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Relying on ABB solutions
One of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for the newspaper production industry, ABB recently announced more orders.

As per the company, at AllgaeuerZeitungsverlag in Kempten, Germany, the COLORMAN e:line press will be the first of this type worldwide and will be equipped with two ABB MPS Control Consoles. Their existing MPS Production press management system will be updated to the newest version and extended to handle the new press. In addition, the current MPS PlateWorkflow automatic plate production system in Kempten will be extended with a fully automatic plate sorting function, which will sort the plates according to freely chosen sorting strategies. The company is also purchasing MPS Cockpit and therefore becomes the newest reference for ABB’s resource management and planning system. In order to optimize support for the production processes at the AllgaeuerZeitungsverlag, their existing page planning system from Alpha and also ABB’s comprehensive insert management system MPS InsertManager will be fully integrated with MPS Cockpit.

A further order for ABB insert management system MPS InsertManager came from the MittellandZeitungsdruck AG in Switzerland, which prints daily newspapers such as the AargauerZeitung, SolothurnerZeitung, BasellandschaftlicheZeitung, Sonntag and also a number of weekly newspapers. The system covers the complete handling of insertion orders and the management of the insert stores at the printing sites in Aarau and Subingen. “We work together with various internal and external publishers and print a large number of daily and weekly newspapers. Like many other printing houses, we have tried until now to handle the insertion orders with conventional tools like Excel and email. However, it was a continuous challenge to keep the production data for the inserts consistent across all departments and print sites. With MPS InsertManager we will have a single tool that covers all our needs and ensures that the data only have to be entered once and will remain consistent,” said UrsBinkert, CEO of the MittellandZeitungsdruck AG explaining the reasons for the order.




ABG to invest in Living Media India
The Aditya Birla Group (ABG), recently announced that it has agreed to make a financial investment of 27.5 percent in Living Media India Limited (India Today group), through its private investment company. "The media sector is a sunrise sector from an investment point of view. I believe that Living Media India offers one of the best opportunities for growth and value creation," stated Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla group.

Aroon Purie, chairman of the India Today group, said, "I am delighted to partner with the Aditya Birla group to aggressively address the current and future potential of the Indian media business, which is at a tipping point. The Aditya Birla group with its strong leadership, global footprint, diversified business interests and its shared values of integrity, commitment and social responsibility make it a perfect fit with the India Today group." The transaction is subject to customary approvals.




Times of India on big expansion drive
Orders seven towers and three folders of
REGIOMAN web offset press from manroland web systems

A successful partnership: the Times of India delegation on the manroland web systems stand at drupa 2012.
India’s largest selling English daily newspaper, The Times of India has signed a major order with manroland web systems for seven towers and three folders of REGIOMAN web offset press for their various production centres in India. The sale was announced at drupa 2012 by manroland web systems, which is one of the largest web press deals for India.

The Times of India and manroland web systems have a long standing relationship with multiple press lines of various manroland web presses such as COLORMAN, GEOMAN, REGIOMAN and CROMOMAN installed at various production centres of the largest selling newspaper in India. “We are delighted to announce our latest agreement with Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd, publisher of The Times of India, for their order of multiple towers and folders of REGIOMAN. Reaching more than 400 million readers daily with every third newspaper worldwide being printed on a manroland press, we are proud to be associated with The Times of India in their latest expansion plans,” said Peter Kuisle, member of the executive board at manroland web systems GmbH.

REGIOMAN is the largest selling double wide press from manroland across the globe, featuring the world’s most successful 4-1 printing concept. The press is capable of printing 4 full colour broadsheets (front and back) in a single pass. In the 8-page segment the REGIOMAN achieves twice as much output compared to a conventional 2-1 press with the same number of printing towers offering significant savings potential.

The new order for the REGIOMAN towers and folders will supplement the existing installations of various high capacity web printing systems of manroland at multiple centres of The Times of India across the country. The expansion will significantly enhance the production capacity of the best-selling newspaper group, publisher of various newspaper titles such as: The Times of India, The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Pune Mirror, Bangalore Mirror, Ahmedabad Mirror, Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times, Vijay Karnataka and Usha Kiran in India.




Lucknow: The Hindu Business Line’s
new printing center

One of the premier business newspapers The Hindu Business Line published by Kasturi & Sons, has begun its printing from Lucknow recently. Through a welcome note published in the newspaper, the editor of The Hindu Business Line has informed, “This is our 17th printing center and second in North India.” He expresed that it will help better serve the readers of the region.




India brings in several Asia Media Awards
At the presentation of 11th annual Asia Media Awards in Bali on the sidelines of recently held Publish Asia 2012, India shined with several Indian winners, including Anandabazar Patrika, Financial Times, Fortune India, Hindustan Times, Malayala Manorama, Manorama Weekly, MiD Day, The Times of India in different categories. The Star (Malaysia), The South China Morning Post, Jawa Pos, Kompas Gramedia and Gulf News were among other winners. These awards have become the most prestigious awards in recognition of outstanding work in printing quality, design, infographics, photography, editorial content, newspaper marketing and community service among media houses in Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East.




Count down for Labelexpo India 2012
One of the major events for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry in South Asia, Labelexpo India 2012 is getting ready to welcome the industry’s decision-makers to take a close view of a broad range of innovative technologies presented by plenty of exhibitors. The show is scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during October 29 – November 01, 2012. Notably, the previous edition of the show also marked a great success with 6,054 visitors. Over 150 international and domestic exhibitors presented their latest developments in technology and materials, launched new products and gave live demonstrations to visitors during this four-day show.




Hindustan Times upgrades
COLORMAN at Greater Noida facility

One of the leading Indian media houses and publisher of the Hindustan Times, HT Media Ltd opts to expand their capacity at Greater Noida facility by adding one tower and one balloonformer to one of their existing three press lines of manroland’s COLORMAN web offset press to meet their growing circulation demand in North India. With this new order, HT Media has reaffirmed their trust in the state-of-the-art web offset technology from manroland web systems for their print requirements.

The current facility at Greater Noida is equipped with three COLORMAN presses with total nine towers and three folders installed in the year 2005 by manroland. Each of the three presses at HT Media’s Greater Noida plant has a configuration of three towers and a 2-5-5 folder capable of printing upto 32 pages with 16 pages in full colour at a speed of 85,000 copies an hour.

In their current expansion order, HT Media has also gone for a service upgrade to increase the speed of all the towers in their COLORMAN press to 90,000 copies an hour. The enhanced speed will enable HT Media to meet their increasing circulation figures in the capital city of New Delhi where the circulation figures reach an impressive number on the weekend edition.

HT Media publishes a wide range of media products including the Hindustan Times (English) and Hindustan (Hindi), which have a combined daily circulation of 2.25 million copies and a readership base of 12.4 million readers to their credit. In addition, HT Media also publishes a national business newspaper, Mint – a leading financial newspaper in the Indian market highlighting the latest developments in the buoyant Indian economic sector. To cater to the large readership base, HT Media operates 19 printing facilities across India with an installed capacity of 1.5 million copies per hour.




Strengthening cooperation ABB and manroland
web systems collaborate in retrofit business

One of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for the newspaper production industry, ABB has announced a new strategic partnership between ABB Switzerland Ltd and manroland web systems GmbH that has been agreed at the drupa trade show. This agreement gives the two companies a strong position in the future of the retrofit business. The partners can now offer newspaper printing customers an ideal range of modular press retrofit solutions that covers the areas of product planning, control consoles, press controls and reelstands.

Retrofits with manroland web systems and ABB – which are, of course, available as stand-alone solutions, too – provide long-term production stability. This is achieved by using modular industry-standard components that can be seamlessly integrated into proven press systems. The new solutions can be integrated into most newspaper printing systems. As a result, both the future-oriented ControlCenter of manroland web systems and the customized modern production management system from ABB are now available to new customer groups too. The customer’s specific wishes will be implemented individually by the Augsburg and Swiss experts.




Manugraph DGM receives several
orders from North and South America

North and South American markets continue to be strong for presses manufactured by Manugraph India Ltd and their wholly owned subsidiary Manugraph DGM Inc. They recently announced receiving several orders from these markets. As per Ron Ehrhardt, vice president of International Sales for Manugraph DGM Inc, “Over the last ten years, the Cityline Express is by far the most popular single-width press in the South American market.”

Ipanema Sistema Grafico e Editora Ltda, a newspaper publisher located in Votorantim, Brazil, purchased a nine-unit Cityline press consisting of two 4-High towers, one Mono-unit with integrated unwind, and one F222 Jaw folder. The new press replaces a 30-year old Harris V-15. Another company from Brazil is Soller Industria Grafica Ltda, a semi-commercial printer, who purchased an eight-unit Cityline press consisting of two 4-High towers and one F222 Jaw folder.

Geo-Grafica Editora Ltda, a commercial printer of Bibles located in Santo Andre, Brazil, purchased a four-unit Hiline horizontal press with a F222 Jaw folder. Three of the horizontal units have integrated autopasters. The F222 folder has both quarter and double parallel fold capabilities. The press will be installed in August 2012.

MDGM also received press addition contracts from two customers. Stuart Web Inc of Stuart, Florida (USA) has purchased two DGM 430 4-High towers along with four new MDGM Digital Motion Control drives. Its shipment is also scheduled for August 2012. While, at Omnimedia of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the installation of one DGM 440 4-high tower, added to their existing 20-unit 440 presses, was completed recently.

Meanwhile, Webco, New Zealand also purchased a 12-unit MDGM 430 press consisting of three 4-High towers and one 1035 folder. The press is scheduled for shipment in July 2012.

Located in Elizabethville in the USA, Manugraph DGM Inc (MDGM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manugraph India Ltd (MIL). MDGM and MIL manufacture a complete line of single width offset presses including the Cityline Express, 430, 430MAX, Hiline Express, Advantage II (also a slip in replacement press for the DGM 850 or Urbanite) 440, and Frontline, including a full line of complementing folders.




Anti-dumping duty imposed on digital plates
With the already pressurised by different challenges like increase in fuel and most of the consumables prices, labour costs, power tariff, real estate prices, etc, now it was the turn of digital plates. In the wake of the proceedings initiated by Ministry of Finance, Govt of India on the appeal of Technova Imaging, a provisional anti-dumping duty has been announced on June 04, 2012. With this additional duty, all printers using digital plates coming from China and Japan (any brand) will have to shell out extra money in the range of 25-40 percent depending on violet, thermal or CtcP plates. This will result into further increase in the cost of jobs, printed by using digital plates. Commenting on this increase many printers including Thomson, Pragati Offset, etc do not appreciate this move at all.




Avinash Chopra flags
off 313th truck of relief material

Donated by Arya Samaj, Model Town, Ludhiana, the 313th truck carrying relief material for the migrants staying in village Nanke Chack (dist. Samba) was flagged off by Avinash Chopra, joint editor, Punjab Kesari Group along with caption Vijay Sayal, Vijay Gulati, Vinod Sehgal, Parvesh Gulati, Rakesh Sood, Rakesh Chopra, Vivek Sehgal and Lion JB Singh Chaudhary.




Vijay Sankeshwar initiates
a new Kannada brodsheet daily ‘Vijayavani’

Formar owner of two leading newspapers and chairman of VRL Logistics, Vijay Sankeshwar has started a new Kannada brodsheet daily Vijayavani from Bangalore. Starting circulation from April 02, 2012 it is priced at Rs 3.00.

Rewriting history with Manugraph, for the purpose he ordered this time a total of 14 press lines (total 58 towers) which include 2 Hiline (5 towers each) and 12 Cityline Express (4 towers each). “Being a pioneer in introducing a revolutionary newspaper that simply quenched the information, news and entertainment thirst of people across strata, it was imperative to keep up with our readers’ expectations,” stated Vijay Sankeshwar, chairman, Vijayavani. “Our association with Manugraph is not new. During our past dealings, we have had a very pleasing experience with the products, aproach, services, availability of spares, honesty and integrity,” he added.

However it is also learnt from industry sources, that a dispute has arisen between TOI group and Vijay Sankeshwar over the use of name ‘VIJAY’ in the new approach to start this Kannada daily.

Sankeshwar had founded an English daily Vijay Times and a Kannada daily Vijay Karnataka earlier, but sold those to TOI group in the FY 2006-07.




Social media strategies for news publishers
Emanuel Karlsten
An interview with Emanuel Karlsten (EK) – a Swedish online journalist who has worked with all the major newspapers in Sweden, and recently voted twitter's 9th most influential Swede. He was recently on visit to India as a WAN-IFRA trainer for social media programme. The training programme concentrated on how publishers could use social media to regain relevance to its readers and to involve readers in the process of creating journalism. The training programme was attended by delegates from India and Bangladesh including ten professionals from Amar Ujala, Jagran Prakashan, The Hindu, The Mathrubhumi, Deccan Herald and Madhyamam, The Independent and Haribhoomi press.

Q: What do you think about social media scenario in India? Is it a long way ahead?

EK: As journalist we are not in the print or web business. We are in the journalism business and our ultimate mission is to provide readers with our journalism – wherever they are. So today when people are becoming more and more social media savvy, newspapers relevance is slowly fading away for readers. It is important to see that India still have a great growth in print. We should always sell print if there is a demand for it. Social media and online is not about competing with the print, it is about being able to be where our readers are, and about collecting and making journalism where people are willing to share their stories.

Q: And where does India stand in the whole social media cloud?

EK: India is in a very interesting stage. The online population is still quite small, but still is one of the largest countries in the world that is online. Third biggest country on Facebook alone! And with smart phones booming most people will skip the phase of desktops and laptops and soon everyone will have internet in their pocket. And the first thing they will do will not be to check out the newspaper, but to connect to each other. This will deepen the role of social media and the impact of India in the social media world.

Q: What are the major challenges to convert the newsroom to be social media centric?

EK: Mindset and putting money down for developers. The future of journalism is really the same kind of journalism that we always have done; it's just more open, personalized and collaborative. But putting down money to get the best developers can not be overstated. Everything ahead will be about staying in tune with the development of internet. "Weaving your newspaper into the fabric of the web", as The Guardian is putting it.

Q: Authenticity of information is something that the newspapers are very serious about and citizen journalism does not throw much light on this? What is your take on the credibility of the news which you publish?

EK: It does not really matter if people are phoning, texting, calling, tweeting, e-mailing or sending us letter with information. We always have to verify it. And internet gives us more tools than ever before to do this good. We just have to use them, and start being online to grow that same great gut feeling of when we are about to stumble upon a great story, and when it is fake.

Q: You told in your presentation during social media workshop at New Delhi that all the journalists or reporters should be encouraged to have separate blogs? Should journalists or reporters stick to the brand of the newspaper or individualistic opinions while blogging?

EK: I think it is very important to understand that if users of social media demand to know who the sender is, and preferably a relationship with the same, it will be difficult for the newspaper brand to connect. So we need to promote our reporters, editors and sub-editors and then Twitter, Facebook and of course blogs is a great way to do this. But I think it is important - as it always has been - that reporters do not pose opinions about the matters they later will be writing stories about. It is a matter about trust.

Q: One of the key challenges is to involve reader in the process of journalism. How do we achieve this?

EK: When we involve our readers the product becomes better! Take our investigative journalism, for an example. Instead of being a team of five reporters researching a certain topic, we could invite all the readers in the process. Collect the readers’ knowledge and realize they are not just the receivers of our message, but also the creators themselves too!




Success continues!
Pressline's new PRIMA
Bookline-V series well accepted

Recently installed in Jalandhar and Hyderabad
SP Jain of S Dinesh & Co, Jalandhar with his new PRIMA 4HI web offset machine
Apart from continuous supply of PRIMA to most of the known newspaper publishers all over the globe, Pressline’s new PRIMA version is now well accepted by book printers. Providing the quality printing of books on recently supplied machines to various cities like Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Jalandhar, etc, Pressline's hands are now full with multiple orders of PRIMA.

The new PRIMA is now well established brand among the quality book printers in view of the fact that their publishers like Orient Blackswan, Oxford University Press, Laxmi Publications, Ratna Sagar, Sultan Chand & Sons, Universities Press, Arihant Publishers, Nageen Prakashan, Pitambra Publications have found the quality printing of PRIMA to their satisfaction. Pressline has also supplied machine to South Central Railway, Hyderabad recently which is equipped with three Roll Stands, 4/4 HI Tower complete with online folding. Another recent supplies are fully loaded with new PRIMA machines to S Dinesh & Co, Jalandhar; and Reliable Printers, Ahmedabad. Nageen Publishers from Meerut has also decided now to add third PRIMA to their existing fleet of two machines. Apart from these machines, Pressline India continues getting orders from BOOK Printers for PRIMA with their recently launched DRS / SAS for producing quality books with least wastage of paper which is becoming precious day by day.




Pramod Engineering offers Pride Webstacker
Pride Webstacker
To serve the industry rather effectively, New Delhi-based Pramod Engineering is now offering Pride Webstacker for ensuring smooth stacking of newspapers. This state-of-the-art product has been designed to be compatible with any web-offset press of any size or speed.

The uniqueness of Pride Webstacker is that it needs very minimal and compact space to perform: space of 84”x46”x36”. The machine weighs only 500 kg and is mobile. Its signature Jogger capacity of folded signatures is maximum of 310mmx500mm and minimum of 105mmx140mm. This system is also very economical on power consumption and needs 1.0kw, 400-440V, 3 phase, 50 Hz. The conveyer is also adjustable to fit any web-machine at any speed since it is equipped with a variable speed drive.
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