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									I PAMA
An Official Publication of
Indian Printing Packaging

and Allied Machinery
Manufacturers' Association
For private and free circulation

IPAMA OFFICE BEARERS                                CONTENTS                        Striking Color In
                                                                                      Digital Print                                16
Sanjay Gupta                                        From the Editor's Desk        3 Early Signs of Recovery in
                                                    INNOVATIONS                       Manufacturing                                17
N.S. Manku (North)                                  Welbound Worldwide            4 Web UV Curing Cuts
C.N. Ashok (South)                                  Pramod Engineering Works      4   Power Draw                                   18
A.D. Chatterjee (East)                                                              Calendar of Events                             19
J. S. Doshi (West)                                  Technova Imaging
                                                       Systems (P) Limited.        5 IPAMA NEWS
K.S. Khurana
                                                                                     IPAMA Hosts a Reception
                                                                                        in Honour of SLAP
JOINT SECRETARIES                                                                       Delegation                                 20
C.P. Paul (North)
T. R. Mahajan (South)                                                                A Brief Report -
C. P. Dahra (East)                                                                      Doing Business in
J.S. Kalsi (West)                                                                       India 2009                                 21
TREASURER                                                                            IFRA India 2009                               22
Satish Bajwa                                                                         New Foreign Trade Policy
                                                    Five tips for packagers        6
                                                                                        (2009-14) being formulated                 22
Som Nath Sapru                                      INFORMATION                      Foreign Trade policy to be
                                                    IPAMA Members Say!!                 aligned with GST                           22
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY                                 Mr. Satish Bajwa, Managing       A Real Engine of
K.M.S. Bhatnagar
                                                       Director, Pressline India        Growth – SME                               22
EDITORIAL OFFICE                                       Pvt. Ltd.                   7 India the second largest
Indian Printing Packaging and                       Mr. M.M. Kohli,                     Newspaper market                           22
Allied Machinery Manufacturers'
Association                                            Managing Director,            Manugraph Holds
C-54, Sector-62, Institutional Area,                   The Printers House Pvt. Ltd 7    Newspaper Seminar on
Noida 201 307, U.P, India.
Ph.: 0120-2400110/112/113                           Growth of Indian Graphic            Web & Pre-press                            22
Fax: 0120-2400109                                      Arts Industry               9 Scientists to develop corn-
E-mail:                                                                based bioplastic products                  23                                 Aqueous Coating Holds                                    Its Appeal                 10 Fortec Binding Systems                        23
Website:                                                               TechNova's PressCare
                                                                                        Solutions                                  23
K.S. Khurana                                                                           Cover: Events, Growth Break-up and some
                                                                                       post-press machines manufactured in India.
Som Nath Sapru
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Now the new government is in saddle with reenergized              Keeping this scenario in mind IPAMA is continuously and
commitments for the manufacturing sector and MSMEs.               constantly in the lookout for the new avenues of business for
Government's systematic approach on the banking sector to         its members. Since IPAMA has now stepped into centre stage
reduce interest rates for the business sector in particular and   of international associations like NPES, Global Print and
specifically for the manufacturing sector in SME groups. Today    AsiaPrint to exchange market data, import & export data,
might not look like a good time to expand mindlessly, it          guiding members for joint-ventures and technology transfers
however is the time to take a strategic look at the business      besides organizing, promoting and assisting each other's
roadmap, understand what you do best, what is working for         exhibitions in respective country.
the company and why. The focus should be of reinventing           In this issue we are highlighting post-press and pre-press
oneself to shrink beyond current traditional markets, business    achievements of our members which were showcased during
models, understand what matters to your client the most and       Printpack India 2009 along with we are bringing five
take a good look at the planned investments.                      efficiency tips for our members from packaging. In a new series
National exports for the month of May 2009 totaled $ 11.01        from this issue titled “IPAMA Members Say!!” we bring you
billion, down from $ 15.55 billion in the same month of the       reactions of our members on i. Recession in Capital Goods
previous year – this is based on trade data released by the       Industry ii. Exports of Capital Goods iii. Printing and Packaging
Ministry of Commerce and Industry on July 1, 2009. Whereas        iv. Sheetfed Machines v. Pre-press including Color
imports fell faster than exports declining by 39.3 % in the       Management, Digital Work-flow related Software etc.
month of May compared with the same month of 2008. This           vi. Future of Graphic Arts Industry in India. We bring you a
entire scenario indicates that investment activity continues to   very brief report on MSME Summit meeting organized by CII.
remain sluggish, keeping demand for Capital Goods low             “Aqueous Coating Holds Its Appeal” highlights new
compared to second half of the year 2008.                         dimensions to beautify any print-product besides being speedy
Minister for commerce and Industry Mr. Anand Sharma               for finishing. A brief description on Indian Graphic Arts
believes the downtrend in exports can be reversed by              Industry and its role in nation building. In the second part of
stimulus package for the exporters specially in the Capital       “Compromise-free Plates” entire range of CTP plates – how
Goods Sector. He is pitching for sector-specific incentives for   they are eco-friendly and match conventional plate
labour-intensive manufacturing units.                             performance. “Change in Liquid Food Packaging Design” we
                                                                  bring you a report on how new designs developed are cost-
A freeze across the board on investment or cost control           effective, simple and environment friendly. “Striking Color in
measures based on simple cost reduction exercise without          Digital Print” Dr. Abhay Sharma, an expert in digitalprint
much thought on protecting price and quality might be looking     technology, brings you a brief on how digital reproductions
at the future myopically. It is time to consider new business     are richer in color, accurate and faithful. A Graphic
models to expand. For example with the access to capital          description of Indian Manufacturing Industry. After new
becoming difficult joint-ventures and franchising besides FDIs    Government was sworn in the Minister for Commerce and
(Foreign Direct Investments) are emerging as options to           industry Mr. Anand Sharma in his first inter-action with
expand in the markets may it be domestic or overseas.             Industry leaders announced that the Government is
The nations manufacturing units seem to be buzzing again,         Committed to revive the industries dented with recent and on
aided by consumer durables. Factory output rose 2.7 % year-       going recession. IFRA Expo 2010 to be held in Hamburg.
on-year in May 2009 the strongest growth since October            UV Curing reduces the power consumption and enhances the
2008, triggering hopes of a strong economic rebound in the        print quality. Recent launches of Indian graphic arts machine
coming months.                                                    manufacturers in this segment have generated a very
Manufacturing which accounts for 80% of overall industrial        favourable interest and business of the UV Curing on Web-
output, grew by 2.5 % compared to 0.7 % in April 2009. But the    offset machines. We present you a Calendar of events for the
real story lay in the consumer durables and Capital Goods         rest of the year. IPAMA hosted a reception in honour of Sri
Industry Sector that grew by a healthy 12.4 %. The latest data    Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP) delegation and discussed
shone out as beacon hope for the new government groping           their upcoming exhibition Collate 2010 and other matters of
for options to sustain growth amid the worst global economic      mutual interest. CII organized meeting on “Doing Business in
slowdown in the last 80 years.                                    India 2009” and the release of the report on the same subject
                                                                  by a high powered team of the World Bank. IPAMA News
The performance of the Indian manufacturing economy               brings you all about graphic arts industry at home and around
improved further during May-June 2009, building on the            the globe.
growth seen in April 2009. The domestic market was the main
driver of expansion and production, as overseas demand for
Indian manufactured capital goods and machinery remained
very weak.                                                                                                       Som Nath Sapru

                                                                                                  3   JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

Welbound Worldwide
                                          Innovations                 during Printpack India 2009. According Mr. Ashok Gupta,
                                                         Innovations Director of Pushp Print Services – “…it was the
Binding which is the last step in print-industry – has a history of
                                                                      feedback received from reputed South and West based
cottage industry in India particularly in northern part of our
                                                                      printers that made us opt for Diploma 4z3x. He further added
country. Printers used to shift their printed forms to a
                                                                      “the folding quality achieved with the help of top quality rollers
contract binder – who used to have scores of people working
                                                                      and the speed as a result of servo controlled knives reinforced
in his unit folding the printed forms by hand, and stacking them
                                                                      this decision.”
in a sequence in a semicircle placement and the senior-man
used to gather these forms in sequence and stack it for further       Recently Alankar Graphics a Noida based big format printer
actions like sewing it and then pounding the spine of the             expanded his book binding capacity by adding a Diploma 4z3x
collated book to give it a shape before applying a soft or            machine besides Trident three knife trimmer – an executive of
hardcover.                                                            Alankar Graphics said – “it was the need to fold big format
                                                                      forms 70 X 100cms. sheets that made us to opt for Diploma.
                                                                      Welbound Worldwide installed yet another Diploma 4z3x
                                                                      machine in Indore at Atharva Packaging immediately after
                                                                      Printpack India 2009 was concluded and it followed similar line
                                                                      of installations at Nai Duniya, Indore and New Lokpriya at
                                                                      Kolhapur – both these establishment are newspaper
                                                                      publishers in large format that is the reason they have opted
                                                                      for Diploma 4z3x.

                                                                      Pramod Engineering Works
                                                                      Pramod Engineering Works sister concern of Delhi Press –
But Welbound Worldwide has made it a thing of the past                the largest magazine printer in North India was a creation of a
when they started manufacturing WB2000 a five-clamp binder            very practical person late Mr. Naresh Nath who established
in late 1990s.                                                        three large and well equipped presses in this part of the
Till then, the used and refurbished imported binding machines         country over a period of two decades.
had flooded Indian market. Big time book printers took a fancy        Taking a cue that the binding machines were the most crucial
to WB2000 because of variable speed, a milling system that            to deliver in time finished magazine, late Mr. Naresh Nath,
removed paper in strip form, separate side gluing, an                 engineered high speed wire stitching machines like the flow-
automatic cover feeder with on-line creasing and a moving             line, side gather, saddle stitchers and then the 3-knife trimmer.
type cover, nipping station that delivered a properly nipped,         In 4 years of operations, Pramod Engineering Works
square back book.                                                     spearheaded by his 2 sons, Divesh and Rohit now has over 100
                                                                      installations world-wide most of them as repeat customers.
                                                                      In the latest endeavor of Pramod Engineering Works, there
                                                                      have been fairly large installations, which are currently
                                                                      underway in Africa. With automated form gathering, stitching
                                                                      and in line 3-knife
                                                                      trimming a printer
                                                                      tends to save as much as
                 Automatic Paper Folding Machine                      70% of the cost of
Wb2000 has been upgraded further over the years and                   binding says Mr. Divesh
Welbound Worldwide has innovated yet another effective                Nath.
machine Diploma 4z6x – the large format, automatic folder.            Many printers these
This new innovation has further established Welbound                  days have problems
Worldwide in South and North Indian market and after their            with huge quantity of
participation in Printpack India 2009 they have achieved a            printed forms coming
very meaningful platform in Northern India and have installed         out of the web presses
these machines at Pushp Print Sevices, Pearson and                    have found that
McGrawhill in New Delhi. These machines were finalized                automation of the                        Auto Feeders

       JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009     4

binding depart-ment is essential that is where Pramod                machines has been the Web-line Stacker called Pride', which
Engineering Works machines come in to help in speed                  eases the collection of forms coming out of the web press and
delivery and economics. Some of the machines which Pramod            reduced manpower. Plus a stack of forms is easy to upload on
Engineering Works has multiple installations are:                    to an automated binding line.
• 3-knife trimmers of up to 25 cycles, which are capable of          Pramod Engineering Works latest installations domestically as
  integration or stand alone operation with auto delivery.           well as overseas are: Orient Press, Mumbai; Geeta Press,
  The pile height of the cut is 70-80mm.                             Gorakhpur; Dainik Bhaskar, Noida; M.D. University Press,
• Flowline machines for centre stitching of printed products.        Rohtak; and in West Africa.
  Production can be up to 120,000 books per day in 2 full
  shifts. The configuration consists of:                             Technova Imaging Systems (P) Limited
• Automatic signature feeders.                                       Technova one of the World's largest
• 6 head saddle wire stitches up to 560 mm.                          manufacturer of analog and digital imaging
                                                                     products. Total imaging solution offerings from
• Inline 3-knife trimmers with 4th knife option to make 2-up
                                                                     Technova include violet and inkjet CtP systems
  copies, up to 500mm.
                                                                     and a full range of consumables. Soul behind this
                                         6 head saddle stitcher up   massive set-up is Mr. Pranav Parikh.                Mr. Pranav Parikh
                                         to 6 movable heads
                                                                     During recently concluded Printpack India 2009 Technova
                                         stitching copies of upto
                                                                     launched and had a range of Viostar FA and HC series. There is
                                         560mm copies. Other
                                                                     no doubt that TechNova's VioStar boosts the 'flight to
                                         models of wire stitcher
                                                                     violet' in India. TechNova now markets a wide range of
                                         are capable of doing 2 or
                                                                     platesetters, under the brand name VioStar. These
                                         4 head stitching up to
                                                                     platesetters range from entry level systems to high-end
                                         500 mm. Production can
                                                                     solutions, powered by engines from the world's leading
                                         be up to 120,000
                                                                     platesetter manufacturers : FFEI, U.K. and HighWater, U.K.
           Gathering Gripper             stitched sections per
                                                                     Combined with TechNova's Second Generation violet plates,
                                         day in 2 full shifts.
                                                                     complete colour management & workflow solution with AM,
Pramod Engineering Works recent innovations are Side                 FM & Hybrid Screening and 24x7 Total Tech Support, the
gathering machines for collating and stitching with side             VioStar CtP solutions take care of all the violet CtP
stitching solution. This line, expandable up to 36 stations is       requirements of even the most demanding printers.
suitable for collating copies, which may lead to thread sewing
                                                                     TechNova offers two internal drum platesetters from the FFEI
sections or perfect binding operation. Production can be up to
                                                                     stable : VioStar FA8, a robust yet affordable 8 page CtP system
90,000 book blocks per day in 2 full shifts.
                                                                     and VioStar FV4, a 4 page CtP system that allows customized
Paper Drilling for drilling reams of paper automatically, up to 4    levels of automation and productivity. In addition, TechNova
drill heads at a time.
Web Stacker for stacking forms that are coming from the web
offset press. This counter stacker will ease the handling of
forms from the press to the binding department.
One of the latest additions to the line of stitchers and other

                                                                                           VioStar FA8 Platesetter

                                                                     also offers high-speed, high-end configuration FFEI machines
                                                                     that employ the cutting edge Dual Laser technology.
                                                                     Technova also showcased during Printpack India 2009
                                                                     PoliJet, the world's first Metal & Polyster “three in one” inkjet
                                                                     CtP system that had earlier created waves at Drupa 2008. In a
                                                                     specially constructed yellow room environment, visitors
                                                                     could withness live demonstrations of the revolutionary
                                                                     MetiJet metal inkjet plates, on the versatile PoliJet Inkjet CtP
                          Web Satacker                               system. This versatile system from Technova can be used as a

                                                                                                     5    JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

Platesetter, an Imagesetter and a Proofer. The MetiJet plate
another breakthrough in inkjet CtP technology is designed for         FIVE TIPS FOR PACKAGERS TO
multi-colour, on demand printing and offers the performance               INCREASE EFFICIENCY
of high quality metal plates combined with low cost and            Editor's Note: Manufacturers must identify sustainable energy
simplicity of the PoliJet CtP system.                                           solutions that will drive efficiencies.

                                  In addition to                According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the industrial
                                  platesetters, TechNova        sector has long been the country's largest energy user,
                                  also markets processors       currently representing more than one-third of the country's
                                  from leading interna-         total energy consumption. With this in mind, manufacturers
                                  tional & Indian manufac-      across the U.S. must identify sustainable energy solutions that
                                  turers, which include         will drive efficiencies. There's no better time to seal in the
                                  processors from               savings on plant utility bills and begin working toward
                                  Heights, U.K. and             sustainability targets.
                                  Proteck, India. To            Do you want to reduce the energy costs at your plant? The
                                  complete the CtP              following are five easy tips for factory and manufacturing
                                  bouquet, also on offer is     facility owners and operators to reduce their carbon
                                  a full range of printing      footprint and start reaping the savings.
       VioStar HC8 Platesetter    consumables including         1. Do your homework
                                  the VioStar range of
second generation Violet photopolymer plates, manufactured      First and foremost, you won't know how much you can save
in technical collaboration with Agfa; FOGRA approved            until you know where the money's being spent. An energy
chemistry and a unique range of offset process inks from        audit will help you better understand your energy usage and
TechNova Toyo Inks that permit Hexachrome printing on 4         determine where your facility can go green and save money.
colour presses.                                                 Specialists can come to your facility to identify key energy
                                                                saving areas for your facilities current and future needs.
Indian printers are also guaranteed several value-added
                                                                2. Rethink plant lighting
services from TechNova, right from scientific analysis of
customer needs in order to formulate a CtP roadmap on a 'No     By replacing existing lighting with energy-efficient products
Obligations' basis to layouting and pre-installation site       and controls, you can reduce energy consumption up to
preparation services as well as specialised training for pre-   50 percent as well as eliminate the risk of mercury
press technicians and CtP operators. Furthermore,               contaminants in a short period of time.
TechNova's CtP solutions come with a complete                   Several lighting options and programs are available on the
performance guarantee and are backed by years of                market that can lower power bills and even help reduce air
engineering expertise.                                          pollution. Controls can help reduce energy consumption with
Mr. Rajesh Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer, CTP Solutions     smart schedules and automation.
(Commercial), at TechNova says, "The trends are changing in     3. Evaluate motors and drives
India. Originally the market was clearly divided between        Electric motors are responsible for nearly 70 percent of
thermal & violet technologies for the commercial and            energy consumed in industrial applications. This percentage
newspapers segments respectively. However, since the            holds a considerable savings potential waiting to be realized.
introduction of TechNova's second generation commercial         So why not start now by replacing existing motors with more
grade VioStar plate, the 'flight to violet' for commercial      energy-efficient versions? Or save by adding variable-
applications has also taken off.”                               frequency drive systems to the motors. In some cases, such
With both technologies available to customers today, Mr.        drives can contribute as much as a 30-percent energy savings
Malhotra believes that the customers will make their choice     with a fairly quick return on the investment.
based on their requirements, rather than differentiation        4. Control heating and cooling costs
between technologies. "Violet quality now surpasses even the    As much as 30 percent of the energy used in a facility comes
most discerning print requirements, so buying decisions are     from heating and cooling costs. Making smarter decisions
based more on value than features. Indian printers are now      about your facility's heating, ventilating and air conditioning
competing on a global level, which has made them extremely      system can have a significant impact on power bills. Adding
competitive in terms of pricing, technologies used and          drive and control systems can also help reduce costs.
services offered.”
                                                                5. Monitor the situation
Moreover, TechNova's VioStar brand of platesetters are          Knowing and understanding a plants' electrical footprint and
flexible and future proofed, and can be upgraded and            monitoring energy use can help companies track progress
customized in terms of speed and automation, as per the         toward efficiency goals as well as establish benchmarks for
customers needs. More importantly, the VioStar platesetter      achievement. Intelligent energy monitors can track of energy
range is fully compatible with chemistry-free plates, without   usage across multiple locations from a central source to
the potential loss of productivity encountered with thermal     ensure maximum efficiency and control costs.
processless systems.

      JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009   6

                               IPAMA Members Say!!
Industrial production of our country is on upward trend and it         come up very fast despite slow down and tough circum-
is hoped that the growth tempo will be maintained with                 stances, no doubt India can play a very vital role to meet the
greater pace in the coming months and our Finance Minister's           international requirements to large extent – as we have
recently announced budget is a clear indication that this              now skills not only to make technology advancements but
growth will continue. We at IPAMA are constantly and                   also to produce better quality products at cost-effective
continuously watching this growth pattern and our interaction          prices. At this stage Indian graphic arts industry must not
with our members has formulated as in the following                    hesitate to go in for healthy collaborations with known
responses to our questionnaire.                                        western industries who are facing tough time to survive.
1. The ongoing recession which has spread like global                  Our active role at this stage can fuel our economy and our
   warming globally is off-late showing its effects on the Indian      industry can progress many folds.
   Graphic Arts industry – what you have to say about it and        4. Un-doubtedly now India owns major share of world's web
   has it really slowed down investment activity in the Capital        production. More efforts are still required to come close to
   Goods industry.                                                     top-world players for better performance, what India has
2. Do you find a mentionable fall in the exports sector of             achieved is not optimum. We have still to go miles and
   Capital Goods Industry and what could be basic cause of             miles.
   this – is it recession or non-compliance of overseas                Yes in sheet-fed sector we have not fared well. We could
   importer's commitments.                                             have done better. Unfortunately this segment was taken up
3. Keeping in view technology advancement in all sector's of           by some players when they were not well prepared for
   printing and packaging industry – do you believe that India         quality production. Bad quality has brought us bad name
   can become a global destination for the international               and finally discouragement / closures. If potential efforts are
   requirements of the printing and packaging needs – which            made now when we are better equipped, things can work.
   could be cost-effective and of international standards.             India with little more efforts can earn good name with post-
                                                                       press equipments also.
4. India has achieved an appreciable spot in the international
   graphic arts industry for web-off- set machines – what           5. We need to change our thinking and attitudes. Well to do
   could be the possible reason that we have not gained any            business houses think the graphic arts industry is not their
   momentum in the sheet-fed offset machines either in                 cup of tea. A few, who are already in the industry, are too
   design or exports.                                                  busy to take up these subjects. For pre-press segment, the
                                                                       best way is that wealthier houses should go in for healthier
5. We have yet to step into pre-press arena and very few               technical collaborations. This is the right time to encour-
   domestic manufacturers have taken this important                    age such weddings.
   segment of graphic arts seriously. Soft-wares for CTP,
   Colour Management, Digital Workflow, Colour Scanners,            6. Wait and watch – it is excellent.
   Digital Proofing System – all these important segments                      Mr. M.M. Kohli, Managing Director,
   have almost negligible production in the country – what                     The Printers House Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.
   could be the possible reason.                                               1. RECESSION IN CAPITAL GOODS
6. What is the future of graphic arts industry in India?                          INDUSTRY
           Mr. Satish Bajwa, Managing Director,                                 The global economies are not only inter-related
           Pressline India Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.                        but also interdependent. The down turn in the economies
            1. Yes it has slowed down the investment to large          of developed countries worldwide have impacted the
               extent in case of costlier capital goods. Indian        growth of developing countries including India. This global
               graphic art industry producing medium and low           melt down which started with sub prime crisis spread to
   cost capital equipment are lesser affected as compared to           the financial markets which severally impacted the liquidity
   the heavy duty machineries. Book industry is also very              position of the entire world. The survival of the financial
   negligibly affected.                                                institutions in the world were at stake which directly
                                                                       affected the consumption. Indian Graphic Industry was no
2. Certainly, exports have fallen considerably. It is well known       exception. With the slow down in the Indian economy, the
   and acceptable fact that exports in general have fallen by 30       advertisement revenue of the Newspaper Industry came
   % during last eight months. The printing industry has also          down phenomenally by 40 to 50% and in turn the expansion
   felt the crunch mainly on account of currency devaluation           plans of the entire newspaper industry suffered a set back.
   ranging from 20 -50 % in several countries. Naturally, their        This coupled with the stringent conditions put forth by
   buying power has gone down proportionally.                          various banks and financial institutions made the situation
3. In the prevailing circumstances, when India is trying to            worse for the capital goods industry.

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2. EXPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS                                                A Report on India MSME Summit
  Whether you call it recession or non compliance of the          MSME Summit meeting organized by CII was well attended – from
  overseas importers commitment it is one and the same            IPAMA President Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Jt. Secretary (North)
  thing. Deliberately no person wants to with-hold its            Mr. C. P. Paul, and CEO IPAMA Mr. Som Sapru attended the meet.
  expansion as he would be sacrificing his profit potential.      Amongst the key speakers were Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal,
  As already stated earlier that global economies are not only    Minister of State for Finance, Govt. of India, Mr. Montek Singh
  inter-related and interdependent, it is only the severity of    Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Govt. of
  its impact which vary from country to country. The              India, Mr. Dinesh Rai, Secretary ministry of MSME, Govt. of India,
  developing world is not only facing the liquidity crunch but    Mr. Gopal K. Pillai, Secretary Ministry of Commerce, and
  also the weakening of their currencies which has phenom-        Dr. K.C. Chakrabarty, Chairman & Managing Director Punjab
  enally increased the cost of import and consequently the        National Bank, Mr. Mohan Suresh, President, Federation of Indian
  export of printing presses.                                     Micro and small & Medium enterprises (FISME).
                                                                  Mr. T.K. Arun, Resident Editor of Economic Times delivered
  In nutshell, it is the culmination of many negative factors
                                                                  welcome address and gave a brief on the challenges and issues of
  which have resulted in the present situation.
                                                                  In brief, markets today face a host of challenges and they range
  There is a lot of scope for India to develop into a global      from issues like Payments Delay to tariff related issues – and the
  destination for the worldwide requirement of Printing and       issue is “What should be to assuage the situation?”
  Packaging equipment, since Foreign manufacturers will           Timely payments are a must for the sector to forge partnerships
  have to look to cheaper source of manufacturing to remain       across markets and hence clear instructions need to be issued to
  competitive in the current scenario. India can become a         Government Departments and PSUs emphassing on compliance
  very economical source of supply for foreign manufactur-        measures.
  ers which should be encouraged through joint ventures or        In this area CAG has an important role to play. It needs to
  otherwise to set up shop in India. India also technically       supervise compliance.
  viable destination because of availability of good engineer-    The rise in essential inputs in MSMEs like steel, energy, water etc.
  ing infrastructure at low cost.                                 have to be kept in constant check. However, we are yet to see
4. SHEET FED MACHINES                                             how the strategies work.          Most of these products are
  Sheetfed Offset machines also require a similar technology      manufactured by some large companies.
  transfer which can only be realized by convincing estab-        The MSME sector comprises of 13 million units and therefore is
  lished manufacturers worldwide to use the facilities in India   around 80% of the economy. Being one of the largest
  for cheaper sourcing. The huge import of second hand            communities of the economy, there should be a universalistic
                                                                  view to duties applied across the segments within it.
  sheetfed machines is evidence that no manufacturer in India
  is able to fulfill the technical requirement of the Indian      An act needs to be promulgated to ensure the Competition
  customers especially in the large size machines.                Principles are followed and problems like “bundling of orders”,
                                                                  prohibitory registration charges, unrealistic standards to crowd
                                                                  out small suppliers should be addressed. E-procurement should
  Neither the government nor the private sector had               be encouraged.
  invested in this technology. Unless serious efforts are         Impediments in exports which is one of the biggest problems
  made to inject funds in technologies for Soft-wares for         encountered by MSMEs is in claiming refund of taxes. Only 0.5%
  CTP, Colour Management, Digital Workflow, Colour                of MSMEs are in exports business.
  Scanners, Digital Proofing System etc. no progress can be       The Minister of state for Finance Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal
  made. This technology becomes redundant over a short            emphasized that earlier it was difficult to get credit from the
  period, its R&D is very capital intensive and the product       banks but right now situation has changed as an amount of Rs.
  cycle has a very short life expectancy for which reason this    1000 crores has been kept aside for the situations faced by the
  issue can only be addressed by large investors through joint    MSMEs – reason being the growth rate of MSMEs is much larger
  ventures with technology transfer.                              than main industry. Looking at this growth of MSMEs Reserve
6. FUTURE OF GRAPHIC ART INDUSTRY IN INDIA                        Bank of India has created yet another fund of Rs. 7000 crores.
                                                                  Secretary Ministry of Commerce Mr .Gopal K. Pillai said that
  Graphic Art Industry has a bright future in India because of
                                                                  exports as well Imports have gone up substantially overall – and
  government increased spending on education, increase in
                                                                  there are lots of opportunities available for MSMEs.
  literacy level, foreign organization looking for cheaper
                                                                  Dr. K.C. Chakrabarty, Chairman and Managing Director of
  source of supply, availability of engineering infrastructure
                                                                  Punjab National Bank was very emphatic that MSME units are the
  and increase in local demand/consumption etc.
                                                                  potential future of all banks and we have to accept it that banks
  The current hiccups will stabilize in the next 1 to 2 years     are there to help MSMEs to grow and develop – except papers
  and Graphic Art Industry can look forward to sustain            should be in order and perfect so that credits could be processed
  growth thereafter.                                              without any delay.

     JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009     8

                                                GROWTH OF INDIAN
                                                GRAPHIC ARTS INDUSTRY
                                                 India is the largest democracy in the World. For it to grow and sustain, literacy of Indian
                                                 masses, is MUST. Hence, the necessity for the Indian Graphic Arts Industry to gear itself
                                                 up to meet challenge. It has a crucial role to play by way of satiating the growing demand
                                                 for the print word. In the form of books, newspapers, magazines etc. Robustness of the
                                                 different segments of the industry is, therefore, pivotal in realization of our cherished
                                                 For the growth of Indian Graphic Arts Industry, realization of social objective itself, will
                                                 not suffice. For a vibrant industry, to graduate from Brand India image to Global Brand,
                                                 cost-effectiveness and world-class manufacturing, is equally imperative. Then only, India
                                                 can claim to be a one-stop-shop for all print, packaging and converting requirements.
                                                 This apart, there is globalization of information. Everyday new technologies are being
                                                 developed and assimilated. New equipments and machines are launched by the
                                                 manufacturers in various exhibitions. Not only for reducing human factor, but at the
                                                 same time, promoting precision and economy in production time. This calls for
                                                 continuous development and updating of skills to keep abreast with the latest.
                                                 Envisaging the growing demand for qualified and skilled work force to handle different
                                                 segments of the industry, be it pre-press, in-press (printing), binding & finishing (post-
                                                 press), digital, signage, packaging, converting and consumables, a number of facilities have
                                                 been set-up.
                                                 At present, there are 8 Universities / Institutes, which offer Degree Courses in Printing
                                                 Technology and Diploma Courses besides two IITs offering Post Graduate Courses
                                                 besides several private Universities and Engineering Colleges.
                                                 However, with the growth of literacy and continuing demand for the printed word, the
                                                 existing facilities are simply inadequate. Due to shortage of trained work-force, the
                                                 scenario is, that number of sophisticated machines are idle or partly idle due to
                                                 non-availability of trained
                                                 operators. Some overseas manufacturers and suppliers do offer on-the-job training to
                                                 assigned operations and trial runs. Heidelberg has started a training institute in Chennai
under the able stewardship of Dr. Rajendra Kumar Anayath. Dr. Anayath has crafted very
good short term courses in which theory as well as practical has been included and the
practical training on various machines in all segments of printing.
India's greatest asset is its youth. Who are intelligent and hard working. If properly
honed, they are inferior to none. Only, they have to be properly and timely tapped. After
having done 10 plus 2, bulk of them are either not interested in pursuing further studies
or are compelled to abandon due to financial constraints. Eitherway, they wish to
establish themselves independently, by way of setting-up their own unit or taking up a job.
Hence, this is the ideal time to tap them and impart vocational training.
The vocational training should include on- the- job training. Special emphasis on trouble
shooting. So that, on completion of the same, they have assured employment. The
Degree course could be of 4 to 5 years and Diploma of 2 to 3 years, depending on the
Of course, it would be too much to expect everything to be financed by the government
As it is, the State's resources are already over-strained. It is only reasonable and just that
the task is assigned to the various associations of the industry, which directly stand to
gain. The constituents should come forward and pool their resources. They have ready
made required infrastructure and training facilities established in their units. They can
even sponsor trainees, on condition, that the trainee concerned, on completion of the
training, undertakes to serve them for a specified period.
On its part, the government should, however, also support such ventures. Could be by
way of grants-in-aid. concession/exemptions on purchase of machinery required for
training and setting up of laboratories. Subsidizing expenses towards exchange of faculties
from within the country as well as overseas. Offering scholarships for meritorious and
deserving students.

                                                                                                          9    JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

              Aqueous Coating Holds Its Appeal
                          Editor's Note: Aqueous Coating has given new dimensions to beautify any print product and is
                        practical to speed finishing; creative to create special effects and cuts down on production - time.
                                                               By Joann Whitcher

Water-based aqueous coating first took off around 30 years                 The most important variable with aqueous coating, says
ago and is still going strong. Applied in-line at the end of a press       Palmer, is how to dry the sheet. Air drying is preferred over
run, aqueous coatings are in high demand in sheetfed                       heat; excess heat can cause curling. Extended dryers give the
commercial, packaging and some web applications, such as                   sheet extra dwell time, while air knives remove the moisture-
direct mail.                                                               laden air from the delivery so drier air can be brought in.
Available in gloss, matte or satin finishes, the quick-drying              Aqueous coatings are applied via a roller coater or anilox
coatings protect from abrasions and scratches, and allow for               roller; each has advantages. The roll coater lets the operator
immediate finishing.                                                       adjust film-coating thickness by opening or closing the nip; the
Its popularity is evident in the numbers: Heidelberg reports               operator has complete control and flexibility, but there is
that 70% of its presses are sold with coating units.                       greater room for error. Anilox rollers are mistake-proof; the
                                                                           size of the cell on the roller determines how much coating is
                                                                           put down. Most printers keep at least two different sets of
                                                                           rollers on hand. The coatings typically flood the sheet; spot
                                                                           coating is possible, but uses pricey blankets and plates.

         Mitsubhishi Dimond 3000 Press with Aqueous Coating                              Ryobi Multi Color Press with Aqueous Coating

Mitsubishi says that in the past five years, 75% of its straight           Popular now are reticulated effects, with contrasting gloss and
commercial presses sold have included aqueous coaters. On                  matte surfaces based on chemical interaction between
perfecting presses, 100% have been aqueous-enabled.                        coatings. Heidelberg recently launched a Saphira DripOff
                                                                           brand, a high-contrast matte/gloss coating achieved in a single
All leading press manufacturers—including Adast, Akiyama,                  pass. The two-part system uses an oil-based varnish printed
KBA, Komori, manroland and Ryobi–offer their presses with                  on the sheet that repels the aqueous coating, and an aqueous
inline coaters.                                                            coating that is flood coated over the sheet. The glossy
Aqueous is taking hold in the digital printing world. Xerox                dispersion coating is repelled in all areas that previously
offers an iGen4 with an Epic CTi-635 aqueous inline coating                received the matte coating and adheres to any unvarnished
system, the first digital press with that capability. Test units are       area.
currently running at customer locations, Xerox says.                       Relatively new is Nicoat's Soft Feel/Soft Touch coating, which
The number one reason printers want inline aqueous coating                 provides a soft suede feel to simple text grade or cover stocks,
is turnaround, says Jack Palmer, operations manager, Coastal               explains Keven David, technical services manager, Nicoat.
Printing, the site of North America's first Mitsubishi Diamond             “There are substrates that have this same velvety touch to
V3000. The 6-color press is equipped with an aqueous coater,               them, but when run through the press, lose that feel. Our
as is a 6-color Heidelberg CD and a 5-color SM 52. “It lets us             coatings help that paper maintain that feel, giving the paper a
back the job up to print the other side immediately or begin               richer texture. You can imitate that paper and/or maintain
finishing it,” he says. “We get work out in one day that used to           that stock after printing.”
take three weeks.”                                                                                                       — Courtesy Graphic Arts Monthly

       JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009      10

                      Compromise-free plates - Part II
                Editor's Note: Entire range of CTP Plates are Eco friendly and match conventional plate performance.

Short-run flexibility                                                  Inkjet strikes again
Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc.'s (Rye, NY) Thermal DigiPlate            Glunz & Jensen's PlateWriter 2000 and 2400 debuted at drupa
System consists of the TDP-459 platesetter — which produces            2008. These processor-free, B3 format platesetters transfer the
60 plates/hr. in sizes up to 18.1 × 20.7 inches — and the TDP-         press-ready image directly onto daylight-safe, uncoated
R175 paper-based plate material, rated for 3,000 impressions.          aluminum plates. The company's iCtP technology eliminates
The flexible, paper-based CTP plate is completely processless.         chemicals and processing by implementing inkjet technology to
Thermal DigiPlate thermal fusing technology generates plates           “print” the image onto a blank plate. There is no coating to
that produce no waste except for the plate itself.                     remove, thus no light sensitivity or processing. An integrated
For 10 years, MPM has offered the reduced chemistry Eco1630            finishing unit dries and gums the plate, which then goes on press
series of platesetters. Its processing technology replaces a typical   or can be stored.
bath style processor with a coating bar, which applies a thin layer    Saved by chemistry-free CTP
of chemical onto the plate, reducing chemistry and maintenance.
                                                                       “Ideally, I wanted to move to a chemistry-free platemaking
The Eco1630IIIR can produce plates up to 16.8 × 22.8 inches and
                                                                       process to improve productivity, reduce costs and run a more
images at up to 2,400 dpi.
                                                                       environmentally friendly operation,” says Chris Edwards, owner
MPM has taken its patented Eco-coating technology to the DPX 4         of Infinity Press, a general commercial printer in San Carlos, CA.
Eco 4-up polyester platesetter. The DPX 4 Eco is fully automated       The 8-employee operation runs a 20-inch and a 40-inch press,
and produces daylight safe, reduced chemistry polyester CTP            producing a wide range of printed products including plastics.
plates up to 26.77 × 29.7 inches.
                                                                       “With a film-based process, not only did it take longer to produce
MPM plate earns accolades                                              plates, but it consumed a lot of manpower in prepress, as well as
MPM's Thermal DigiPlate has received the “Distinguished                at the press because of the constant adjustments required to get
Technology Award” from the Japanese Society of Printing                everything in register,” Edwards explains. He installed a Presstek
Science and Technology. The award recognizes a technology that         (Hudson, NH) Dimension 200 Excel platemaker to image
made extraordinary contribution to the development of printing.        chemistry-free Anthem plates, choosing the 2-up format because
The plate also has been awarded a “Gold Clione Mark” ranking           he anticipated selling his 40-inch press.
from the Environment Pollution Prevention Printing Association         A one-man department
(E3PA) in Japan.
                                                                       With the new system in place, Edwards reduced his prepress staff
Processless polyester & metal                                          from three to one. “Our prepress employee is unbelievably
Xanté's (Mobile, AL) PlateMaker 5 XL Large Format CTP System,          productive now,” he says. “He preps files, generates internal
which debuted at Graph Expo 08, produces 16-up processless             proofs and makes digital proofs for clients. While all that is
polyester plates and paper proofs up to 36 × 48 inches. Powered        happening, he is also sending plates to the Dimension. I can't
by the Xanté Symphony Workflow, the all-in-one PDF workflow            believe how much work we are running through the prepress
preserves file content and automates prepress tasks such as            department now with only one operator. He keeps up with two
imposition and trapping. The toner-based polyester platemaking         presses without any difficulty at all.”
solution requires no plate processing chemicals. Plates can be         Ultimately, Edwards kept his 40-inch press and upgraded to the 8-
imaged in about one minute and placed directly on press. The           up Dimension 800 platesetter. He says, “I was committed to
Platemaker 5 XL is designed for single- and spot-color work. It        running a chemistry-free operation and it has made a big
uses Myriad polyester plates, which have hydrophilic properties        difference for my company. Had I not moved to Presstek's
that provide fast rollup and a durable plate surface.                  Dimension 800 CTP with chemistry-free Anthem Pro thermal
Xanté's PlateMaker5 produces paper proofs, film and processless        plates, I don't believe I would still be in business today.”
polyester plates. Xanté's electrophotographic Z-7 Technology           In 2008, Presstek introduced its next-generation Dimension Pro
images up to 120 Myriad 2 polyester plates/hr., rated for run          800 semi-automatic platesetter. It images at 200 lpi on up to 45 ×
lengths of 20,000 impressions or more. The grained surface of the      33-inch plates, producing 11 Anthem Pro or 15 Aurora Pro
Myriad 2 plate allows it to hold very small halftone dots. A 340MM     plates/hr.
option was designed specifically keeping in mind Heidelberg
Printmaster QM 46.                                                     Presstek's grained anodized aluminum chemistry-free plates are
                                                                       daylight safe and can be read after imaging, enabling full inspection
The Xanté Impressia Metal PlateSetter images processless Aspen
                                                                       prior to mounting on press. Presstek plates do not require baking
metal plates for 2-up portrait presses. This desktop CTP
                                                                       or other processing after imaging — just a water wash before
platesetter images plates in 60 seconds and allows users to
                                                                       mounting on press. They reportedly have a stronger resistance to
control dimensional accuracy, spot function and dot gain. The
                                                                       UV inks and solvents than conventional offset plates.
internal Adobe PostScript 3 RIP provides 2,400 x 2,400-dpi
resolution. Impressia plates need no chemicals before running on       Shown for the first time in 2008, Presstek's Aurora Pro
the press, and each plate is rated for more than 25,000                chemistry-free plate can be imaged on a range of thermal
impressions.                                                           platesetters including Presstek's new Compass Series and

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Dimension Pro 800 platesetters, and several models distributed           According to Cassino, the Saphira Violet Chemfree plate
by Screen and Kodak.                                                     technology will become available in 2009.
Anthem Pro plates deliver a chemistry-free platemaking solution          The chem-free violet plates can be imaged at the same speed as
for Dimension Series platesetters and support run lengths up to          conventional plates. “So there's no performance hit, there's no
100,000 impressions.                                                     resolution hit, there's no quality hit.”
Know your plate's impact                                                 Sunny and certified
Independent consultant John Zarwan (Charlottetown, PEI,                  According to Screen (USA) (Rolling Meadows, IL), chemistry-
Canada) has released the results of a study, supported by Fujifilm       free platemaking contributes to the measurable reduction in both
and Kodak, on plates and their environmental impact. It analyzes         the material costs and environmental impact of printing. Screen
four main areas: chemistry, energy, water and waste,                     works closely with manufacturers to certify processless and
comparing plate types and the resources they use. Plates included
                                                                         chemistry-free plate media for the PlateRite series thermal CTP
in the study:
                                                                         lineup. These plates meet the demands of most commercial
Conventional                                                             printers and can be handled under daylight conditions. Where
i. Agfa (Energy Elite): ii. Fujifilm (Brillia HD LH-PJ/PL): iii. Kodak   limited floor space is a concern, an existing PlateRite user can
(Sword Excel and Electra): iv. Agfa Lithostar Ultra LAP-V violet         eliminate the processing step and run processless and chemistry-
plate.                                                                   free plates without adding a new device.
Reduced chemistry                                                        The PlateRite family affords considerable flexibility in available
“There are a number of options for chemistry reductions,                 plate formats, plate handling (with standard semi-automated
including the use of 'intelligent processors' such as the Fujifilm       plate loading or optional SA-L single-cassette and MA-L multiple-
FLH-Z 'ZAC' processor with the Brillia HD LH-PJ/PL plate, or a           cassette autoloading) and plate punching. Numerous
reduced chemistry plate, such as the Agfa :Amigo,” says Zarwan.          configurations are possible, from the 4-up PlateRite 4300 series
                                                                         to the newest PlateRite Ultima VLF models: PlateRite Ultima
                                                                         40000 (40-up) and PlateRite Ultima 48000 (48-up).
Agfa :Azura thermal plate
                                                                         Four- and 8-up PlateRite models that can be paired with
Fujifilm Brillia HD Ecomaxx-V (PRO-V) violet plate                       processless and chemistry-free plates include the PlateRite 4300E
Processless Fujifilm Brillia HD Ecomaxx-T (PRO-T)                        and 4300S. Six-up models include the 6600E and 6600S. Many
                                                                         Screen 8-up and 16-up platesetters also are compatible.
Kodak Thermal Direct,
                                                                         The high-speed PlateRite 8800ZX and PlateRite Ultima 16000IIZ
The clean plate club
                                                                         are two of Screen's newest CTP recorders for commercial
Processless:                                                             applications.
No processing required; plate is finished on press during                Sights set on green
                                                                         In 2008, Presstek introduced a new line, the Compass 4000
Chemistry-free: Requires a gumming and/or wash step, but not             Series 4-up and the Compass 8000 Series 8-up platesetters. They
conventional chemical processing.                                        range in production speed from 15 to 38 plates/hr. to suite a wide
Reduced chemistry: Much less chemistry is used in processing             range of printing environments. Presstek Compass platesetters,
this plate.                                                              imaging up to 250 lpi (100 l/cm), are paired with Presstek's
Here comes violet                                                        Aurora Pro chemistry-free plates and also image a range of low
                                                                         energy (830 nm laser) third-party thermal plates.
Chemistry-free in HD: Fujifilm introduced the violet
chemistry-free Brillia HD Ecomaxx-V plate at Graph Expo 08. (It          Compass 4000 Series: The Compass 4015 and 4038
debuted under the Brillia HD PRO-V brand name at drupa 2008.)            platesetters offer 4-up drum size and image plates up to 30 ×
All of Fujifilm's Brillia HD plates image at up to 200 lpi AM or 20      26.96 inches at up to 15 and 38 plates/hr., respectively.
micron FM. The Brillia HD Ecomaxx-V is rated for up to 200,000           Compass 8000 Series: The Compass 8022 and 8030 8-up
impressions and is compatible with current violet platesetters.          platesetters image plates up to 45.7 × 37.4 inches. Compass 8022
Extra, extra…                                                            and 8030 image up to 22 or 30 full-size plates/hr., respectively.
Agfa's :N92-VCF (violet chemistry-free) plate, which debuted at          Presstek's Compass Series can be configured for highly
NEXPO 2008, appeared in ECRM's booth at Graphics of the                  automated platesetting. Standard Compass systems are semi-
Americas 2009. ECRM imaged the plate live on the MAKO                    automatic and feature continuous plate loading. Users can add
NEWSmatic platesetter.                                                   several options to increase automation, including multiple
Violet vs. thermal                                                       cassette autoloaders and inline punching.
“Since 1995, we've always said, 'If you want to go processless or        Presstek Freedom Pro chemistry-free plates and the small-
chem-free, you have to have thermal technology,'” says                   format Vector FL52 platesetter, also introduced in 2008,
Heidelberg's Ray Cassino. Now, he cites cost as the main                 deliver affordable metal platemaking to small printers. Supporting
differentiator between the two technologies. “Violet technology          run lengths up to 25,000 impressions, the Freedom Pro has a
generally is less expensive, and it produces equal image quality.”       grained anodized surface.

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        Editor's Note: Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Mr. Anand Sharma to meet State Industry Ministers soon and
          will have discussions to re-energies inter - State councils and will emphasize for joint efforts for skill development.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Anand Sharma                                                      allocated funds, and increase rate of depreciation. For export
said on June 11, 2009 that he would soon convene a meeting of                                              sector of manufacturers in its impressive presentation CII
Industry Ministers to discuss with the State governments the                                               made a firm recommendation for increase in Drawback and
problems being faced by the manufacturing sector and get                                                   DEPB rates by 5 %; support exporters whose clients have
their feedback on the steps to be taken to address this situa-                                             declared bankruptcy besides high cost of interest coming in
tion.                                                                                                      the way-need to look at interest rate subvention on PLR. It
Interacting with leading industrialists at a CII-organised                                                 also highlighted that the government should announce a
presentation along with the new Commerce Secretary,                                                        comprehensive National Manufacturing Policy and make
                                                                                                                                       Domestic value addition a core
Mr. Rahul Khullar, and Secretary,                                                                                                      endeavor of the policy besides
Department of Industrial Policy                                                                                                        simplifying procedures with focus
and Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Ajay                                                                                                         on labour and other inspection
Shankar, Mr. Anand Sharma said                                                                                                         related matters. Government
he would take steps to re-                                                                                                             should also look at unification and
energies the inter-State council                                                                                                       simplification of regulation/rules
for wider consultations on                                                                                                             of implementation.
important trade-related matters.
                                                                                                     The Union Minister Mr. Anand
In its presentation, CII touched                                                                     Sharma said the Government was
upon the areas like the present                                                                      committed to the revival of the
economic and exports scenarios                                                                       manufacturing sector and
and the ways to push forward,                                                                        promotion of employment
                                      Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma
present state of play of the World (centre) with CII members (from left) Venu Srinivasan, President, generation. “We need to
Trade Organisation, the need to Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, encourage the manufacturing
attract foreign direct investments    Bajaj Auto, and S. K. Roongta, Chairman, SAIL, prior to a
                                                meeting in New Delhi on June 11, 2009.
                                                                                                     sector and industrial activity for
and increasing investments,                                                                          providing more employment. The
particularly in physical infrastructure, manufacturing and Government and industry should make joint efforts for skill-
services sector. CII impressed on investment in physical development for employment generation,” he said. Several
infrastructure by raising Gross Capital Formation in industrialists raised the issue of not having single-window
infrastructure to minimum of 11% by 2011-12. There should clearance system, especially in the manufacturing sector.
be introduce investment friendly Tax policies, investment
allowance, efficient and timely spending of government Mr. Sharma said that the previous stimulus packages unveiled
                                                                    by the government had started showing signs of pushing the
                                                                    economic growth and if need be the government would not
                                                                    hesitate to put in place some other steps to kick-start the
                                                                    manufacturing, services and other sectors.
                       Government of India
               Development Commissioner (MSME)
                                                                                                           As regards multilateral trade issues, Mr. Sharma said India was
          Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises                                                    committed to the early resumption of the WTO Doha round
                 Establishment of
                                                                                                           negotiations, as there was a need to have a rule-based
             MSME Credit Monitoring Cell                                                                   multilateral global trading system and the government would
          The Government has set up a MSME Credit Monitoring Cell.
          Matters of MSMEs remaining unresolved with the Banks-SME
                                                                                                           continue to take inputs from various stakeholders in the
          Helpline for more than a fortnight brought to the notice of the Cell                             country before going for the next round of Doha Round of
          would be taken up with the bank concerned for early resolution.
                                                                                                           Trade talks.
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                        MSMEs may contact us at                                                            To conclude the session the Minister Mr. Anand Sharma
                          Telefax : 011-23062465
                  email id :                                                       assured that he would soon hold talks with State Industry
            or at Room No. 734 B, 7th floor, A-Wing, Nirman
           Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi-110108 for                                                 Ministers to tackle the problems faced by the manufacturing
                        leading such grievances.
                                                                                                           sector in each state.

                                                                                                                                         13   JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

Hamburg Hosts                                                                            Expo 2010
                             Editor's Note: The leading exhibition for the Newspaper publishing industry
                                      will be organized in Hamburg in 2010 from October 4 to 6.

IFRA Expo, the leading international exhibition for the             council voted by more than 90 percent in favour of Hamburg.
newspaper publishing and media industries, will be held in the      The following are just some of the comments of the
maritime city of Hamburg next year from Monday, 4 October           exhibitors:
to Wednesday, 6 October 2010. The show was announced            • “As a cosmopolitan seaport and important media centre,
recently by the organiser, IFRA, and the Hamburg Messe &          Hamburg is a good alternative to Amsterdam for IFRA Expo
Congress GmbH. For the first time, the exhibition will be one     2010. Whereas Vienna in 2009 is especially suitably located
day shorter than usual, but accompanying congress events are      for the newspaper publishing industry in the southern and
planned for up to and including Thursday, 7 October.              south-eastern parts of Europe, Hamburg can be expected
“With its new exhibition grounds, the cosmopolitan city of        to appeal more to the newspaper specialists from the
Hamburg, a leading media centre in Germany offers an              northern and western regions. In addition, both cities are
outstanding infrastructure for the                                                        also easily accessible for visitors
leading exhibition of the newspaper                                                       from overseas. Hamburg, with its
publishing industry. Hamburg is not
                                             Publish Asia and IFRA                        modern exhibition grounds and
only very easily accessible at           Annual Conference India in                       Hanseatic flair, offers an attractive
international level, the city also                      Chennai                           counterpoint to Vienna.”
offers a very high quality of life
standard as well as – in international IFRA has decided to combine Publish Asia, its • “Hamburg is international and
                                       top Asian event, and the highly successful IFRA    cosmopolitan. Hamburg offers
comparison – exceedingly moderate                                                         exhibitors and visitors many
hotel prices. The level of auxiliary   annual conference in India into one event for
                                       2009.                                              fabulous event locations.
costs connected to the exhibition,                                                        Hamburg is one of the media and
an increasingly important factor for   Publish Asia was scheduled for Bangkok in          publishing cities in Europe.
exhibitors and visitors, is also       May, while the IFRA India annual conference        Hamburg is still fresh and new for
extremely low in Hamburg.              and Expo was to be held in Hyderabad in            IFRA visitors and brings a bit of a
organizers are looking forward very    September. Chennai, has now been chosen as         change. They have excellent fresh
much to a successful IFRA Expo         the venue for the combined event as it is more     fish there, and it snows only very
2010.                                  easily accessible for international delegates.     rarely.” “Hamburg is an excellent
A senior executive of the organizers   The combined event will be held from 23 to 25      alternative for IFRA Expo. We
says that “We look forward to          September 2009 at the Chennai Convention           fully and wholeheartedly support
welcoming IFRA Expo 2010, the          Centre.                                            the selection of Hamburg as a
leading exhibition for the newspaper                                                           venue.” - (Volker Leonhardt,
publishing and media industries, to Hamburg. The Hanseatic                                     General Manager Sales/Marketing,
city of Hamburg, with its major publishing houses and more            Müller Martini). "Hamburg has excellent connections to the
than 21,000 media and IT companies, is a centre of the                rest of Europe, and Germany is also the gate to the former
industry and therefore an ideal venue for IFRA Expo. Awaiting         East European countries. For protecmedia, Germany has
exhibitors and visitors are recently completed, ultramodern           evolved as a key market, this is why Hamburg, as the venue
exhibition grounds located in the heart of the city, just a short     location for IFRA Expo 2010, suits our market development
walk to the Alster and Elbe rivers, attractive shopping               strategy perfectly." - (Andrés Checa, Director de
districts, exciting nightspots and many hotels belonging to all       Marketing, protecmedia)
categories.”                                                        • “Hamburg, a strong city in publishing. Easy access, cost
IFRA Expo 2010 will be held in Halls A1 to A4 of the Neue             efficient.” - (Erik Ohls, Director Technical Marketing, UPM-
Messe Hamburg. The exhibition itself will run from Monday to          Kymmene)
Wednesday from 10.00 to 18.00 hours on each day. An                 IFRA is the worldwide research and service organisation for
extensive programe of parallel events will take place in the        the newspaper publishing industry. With headquarters in
adjacent congress rooms from Monday to Thursday.                    Darmstadt, Germany, it has acted since 1961 as the platform
Exhibitors for IFRA Expo 2010 can book their stall space now.       for decision-makers from the newspaper industry. IFRA offers
The decision for this venue was taken in close consultation         its services primarily to its more than 3100 members in nearly
with the IFRA Expo exhibitors. The IFRA Expo advisory               80 countries.

      JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009     14

    Change in Liquid Food Packaging Design
The combined pressures of the global economic downturn
and volatile energy and packaging materials prices have
intensified competition and created fundamental change in
food and beverage markets over the last two years according
to a new report published by beverage research specialists,
Canadean. Many brand owners throughout the world have
been forced to re-configure their existing product ranges and
develop new categories, products and packaging designs
aimed at more cost-conscious, budget-restricted consumers.
And nowhere is this more evident than in the ambient liquid
food sector. Here, the slowdown in consumer spending is            • Increased presence of plastics pots for value-added, single
accelerating the growth in discount stores especially in North       portion products, for some traditionally canned products
America, Europe and certain metropolitan cities of India as          (fruit & vegetables and soups for example).
well. This is causing many other large retail food chains to
extend their private label brands to meet rising consumer          • Growth of liquid carton usage for condensed and
demand for better value, compete and retain market share.            evaporated milks.
                                                                   • Greater diversification of packaging choice for tomato
                              These market trends are
                                                                     products including aseptic cartons, tubes, flexible bags and
                              spawning a new range of
                              products and brands. These
                              in turn are driving demand           • Increased use of shallow plastic pots and aluminium trays
                              for new packaging types and            for ready meals, including innovations such as
                              designs more frequently                microwavable portion pots for baked beans.
                              aimed at offering simplicity,        Together these factors mean that, in spite of a general
                              cost-reduction and materials         slowdown in consumer spending throughout the world, and
                              savings without sacrificing          intense pressure on margins, packaging
the benefits of convenient, easy-to-use and environment-           innovation in the liquid food sector
friendly packaging design.                                         remains rife. It continues to play a key
These are the key findings of the new special interest report by   role and remains at the leading edge of
Canadean entitled "Innovation in Liquid Food Packaging,            marketing and new brand development
2009".                                                             in the changed market conditions.
Focusing primarily on new packaging developments and               "Innovation in Liquid Food Packaging,
designs within the ambient heat-processed liquid food market,      2009" is a new special interest report
the report also contains an overview of the global liquid food     from Canadean Limited. A companion
market and an assessment of the current drivers of change          to the 'Innovation in Beverage
from a retail, food processing and packaging perspective.          Packaging' study (published in October
                                                                   2008), the report presents a concise
                                                                   but comprehensive overview of global developments in
                                                                   ambient liquid food packaging design over the last two years,
                                                                   including a review of the global market from a retail, food
                                                                   processing and packaging perspective, and an assessment of
                                                                   the growing impact of private label.
                                                                   Canadean is the beverage industry information specialist,
                                                                   providing market research, reports, databases and consulting
                                                                   on the global beverage, beverage packaging and liquid food
                                                                   With headquarters in the UK but with offices around the
Other key findings include:                                        world, Canadean has built a reputation as the benchmark for
• A continued shift towards plastics (especially flexible          global beverage market intelligence. Branch operations are
  plastics and pouches) driven by demands for cost and             based in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Hong Kong,
  materials reduction and a need for greater versatility in        Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney.
  sizes, shapes and designs.                                                                            — Courtesy Packaging Digest

                                                                                                15   JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

                          Striking Color In Digital Print
  Editor's Note: 'Is it good enough?' is no longer in question as ten digital color presses take IPA's performance challenge and prove
    that reproduction on digital Presses is richer, accurate and faithful. The author Dr. Abhay Sharma is Chair School of Graphic
                                 Communication Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
                                                                       By Dr. Abhay Sharma

Digital production color presses have secured a strong                                and substrate properties, including de-inking and recyclability
foothold in the printing industry, complementing and often                            after print.
rivaling offset printing. Until fairly recently, digital printing was                 Many of the systems evaluated are new introductions,
changing so rapidly that it was difficult to determine any                            launched at Drupa 2008. The Toshiba e-Studio6530c is a
baseline metrics. Now, improvements have slowed down just                             device that is a good fit for light production and graphics
a bit. The Xerox iGen3, for example, was a revolutionary                              environments aimed at short run work of 500 or less
device; the iGen4 could be considered an evolutionary                                 saddlestitch booklets. The iGen4 was launched last year, and
improvement. This gives us time to take a snapshot and                                we are excited to determine the improvements between the
perform a “state of the art” review.                                                                               iGen3 and iGen4. The Xeikon
So it is appropriate to begin to                                                                                   8000 is another new system, and
develop a series of test                                                                                           enables high-speed, duplex
protocols and quality metrics                                                                                      printing from web-to-web or
for benchmarking digital                                                                                           web-to-sheeter delivery.
production color printing. In
                                                                                                                    As to methodology for this
any evaluation, it is important
                                                                                                                    year's tests, it was relevant to
to measure parameters that
                                                                                                                    consider print-to-print
matter in everyday use. For
                                                                                                                    consistency, and to measure
digital presses, this means items
                                                                                                                    consistency over the entirety of
like uptime free from jams and
                                                                                                                    a long press run. It was useful to
color matching. As this article
                                                                                                                    measure the speed of a press
goes to press, results from a test of 10 digital color presses are
                                                                                      and to note conditions under which the press speed drops,
being gathered for a comparative analysis being coordinating
                                                                                      e.g., for thicker stocks. The report includes surveys of end-
by premedia organization IPA.* This is the biggest,
                                                                                      users to understand print productivity—for a two-hour job,
independent testing of digital production devices ever
                                                                                      how much time was spent fixing a paper jam?
undertaken, comparing multiple machines—including two
hybrid direct imaging offset platforms—against the new                                The current IPA project included a number of tests related to
measures.                                                                             physical properties of the digital output during finishing. There
The 10 digital production systems were evaluated to assess                            were concerns that since toner sits on top of the paper, not
quality of digital reproductions as under :                                           penetrating as with offset inks, it is prone to cracking.
                                                                                      Accelerated fading tests are also being used to evaluate the
? Canon imagePRESS C7000VP ? Screen Truepress 344
                                                                                      light-fast stability of digital press output, extremely relevant if
? HP Indigo 7000                        ? Toshiba e-Studio 6530c                      you are in the photo book market. The surface rub resistance
? Kodak NexPress S3000                  ? Xeikon 8000                                 of the print is being measured using a Taber rub resistance
? Océ CS665 Pro                         ? Xeikon 3300                                 device to determine if the print can survive shipping and
? Presstek 52DI                         ? Xerox iGen4.                                handling if it is destined for the mail. De-inking is an important
The system engines use: direct-imaging offset (Presstek,                              environmental consideration. The INGEDE Method 11
Screen); toner based sheetfed; and toner-based web (Xeikon).                          process is being used to test toner removal from the paper. In
                                                                                      short, all practical aspects of digital printing are being tested.
IPA Digital Print Forum 2009
                                                                                      The IPA Digital Press Forum was embraced by printing
The June IPA study* evaluated every aspect of the 10 digital
                                                                                      industry suppliers, adding to the scope and breadth of the
production presses, including sheet to sheet variation,
                                                                                      testing. For example, each digital press manufacturer has been
PantoneGoe and matching GRACoL. The tests the machines
                                                                                      provided with NewPage Futura Laser gloss coated paper. As
are currently undergoing include color repeatability within a
                                                                                      part of the testing process, each manufacturer printed test
press run, color repeatability across multiple press runs,
                                                                                      pages on this stock and returned it to the IPA for analysis. For
Pantone color matching, cross sheet evenness, resolution,
                                                                                      control purposes, all stock was cut from the same parent roll.
vignettes, registration, speed, rub resistance, fading, cracking,
                                                                                      “NewPage believes strongly in supporting our constituents
*IPA is an international trade association representing creative premedia and print
service providers who specialize in operating powerful digital workflows to create,
                                                                                      who embrace digital imaging technology,” notes Michelle
mage and deliver graphics files across multiple media.                                Garret, strategy manager, digital, at the paper company. “They

        JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009            16

are the future of our business.” She notes, “Digital papers are       We infer from this that the system can, at the same time, be
especially necessary to digital printing because they are             both digital color printer and digital color proofer.
optimized for the engine's technologies, manufactured to              To confirm that a digital press can match offset, one would
enhance the hardware's capabilities and are designed with the         The digital press industry is now beginning to develop systems
end use applications in mind.”                                        to match color characterization data, and it will be
All the digital presses fully support the new PantoneGoe              interesting to learn if suppliers have a process to achieve a
system, and Pantone supplied a new swatch book to each                colorimetric match to a given characterization data set. It is
supplier for this test. Q-Lab Corp., which is the leading test lab    not always necessary that a digital press match an offset press;
for fade resistance and archival quality of images, faded the         however, there are many situations where, for example,
print samples at its laboratory in Florida. The RIT Printing          digital may be placed alongside offset printing in a publication.
Applications Laboratory evaluated the cracking and rub                On 100-lb. text stock, the digital press gamut is generally big
resistance of the proofs, and as to recyclability, the Fogra lab in   enough to match most offset conditions. We are now awaiting
Germany measured how much toner is released from the                  the software front end to provide this functionality. Doing
prints during de-inking and recycling. Incidentally, live print       color proofs on a digital press provides a very economical and
samples from each system are being assembled and measured,            versatile proofing platform and a new opportunity for digital
to be available as a 48-page perfect bound book with press            presses.
sheets from each system.
                                                                      Digital printing is often criticized as tending to drift, unable to
While most digital presses are used for production, there are         color manage, and unable to match Pantone colors, and many
a number of situations in which the same device can be used           fear digital output cracks during folding in areas of high
for digital proofing. IDEAlliance recently awarded GRACoL             coverage. The initial results from this series of tests
certification to the HP Indigo press range. In layman's terms,        demonstrates that these accusations are largely unjustified
this means that IDEAlliance has measured and confirmed that           and that digital printing matches, and in many cases surpasses,
the HP Indigo is able to produce a press sheet that matches           offset in terms of color, print quality, and durability. As the
commercial offset printing.                                           February 2009 “Butterfly” cover of Graphic Arts Monthly clearly
Digital Printer or Digital Proofer?                                   showed, digital and offset printing quality are very comparable.
To achieve the match, the user must use a particular stock, a         The ultimate test of digital printing is in the images. To see
specific print engine, and follow a detailed procedure, for           them for yourself, order the IPA booklet and view real print
example, HP Indigo 7000 with Oris Press Matcher software              samples from most every major digital print system on the
and Oris Pearl paper. If you use this media and this procedure,       market.
then the proof you pull will match offset.                                                                   — Courtesy Graphic Arts Monthly

                            Early Signs of Recovery in Manufacturing
The country's manufacturing sector, battling a slowdown, is           Category of             April-    April-        April-     April 08-
getting back on its feet with a few sectors moving from               Growth                June 08    Sept 08       Dec. 08     March 08
negative to moderate growth, as per CII survey of industries          Excellent                  7%          6.9%      6.25%         6.3%
for April 2008 – March 2009 that tracked change over its four         More than 20%
quarters.                                                             High (10% - 20%)         40%          26.7%     15.63%        18.8%
                                                                      Moderate (0%-10%)        32%          42.6%     44.79%        45.0%
The Latest Recover
                                                                      Negative                 21%          23.8%     33.33%        30.0%
• Fertilisers, Pig Iron, Steel and Two wheeler motor bikes,           (Less than)
     printing and packaging from negative to moderate and
     growth in the third and fourth quarters.
•    Vanaspati moved from moderate growth to high growth.
Key High Growth Sectors
• Asbestos Cement, Switch gears, Power Cables, industrial
Key Negative Growth Sectors
• Edible Oils, Bus and Truck Tyres, Commercial Vehicles,
     Textile machinery, and Industrial valves.
Key Moderate Growth Sectors
• Color TVs, Polymers, Cars, Two Wheelers, Consumer
     durables, Soya, Cement.
                                               — Source CII / Ascon

                                                                                                       17     JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

                            Web UV Curing Cuts Power Draw
                         Editor's Note: Two lamps are able to cure the UV web press line running 1,150 fpm.,
            pollutants are reduced, UV cured web press-run results in less energy consumption and enhanced print quality.
                                                             By Bill Esler

                                       The rapid adoption of          This is what Indian Manufacturers have to say about their innovations on UV
                                       UV curing on sheetfed is       technology which were showcased in Printpack India 2009:
                                       being echoed by web
                                                                      The Printers House Pvt. Ltd. says that UV technology gives value
                                       offset printers. UV curing     addition to the printers at a lower cost in a short time – they explain it
                                       appeals particularly to        further – “before UV, the supplements were printed on heatset dryer
                                       coldset shops that have        which is an expensive proposition – and it prompted The Printers
                                       confined quarters or           House to provide mid-sized newspaper a cost-effective option in the
                                       environmental limits on        form of UV to enhance their revenue generation stream by providing
                                                                      value at a lower cost.” They further claim that this technology
                                       adding heat-based curing
                                                                      provides instant cure – like immediate and total drying, capability of
                                       systems. UV has                finishing in-line increased productivity and profits. This technology
                                       particular appeal for web      facilitates, because of special UV inks and coatings, superior abrasion
                                       with its reduction in          and chemical resistance. This technology provides long-term shelfs
                                       volatile organic               life and protection to Magazine, Books and other such publications
                                       compounds and ability to       and even enhances packaging printing – added advantage is no
                                                                      offsetting or rub-off of inks besides high-gloss which is 15-20 points
                                       make graphics pop.
                                                                      higher than aqueous coating. The Printers House has installed this
As web printers explore UV, projecting energy consump-tion            technology on their Orient press.
is part of the cost/benefit equation. While UV inks can
eliminate the release of VOCs organic compounds during
printing, energy consumption will figure into another area of
concern: the total carbon footprint of the process. Though
release of pollutants is reduced during a UV-cured web press
run, the consumption of energy is included in the calculation of
printed project's carbon footprint. So using less energy for
curing—whether infrared, gas or UV—is better.
At drupa 2008, IST Metz introduced an upgrade to its curing
system that it says greatly reduces energy consumption in web
UV work. Initial reports from a European user bears this out.
The BLK-5 UV units were developed specifically for web                           Orient Press installed in Russia with UV Coatings.
printing applications, where high process speeds are critical         Manugraph India Ltd. have loaded UV technology on their Cityline
for large print runs. Their increased efficiency over                 Express press which was showcased in Printpack India 2009 which
predecessor models from IST means that instead of a typical           drew milling visitors at their stall.
web press requiring three type BLK-2 UV units consuming 200
watts per centimeter of web width, just two of the new BLK-5
units consuming 180 watts per centimeter are sufficient to
achieve the same curing results. Consequently, the rated
electrical output is reduced so significantly that power costs
are reduced by up to half.
BGDF, a German trade association for print and paper
processing, tested the device last year to verify IST's claims. It
confirmed an increase in curing efficiency of 40%, reports IST
Metz, which says it is the first global manufacturer of UV
systems to obtain this certificate.                                            Cityline Express installed in Russia with UV Coating.

IST cites the case of Direkt Com, a direct mail shop in the           This technology has proved very efficient and environment friendly
                                                                      claims Manugraph. UV system costs one third of the conventional hot
Bavarian region of Germany that used the BLK-5 UV curing
                                                                      air Heatset system and occupies very little space unlike Heatset. UV
device on a Goebel Optiplus web. Though the press was rated           print quality now equals that of hot air Heatset. There are many other
at 1150 fpm, the existing lamp limited the speed to 721 fpm.          advantages also, particularly environmental issues. Exhaust is far
Likewise, a Muller Martini A68 web, added in 1991, was                cleaner and unlike Heatset, no governmental clearance is required
mechanically fine and delivered desirable cut-off formats of          from toxicity angle. Energy cost also is less. And UV is the only
                                                                      solution for retrofitting dryers on an existing pressline.
25´´ and 16 2/3´´, but the press was limited in speed by its

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curing system. So it became a good target for a UV retrofit.        Calendar of Events
With both presses, Direkt Com was able to use just two BLK-         6-9 August 2009.
5's and move the presses up to full rated speed.                    IPMEX' 09
Operations manager Anton Mayr says the system's quick-              International Printing, Paper, Packaging Machinery Exhibition
change lamp feature was also advantageous, because                  Putra World Trade Centre
operators can do it themselves. “It also enables us to use          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
different lamp configurations for different print orders,” says     Contact: Ms. Belle Yam
Mayr. “Before we placed the order, we did have reservations         Phone:+603-6275 1088/ 012-2002248
about whether we would manage with just the two lamps per           Fax: + 603-6277 9108
drying unit on the machine in order to achieve the 350 meters       Email:
a minute (1,150 fpm) printing rate we needed. But it works,”
says Mayr. “For us, a functioning drying system is extremely
                                                                    28-31 August 2009
important because we have a high degree of finishing work
                                                                    Asia Print & Pack Expo 2009.
such as personalizing mail shots with laser printing.”
                                                                    International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore
UV coating technology has unbelievable potentials – adopting        Contact: PDA Trade Fairs
UV technology is not nearly difficult as some people think it is    PDA House, 32/2, Spencer Road,
– that is where the education factor comes in – the potential       Frazer Town, Bangalore, India
no doubt is unbelievable – we are just scratching the surface.      Fax + 91-80-2554 7434
One has to be careful not to use pure UV solvents used on non       Email:
EPDM rollers – because it can lead to swollen rollers and 
blankets as well as poor print quality.
                                                                    11-16 September 2009
Ink and water balance typically are more critical on hybrid and     Print 09
pure UV VS. conventional inks.                                      McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA
Neither pure nor hybrid UV process inks are as transparent          Contact: Kelly Kilga
as their conventional counterparts. Yellow is the worst             Ph. No. +703-264-7200 ext 204
offender. Rather than standard KCMY colour sequence, some 
printers run YMCK or YCMK, this is an important
consideration if switching between convetional and hybrid           15-17 September 2009
inks.                                                               Ifra India 2009
                                                                    Chennai Trade & Convention Centre, Chennai
Pure UV inks are the clear choice for printers that specialise in
                                                                    Contact: Magdoom Mohamed
non-porus substrates such as plastics, synthetic, Mylar or          Ph. No. +91-44-4211 2893
special foils etc.                                                  E-mail:
Whereas, Hybrid UV inks are designed to run with          
convetional roller and blanket compounds and inks are
formulated to minimize damage and swelling to blankets or           23-26, September 2009
rollers.                                                            Pack Print International 2009
UV ink's instant curing seems well matched with the DI              Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
                                                                    Contact : Messe Düsseldorf Asia Pvt. Ltd.
presses' quick makeready – a “standard” DI press reportedly
                                                                    3 Harbour Front Place, Harbour Front Tower Two
achieves sellable color within 20 sheets.
                                                                    Singapore – 099 254.
“With UV capabilities, a printer can compete for high-end           Ph. No. +65-6332 9620
lenticular and other jobs on nonporous substrates,” says an         Fax: +65-6332 9655
industry expert.                                          
Applications include lables, direct mail, packaging POP and         Ph. No. +66-2204 2594
general commercial printing.                                        Fax: +66-2204 2596
It is further observed that “Unlike a tower press, there's no
transfer cylinder on these DI presses. Registration is dead on.     24-27 October 2009
And the 'Sweet spot' for the DI press is one of the fastest         IPEX South Asia
growing segments of the industry; for quantities from 500 to        Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai.
20,000.”                                                            Contact: IIR Exhibitions Ltd.
In addition to being VOC-free, environmental advantages for a       Part of Informa Group
DI press include on-press imaging of chemistry-free plates.         Ph. No. +44 (O)20 70177019
This not only reduces the materials that need to be purchased       Fax: +44 (O)20 70177818
and disposed of , but the pressroom also benefits from    
reduced emissions.                                        

                                                                                                  19   JULY-AUG.-SEPT. 2009

   IPAMA Hosts a Reception in Honour of
Sri Lanka Association of Printers' Delegation
IPAMA Hosted a luncheon reception in honour of visiting delega- Mr. Khurana mentioned that IPAMA delegation which attended
tion of Sri Lanka Association of Printers on June 26, 2009 at SLAP's exhibition in 2003 and the facilities provided by SLAP to
Radisson Hotel Noida. IPAMA's General Secretary Mr. K.S. the participating delegation members were not upto the mark.
Khurana, Treasurer                                                                                                    M s . D h a r a n i
Mr. Satish Bajwa, Mr.                                                                                                 Karunarthne assured
J.S. Kalsi, Jt. Secretary                                                                                             all IPAMA members
(West) and Mr. C.P.                                                                                                   that exhibition opera-
Dhara Jt. Secretary                                                                                                   tions and facilities to
(East) had a very mean-                                                                                               exhibitors have been
ingful discussion with                                                                                                upgraded and reorga-
the visiting high-power                                                                                               nized in more profes-
delegation of Sri Lanka                                                                                               sional manner.
Association of Printers
(SLAP) lead by                                                                                                        Mr. Satish Bajwa, Trea-
its President                                                                                                         surer IPAMA made to-
Mr. Dinesh Kulatunga,                                                                                                 the-point enquiries
M s . D h a r a n i                                                                                                   about stall size and
Karunarathane,                                                                                                        what best facilities
                            Ms. Charitha Maduroshini, Ms. Dharani Karunarathne, Mr. Sanjeev Mohan, Mr. Satish
Mr. Sanjeev Mohan,        Bajwa, Mr. Dinesh Kulatunga, Mr. K.S. Khurana Mr. C.P. Dahra, Mr. J.S. Kalsi and flanked by have been kept for the
General Secretary                     Mr. Som Sapru on the left and Mr. K.M.S. Bhatnagar on the right.                exhibitors.
and Ms. Charitha Maduroshini, Executive Member.                         Mr. Diniesh Kulatunga said that there are no manufactures of
The visiting delegation                                                 graphic arts machines in Sri Lanka and it is an open market and a
of Sri Lanka Associa-                                                                                                 great lot of opportuni-
tion of Printers is                                                                                                   ties of business are
traveling to several                                                                                                  there for Indian manu-
metropolitan cities in                                                                                                facturers of graphic
India basically to pro-                                                                                               arts machines.
mote their upcoming                                                                                               Mr. Sanjeev Mohan,
exhibition Collate                                                                                                General Secretary of
2010 scheduled to be                                                                                              SLAP wondered if
held from 19th – 21st                                                                                             IPAMA can give mini-
February 2010 in                                                                                                  mum guarantee of the
Colombo, Sri Lanka.                                                                                               space required by
While distributing              From the left Mr. Satish Bajwa, Mr. K.S. Khurana, Mr. Dinesh Kulatunga and        IPAMA members. Mr.
                                               Mr. Sanjeev Mohan in an animated discussion.
their well produced                                                                                               Khurana responded
and designed Brochure of their exhibition – Mr. Dinesh that let SLAP send us all the details about Collate 2010 exhibi-
Kulatunga, President SLAP said that he expects very large partici- tion besides what facilities will be given to IPAMA delegation.
pation in this sea-locked country – since there is absolute peace The meeting concluded with an assurance to SLAP delegation
now in Sri Lanka and his country is free from all uncertainties and t h a t o n c e
problems which they were experiencing for the last 30 years. Ms. I P A M A g e t s
Dharani Karunarathne said that she believes that there would be details etc. it will
a superior response from Indian Graphic.                                 be immediately
Arts machine manufacturers for the participation in Collate             circulated to its
2010. Mr. K.S. Khurana, General Secretary IPAMA responded               members. At
that he is certain that IPAMA members' participation as exhibi-         this point Mr.
tors would be much more than compared to 2003 participation             K.S. Khurana
as there is continuous whiff of peace in the Sri Lanka's breeze. The    gave away token
other members of IPAMA were curious to know about SLAP's                gifts to Sri Lanka
previous exhibitions – as to how many machine manufacturers             Association of
exhibited their products and how much discount was offered at                                 On the right Mr. Sanjeev Mohan, Ms. Dharani
                                                                        Printers (SLAP)
                                                                                              Karmarathane and Ms. Charitha Maduroshini
that time, what will be the quantum of discount etc. for the            delegation mem-         with their gifts which they received from
upcoming exhibition.                                                    bers.                       Mr. K.S. Khurana (at their back).

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                                                               A Brief Report
                            Doing Business in India 2009
         Editor's Note: A meeting organized by CII on June 30, 2009 was attended by Mr. N.S. Manku, Vice President, IPAMA and
                   Mr. Som Sapru, CEO, IPAMA—and here they bring a brief report on the deliberations of the meeting.

     (On the right) Mr. Ajay Shankar, Secretary, DIPP Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Govt. of India delivering the Key Note Address (Left to Right)
        Mr. C. Banerjee, Director General CII, Ms. Penelope Brook, Acting Vice-President, Financial and Private Sector Development, World Bank,
        Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Chief Secretary Government of Delhi and Mr. Simon Bell, Sector Manager, Financial and Private Sector Development,
                               World Bank. (On the left) Ms. Penelope Brook presenting the theme indicators of the Report.

Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Department of                     medium size business.
Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) jointly with the World Bank              2. Ranking of cities on the regulatory ease of doing business.
and the International Finance Corporation organized a meeting
                                                                              3. It identifies local best practices.
for a presentation of the new report “Doing Business in India
2009” on June 30 2009.                                                        4. Highlights the most popular reforms and reform potential.
Mr. Ajay Shankar, Secretary Department of Industrial Policy &                 The parameters on the basis of which the report was prepared
Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry delivered a key                    include dealing with construction permits, registering property,
note address and mentioned how the teams of World Bank have                   paying taxes, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and the
done a most professional job of surveying 17 cities in India and              case of closing a business – all essentials to start a business or any
have interviewed all the people involved in these cities doing                manufacturing activities.
business and what kind of difficulties they go through in dealing             This report also highlights that the cities most conclusive to
through set regulations to get various sanctions or avail certain             business, where a unit can be started in the shortest possible time
concessions from the government agencies.                                     (in 30 days), are Mumbai and Noida. In terms of cost, it is least
Mr. Ajay Shankar further commended Ms. Penelope Brook,                        expensive to begin in Patna.
Acting Vice President, Financial and Private Sector Development               The report will prove an important guide for first time
of World Bank for her exhaustive report on the subject. In                    entrepreneurs and will definitely prove an essential indicator for
nutshell Ms. Penelope' report highlights following points.                    providing the guidelines as to how to start a business and go
                                                                              about seeking certain absolute essential authorizations and
1.     It is easier to start and operate a business in India now than it
                                                                              permission from various government agencies although it may
       was three years ago.
                                                                              vary state to state domestically and even on the global level it will
2.     Of 17 cities, 14 reformed in at least one of the 7 areas               vary country to country.
       measured by the report.
                                                                              The other key speakers in the meeting were Mr. Simon Bell,
3.     Doing business is easiest in Ludhiana, Hyderabad and                   Sector Manager, South Asia Financial and Private Sector
       Bhubaneshwer.                                                          Development of World Bank and Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Chief
4.     If a city in India were to adopt the best local practices, it          Secretary of Delhi State Government – both these speakers
       would rank 67th out of 181 economies, 55 places better than            pointed out that starting a business or closing a business in India
       India's global ranking.                                                are both full of rig-maroles but in the last couple of years some
                                                                              states have either adopted model regulations or made certain
Mr. Ajay Shankar further remarked that regulatory reforms give                amendments in their applications. It was pointed out that Orisa
business more opportunity to grow and create jobs which is a                  state has proved to be very good to start a new business and
mirror of the growth of any economy. He further stressed that                 export and Hyderabad in Andhra State has made closure of
“the timing of the report is just right because India is ready to take        business very easy and simple.
on any super power.”
                                                                              The meeting concluded with a question answer session – which
Ms. Penelope in her presentation highlighted certain focal points             was handled by Ms. Penelope and her team members besides
of the report which were definitely very informative and the                  some remarks by Mr. Ajay Shankar Secretary Ministry of
theme indicators were:                                                        Commerce & Industry, Department of Industrial Policy &
1. Measures regulations and red-tape affecting local small and                Promotion.

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                               IPAMA NEWS
IFRA India 2009                                                           During the year 2008-2009 advances to MSME Sector increased
                                                                          to Rs. 93,808 crores as on 31/03/2009 from Rs. 74,324 crores as
Under the theme 'Creating Value in Challenging Times', there will         on 31/03/2008 registering a growth of 26.21%, while deposits of
be a CEO Conference for senior decision-makers and a                      SME increased by Rs. 53,042 crores during the year 2008-2009.
Production Conference focusing on cost reductions, revenue
generation and innovation. In addition, there will be specialised         Keeping in view the current downturn in the economy two new
learning workshops on circulation, advertising, cost control in           schemes namely “SME CARE” and “SME HELP” were launched
printing plants, mobile publishing and monetising online                  recently to meet the urgent fund requirements of SME units.
readership.                                                               Under these schemes finance is being sanctioned on liberalized
                                                                          terms including lower margins, moratorium period of six months
The conference and learning workshops will be held together               and concessional rate of interest 8% p.a.
with IFRA Expo India, which in its second edition has become the
second largest newspaper trade show in the world after the IFRA           To boost collateral free lending, the State Banks of India is
Expo in Europe.                                                           offering concessional rates of interest effective from 1st May 2009.
                                                                          Loans upto 5 lakhs are being offered at 8% rate of interest and
Chennai will also host the 8th IFRA Asia Media Awards Gala                loans above Rs. 5 lakhs and upto 25 lakhs are being offered at 10%
Dinner on 24 September. The awards ceremony at the gala                   rate of interest. These concessions are being offered to new SME
dinner honours the best among newspapers and magazines in                 clients and are offered for a period of two years. Banks have
colour printing, design, information graphics, photography,               simplified the “Traders Easy Loan” to become sort of Traders
special supplements, online publishing and use of cross-media for         Banks.
editorial and advertising offerings.
                                                                          India the second largest
New Foreign Trade Policy (2009-14) being
                                                                          Newspaper market
                                                                          Growing literacy and new technology have resulted in India
The Government has started the process of finalizing Foreign              emerging as the second-largest newspaper market in the world
Trade Policy for the next five years and it is hoping to finalize it in   according to recent survey conducted by World Association of
the month of July 2009.                                                   Newspapers (WAN). The new figures show that four largest
In a communiqué to FISME, the Directorate General of Foreign              markets for newspapers are: China with 107 million copies sold
Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has sought                      daily; India with 99 million copies sold daily; Japan with 68 million
participation of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the           copies sold daily and the U.S. with nearly 51 million copies sold
drafting of the Policy, so that their concerns could be addressed         everyday. Indian newspaper sales increased 11.2% in 2007 and
as well.                                                                  35.51% in the five year period. Newspaper advertising revenues
Such recommendations received from the SMEs would facilitate              in India were up by 68% over the previous five years. Seventy-four
DGFT in taking up the issues that are effecting and leaving               of the world's 100 best selling daily newspapers are published in
unattended the sector with the Department of Revenue and                  Asia. India, China, Japan account for 62 out of these. The survey
other concerned administrative Ministries.                                pointed out that newspapers are facing hard times, but circulation
                                                                          world-wide has increased by 2.57% in 2007, taking global daily
Foreign Trade policy to be aligned with GST                               sales to a new high of over 532 million copies.
The new foreign trade policy which is being prepared by the               MANUGRAPH Holds
Ministry of Commerce will be aligned with the Goods and                   Newspaper Seminar on Web & Pre-press
Services Tax (GST) only after implementation of the indirect tax
mechanism.                                                                Newspaper seminar on Web & Prepress alongwith an Open
                                                                          House was held at Jakarta Indonesia on 6th May was a ground
The new policy is likely to be announced by the government by
                                                                          success. The seminar had around 90 participants from 33
mid of the year 2009, while the GST is likely to be implemented
                                                                          Newspapers in Indonesia which includes all leading dailies, and
from April 1, 2010.
                                                                          book printers. Mr. Kullwitz, Managing Director, Man Ferrostal,
The new export policy will be specifying how the current benefits         Manugraph's business partner in Indonesia welcomed the
given to exporters are matched with the proposed GST rates.               participants. The company profile and product presentation of
                                         --Courtesy Business Standard     Manugraph's products: Cityline Express, Hiline Express &
                                                                          Frontline, both coldset and with UV / Heatset, – received an
A Real Engine of Growth – SME                                             appreciative and positive response from the visitors and
                                                                          participants. The Seminar was followed by a proactive Question -
The banks play a lead role in the growth of industry and
                                                                          Answer session.
infrastructure of any nation. State Bank of India has been playing a
vital role in the development of Small Scale industries since 1956.       Seeing is believing! The seminar appropriately concluded with a
To service the specific credit needs of small and medium                  trip to witness the live-demonstration of Cityline Express at
enterprise (SME). State Bank of India established the Small &             Republica and Hiline at Bisnis Indonesia. With machines running
Medium Enterprise Business Unit in 2004.                                  flawlessly at full speed, the demonstration was a valuable session

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for the visitors which got converted to serious enquiries from the    worked with PLA material. Many of the original patents in the
customers. The Directors of both presses were only too pleased        area of corn based plastic are from Battelle staff. Some of the
to provide full details and took pains to answer pointed, specific    patents date back to the early 1990s, when members of Battelle's
questions.                                                            Advanced Materials group conducted some of the ground
                                                                      breaking research in the area.
Scientists to develop corn-based bioplastic
products                                                              Fortec Binding Systems
Editors Note: Packaging is a key application for                      Fortec Binding Systems a Coimbatore based post-press
developments sought by scientists who are trying to develop           machinery manufacturing firm has installed 15 units since the
bioplastic which is corn-based and so bio-degradable – a              conclusion of Printpack India 2009 in the month of January 2009.
relief for environmentalists.                                         Fortec Binding Systems manufacture semi-automatic machines
                                                                      which also includes Fortec 600 and 800 for case making.
Some call it corn. Others say maize. It originally came from
Mesoamerica (now Mexico) and is now the most widely grown             Fortec is planning to launch B2B for board to board pasting and
crop in the Americas and rest of the globe. At Battelle, South        JF450 for joint forming (two side turning-in, board cutting
Michngam, USA it's being converted into plastic by a team of          machine). Fortec has installed their machines in Hyderabad,
innovative materials scientists.                                      Kolhapur, Trivandrum, Vijaywada in all these places units are
                                                                      used for different products – at some places for books, Bibles, File
For the past 18 months, Battelle research scientists Corey            folders, Law books etc.
Linden, Byron Tolbert, Jeff Boyce, and their colleagues have been
acting as pragmatic problem solvers, searching for the clues          Mr. Rohan Kumar, Senior Executive of Fortec has to say that “We
needed to improve bio-based replacements for petroleum-based          ensure that our machines are tested under various quality
plastics. “We're not getting any more oil and that's what most        parameters for the delivery of zero defect products.”
plastics are made from,” Linden says.                                 The secret behind their success is that the machinnes they
The idea of turning corn into plastic is nothing new — people         manufacture are simple to install and easy to operator – and this
have been doing it for years. But in some cases, end consumers        has achieved them to get byers from most of the neighbouring
were unimpressed with the properties and costs of what “green”        contries including West Africa besides number of domestic
products were on the market. A team from Battelle's Advanced          installations.
Materials Group realized that for a corn based bio-plastic
                                                                      TechNova's PressCare Solutions
product to be competitive in packaging materials, it must cost the
same or less than its oil-based counterparts — a significant          Today, the coldset printing sector, in particular, is seen as a leader
element when replacing older products with newer, bio-based           in this revolution and the number and specification of new
ones.                                                                 presses is growing almost daily. The new breed of presses now
                                                                      being installed are expensive and sophisticated in terms of their
In addition, the bio-plastic must demonstrate improved heat
                                                                      design, engineering tolerances and operating parameters. Hence
resistance and flexibility while remaining transparent. “Repeated
                                                                      it is more important than ever before to ensure the chemistry
inquiries from our customers drove us to invest our own money
                                                                      being used on these presses is not only effective and safe for the
to investigate some of the problem areas,” Linden says. The
                                                                      user and the environment, but also minimizes the risk of press
Research Scientist says his team chose to work with polylactic
                                                                      components being damaged or their characteristics altered
acid (PLA) polymer, a commercially available material created
                                                                      during use.
from bacteria fermentation of corn.
                                                                      TechNova has tackled these issues on two fronts. Firstly, by the
The research team worked to improve both the material
                                                                      introduction of PressCare, a range of products designed for the
performance and cost as well as to ensure it maintained
                                                                      safe cleaning of press components. Secondly, it has developed
biodegradability. “That's the other side of the coin,” says an
                                                                      founts and cleaners that are low corrosion formulations in line
expert of the team.
                                                                      with specifications laid down by the internationally reputed
The Battelle research team developed a quick test for                 FOGRA in Germany.
biodegradability by analyzing commercial composting processes
                                                                      TechNova's CylKleen is specifically designed for cleaning plate
and scaling them down to pilot scale reactor size, eliminating the
                                                                      and blanket cylinders and bearers. It removes the matrix of dried
need to do formal, expensive standards testing. “Over time, we
                                                                      ink, lint and salts that can build up - and also deposits a layer of
got all the elements balanced,” Linden says. Their findings were
                                                                      corrosion inhibiting chemistry on the cylinder surface. This
presented at a conference in Florida, USA.
                                                                      deposit reduces the speed of corrosion caused by contact with
Now, with a test method in hand and extensive research in the         electrolytes to a negligible level.
area, the team at Battelle is looking forward to receiving specific
                                                                      TechNova Fount System Cleaner is a maintenance product,
feedback from users of the corn plastic. “We've filled some of the
                                                                      which cleans the internal pipework of the dampening system. It
technical gap that we identified,” he says. “Now we need more
                                                                      reduces the rate of reproduction and removes the build up of
gaps to fill.”
                                                                      bacterial slimes and fungal spores that can lead to blockages and
Interestingly, this is not the first time Battelle scientists have    microbiological infections in the system.

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