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Pack Print International 2013 strengthens platform
Latest technological innovations and cost effective solutions that set to move the industry formed the core exhibits at Pack Print International 2013 held at BITEC in Bangkok from August 28-31, 2013. Strategically set in Thailand, Asia’s rising integrated hub for printing and packaging sectors, the fair pulled 200 of the world’s leading companies from 20 countries. Jointly organised by Messe Dusseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association, the expo presented a full spectrum of machineries to product applications from some of the world’s trusted industry bench-markers like Canon, Fuji Xerox, FUJIFILM, Heidelberg Graphics, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Ricoh for the printing sector and SKP Interpack, Re-Board, MPS Machinen and Pack-Systeme AG for the packaging sector.

Nai Dunia adopts Prakash Speedster web press
Prakash Web Offset, one of the country’s leading web offset manufacturers based in Faridabad, has delivered five Prakash Speedster integrated towers to Nai Dunia. This leading Hindi daily gains an overall enhancement in both outlook and production speed following the installation of the high-speed Prakash web press. Fastest press in Prakash Web Offset’s portfolio, Prakash Spreedster integrated four high towers and could run at the maximum speed of 36,000 copies per hour. In addition, this press is equipped with unique features like auto registration, pneumatic on/off controls and close loop tension control.

Other unique attributes of Prakash Speedster, such as high-quality print outputs, very short installation time and extensive automation options, eventually make it one of the most sought after web presses in both domestic and overseas markets. Automation options in this web press phenomenally reduce consumable wastage, extra manpower and make-ready times. Prakash Speedster is indeed a press which brought in a new standard in terms of quality outputs and production efficiency to the industry.

DB Corp launches two new editions of
Dainik Divya Marathi in Mahrashtra

DB Corp Ltd (DBCL), publisher of a galaxy of newspapers in India, has recently launched sixth and seventh editions of Dainik Divya Marathi from Akola and Amravati in Maharashtra. With the unveiling of its latest editions, this regional newspaper has reached its presence to seven cities in Maharashtra circulating seven different editions across the region and 67 editions all over India. Commenting on the latest Amravati edition, Sudhir Agarwal, managing director, DB Corp Limited remarked, “Another milestone has been created as we expand our presence in the state of Maharashtra with our seventh edition of Dainik Divya Marathi. In line with our launch strategy which we adapted to the Amravati market, we focused on expanding the readership base in the region which is significantly under penetrated.”

Amravati is the second largest city of Vidarbha region after Nagpur and over the time has emerged as the second most prominent education centre of Maharashtra after Pune. DBCL publishes eight newspapers with 67 editions, 199 sub-editions in four languages (Hindi, Gujarati, English and Marathi) across 13 states. Their widely-acclaimed newspapers viz. Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Divya Bhaskar and Saurashtra Samachar (Gujarati) have gained an average daily readership of 19.8 million, making the company one of the most widely read newspaper groups in India with its wide regional presence across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu. Other notable newspapers of DBCL include Dainik Divya Marathi, Business Bhaskar, DB Gold, DB Star and DNA which are published from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on franchises.

IBT Media to acquire Newsweek
An international digital-only news company located in ten countries with their flagship titles International Business Times, Medical Daily, Latin Times and iDigitalTimes, IBT Media announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Newsweek from IAC (InterActiveCorp). Pursuant to the transaction, they shall acquire the Newsweek brand and the operations of the online publication, not including The Daily Beast. The transaction is expected to close in the coming days, after which IAC will continue to operate the property for a transition period of up to 60 days. IBT Media plans to build on the Newsweek brand and editorial offering to grow the online franchise with readers around the world. Newsweek will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBT Media. Newsweek will continue to serve its subscribers and deliver compelling and thought-provoking news and analysis. However, foreign license agreements to publish Newsweek in the international markets will remain in place.

News UK installs 22 KODAK PROSPER S30
News UK (formerly News International) has adopted the UK’s largest order of KODAK PROSPER S30 Imprinting Systems to transform its printed newspaper business. A total of 22 PROSPER S30 Imprinting Systems have been installed by the British newspaper publisher, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corp. The current publisher of The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun has mounted the high-speed digital printing heads inline on its offset presses, located at three print sites in Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral, while others have been placed on presses at contract sites in Kells (Ireland) and Belfast.

KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System enables printers to capitalise on the investments made in offset presses and bridge the gap with digital techniques by adopting a one-step inline process. This solution can be easily integrated into existing production processes, allowing hybrid printing applications such as direct mail, inserts, gaming, advertising and package labeling. With a speed of 3,000 fpm and a guaranteed 600 x 200 dpi resolution, PROSPER S30 Imprinting System is the higher-performance choice of the PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System family.

WoodWing’s Elvis DAM goes mobile
Elvis Review App enables users of WoodWing’s digital asset management solution Elvis DAM to leverage the advantages of their DAM solution on iPads. This app is designed to search, view, review and approve collections of images, videos and other assets, enabling digital asset management on the go. Since WoodWing’s Elvis DAM is going mobile, the Elvis Review app is now available for download in Apple´s App Store.

Digital asset management has become a mission-critical application for publishers, brands and service providers such as agencies and printers. In publishing and content marketing workflows as well as other business processes, many content-related decisions are made at customer sites, meetings, trade shows, stores and warehouses – even during sales calls. A mobile DAM solution is therefore an important prerequisite to ensure the efficiency of such workflows and processes.

Users can zoom in on images and videos and view metadata information on Elvis Review App. For the selection of content, the app also allows the user to rank, approve and reject assets. To ensure consistency and efficiency the app performs live updates of modified collections and assets. “To be able to cope with today’s fast-paced business environments, many of our Elvis DAM users have asked for an app that enables them to review and select assets while travelling or in meetings,” said Erik Schut, president, WoodWing Software. He added that Elvis Review App meets this demand and brings the ease-of-use and speed of Elvis DAM to the iOS platform. WoodWing is considering development of additional mobile apps, targeted at other specific DAM usage scenarios.

Elvis Review App is free, but requires an Elvis DAM user account in order to be used. WoodWing’s solutions aim at newspaper, magazine and book publishers, corporate publishers, agencies and marketing departments to reach their goals for quality, economy and time-to-market. Its publishing system Enterprise - including the editorial management application Content Station - coordinates and streamlines the process of creating, managing and publishing static, dynamic and interactive content for all media channels – print, web, social, smart phones and tablets.

WoodWing Software, founded in the year 2000, has its headquarters in Zaandam, The Netherlands with regional sales offices in Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific. The company’s long-standing relationship with Adobe as technology partner and its close cooperation with a large number of other technology vendors worldwide confirm its position as one of the leading suppliers of publishing software.

ABB presenting integrated
solutions at WAN-IFRA India Expo

Exhibits of ABB at WAN-IFRA India Expo 2013 are explaining how their completely integrated production management and press automation systems for the entire newspaper production process can contribute to one’s business success. The company’s press automation and control systems are available for presses from all leading manufacturers. Their retrofit solutions also open the world of modern control, management and workflow systems to owners of older presses. ABB’s production management solutions allow the integration of existing systems, thereby protecting the customers’ previous investments.

ABB is one of the leading automation suppliers to the newspaper industry. The company’s Center of Excellence for Printing ( delivers solutions that provide unique and totally integrated end-to-end control, protect existing investments and provide management information essential to improving profitability. ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. ABB Group of companies operate in around 100 countries and employ about 1,45,000 people.

Punjab Kesari Group collects more
than Rs 5.60 crore for PMNRF, Uttrakhand

Vijay Kumar Chopra, CMD and chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group handing over Rs 5,55,00,071 collected in the PMNRF Uttrakhand in presence of Pamila Chopra, Abhijay Chopra, Amit Chopra, Aroosh Chopra, Amiya Chopra and Abha Chopra and directors of the group.
Punjab Kesari has always been at the forefront for helping victims of natural calamities. On the appeal of the prime minister to the nation for the victims of the most devastating calamity created by the cloud bursts, heavy rainfalls and landslides in Kedarnath and its surroundings in Uttrakhand, Punjab Kesari Group has as usual started Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), Uttrakhand with its own contribution of Rs 21 lakh. Appeal is being published every day in the newspapers of Punjab Kesari Group as a result of which the donations are pouring in and till date has collected more than Rs 5.60 crore towards this fund.

QuadTech staging fully automated controls
at WAN-IFRA India Expo 2013

Global press control technology leader QuadTech Inc is showing how its fully automated, on-the-fly colour control and web inspection solutions provide the key to quality consistency and lean newspaper printing at WAN-IFRA India Expo 2013. The closed-loop colour control and web inspection system with AccuCam, enhanced with water control, is setting productivity and quality standards at major newspaper printing operations around the world. As well as offering advanced image-based colour control, the system provides reliable warnings of many common printing faults such as scumming, creasing, transposed plates, plate crack-outs and tramlines. The system's advanced web inspection typically detects defects within the first 170 copies, and continuously throughout the print run.

Eliminating the need for gray bars and colour bars, AccuCam uses pre-press image files to create L*a*b* target aim point values. Its six-channel spectral sensor measures the printed web and calculates the L*a*b* values of the entire image, then brings the printed image to the specified L*a*b* target values and automatically maintains the colour values throughout the production run.

As of August 2013, the system has been providing significant quality and waste improvements at Newsprinters Knowsley (UK) plant, Sankei Shimbun Printing Co (Osaka, Japan), Herold Druck und Verlag AG (Vienna, Austria), The Chicago Tribune (Chicago, USA), and printing semi-commercial work at Quad/Graphics plants in the US.

QuadTech's digital ink system, for web offset printers, replaces conventional ink fountains with computer-controlled ink injectors. This provides precise density control across the printed image by metering the exact volume of ink required in each control zone consistently, at all press speeds. Karl Fritchen, president, QuadTech conveyed, “Our focus on innovation has helped establish a new standard in quality and waste control in the newspaper printing workflow. And our global presence and service capabilities gives printers full, local access to support at every stage of the print workflow.”

The Washington Post transfers ownership
One of the biggest turns ever happened in the history of newspaper industry is the recent acquisition of The Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, a stalwart in the world of online marketing and founder of Inc. This deal marks the end of Graham Family’s 80 years of ownership of the iconic American newspaper, which is also one of the world’s most influential dailies. Acquired at US$250, new owner Jeff has guaranteed all readers and employees of The Washington Post that the 135 years old newspaper will maintain its journalistic tradition forever, despite pulling it towards some innovative add-ons.

Jakob Oetama honoured with
Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 7th Asian Publishing Convention (APC) 2013 held recently at Manila, Jakob Oetama, one of the region’s distinguished newspaper doyens, was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award. Jakob Oetama is founder-editor of Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia and he is the current president-commissioner of Kompas Gramedia. The organisers, sponsors and partners of APC were enthused with the privilege to recognise this outstanding son of Indonesia who has been a living inspiration to Asian editors.

Organised by Exedra Events and presented in co-operation with strategic corporate partner WoodWing, APC 2013 continues to build on a network of more than 20 partners and sponsors who joined hands to make the grand event happen.

Mathrubhumi available live on Atex system
Kerala-based Mathrubhumi, one of India’s leading Malayalam language media companies producing more than 80 daily publications in more than 370 pages, is now available live on Atex Editorial Content Management System (CMS). Mathrubhumi boasts of a total circulation of over 1.3 million copies delivering to around 7.5 million readers. The company’s website ( provides online content covering diverse topics such as entertainment, sports, health, education, women and astrology.

Atex is one of the media industry’s largest and longest serving suppliers of content management, multi-channel advertising and audience management software platforms. “With all users on a relational database-centric system, we look forward to obtaining efficiencies and increasing the collaborative effectiveness of our personnel,” said Shreyams Kumar, director of marketing and electronic media, Mathrubhumi. He further asserted that they will utilise the power of the system to publish across any media type in near future. With the Atex CMS solution, Mathrubhumi will be able to react quickly to a rapidly changing and challenging marketplace and bring innovative offerings to valued customers.

Babuprakash Kalathil, Mathrubhumi project manager added, “Atex has a wide-ranging platform intended to help multi-channel-newsrooms create, manage and deliver content to any print or digital channel while keeping firm deadlines and the highest quality editorial values.” In this concern, Baiju Madhavan, deputy general manager of IT, Mathrubhumi concurred, “Pagination is fast and flexible and that yields increased efficiency. We will use the remote entry capability of the Atex system for our bureaus and reporters can be very productive.”

Jerome Laredo, CEO, Atex Asia Pacific remarked, “We are very proud of our association with Mathrubhumi and we are pleased with the combined team effort that was necessary to make this a successful project. We look forward to the next stage, which will include the implementation of our leading Atex Polopoly Web Content Management platform to support multi-channel publishing across digital and print channels.”

Founded in 1923, Mathrubhumi now has 15 editions published from different cities in India and abroad, including UAE. Nine editions of the newspaper in Kerala are published from Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kannur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kollam; four other editions from Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi.

Innovation and flexibility of
manroland web systems at WAN-IFRA India Expo

At WAN-IFRA India Expo 2013, main theme at the stall of manroland will be on innovation and flexibility in newspaper production. The company is demonstrating its high-performance solutions for newspaper and commercial web printing market in India through its new press products, retrofit solutions and press upgrades. With two successful installations at The Times of India plants in Pune and Kolkata, CROMOMAN 4-1 is setting new benchmarks in pressroom productivity and waste reduction. The world’s most compact and flexible double width press is designed to deliver higher profitability in newspaper pressrooms by lower capital expenditures and reduced wastage. The press is equipped with two unique features: Pre Inking and Power Off that significantly reduce both white and printed paper waste. The Pre Inking feature allows the press to reach optimal ink densities at washing speed with impression off for standing paper at the beginning of every production run, thus saving upto 100 copies of white paper per roll. The power off function prevents web severance in the event of a power failure by holding the web in place and allowing faster webbing up after press restart.

At the expo, manroland is introducing its new Foldline Industrial finishing solution for digital newspaper production. The finishing line can be fitted with a high-speed digital inkjet press to produce a full 48-page broadsheet newspaper and 96-page tabloid product. This innovative solution can produce personalised newspaper products with variable pagination for a targeted marketing campaign via print media.

Also in the digital inkjet space, manroland is offering its integrated inkjet solutions that combine high speed production of web offset presses with variable data printing suitable for lottery and personalised marketing campaigns within newspapers. The upgraded product can be retrofitted on any press and variable data production is possible at full speed of the web press.

In tough business environments, newspaper printers also need to extend the lifetime of existing presslines and optimise press efficiency. manroland press-update programme offers a range of solutions in this regard such as refurbishments, retrofits and value-added services. In the commercial printing space, manroland will present its highly successful ROTOMAN HiPrint. The 16-page press stands out with an excellent price performance ratio and is designed to deliver excellent quality commercial production of magazines and supplements.

Repro India adopts new PRIMA,
places repeat orders with Pressline

Repro Mumbai has a large fleet of various web offset printing machines. The company has recently added one brand new PRIMA equipped with 4x4 tower and two splicers from Pressline India. Installation of the new machine completed on August 01, 2013 with a religious pooja performed for the new beginning in presence of Repro’s senior technical staff. Repro has repeated order with Pressline for one more machine. In addition, the company has placed order for one more tower (4x4) to be added to the recently installed PRIMA.

This is the first time that PRIMA tower is being fed from two automatic splicers manufactured by Presssline India. The newly installed machine can produce 16 pages of A4 size signature in 4 colour or 32 pages signature in double colour. Now with the addition of second PRIMA tower, Repro India can produce 32-page signature with all pages in 4 colour. The automatic splicer manufactured by Pressline India is the outcome of their in-house R&D. This is the only splicer on which two independent rolls/webs can also run simultaneously. Two full rolls of 1070 mm diameter can be loaded at the same time without waiting for the expiring roll to reach the specified diameter. Such feature is not available in any other flying splicer.

ABB to showcase latest prototype
at World Publishing Expo, Berlin

Using the platform of World Publishing Expo in Berlin, ABB has set to stage latest prototype from its research centre in the field of man-machine interfaces. This technology, which has never been seen in the newspaper industry, allows a process to be controlled by eye and hand movements alone. Moving on to innovations available today for improving business, ABB is set to appease its latest modular retrofit solutions, which are tailored to almost any press type, allowing the life of a newspaper press to be extended in the most possible cost-effective way.

These different retrofit solutions of ABB are available to meet different needs and include drives, controls, control console and press management system replacements. The company will also be showing the latest releases of its production management systems that optimise the entire newspaper production process up to and including the delivery. ABB is one of the leading automation suppliers to the newspaper industry. Its Centre of Excellence for Printing ( delivers solutions that provide unique and totally integrated end-to-end control, protect existing investments and provide management information essential to improving profitability.

Krause showcasing advanced CtP
portfolio at World Publishing Expo 2013

Under the motto ‘The Art of CtP’, Krause is presenting its CtP portfolio at World Publishing Expo 2013 to be executed at Berlin in October this year. The features which the company will be showcasing include the most advanced CtP system with platesetter LS Jet Multiformat and the energy saving BlueFin processor with a capacity of up to 400 plates/hr — a total system capacity which can currently be guaranteed only by Krause. The LS Jet and the LS Jet Multiformat platesetters are available in the models 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 and can be equipped with a trolley or pallet loading.

Krause is showing with this upgradeable platesetter family of LS Jet with a trolley or LS Jet Multiformat with two trolleys and multiple formats in direct access once again the unique modularity of Krause CTP systems. For the successful Smart'n'Easy CtP system, Krause will show the Smart'n'Easy Fin with its own control panel. Smart'n'Easy can now operate inline or as an autonomous processor and will be released during the expo with an upgraded option for the processing of polymer and polymer lowchem plates. This enables customers in markets, where these plate types are not yet available, to invest in CtP and they are well prepared because the Smart'n'Easy Fin processor simply can handle both types of plates in the future.

QI Press Controls’ mRC 3D
launching at WAN-IFRA India Expo

Innovative range of exhibits at WAN-IFRA Expo India 2013 includes QI Press Controls’ newest innovation – mRC-3D detection camera equipped with double sensors and automatic self-cleaning, which is introducing in India. Heat-set and cold-set rotary printings are high-speed processes in which quality and customer satisfactions come down to nanoseconds. In order to achieve this and meet the need for the highest efficiency, Q I Press has developed this new generation of automated detection.

mRC-3D features with double-sensor technology not only doubles the possibilities but can also cope more effectively with depth. Since detection cameras in production processes can become polluted, requiring printing personnel to carry out cleaning, now, this is no longer a problem! The mRC-3D camera detects pollution in front of the sensor and automatically transports, without any operator interference.

Delhi Advertising Club elects new office bearers
Delhi Advertising Club (DAC) recently conducted its annual election. During the occasion, RC Tanwar, former president of the club shared his concern about the smooth functioning of DAC. Election officer of DAC, VK Chopra, completed the election proceeding for the session 2013-14 by announcing the names of the newly elected office bearers as: HS Paul (president); Vijay Chopra and Subhash C Vatsain (vice presidents); Kailash Arora (hony secretary); Jatinder Pal Singh and Annoop Joshii (joint secretaries); KK Malhotra (hony treasurer) and eight executive committee members. The newly elected board members passed a resolution to nominate VK Chopra as chief parton.

Successful retrofit on
Geoman press at DVD in Dresden

PrintHouseService (PHS) in Würzburg, a member of KBA Group, has handled an extensive overhaul and thorough maintenance on a 10-unit Geoman press at Dresdner Verlagshaus Druck (DVD) in Dresden, Germany. In close cooperation with DVD, PHS developed the innovative solutions for implementing a comprehensive retrofit package fast and cost-effective, without interrupting press operation. The press overhaul has firmed up the Geoman press’ pneumatics and mechanics in some areas for the next 10 years and ensures availability and a high print quality.

PHS technicians replaced the pneumatics in the printing towers and all components in the units were thoroughly cleaned, inspected, adjusted and replaced as per necessities. The final print test met the quality criteria defined. According to Timo Valentin, PHS project manager, “Within a short time we were able to implement a challenging project successfully working hand-in-hand with the team from DVD”. Dr Gerd Papenfuß, technical director, DDV mentioned that the measures taken have enhanced their production security for the years ahead. “They meet our high standards of quality and lay the foundations for further optimisations in the future,” he added.

DVD newspaper house belongs to DD+V Media Group, a 60 percent subsidiary of Gruner+Jahr, which publishes leading daily titles like Sächsische Zeitung and Morgenpost Sachsen in Dresden.

Lithec technologies introduced in India
Miesbach-based Lithec GmbH, one of the leaders in measurement and inspection systems for various applications within the printing industry, unveiled their cutting-edge technologies in India at a technical seminar conducted recently by All India Print-Tech Professionals Forum in Kolkata. Stephan Hartl, head of instruction and service, Lithec GmbH, while explaining the Lithec technology, stressed on the need for Indian printers to enhance the capability of the printing press and also follow international standards, now made possible by using automation in the measurement and inspection of the printing process and as a logical implementation of colour management processes in printing companies.

All India Print-Tech Professionals Forum and its members had a first-hand introduction on the Lithec LithoScan Professional and Basic models, a very cutting-edge LithoFlash Inline model and also LithoCheck for die cutting machines at the seminar. Stephan Hartl also informed about Lithec Services, software, training, PSO-support, machine acceptance service for India and also Lithec working with Bengaluru-based aNiman Graphic Supplies which will be their sales partner in India.

Lithec’s active role in R&D as well as this Germany company’s cooperation with FOGRA institute impressed everyone at All India Print-Tech Professionals Forum. With Lithec products, printers can now have spectral control possibilities along with dynamic control and cutting-edge process automation enabled with a universal colour database and many other features. Stephan Hartl summarised that some of the advantages of using Lithec technology was faster make ready, less waste, better quality better consistency in repeat jobs.

First Tissueex launching at Paperex 2013
Responding to the significant need of the Indian tissue industry, it has been decided to launch first Tissueex, international exhibition on tissue products, machinery and technologies at Paperex 2013 to be held from October 24-27, 2013 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The tissue paper industry is emerging as a new sub segment within the paper market. The industry’s high growth potential has propelled its migration from small scale industry to a fully grown organised industry sector in India. Some of the big companies in the paper industry are moving into the tissue paper production in India. Paperex is an internationally renowned series of international exhibitions and conferences focusing on the pulp and paper industry, and is held biennially in India.


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