 16-22, 2014 at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo.

Strengthened service organisation
structure at manroland web systems

Service function at manroland web systems moved to the management level under the leadership of new managing director Eckhard Hoerner-Marass after Anton Hamm, former head of service, left the company. The executive board at manroland web systems has made this decision in order to significantly and rapidly increase the strength and success of the service division in the market, to streamline the company’s organisation and increase its responsiveness. For this reason, the ‘head of service’ function has now been combined into a ‘head of sales and service’ function, and moved to the management level under Eckhard Hoerner-Marass.

“Service that is sales-oriented and constantly available to our customers is the key to success for our company and with this new organisation structure, we have further strengthened this important division in the company,” conveyed Eckhard Hoerner-Marass. Now, he is directly responsible and taking over the operations of the service division of manroland web systems.

Punjab Kesari Group’s 359th truck
of relief material to village Chak Changa, J&K

Vijay Kumar Chopra, CMD and chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group is flagging off the 359th truck of relief materials sent by Arya Samaj, Model Town, Ludhiana to village Chak Changa on the zero line of Hira Nagar sector in J&K. Personalities present during the occasion included: Mangat Ram Mehta, Purshotam Mahajan, Capt VK Syal, Parvesh Gulati, Mohan Lala Kalra, Ashok Sood and Lion JB Singh Chaudhary.

EFI and Landa join hands
for development of DFE

EFI and Landa Corporation have entered into a partnership agreement for the development of a digital front end (DFE) as part of Landa’s end-to-end Nanographic Printing solution. Guy Gecht, CEO, EFI and Benny Landa, chairman and CEO, Landa announced the partnership to an audience of 1,000 EFI customers during the opening session of Connect, EFI’s annual users conference in Las Vegas. The agreement brings together two pioneering businesses in the digital printing industry with the vision to fundamentally change how mainstream applications are produced.

Landa’s new DFE will employ high-performance, EFI-developed Fiery technology. With this technology, the Landa DFE will offer unique, new functionality for sheetfed and webfed Landa Nanographic Printing Presses in the commercial, folding carton, POS, publishing, and flexible packaging markets. Landa DFE will stream jobs at full printing speed for 4-8 colour printing with Landa Nanographic Printing Presses and will enable press operators to perform last-minute job changes on the press, to proof jobs and to print rush jobs on-the-fly.

“Benny Landa is a legend in our industry, and we are excited to work with his company as its exclusive DFE technology provider,” said Gecht. Benny Landa mentioned that their unique Nanographic Printing process enables them to offer offset-quality digital printing and a combination of format size and throughput speeds unprecedented in the graphic arts industry.

The Times Group launches
new Gujarati daily titled NavGujarat Samay

The Times Group, being one of the leading publishers in the English newspaper sphere, has now shown its activeness in the space of language daily. The group has recently launched a new Gujarati daily titled NavGujarat Samay in Ahemdabad. A high-powered panel discussion on ‘Gujarat – Opportunities & Challenges’ was conducted as part of the launch session.

Taping the rising of language readership in non-metro cities and towns in the region, NavGujarat Samay gets consolidated its stance in Ahemdabad where The Times Group has already been present in a leadership manner. It has been estimated that the group’s new language edition will bring in a fresh perspective in the city’s newspaper space. Accelerating in the language segment, The Times Group has launched seven editions of Maharashtra Times, Ei Samay’s new brand in Kolkata and new edition of NavBharat Times over the last three years.

Sales and Service Partner network of
manroland expanded for Malaysia and Brunei

Malaysian company Intensive Engineering joins as new Sales and Service Partner for manroland web systems. With its key focus on web offset, manroland web systems has been expanding its presence in the key world markets. Intensive Engineering joined the manroland web family since January 01, 2014 as new Sales and Service Partner for Malaysia and Brunei. Managing director Kok Seong Ng and his team will provide comprehensive support to the web customers in the region.

“We are very pleased to enjoy a partnership with Kok Seong Ng again. He is intensively involved in the printing industry in South East Asia since many years and has excellent network with the market and customers. We wish him and his team good success with his future tasks,” said Gerald Benz, deputy vice president-sales at manroland web systems in Augsburg, Germany. Intensive Engineering will provide sales and service support including spare parts and consumables administration and logistics. The company will promote all products from manroland web systems, well suited to the customers' needs in the region’s web printing industry.

Dutch news media association
honoured for youth engagement excellence

NDP Nieuwsmedia, a Dutch news media association, has been designated the first ‘Center of Youth Engagement Excellence’ by WAN-IFRA for its innovative and strong programme that introduces young people to news for nearly 40 years. The ‘Center of Youth Engagement Excellence’ designation honours newspaper associations that have a deep, long-term commitment and devote resources to news literacy and youth engagement, and the Dutch association has been at the forefront of this work.

WAN-IFRA offers the designation to NDP Nieuwsmedia for its ‘Nieuws in de klas’ programme (News in the classroom), which began in 1976 that taught teachers how to use print editions as supplemental texts in all kinds of classes, from language to history and even mathematics. Today, Nieuws in de klas offers a cutting-edge ‘Digital News Collage’ experience as well as multi-platform access to a multitude of services that emphasise the important role of news in education and connects the classroom environment with the outside world.

ABB introduces new
high-voltage hybrid switchgear

ABB announces the launch of its 420 kilovolt (kV) high voltage hybrid switchgear extending the offering range and reinforcing its technology leadership. The new product belongs to ABB’s PASS (Plug and Switch System) family of hybrid high-voltage switchgear.

This latest 420 kV PASS hybrid modules integrate the functions of a circuit breaker, disconnector and earthing switch as well as current and voltage transformers in one product, which is pre-assembled and factory-tested to save on installation and commissioning time.

With the introduction of the new 420 kV module, the PASS product family now covers voltages from 72.5 kV to 420 kV with breaking current capability ranging from 31.5 to 63 kA. In addition to standard modules, a special solution called the PASS M0 H offers a complete high voltage switchyard with an ‘H’ configuration as a single product. High voltage switchgear facilitates switching, control and protection of power networks across voltage levels of 50 kV to 1200 kV.

Romancing Print 2014 motivates printers
With over 250 participants from the printing, packaging and allied industries, Romancing Print 2014, a printers’ conference organised by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) at New Delhi, urged the printers to concentrate on the present to build a better future. The conference was formally inaugurated by Rita Menon, CMD, ITPO. There were two panel discussions and three technical presentations, besides keynote addresses from inspirational speakers Shiv Khera and Vickrant Mahajan. Off the track sessions included a keynote speech by Dr KK Agarwal (Padma Shri & Dr BC Roy National Awardee, president Heart Care Foundation of India and sr. national vice president IMA) on lifestyle and a session on ‘vaastu shastra’ by Khushdeep Bansal.

Employees plan to bid for
two Philadelphia newspapers

Two prominent newspapers in Philadelphia may see their employees become owners soon.

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and an unnamed partner are planning to launch a bid for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and The newspaper guild filed a ‘Petition to Intervene with Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia’, stating that given the instability of the newspaper organisation over the past decade and experience with a prior private auction (which has led to the current demise of the company), the guild believes that the best way to protect the viability of the two newspapers to provide stability to its members (IGM employees), is through a fair and impartial auction, in which the guild is permitted to participate as a bidder or potential purchaser.

The newspaper guild represents approximately 550 employees of the two newspapers and, including reporters, editors, photographers, advertising staff. The reason for the joint bid stems from years of drama and instability dating back to 2006. Between 2006 and 2012, ownership of the two newspapers changed five times. The saga ended briefly when in 2012, George Norcross, an insurance executive, and Lewis Katz, a former professional sports team owner, led a bid along with other local Philadelphia investors to purchase the newspapers from hedge fund owners.

Printing stalwart KL Shroff
leaves for his heavenly abode

K L Shroff (1937-2013), founder, Nu Tech Group, will always be remembered as a person who attained name, fame and riches by the dint of his education, undaunting will to fight hurdles through hard work and a vision to accomplish his dreams.

A civil engineer by profession, Shroff had hands-on experience of working at CPWD for eight years and later joined his cousins as a working partner at a trading agency (dealing in printing materials) for five years. Recognising the business potential offered by the printing industry, he set up Nu Tech Photolithographers in 1971. Today, Nu Tech is a well-known printing unit which has won several national awards for excellence in printing. Shroff also embarked upon expansion and diversification plans by opening new printing and allied units in Delhi, Noida and Faridabad.

Shroff, an active member (district governor- 1990) of Lions Club, had also been instrumental in the development of the printing industry and served twice as president of All India federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and once as president of Delhi Printer’s Association.

While reminiscing on his long career, Shroff once proudly stated, “My transformation from an engineer handling cement, sand, bricks and steel to printing ink, paper, cardboard boxes and printing machines is worth noting.”

IWMF seeks nominations for its
25th Courage in Journalism Awards

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) seeks nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honoured at ceremonies in New York on October 22 and Los Angeles on October 29. This prestigious award honours women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.

Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards also recognises the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. The winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference. IWMF has established an emergency fund for women journalists to support the urgent needs of awardees and others with everything from medical assistance to emergency relocation for journalists or their loved ones. The foundation has organised pro-bono legal assistance for asylum requests as well as temporary housing and financial aid. Last date for nomination submission is February 14, 2014.

Press freedom mission heads to UK
With a deep international concern about press freedom in the UK, an unprecedented international mission to London has recently begun to investigate the British government’s actions relating to newspaper regulation and the handling of revelations of state surveillance. Top-level meetings are being held with Maria Miller, secretary of state for culture; John Whittingdale, chairman, Culture Select Committee; and Alan Rusbridger, editor, The Guardian; freedom of expression and civil society groups; professional bodies; industry representatives; and academics to discuss worrying developments in the UK.

Previous press freedom missions have been to countries such as Ethiopia, South Africa, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Myanmar, but this is the first ever mission to the UK. The mission has been organised by WAN-IFRA. Vincent Peyrègne, chief executive, WAN-IFRA said, “The WAN-IFRA membership is deeply concerned by the British authorities’ treatment of the profession of journalism and its attempts to control the public debate.” He further informed, “The British government’s actions have far reaching consequences across the globe - particularly within the Commonwealth.”

Pending cases relating ‘577 patent against
Q.I. Press Controls dismissed Federal District Court in Philadelphia on December 02, 2013 fully and finally dismissed all QuadTech’s pending cases against Q.I. Press Controls related to the ‘577 patent. Now, Q.I. Press Controls is pleased with the dismissals. QuadTech claimed that the Markless Registration System and Intelligent Density System of Q.I. Press Controls infringed QuadTech’s ‘577 patent, which describes a method to measure and correct registration from the printed image and without using well-known registration marks.

In one of the cases, QuadTech alleged that Q.I. Press Controls’ Markless Registration System did not even exist and that Q.I. Press Controls deceived the industry by advertising a ‘phantom’ product. Q.I. Press Controls demonstrated the Markless Registration System at a printing press in Europe and approximately one week later, QuadTech informed the court that it would voluntarily dismiss the claim.

Save water, use Kodak
Sonora process free plates

Water conservation has become a priority that every industry needs to address. In this backdrop, Kodak’s SONORA process free plate technology could lead to impressive water savings for the commercial printing industry. Kodak’s SONORA plates eliminate the need for water to process plates before they are put on the press, setting a new standard for responsibility in prepress in terms of water conservation. Based on sales projections, Kodak estimates that during next year, use of SONORA plates could be directly responsible for saving up to 265 million liters of water.

Kodak is seeing rapid growth in SONORA plate adoption, with more than 400 new and converted customers.

While water is essential to commercial printing industry operations, Kodak is also mindful of its own water use. Kodak manufacturing facilities around the world closely monitor water consumption and have achieved nearly 25 percent reduction in usage since 2009.

Joern Gossé joins
manroland in dual leadership

With effect from January 01, 2014 Joern Gossé has joined the executive board of manroland web systems GmbH in Augsburg. He takes over the management together with Eckhard Hoerner-Marass and will be responsible for sales and service. Joern shows more than 25 years of experience in leading positions at the printing industry. The skilled diplom–Ingenieur (FH), graduate engineer from the University of Applied Science, Berlin he started his career in 1988 at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Having many years of international experience in sales and service and successfully managed different plants in Germany, Joern has been managing director at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Northern Region, Hamburg since 2005.

Joern’s overall responsibility at manroland web systems includes the business units sales, service and finance with 130 employees at the plant and a base of 2,500 customers. Eckhard Hoerner-Marass will stay as spokesman of the manroland web systems management. “We are very pleased to have Joern Gossé as a management colleague with his great experience in sales and service and his profound knowledge of the print industry. Together with our well-established management team, we are looking forward to constantly moving onward on the company’s road to success,” said Eckhard Hoerner-Marass.

Publishers and printers get
honour for export performance

CAPEXIL presented Export Awards to publishers and printers at a function held on December 26, 2013 in Kolkata. The award winners from books, publications & printing panel for their export performance during 2011-12 included: Repro India Limited, Mumbai and Brijbasi Art Press Ltd, New Delhi who received ‘Top’ and ‘Special’ awards respectively. Other award winners included UBS Publishers Distributors Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Goyal Books Overseas Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Navneet Publications (India) Ltd, Mumbai; Laxmi Publications Pvt Ltd, New Delhi and Multivista Global Limited, Chennai who received ‘Certificates of Merit’. The chief guest during the award function was Dr EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, hon'ble minister of state for Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India and guest of honour was Dr Anup K Pujari, IAS, director general of Foreign Trade, Govt. of India.

Scripps selects ProImage
NewsWay for corporate workflow solution

New ProImage announces that E.W. Scripps Co has selected ProImage NewsWay as its corporate workflow solution. The software will be tying together all of the company’s 14 newspaper titles across the US. “NewsWay has become the backbone of the ‘Scripps 3.0’ project that is seeing systems such as editorial, digital asset management and ad tracking being standardised throughput the group,” said Rick Shafranek, VP sales and marketing, New ProImage.

Providing an integrated enterprise-wide solution from pre-press to press, NewsWay software will centralise planning, RIPing, imposition, ink pre-setting, ink optimisation, load balancing and output management to 27 devices throughout Scripps’ production sites. With the exception of two of these sites, all operate a mix of platemaking devices and different presses. “NewsWay will also provide the company’s management and production staff with more flexibility, better control and importantly real-time management information,” added Rick, while thanking Scripps’ staff for the way in which they have worked together with ProImage in order maximise group-wide efficiencies.

Markzware introduces ID2Q
Bundle Mac for QuarkXPress 9 & 10

Markzware announces the launch of ID2Q Bundle Mac, which includes ID2Q for QuarkXPress 9 and ID2Q for QuarkXPress 10, both with InDesign CS through CC support for the Macintosh. Markzware is a leading software developer and provider of pre-press, printing and document conversion tools and solutions for such graphic design programmes as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. “Our workflow is the Quark QPS system and it is not financially feasible to re-engineer and change our workflow. Most of our customers design in InDesign show when we set up new programmes we need to recreate their design in Xpress. ID2Q has saved us countless hours and has helped make the conversion more accurate,” remarked Marty Yeager, VP-publishing technology, O'Sullivan Communications.

Markzware continues to develop the ID2Q QuarkXPress XTension to import InDesign CS (Adobe Creative Suite) through InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) files. These are the latest versions. ID2Q itself converts InDesign files to QXP 9 and QXP 10.

This data conversion software from Markzware provides a quick and easy way to open InDesign CS (INDD document) in a new QXP document. The InDesign to QuarkXPress file conversion is enabled by simply selecting 'Convert InDesign Document' under the Markzware item in the QuarkXPress menu bar. New preferences have been designed to improve file conversion from InDesign CS through InDesign CC files to QuarkXPress 9 and 10 files, reducing the amount of adjusting needed after the data conversion. The user can run both ID2Q for QuarkXPress 9 Mac and ID2Q for QuarkXPress 10 Mac on the same computer, with improved support for fonts and image linking.

WoodWing version 9.1 released
Marking next steps in multi-channel publishing innovation, WoodWing releases 9.1 version of its multi-channel publishing system Enterprise. Continuing to further advance easy multi-channel publishing and communication, from creation of content to distribution via various channels, this new option helps to quickly label content during production and to efficiently tag content destined for the web. WoodWing addresses issues often seen as problematic and time-consuming. Updated connectors for Facebook and Twitter embed the social media channels fully transparent into daily multi-channel publishing workflows.

In Content Station – WoodWing’s editorial management application – all content related to a specific story is collected in a dossier. Version 9.1 offers new functionality to label the content in a dossier, enabling users to quickly filter their content to see only what they want to see. For many users, quickly tagging content for the web – making online content more accessible and valuable – is still a cumbersome and time-consuming activity.

Enterprise 9.1 offers flexible tagging options out-of-the-box. Users can add their own tags, use pre-defined tags and use a tag suggestion service, depending on the required way of working. Enterprise 9.1, including the editorial management application Content Station, is available immediately as a perpetual purchase license as well as in an attractive subscription model with monthly fees. On its YouTube channel, WoodWing offers a video explaining the new features of WoodWing Enterprise 9.1.

First WAN-IFRA research fellow
Julie Posetti, an academic and journalist at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia, will join WAN-IFRA after securing a 12-month research fellowship to investigate and report on the future of journalism and newspapers. Julie has 25 years of media experience and she will take up the research fellowship with the world press organisation in February 2014. WAN-IFRA represents more than 18,000 news publications, 15,000 online sites and 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

The role of Julie will entail reporting on innovation within the sector and undertaking research on the future of journalism, future of newspapers and digital transformation within the media industry. “This is a huge coup for UOW, and is testament to Julie’s passion for and capacity to embrace our digital futures, and particularly the ways in which web-based technologies are becoming an integral part of how we teach journalism. This research fellowship places her at the frontline of transformative journalism,” said Sarah Miller, head, School of the Arts, English and Media.

Julie is currently completing a PhD through UOW on ‘Twitterisation of Journalism’. She is a respected former ABC journalist and PBS MediaShift correspondent who has developed and delivered extensive industry training in the fields of social media and audio/video journalism. She teaches convergent and social journalism at UOW. “I’m very excited about this opportunity – both in terms of research and journalism practice. Despite the gloomy future often predicted for journalism, I remain optimistic about the opportunities for industry transformation and I feel privileged to work at the frontline of these processes as a WAN-IFRA Fellow,” said Julie. “I am also thrilled to be able to extend the opportunity to talented UOW journalism students to intern with WAN-IFRA,” she added.

In addition to her fellowship, Julie has secured more than $20,000 Federal Government funding to assist up to 10 journalism students from UOW to undertake internships with WAN-IFRA during her time with the organisation. The research fellowship commences in February in Paris where Julie will relocate with her family for the duration of the fellowship.


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