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Trelleborg plans to capitalise on global leadership in India

04 January 2017

Maniraju Bora, sales & technical director of SW Asia for Trelleborg Coated Systems is passionate about offset printing blankets. He explains to the PrintWeek India team about the importance of selecting the right blanket in order to tackle wastage and downtime in the pressroom.

maniraju-bora-trelleborg Maniraju Bora, sales and technical director, South West Asia region, Trelleborg

Headquartered in Italy, the Trelleborg group with annual sales of USD 3-billion and employing 16,500 people in over 40 countries worldwide, has three blanket verticals: Vulcan, Rollin and Printec. The press consumables manufacturer has eight manufacturing sites for offset blankets in Europe, Asia, North and South America and a team strength of 720.

Trelleborg’s printing solutions is a global market leader in the printing industry and plan to extend their focus and presence in India. They have recently reinforced their local presence with the objective to provide a high level of support and India-focus products to accelerate the business in a sustainable way.

Maniraju Bora said "The Vulcan, Rollin and Printec brands are well established in the Indian printing industry and Trelleborg is amongst the leading offset blanket suppliers in every print segment. He added, "The manufacturer has long recognised the need to develop blankets for India by working with machinery OEMs and other consumable  manufacturers. This is why Trelleborg has an unrivalled range of solutions, meeting the demands of Indian printers in the commercial, packaging and newspaper segments, plus specialist segments such as currency printing, two-piece can printing, plastic pot printing and metal decorating applications.

He added, "The R&D team in Italy is working to improve the blanket's effectiveness". He added, “The highly engineered compressible layer gives even lay at the nip by maintaining printing pressure load over millions of impressions. The print surface compound has been designed with improved abrasion and chemical resistance to automatic or manual blanket washing systems," said Bora. "In addition, all blankets manufactured from Italy are of the new technology, the recently introduced solvent-less roller-head line. 

The metal-back blanket, used for both conventional and UV inks, features a very special compressible layer and new top compound, which is more hydrophilic and has more cyclic times. This product line is developed specially for  Indian newspapers that operate coldest presses and sometimes UV.  Bora said that the compressible layer in the new version of MBB blanket is a very special feature which helps to provide a good print mileage and a very quick rebound. 

He concluded, "New presses have been designed to run at very high speeds and as such, they require blankets with very quick rebound-ability and which are able to maintain good print quality for longer periods of time."

Trelleborg at a glance

Trelleborg’s printing solutions operations, part of Trelleborg Coated Systems, offers solutions for the printing industry with worldwide recognised brands, such as Vulcan, Rollin, Printec and Axcyl. 

The Trelleborg Group comprises Trelleborg Coated Systems and Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions,Trelleborg Wheel Systems and the operations of Rubena and Savatech.

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