Special Report
drupa 2012 sends trendsetting
impulses for the print to enhance
  • Newspaper technology venders present their innovative
    offerings and announce orders from across the world including India.
  • India becomes the largest visitors nation
    if we don’t count the host country (Germany).

Dominated by state-of-the-art offerings from the industry’s major suppliers and machinery manufacturers for automation, packaging printing, digital printing, hybrid technologies, web-to-print applications and environmentally sound printing, the 15th drupa 2012 concluded successfully, sending out trendsetting impulses for the print sector, and indicating that offset and digital print solutions complement rather than compete. In newspaper segment, along with the world’s major technology providers, including Goss, KBA, manroland web systems, Mitsubishi, TKS, WIFAG, Muller Martini, Ferag, QI Press Controls, QuadTech, etc, Indian manufacturers – Grafitek International, Manugraph, TPH, Prakash Webtech, Shree Refrigerations, Ronald Web Offset, etc – also marked effective presence. India also emerged as the second largest visitors nation after Germany, with around 15,000 visitors (official figure). Numerous orders were placed during the fair and the number of enquiries also rose continually over the course of the 14-day show which is why many exhibitors are now looking forward to good post-fair business.

The trade fair of innovations and investment, drupa 2012 (May 03-16) closed its doors in Düsseldorf to be reopened on June 02, 2016 for the next edition of the show. The most important signal: ‘print has potential and the sector is investing heavily in its future’. This trend was already visible at the event’s half-way point and exhibitors reported the conclusion of numerous deals all over the world. This willingness to invest continued unabated in the second half of the trade fair too. Add to this the fact that experts specifically highlight the wealth of innovations and market-oriented solutions for the entire print spectrum. “drupa was a resounding success for the sector. The trade fair sent out key impulses. Numerous business ideas and innovations were showcased here that all led to high investment. What the 1,850 exhibitors presented here over the past two weeks will strengthen the development potential of the print and media industry for a long term,” conveyed Bernhard Schreier, president of drupa 2012 and board chairman at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, summing up the drupa 2012 result. “Here in Düsseldorf business was done and points were set for the future of the sector.”

The more decision-makers, the more business…

Around 3,14,500 experts from more than 130 countries came to drupa in Düsseldorf, (75,500 less than in 2008). “This drop does not come as a surprise for us and the sector as a whole. In Germany alone the printing industry lost some 3,900 operations with over 61,000 employees between the year 2000 and 2011. In the USA over the same period more than 7,700 printing operations closed. Against this backdrop it is not surprising that fewer visitors came to drupa 2012. However – and this is the key point – customers now no longer come to drupa as large delegations or on group corporate trips; it is much more top managers who travel to Düsseldorf. drupa is clearly the decision-makers’ trade fair and the trade fair for business,” underlined Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

“drupa sent out key impulses in this difficult climate for our sector. This gives us optimism that the backlog in investment on many markets around the world is now gradually being overcome,” said Dr Markus Heering, managing director of the Print and Paper Technology Association within the German Engineering Federation VDMA. Both large printing machinery manufacturers and their suppliers posted orders. The number of enquiries also rose continually over the course of the trade fair which is why many exhibitors are now also looking forward to good post-fair business.

This shows how drupa 2012 is defending its position as the world’s most important and largest B2B trade fair in its sector – a fact also illustrated by the results of the visitor survey. drupa visitors come to drupa with specific investment intentions. Nearly 50 percent of all visitors place specific orders – and most of these rights at the trade fair itself. This comes as no surprise as, after all, the proportion of top managers amongst visitors has grown significantly since 2008 (50.8 percent compared with 44.4 percent in 2008). With more than 1,90,000 foreign visitors the international focus of drupa continues at a very high level.

Hemanth and Narendra Paruchuri (extreme left)
from Pragati at the stand of Shree Refrigerations.
SM Dutt (third from right), technical editor, AAN is also seen.
Fair of superlatives…

The dominating themes at drupa 2012 were automation, packaging printing, digital printing, hybrid technologies, web-to-print applications and environmentally sound printing. For instance, 40 percent of visitors said they were interested in digital printing machinery and digital printing systems. Also attracting great attention was the future theme printed electronics which was highlighted at drupa in a variety of fields: at the drupa innovation park, drupa cube, and at many stands of drupa exhibitors. “Technologically drupa 2012 was a fair of superlatives. It demonstrated that printing is more alive than ever,” said Rolf Schwarz, president of the German Print and Media Association Bundesverband Druck und Medien. “There were impressive innovations in all printing processes. I was particularly excited by suppliers and machinery manufacturers from upstream supplies, printing and further processing who jointly convinced visitors with workflow and production solutions and outstanding products. Offset and digital print solutions complement each other.”

Innovations and trends…

Also producing a positive result was the specialist supporting programme at drupa. Over 20 percent of visitors were interested in the drupa innovation park and drupa cube presented by digi:media. With its over 130 exhibitors in hall 7.0, the drupa innovation park (dip) was a hub and focal point for innovations in the digital supplies sector and reported a very successful drupa. “The innovation park at drupa 2012 is one of the most unique areas because it focuses on new ideas. Many new ideas are not worthy of a huge stand, but they must be presented in some way that people can see and understand them,” explained Frank Romano, professor of Meritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, adding, “drupa is one of the most interesting trade shows because it does this. It finds areas which are not in the mainstream, but will be. So the drupa innovation park has been an innovative idea in and for itself.”

While the focus at the dip was technology, at drupa cube, the trendy congress location in hall 7A, everything revolved around trends in cross-media, print-based communication. The 13-day programme featuring over 80 speakers was specifically aimed at print buyers, marketing decision-makers, advertisers, publishing houses and designers. Over the differently themed days some 1,000 specialists from 55 countries gathered information here on cross-media campaigns, corporate publishing, trends in newspaper, book and magazine production, out-of-home applications, dialogue marketing, packaging, electronic printing and media production.

Rejoicing experience…

Commenting on the response at drupa 2012, Jim Harvey, executive director, CIP4 Organization, said, “You can get more done in one day at drupa than in a month at the office. I’ve visited most of our over 90 members around drupa and in the dip, and everyone reports a high volume of visitors and high levels of interest. With the recent troubles over the past few years, it’s nice to see the smiles on the faces both printers and vendors here at drupa and sense a positive attitude about the industry throughout drupa.” As per John Dangelmaier, president and Rainer Kuhn, managing director of PrintCity, “It was our best ever PrintCity drupa for networking & cooperation!”

Here are more highlights from some select exhibitors and their experiences at drupa 2012:

Senior management of Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd and Ferag AG,
after signing the contract
Ferag: showcasing ‘dedicated commitment’
towards the graphic arts industry

Ferag was showcasing ‘dedicated commitment’ towards the graphic arts industry! The company displayed a range of new innovations during the show… high speed MSD 2:1 inserting system, Minisert – an entry level inserting system, proven products like Easysert inserter and UniDrum gatherer stitcher, connected with added values like Tape Fix, Polystream, Memostick, Triliner. Special dedicated areas were displaying Navigator Control systems and service support with attractive options for retrofits! On the occasion Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), publishers of The Times of India, signed a deal with Ferag India for yet another mailroom system to accommodate newspaper production from its newly purchased Regioman presses.

Commenting on signing a mailroom order with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, Kawal Arora, managing director, Ferag India Pvt Ltd stated, “During drupa 2012, Ferag could sign a contract with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd for a mailroom line to connect to a high speed double width press. These are high end configuration lines consisting of single gripper UTR conveyors connecting to multistack stackers, top sheet printing & application, film wrappers & cross strapping machines. Ferag is thankful for the continued support from Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, by having selected Ferag as their preferred partner, for yet another interesting and a challenging project.”

On asking why do you think Ferag is the preferred supplier for Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd for their mailroom requirements, Kawal Arora, managing director, Ferag India Pvt Ltd replied that there are various reasons…proven quality, best value for money, ‘added value’ innovations, future extensions & process integrations, long term dedicated mailroom supplier….only Ferag could match all these!

Fujifilm introduces MultiGrain Z technology

The stand of FUJIFILM Corporation featured the introduction of a new surface treatment technology called ‘MultiGrain Z’ that is set to be used in the manufacturing of its processless printing plate. This new manufacturing process is unique to Fujifilm, and allows for the creation of an even greater effective surface area of the plate, which will result in up to a 50 percent improvement in run length for the company’s revolutionary new Brillia HD PRO-T3 processless plate, while retaining the superior ink/water balance, on press processing stability and market leading image quality. Fujifilm believes that with this new technology, processless plates will become the defacto standard compared to chemistry free systems for printers wishing to improve their environmental performance, and it will encourage expansion not only in the commercial print market, but will increasingly influence acceptance for newspaper print applications as well.

Goss marks leadership position in
web offset receiving orders for 11 presses

Large crowds gathered at the Goss booth throughout drupa for demonstrations a 96-page Sunday 5000 printing unit that will soon be installed at Stark Druck in Germany.
Signing orders for 11 Goss web presses during the show, Goss International asserted its leadership position in the web offset sector at drupa 2012. The world’s first 96-page web press – the Goss Sunday 5000 – and the new Goss Colorliner CPS compact newspaper press were featured on the Goss booth, along with units from the new high-speed single-width Goss Magnum HPS model and the new-generation 16-page M-600 model. Alongside innovations for newspaper production and commercial web, new Goss packaging presses were also debuted. A Packaging Theatre was the centerpiece of the Goss booth, attracting large audiences throughout the show for demonstrations of the all-new Goss Sunday Vpak variable sleeve web offset press units for folding carton, film and label applications.

“We accomplished what we set out to do at drupa, which was to introduce our customers to innovative ideas for commercial print, packaging and newspaper production and to demonstrate that we are the strong technology and market leader,” explains Goss International president and CEO Jochen Meissner, adding, “Of course, the proof of this success is in actual new projects. The contracts finalized at the show, the acceleration of projects in the pipeline, and initial discussions about new projects, particularly in packaging, were encouraging endorsements of our technology and our global team.”

New Goss systems were ordered at drupa by printers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and ranged from wide-web Sunday presses to single-width newspaper presses. Posigraf, one of the largest printers in Latin America, invested in a Goss Sunday 3000 press in the early days of drupa. “Stepping up to the wide, 2x8 format will give us far greater productivity and efficiency and it will expand the format and pagination options we can offer to our customers,” explains the owner Giem Guimaraes. The company currently operates standard four-pages-across commercial web presses. “We have a lot of confidence in Goss International as both an innovator in wide-web technology and as a partner with very solid support resources.”

Hong Bo in China ordered a pair of Goss M-600 presses – the first Goss presses for the entrepreneurial company. NEEF + STUMME premium printing in Germany, which currently operates four M-600 systems ordered another one. Andreas Bauer, president and managing partner cited makeready features and print quality as differentiating factors in the decision. “The technical specifications for the leading 16-page models proved to be nearly identical, but our study confirmed that Goss Autoplate, advanced presetting and workflow features continue to give the latest M-600 model a clear edge in job-change speed and efficiency,” said Bauer. Besides, with one Goss M-800 press in operation at its facility in Mexico, commercial printer Grupo Ajusco placed an order for a second one at the drupa trade show.

Grafitek International marks successful participation

Taposh Chatterjee, general manager -
exports attending to visitors
at Grafitek International's stand.
Grafitek International, the exporting arm of J Mahabeer & Co Pvt Ltd, successfully participated in the recently concluded drupa 2012, receiving a number of serious enquiries during the show. As per Anil Raghbeer, managing director of the company, who was quite bullish seeing the response, “Inspite of the slow down the world economy, attendance and interest in our current range of web offset presses was strong and in the coming months we are confident to close several orders. The remaining months of financial year 2012 -2013 as well as financial year 2013- 2014 will be busy for us for sure.”

At their stand B22 in hall 15, large number of visitors from all five continents interacted with the sales and technical team from Grafitek. Prospective buyer and existing users showed keen interest in the newly launched H type unit of FAST 360 press with a speed of 36,000 copies per hour. The H type printing units were greatly appreciated by the visitors as it had the capability of offering high quality colour printing, lower wastage and economy in terms of manpower usage. Some large newspaper printers with multiple webs usage showed keen interest in the high capacity 1:2:2 Jaw folder with a 72 degree air former capable of folding a 12 web printed product.

Grafitek stand was also visited by existing users both from Indian and the international markets and serious discussion were held regarding expansion of their existing press line. Several FAST users were keen in adopting automation like closed loop register control, remote control inking, splicers, UV dryers.

Krause launches imposition software KIM 7!

Krause team, as happy as always!
Along with presenting workflow solutions for the commercial and newspaper application and of course its latest CtP technology for the future oriented newspaper production, Krause introduced version 7 of the successful Krause Imposition Manager (KIM) with PerfectPlan sheet optimization in Düsseldorf.

With certified JDF connectivity and the use of job tickets KIM can communicate with various management information systems (MIS). In addition KIM can be linked to workflow and Web2Print systems in a bi-directional way, if supported. A transfer of JDF cutting information into the finishing department is also possible. Through this import and export capabilities via JDF and job tickets, KIM is, from digital printing to high-end sheet fed and web offset printing, a perfect solution for process optimization. The web offset printing market is now dominated by the large web offset presses which have special requirements to run the jobs efficiently. The Krause Imposition Manager impressively operates in daily use at most of these printers and makes sure their presses run at best performance.

Krause Imposition Manager 7 - the hub of the digital print production "The digital sheet assembly gets the core of the process optimization with the Krause Imposition Manager in the automated production of printed products and does far more than just digital imposition," says Stefan Beke-Bramkamp, sales and marketing director at Krause-Biagosch GmbH. "Our goal is to achieve lean production through automation and to provide the necessary functionality in KIM to increase the efficiency in print shops up to the finishing process. In addition to the integration of callas pdf toolbox functionalities that allow a comfortable data handling, we focus with KIM on a consistent automation of the digital imposition. An automated imposition server with a modern user interface provides the ability to manage and control the jobs via the internet browser even of mobile devices. A more optimized automation of the imposition process can be achieved by incorporating configurable production profiles that allow automated collection forms. This functionality is especially useful and of greatest interest for Web2Print applications and label printing."

Manugraph launches HILINE XL

Pratap Pawar, chairman - Sakal Media Group, SM Dutt, technical editor - AAN and Sanjay Shah, vice chairman and managing director - Manugraph India Ltd.
India’s one of the leading web offset manufacturer Manugraph launched HILINE XL A 4 x 1 press with plate & blanket cylinder diameter ratio 1:1, especially suitable for high-class quality printing of newspapers and semi-commercial products at an economic cost. Its highlighted features include speed: upto 50,000 cph, web-width: 1,400 mm, cut-offs: 546, 578 mm, single circumference cylinders, Manucolour with CIP3/CIP4 compatibility, foot print shaftless drive (shafted drive optional), press management system, spray dampening system, etc.

Thrilling drupa results for manroland web systems

Peter Kuisle, member of the executive board at manroland web systems.
With numerous orders booked at drupa 2012, manroland web systems marked thrilling drupa results. “Our autoprint innovations for commercial and newspaper printing, the revolutionary operating concept, and the pressupdate portfolio have very obviously impressed customers all over the world. Our wide range of established and new products has also played a significant role,” is how Peter Kuisle, member of the executive board at manroland web systems, summarizes the company’s success at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf. “Our expectations have been met in full, the response of customers and their trust in manroland web systems is extremely high,” he adds.

The Augsburg printing systems specialists have a long project list for the coming months, the order volume from drupa amounts to around 70 million euros. The high performance of the products and high level of project expertise offered by manroland web systems was rewarded by numerous press sales, including the world’s largest commercial web offset printing system, a two web, 80-page LITHOMAN for Kraft-Schlötels. Further orders for commercial web presses prove the attractiveness of high volume printing such as an 80-page LITHOMAN sold to a customer in Europe. Most visitors were impressed by the concepts precisely configured to meet the customers’ needs.

The Indian newspaper market remains one of the most dynamic in the world. Besides a comprehensive pressupdate for the Hindustan Times, manroland web systems also booked the largest newspaper press order placed at drupa. The Times of India ordered seven REGIOMAN printing towers and three folders. Great interest was also shown in the radically new operating concept with intuitive touch screen technology, which will first be delivered in Europe with a COLORMAN, XXL. The COLORMAN e:line design, shown live for the first time in Düsseldorf, was also widely admired.

Following the explanation of decentralized inkjet newspaper printing at the French contract printer Rivet Presse Edition given at the press conference, many drupa visitors spontaneously obtained information from manroland web systems. The installation at Rivet Presse Edition comprises two Océ JetStream 4300 inkjet colorprinting systems and a variable-format newspaper folder from manroland web systems. In cooperation with Océ, another JetStream press for book printing was sold to China. The event held at Océ in Poing near Munich, where a completely digital book printing workflow with manroland folding technology was presented, was very well attended. The digital printing solutions jointly offered by manroland web systems and Océ are practice-oriented, suitable for many business models, and immediately available.

Successful drupa for MGE Graphic Systems India

The team MGE at drupa 2012: Satish Chandna and Chirag Mahajan from MGE India along with Graham Martin and Simon Martin from MGE in UK.
At their stand in drupa, MGE Graphic Systems India was showcasing their PressMate Chilling and dosing units as well as the latest design for the PressMate RO water purification system. During the two-week show, they finalised multiple PressMate sales, and marked strong presence of both Indian printers and OEM manufacturers at their stand.

Other great highlights for MGE included two new agreements to represent European companies and their products in India. Samoa’s excellent selection of high performance diaphragm pumps (ideal for use in the flexo and packaging industries) has now been added to their pump range. The company also extended the drying options to be supplied by agreeing to offer Benford UV’s high quality UV dryers both for sheet-fed and web presses throughout India. During the show, MGE staff was also available on the Hydrair stand to provide assistance for ink pumps and ink distribution systems, and the Harris & Bruno stand offering advice on online and offline coaters.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement with Benford UV systems (based in the UK), allowing MGE to offer the complete range of Benford’s UV drying systems throughout India and its associated territories providing sales, installation and technical support, Satish Chandna, managing director of MGE India said, “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer such a world class product to the Indian market. There is a growing demand for UV in both the web and sheet-fed sectors in India, and Benford’s UV systems provide a fantastic dryer solution for printers.” Marc Boden, managing director of Benford added, “I am confident that we have found the best available partner in MGE, to serve the vast Indian market.”

Muller Martini feels very satisfied with their performance

With the company’s performance at drupa 2012, Muller Martini is very satisfied. Expressing satisfaction, Bruno Müller, CEO of Muller Martini, said, “I am very satisfied with the company’s performance at the drupa stand and with the many exhibits. The way in which our experts explained our solutions to visitors has been very well received.”

On the subject of feedback, you have been speaking with many customers in person. Did certain key points emerge during such discussions? “It is always written in connection with each drupa what the key theme of the trade fair is. It strikes me that at drupa 2012 many providers were showing ways in which print products can be optimally presented and made as unique as possible so that they stand out and highlight the advantages of print compared to digital media. That is why many discussions were above all about today’s market requirements. The focus was less on individual machines than on complete systems, which came across very clearly with our drupa performance. I have also noticed that many customers were looking for solutions not only for today, but also for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Our customers are seeking investment security in an environment that is changing more rapidly today than before,” he replied.

Speaking on the drupa, management has recorded a roughly 20 percent fall in visitor numbers this year compared to 2008. Have you also observed such a negative trend at the Muller Martini stand? Bruno said underlined, “We are extremely satisfied with the number of visitors, which was only slightly below the level from 2008. Our stand was very well visited, especially during the numerous moderated system demonstrations.”

“Having put so much into showing our innovative strength and market performance, of course we want that to result in sales. drupa has been successful for us in that respect too. We have made sales on all continents, and on emerging markets, such as Brazil and China, in particular. We are also pleased to see that our MMServices modules have gone down well with customers. Many customers have spontaneously decided to purchase a service package at our stand,” he concluded.

QI Press Controls secures record number of orders

QI Press Controls marked a good global spread of orders in addition to many interesting leads from web-offset plants around the world. In a concluding note about drupa 2012, Jaco Bleijenberg, QI Press Controls’ director of international sales & marketing reported satisfaction on all fronts. "With nearly three million Euros in order bookings at this trade fair, QI Press Controls set a personal drupa record. Our new marvel - the mRC-3D self-cleaning depth detection camera - has seen an excellent response and we've already secured a number of major orders. We have clearly noticed that web-offset plants actively manage on the basis of maximum efficiency."

As per Bleijenberg, regions and countries that have placed orders with QI Press Controls for both first deliveries and retrofit projects, include: Germany, Finland, Latin America, Malaysia, the Netherlands and many more. "drupa 2012 was a great success for us. We can see that QI Press Controls is emphatically rewarded for its reliability in terms of systems, project management, service, support and know-how of the web-offset process. Our innovative strength enables us to continuously improve effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the web-offset presses. We've also noticed the regular and decisive role of our Intelligent Quality Management system in investment decisions of web-offset plants. Identifying and resolving inefficiency leaks in continuous productions demand tools such as IQM, also because the numbers of staff at printing plants are continuously reduced. Plus, the fact that IQM provides tools to make it possible to reject quality-related claims on solid argumentation, scores high among plant managers," he mentioned.

Bleijenberg adds that he has enjoyed a lot of fruitful discussions with drupa visitors at the QI Press Controls stand, often helped along by the theme cube 'I am here . . . , for you . . . . ‘. "Listening to plant managers, what they want from us. That's very important for the input of our R&D, service and support. QI Press Controls learned a thing or two as well. Yes, drupa 2012 has been very important for us, also to fine-tune QI Press Controls' compass for the future again."

drupa 2012 brings a huge success for QuadTech

drupa 2012 was a huge success for press control technology leader QuadTech Inc. The company signed several significant orders at the show and is expecting to finalize others in the coming weeks. The news of their sale to the Chicago Tribune raised a lot of interest in the AccuCam product. The response to their inspection and colour control innovations for packaging printers was also unbelievable.

ADV Schoder (Germany) is equipping their KBA C16 press with QuadTech controls, including QuadTech's ICON product platform, Register Guidance System with MultiCam, Ribbon Control System with MultiCam, Color Control System with Instrument Flight and SpectralCam, and Data Central reporting. Another Germany-based company B&K Offsetdruck GmbH will also be adding QuadTech technology to a KBA C16 press. Besides, BLG Toul, st Finance Group (Paris, France), Gulliaume Rotative (Comines, France) Hong Bo Tian Technology Co LDT (Beijing, China), and Thran Phu (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) also opted QuadTech technologies. “We're very excited to partner with these new and repeat customers, who will be well positioned to provide more consistent quality, reduce waste, and increase their profits," commented Karl Fritchen, president of QuadTech.

drupa reflects significant business prospect for VINSAK

Vinsak products launch with a bang at drupa 2012.
Provider of broad range of products and solutions for the print, publishing magazines, books and newspapers) and packaging industry, newly established VINSAK announced its successful performance at drupa 2012. VINSAK mainly focused on its two broad pillars i.e. pre-press and brand protection solutions in drupa 2012. A full suite of VINSAK pre-press solution was also showcased to the international audience. The products included VINSAK TPS1160 thermal CtP plate setter, VINSAK TPP1300 thermal CtP plate processor, VINSAK range of thermal CtP plates and VINSAK analog plates for the printing industry.

Drupa helped gain significant brand awareness for VINSAK across many nations of Europe, Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America. This is in addition to a strong presence in India and UAE markets where VINSAK is already present. VINSAK also announces the sale of its first VINSAK VIS 1200 inkjet system during the show and also bagged many orders for various post-printing machines including pile turners, punching machine, banding machine, plate washing, and sheet counting machines.

“Prospects were delighted to see the range of thermal CtP plates offered by VINSAK, under the themes: ‘Marathon’ (very long run), ‘Sprint’ (very high quality) and ‘Pace’ (every day use). This range of plates offer printers a wide latitude of jobs to be produced on VINSAK plate solutions that cater very well to commercial print, service bureaus, publishing, packaging and newspaper segments of the industry,” conveyed Sankarshanan, vice president of the company.

“VINSAK brand protection solutions grasped the attention of the customers, which resulted in a huge response in this segment. Our innovative suite of security software, security and special purpose inks, special purpose hot stamping dies, and printing equipment positioned us to offer complete solution to any brand owner to protect them against counterfeiting,” said Neeraj Sharma, general manager – sales. “Start of a new financial year with the success of drupa is a good beginning for us, which will keep us busy in serving our existing customers with new solutions and welcoming new customers,” he added.

Best networking drupa ever for PrintCity Alliance

The successful co-operation of PrintCity Alliance members and partners in shared drupa 2012 exhibition activities has shown once again the strength of strong networks in the global print, packaging & publishing industry. Twenty eight world leading organisations in printing, packaging & publishing worked together to deliver ‘must see’ shared PrintCity Alliance attractions and events throughout drupa. “Our focus is to encourage industry networking & knowledge sharing under the theme ‘Connection of Competence,” states John Dangelmaier, president of PrintCity.

“This was best shown in our Value Box, where companies working together showed the wide range of creative Value Added Packaging opportunities.” “I talked to many important brand owners, designers & printers, explaining the possibilities and new effects created for Value Added Packaging,” explains Rainer Kuhn, managing director of PrintCity. “Visitors from all over the world got inspiration from the effects and advantages you can achieve, using techniques & materials from creative businesses working together. These benefits are not just from visual or haptical features. They also include linkage to electronic media, plus highlighted savings through lean & green production.” Rainer Kuhn and John Dangelmaier agreed – “Our best ever PrintCity drupa for networking & cooperation!”

PrintCity members and partners contributing to web press area were: Baumüller, Tolerans, Procemex, Sonoco Alcore, manroland web systems, Cofely and UPM. FAQs about the benefits of tuning up your web press were answered in a creative way via an interactive display. Visitors talked to the experts from the companies within that shared area. All companies present answered questions about reducing total life cycle costs, increasing quality/productivity, adding new capabilities and sharing web offset printing knowledge.

The PrintCity members and partners involved in value added printing & packaging included: Metsä Board, manroland sheetfed, Eltosch, Finest Fog, Weilburger, Merck, Kurz, UPM and Westland who created an eye catching ‘Value Box’, each wall featuring one of the main topics in value added packaging. These included enhancement (touch & feel), function (smart packaging), sustainability, production and workflow. In the area of digital & offset printing, visitors discussed the best of both worlds – how both digital and offset technologies can contribute to their future business strategy. Visitors learned about business models for future production, plus applications, workflow & materials, from participating members and partners: Océ, manroland web systems, UPM, Metrics and MEGTEC. While the area of Lean & Green Opportunities included content from, and was manned by, international experts from PEFC, Fujifilm, Vision in Print and ClimateCalc to answer questions around topics to make the printing process Leaner & Greener. Visitors benefited from their shared knowledge and learnt about best practice methods, CO2 calculation techniques, latest enabling technologies and how certification is a benefit for their business.

Held during the show, PrintCity/WPCF drupa International Environmental Conference, was also a success with over 80 participants from leading printers, publishers and brand owners around the world. Fourteen speakers delivered a valuable insight and encouraged discussion on the topics of: environmental footprint, with a focus on lean production; sustainability for success; and communicating on the environment, including labels and certification.

Fantastic drupa for Prakash Webtech

Going beyond expectations in terms of business, drupa 2012 went fantastic for Prakash Webtech Pvt Ltd who was displaying their 4 high tower Speedster 36000 featuring automatic registration control with close loop system, remote inking with automatic ink presetting, new user friendly phaser design, latest sleeves to overcome cantilever design and remote operations control desk with touch screen. As per Saurabh Gupta, director of the company, “We got very good response at the show, establishing extensive contacts, and appointing dealers in nine countries. Quotes worth $10 million have already been sent in response to various enquiries and tons of leads were generated.

An ISO 9001:2008 certified web press manufacturer from India operating with adequate strengths to offer suitable printing machines for newspapers, books and semi commercial printers, Prakash Webtech Pvt Ltd participated in drupa to explore overseas markets and marked impressive progress in this regard. Presently, almost thirty percent of their total sales goes to overseas market, but the company is endeavoring to convert the overseas and domestic ratio to 50:50 in the coming years. “We are aggressively exploring overseas markets, with focus on Russia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Africa and Latin America, and appointing new dealers in nine countries during drupa 2012 may help manage quantum leap in this regard.

Robust construction, precision engineering and quality raw materials differentiate Prakash presses from others in its class. They provide an unequalled combination of highest print quality and cost-effective operation, enhancing competencies through machines and innovative technologies including 4 high towers, mono units, three-colour satellites, and folders. “We always care for the customers’ requirements and offer technologies accordingly,” conveyed Saurabh.

Prakash’s four high tower can print 4+4 comprises four nos blanket to blanket printing stack mounted one upon another, for four-colour printing on both side of a single web or two-colour printing on double web. It ensures perfect registration because of vertical web lead, RCR’s and side registers provided in each printing stack. Besides, their three-colour satellite (to print 3+0, 2+1) press comprises of three printing couples surrounding a common impression cylinder which facilitates three colour printing. The three-colour unit provides extra multi colour facility with no loss of page capacity. Prakash Mono Unit (to print 1+1) is available with inbuilt reel stand for minimum web travel and gives excellent print quality. It is also available in separate stacked unit, which can be mounted on reel stand. Their folders can produce broad sheet and tabloid newspapers with optional attachments for magazines/quarter fold and double parallel/direct fold (with cross slitting/perforation) for book production. These machines can perform with speed from 16,000 cph to 36,000 cph.

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