News & Activities
Anil Bhatia to be new MD
at manroland India

Anil Bhatia (47) is looking forward to bringing new momentum to increasing manroland’s growth in India by taking over as managing director of this manroland Market Organization starting in September 2010, as the successor of Raj Nargis, who is going into retirement.

The new managing director Anil Bhatia has more than 25 years of international experience in the marketing and sales of investment goods. Bhatia studied Engineering and also completed a postgraduate degree in Business Administration. “My new team and I want to continue manroland’s successful history in India. This is why we will be offering our customers the exact products and services they need to prosper in a competitive field that is oriented towards growth. We stand by our customers as a professional partner to assist them throughout the entire service life of their presses. I am truly looking forward to this new challenge,” said Anil Bhatia.

manroland is present in the Indian market since decades. In 2007, the company opened its own subsidiary in India with headquarters in New Delhi and offices in Mumbai and Chennai.




Agfa Graphics Asia goes live
Recently, Agfa Graphics and Shenzhen Brothers conveyed that the joint venture Agfa Graphics Asia, announced at the beginning of this year, has gone live effective from September 1, 2010. Combining both companies’ Greater China and ASEAN activities, this JV will fully draw on the infrastructure, technology, manufacturing and distribution strength of its founding companies.




Krause to release LS Jet
Multiformat platesetter in 4 models

At Ifra Expo 2010 (Oct 04-06) in Hamburg, Krause will present the next generation of the successful LS Jet platesetter with higher plate capacity and multi format access.

The new LS Jet Multiformat is the natural evolution of the successful LS Jet and follows the Krause tradition of continuous improvement with consideration of the requirements and future direction of leading newspaper printers worldwide. With more than 400 installations since it’s inception, the LS Jet represents the most successful highspeed platesetter worldwide and the new Multiformat version will further enhance the Krause success story. The modular concept of Krause designed platesetters utilizing violet imaging has been the platform for four further platesetter developments: the LS Performance, the LS Performance XXL, the CTP Easy and the LS Jet Asia.

At Ifra Expo, the new generation LS Jet Multiformat will be released in 4 models with 200, 250, 300 and 350 plates/h, each with multiple plate formats in direct access and a loading capacity of up to 2,000 plates. Further highlights are a straightforward integration to existing prepress systems and a sleek future oriented design. With the introduction for the LS Jet Multiformat the German CtP technology leader from Bielefeld emphasizes again the ongoing commitment to highly automated newspaper production and sets a new benchmark for newspaper production.

In addtion to the high performance, superior plate capacity and multiple format capability the new machine will incorporate addtional features to achieve ease of maintenance for the ideal of fully automated newspaper production with efficient resource utilization to increase the competitiveness of Krause CtP users. It is based on Krause’s modular construction design incorporating proven technology, reliable readily available components to enable competitive production and a positive impact on resource economics.




Consolidated Graphics company
adds Goss heatset web press

One of the first printers in the United States to specialize in web offset production with inline finishing, The Cyril-Scott Company is to install a new six-unit Goss M-500 press later this year at their Lancaster facility. They will add the Goss system to a lineup of thirteen heatset web presses already in use at its facility.

Goss International will equip the M-500 press with Omnicon controls and an Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls. The system will feature a 38-inch web width and include closed-loop colour and register controls, a sheeter and additional specialized in-line finishing capabilities. The Goss press will also improve specialized UV applications.

“We have always invested in technology that gives our customers the most unique and effective production options. This new Goss press reflects our commitment,” commented Matt Coltharp, president of The Cyril-Scott Company, adding that the proven print quality and low-waste efficiency of the Goss M-500 model were key factors in the press selection, along with the ability to integrate state-of-the-art automation and in-line finishing components.




INMA South Asia conference
Under the theme ‘Redefining the newspaper business’, the fourth annual INMA South Asia conference will be held on November 09-10, 2010 in New Delhi. Especially designed for the management teams of the top newspapers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the conference will provide a refreshing change of format, incorporating expert crystal ball gazing, short-format ‘brainsnacks’ to jumpstart one’s own innovation process and deep dive case studies to learn from.

The conference will offer four sessions, aiming to: revisit the fundamental mission of the newspaper: to impact the communities positively and serve as a vehicle to articulate our nation’s aspirations; explore the engines of growth of readership and advertising in a fast-changing economic environment; discuss the business opportunities in smaller yet profitable niches; and examine what’s good about print and start building business models which will ensure the longevity of our core mission.




MGE Graphic Systems
India gains ISO 9001:2008 approval

Just over a year since opening a new manufacturing plant in Delhi, MGE Graphic Systems India, the designer and manufacturer of ancillary cooling and filtration equipment for the graphic arts industry has received accreditation to the internationally recognised quality management system standard, ISO 9001: 2008. The award covers MGE India’s full range of services including design and underlines MGE India’s commitment to offering high quality services at competitive prices both in the Indian and global markets.

“It has been a great experience for the MGE team to acquire this accolade at our very first attempt. In working for this award, we have analysed and assessed every aspect of MGE’s operations, involving all of our employees and a selection of our customers. And this has resulted in the implementation of an efficient and dynamic system capable of offering the high levels of service that our customers quite rightly expect,” commented Satish Chandna, managing director of MGE India.




KM Mathew passes away
Chief editor of Malayala Manorama and the stalwart of the Indian media industry KM Mathew (93) passed away at his residence in Kottayam on August 01, 2010. The state government declared a holiday for all educational institution in Kottayam district in his respect. Mathew joined the newspaper in 1954 and taking over the reins as chief editor in 1973, he played crucial role in making Malayala Manorama one of the top Indian language dailies. Padma Bhushan Mathew also served as chairman of Press Trust of India, Indian Newspaper Society, Press Institute of India and Audit Bureau of Circulations, apart from being member of several media bodies such as Central Press Advisory Committee, Press Council of India and France-based Federation of International Newspaper Publishers and Editors. AAN team pays emotional tribute to the departed soul!




NELA serves leading newspapers in Asia
Taking advantage of the prepress automation trend in Asia, NELA has sold several fully automated punchbending systems in the region during the past six months. Newspapers in India, China, Thailand and Malaysia have purchased a total of 12 NELA inline punchbenders in combination with extensive plate sortation systems. Notably, in the past ten years, NELA has sold more than 200 benders in Asia.

One of the leading newspaper groups in India, Dainik Jagran Prakashan Private Limited, with more than 55 million daily readers has chosen five additional NELA Vision inline punchbenders to operate in five different printing facilities throughout India. Dainik Jagran has recently purchased additional printing presses to increase capacity and uses NELA equipment to further modernize their prepress operations. Including these newest investments, they now have a total of 23 NELA plate lines.

Nanfang Daily in Guangdong, China, bought three fully-automated NELA Vision PunchBenders Flexx model which are capable of vision registration handling up to 300 plates per hour (each). Additionally the ‘Flexx’ model can punch and bend plates for three different printing presses with different bend radii and bend angles. The bender detects different plates automatically and then applies the correct bend and punch configuration.

Thailand’s largest newspaper The Thairath Daily in Bangkok purchased two additional NELA Vision punchbenders (VCP) in combination with an extensive plate sortation system. Thairath now has two redundant plate production lines with a total of four VCP.

The sortation capacity has been extended to a total of 12 stacking bins and the two production lines are connected with a 100-feet back-up conveying systems. Additionally, all NELA punchbenders are equipped with the NELA Quality Management System PQM+. Kwong Wah (Malaysia) also installed two NELA inline punchbender earlier this year.




Chinese publisher orders
six towers Goss Universal press

As part of a progressive expansion plan, People’s Daily of Beijing, the most influential and authoritative newspapers in China with current circulation of three million copies has ordered a two-around Goss Universal press from Goss International. With six four-high towers and a speed of 75,000 copies per hour, the new press will provide extra capacity to handle a rapid growth in People’s Daily’s subsidiary titles, the Global Times and International Financial Daily. A brand new printing facility is also being planned to accommodate more new presses in the future.

The new Goss Universal press will replace a Goss Metroliner installed in the early 1980s. The new press combination provides a range of webbing options, with full colour on every page for 24-page broadsheet or 48-page tabloid products. The two folders allow the full capacity of the press to be applied to a single product or to be split to deliver two products simultaneously. Fast make ready and automated job-change features will allow for efficient switching from one newspaper title to another.

Headquartered in Beijing, People’s Daily was the first newspaper publisher to buy Goss brand presses in China in the 1980s. Since its inception in 1948, the company has expanded through satellite printing centers to serve the many regions of China with localized editions of People’s Daily and other titles. Many of these sites are running Goss presses, including single-width Community SSC and Magnum 4 presses. Within the full portfolio of titles published by People’s Daily, are key newspaper titles including East China News, South China News, Market Daily, International Financial Daily, Jiangnan Times, Global Times, Securities Times, Health Times, Satire and Humor and six monthly magazines including The Earth, News Front, Listed Companies, Auto Club, Times Trend and People Forum.




technotrans India officially
inaugurated in Chennai

With opening of their new office in Chennai, technotrans India has become officially operational in India. They celebrated the opening ceremony with their customers and partners in the Indian printing industry, along with major press manufacturers.

K Balaji, managing director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd, publisher of The Hindu graced the occasion as chairman of the event and inaugurated the new office. One of the biggest English newspapers in India, The Hindu is the valued customer of technotrans with installation of contex.mb, eco.clean systems besides other products.

“It was a special evening for technotrans, because it indicates a milestone in our commitment to the Indian market,” said Ralph Pernizsak, regional managing director of technotrans Asia-Pacific.

On the occasion, technotrans also officially announced the ‘technotrans Green Printer award India’. The award was launched by professor Lalitha Jayaraman. It will be presented to a green printer annually in cooperation with Anna University, Chennai during IMPRINT event at the Department of Technology.




Pressline further strengthens installation base
Alongwith satisfied customers who keep on relying the company’s offerings, Pressline continues further strengthening their installation base. The Pioneer Group showed its faith in Pressline machines by adding the new series PRIMA web offset equipped with 2X4HI tower, 2 Mono units and a folder after a successful run with the PL-30 series manual machine. Similarly in South, Anodalana Patrika added another series of PRIMA equipped with 2x4HI tower, 1 Mono unit and a folder.

Apart from the private sector, Pressline India also ventured into government undertaking by supplying a 4HI tower with 3 roll stands and a folder at Cooch Behar Zila Parishad where the machine is already under installation.




DNA celebrates 5th anniversary
Daily News & Analysis (DNA) of Diligent Media Corporation – a joint venture between Dainik Bhaskar Group and the Zee Group, celebrated its fifth anniversary.




Kashmir Times installs first CtP in J&K
English language newspaper from Srinagar under the chairmanship of Ved Bhasin, Kashmir Times has installed a CtP from Agfa at KT Printing Press, Digiana. With this installation, the press has become the first printing unit to install high-tech CtP in the state of J&K. “The new installation is important to our vision of printing as it has matchless printing ability with distinctive features to save time and money,” said Prabodh Jamwal, chief editor, Kashmir Times.

Set-up in 1933, Kashmir Times was awarded national award for excellence in printing of newspaper by AIFMP. They also own two more publications: Dainik Kashmir Times (Hindi) and Jammu Prabhat (Dogri).




manroland adds single-width
newspaper presses to its portfolio

With immediate effect, manroland markets and distributes products of Tensor Group - a premier US manufacturer of single-width newspaper presses - through its own sales and service network. Initially, manroland is strengthening its portfolio in high-growth emerging countries. The targeted markets are in Central and South America, the NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico, as well as Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. The Tensor equipments will be distributed under the existing names T-400BE, T-460,WT-500 and T-1400.




New offering from NELA
Expending their offerings, NELA has recently launched Poly Bendera, a fully automatic vision bender, specifically designed to bend polyester plates and paper-based printing foils. The first bender is already in service on customer site and a follow-up order of four more benders has already been placed.




Former KBA president passes away
Former longstanding president of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), Dr Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann passed away on July 23, at the age of 84. He was born into a family of merchants who had been engaged in the printing and publishing trade for many generations. Completing his degree in 1949, he gained a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Stuttgart in 1951. The same year he joined Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg as a design engineer. He was made assistant vice-president for sheet-fed engineering in 1956 and deputy executive vice-president for engineering and development in the year 1957 and in 1964 he became a full member of the board. In the year 1971, Dr Bolza-Schünemann was appointed president of KBA.




Kodak Versamark VL4200 prints newspapers
Based at Reunion Island in France, RotOcéan invested for the first time to print local, national and international newspapers using Kodak Versamark VL4200 printing system. The installation of the inkjet system offering variable cut dimensions with two finishing lines, one for newspapers and the other for books is their latest investment in Kodak innovations. The system is capable of four colour printing on paper weights from 45 to 160 gsm at a rate of 128 m/min.




277th truck carrying relief material sent
In continuous endeavor of providing relief to the migrants of border area of J&K, 277th truck carrying relief material was sent for the migrants of the village Dhaloti (Hira Nagar) of district Kathua in J&K.




Xin’an goes for UNISET
The first Chinese-foreign cooperation in the newspaper sector in China founded in September 2008, Xin’an Media Corporation Limited ordered a UNISET heatset-coldset printing system from manroland to print their widespread product range.

The flexible and productive newspaper and hybrid printing system will start working in early 2011 in the new printing house of Xin’an Media in Hefei. So far the company has been printing newspapers on competitor presses. Now, it relies on manroland, opting the UNISET which perhaps holds the largest share in the global market for heatset-coldset printing systems. It is China’s first model of the latest UNISET that can print up to 80,000 copies of 24-page broadsheets or 48-page tabloids per hour, or 40,000 copies of 48-page broadsheets or 96-page tabloids. The press is also capable of producing A4 journals and magazines as well as commercial products. Equipped with three reel splicers, three printing towers, one dryer, and two folders out of which one is equipped with a 16-page device, the UNISET will produce Xin’an Media’s newspapers as well as other publications such as books and selected commercials.

The Xin’an Media Corporation is a joint venture of two media giants including the Anhui Daily Newspaper Group and the South African MIH Print Media Group.




Mitsubishi to initiate new era
of newspaper printing in Kochi

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery (MHI-P&PM) recently announced a sales contract signing with the Kochi Shimbun Company for two lines of its 4 x 1 newspaper offset press DIAMONDSPIRIT, both equipped with the in-line closed-loop print quality control system DIAMOND EYE and the productivity-enhancing function PRINTPLEX.

The 4x1 DIAMONDSPIRIT presses for the Kochi Shimbun Company are rated at 80,000 cph with a cutoff of 546mm (21.5 in) and a web width of 1,626mm (64 in). Both press lines will be configured with two 4/4 tower printing units, three 1/1 tower printing units, one 2:2 double rotary folder and five reelstands. The presses will be operated by the Mitsubishi press control system with automated features that include ink presetting with CTP interface, automatic colour register control, dual web tension control, the DIAMOND EYE system and the PRINTPLEX function.




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