Big ideas and relevant trends at Pamex

PrintWeek India profiles 32 exhibitors and finds out what is hot at the four-day show in Delhi.

28 Nov 2013 | By PrintWeek India

Abhikruti Digisoft
Abhikruti Digisoft, the Vijaywada-based firm will be present at the show with its range of design templates. At the show, the firm will launch its latest design templates. The firm has been exhibiting at Pamex regularly. Vijay Sarthi, at the firm says, “We are optimistic about the show. We expect to translate the footfalls at the stand into good business,” says Vijay Sarthi of the firm. 
Advanced Graphic Systems (AGS)
Mumbai-based Advanced Graphic Systems (AGS) has announced that it will enter the sample-making segment with a launch of the Aoke flatbed sample cutting machine. The product, according to AGS, is designed for packaging, digital and flatbed printing market. It’s a new tie-up that AGS has entered into with Aoke and are planning to launch a new generation machine which is called the Cut CNC. According to AGS, the machine is capable of cutting any kind of material like corrugated, flute board, coroplast, PVC, form board, gasket, sunboards, leather, offset blanket, grey card, cardboard, EPE, EVA or rubber and is available from sizes ranging from 900x600mm up to 2500x1600mm and can cut materials up to 15mm thickness. 
APL Machinery
APL Machinery’s focus at Pamex will be on UV and its new tie-up with Air Motion Systems (AMS) of USA. At the show, APL will be displaying the latest in UV – new technologies in interdecks and digital printing segments. According to APL, the company will formalise the AMS partnership. Air Motion Systems manufactures UV LED and ARC UV curing systems used in sheetfed offset, flexo and inkjet digital printing systems. AMS equipment will be on display at Pamex. 
APL Machinery is a manufacturer of UV coating curing systems, screen printing, post-press, PVC profile printing and non-woven bags machines, and Vegra is a manufacturer of dispersion coatings, fountain solutions, specific purpose coatings, cleaning and maintenance products and printing aids. Vegra APL Printing Solutions, a joint venture between APL and Germany’s Vegra, offers print finishing consumables to the Indian market.
“Today, with international retailing entering India, packaging for brand imaging has received a tremendous boost. The need for attractive packaging is leading to more and more printing with UV inks on metallic paper boards (metpet). 
Other important trend is digital printing replacing offset in publication and short-run jobs in A3 plus sizes,” said Paul. He added, “Given this trend in the Indian market, we chose to focus on UV.”
Associated Engineering Corporation 
Manufacturer of printing and packaging machines under the brand name, Sujata, Associated Engineering Corporation has been part of Pamex since 1995. Associated Engineering will exhibit a range of die-cutters, guillotine and allied printing and packaging machines at the show. This includes Sujata platen die-cutter cum hot foil SHF 35, Sujata programmable paper cutter SPG 95, HSCBR – E-flute corrugation machine, double side folder gluer, combined slitter and scorer, and other allied products. Vinay Kumar Gupta, CEO, Associated Engineering Corporation says, “This is the fifth time that we are participating at the show and we have high expectations from it.”
Atlas Industrial Corporation       
Atlas, dealers of Zhongtai Machines will be present at the show with the new model of Zhongtai fully automatic reflection embossing machine. The machine produces micro embossing, deep or raised embossing as well as holographic effects on logos and trademarks simultaneously from a single plate in one go. PD Mathur, managing director, Atlas Industrial Corporation, claims that these features ensure greater security of the print design. The machine is available in two sizes: 920x650mm and 1040x740mm and in different models and configurations depending upon the requirements of the customer.
Autoprint is all set to strengthen its market share with the launch of the Knight NX non-woven bag printer. What is unique about Autoprint Knight NX is that it is one of the few branded machines in the market which can print on paper as well as non-woven bag with minor setting adjustments alone. B VijayKumar, senior officer – marketing support, Autoprint says, “Autoprint as an equipment manufacturer has been consistently interacting with the end customer. We have built machines that are highly suited for developing nations. The uniqueness of a product built for developing nations need to be cost-effective and automated only to a limited extent.” Also on display will be Dion 450 four-colour offset, Fine coat 65 UV coating machine, Repetto 65 V2 die-punching and creasing machine and the VDP 65 variable data printing machine.
Bobst India
Bobst India will not be showcasing any machine, but will be promoting its post-press equipment through catalogues. At the previous Pamex, Bobst, which also represents Heiber+Schroeder from Germany showcased H+S’s window patching-cum-liner machine and for the first time in India, demonstrated the WPS 1100 running lined cartons. In one of the recent Bobst installation, Delhi-based Apple Print Pack has invested in a Bobst autoplaten diecutter SP102E, Visionfold folder gluer 110A2 and Heiber+Schroder WPS 1100 liner machine.
Capital Graphic Supplies
Capital Graphic Supplies (CGS) with AS Print Aids will be displaying a range of products of the international companies it represents. These companies are Cito, Ecosystem Contruzioni, Tresu, Diciesse diemaking, Martin-Miller, Drohmann, Print Guard, Sei, Serviform, Perivo, Nor-Graphic, Hunkeler, Buhrs, W+D Direct Marketing Solutions, Kirk-Rudy, B&R Moll, Folien Fischer. Among CGS’ prinicipals, Andrea Falaschi, worldwide sales director Diciesse Diemaking from Italy will be available on the CGS stand. 
Easeprint Solutions
MIS developer, Easeprint Solutions will showcase its offset printing estimation and management information solution. It was launched in January 2009, and can be customised. Easeprint has recently developed its first online module supported with cloud server based technology. The company is also working on developing an offset printing estimation module for Android phones. Sanjay Handa of Easeprint Solutions says, “By early 2014 we will launch an unique floor management tool with features which will assist printers in accessing details of the jobs, record keeping of production by operators, and provide information about total output versus quantity required to analyse actual costing of job, etc.”
At Pamex, Esko plans to create a strong position for its packaging pre-press machines as well as sample making through a combination of our software and hardware solutions. “We hope to address the complete spectrum of printers especially the offset industry as well as the printers in the commercial printing space who have plans to move into packaging as well as other packaging converters who are looking at a diversified packaging printing,” says Niranjan Delavictorie, general manager – South Asia, Esko. “Our star product for the show will be Automation Engine and ArtiosCad.  The target market for ArtiosCad are those printing companies which are entering the packaging printing segment and AE is positioned at those packaging printers who want to optimise and automate their existing pre-press, which will eliminate  errors and increase productivity,” he adds. 
Gayathri Machines
The Chennai-based manufacturer will launch a 4-in-1 machine that will print, number, perforate and collate sheets at Pamex this year. In addition, it will also introduce some more European companies like Hang, Leibinger, Nagel, Skrebba, and Rilecart specialised in post-press applications to the Indian market. Uday Grover of Gayathri Machines says, “The star product at our stand would be the multi-head stitching machine from Hohner, Germany. The 4-in-1 machine is useful for printing invoice books, receipt books, estimate books, duplicate books, courier challans, lorry receipts, etc. The machine eliminates the requirement of a large labour force and can help large printers capture a market that was left to the unorganised and fragmented players.”
Grafica Flextronica
Nano screen printing kit and DMI samples will adorn Grafica stand. Vasai-based Grafica Flextronica has announced that Nano print, Nano-print plus screen printing machines, Nano-UV, Nano screen maker 5-in-1 and DMI samples will be showcased at Pamex 2013.
Grafica manufactures and exports flatbed automatic and semiautomatic screen printing machines, complete screen making set up, and curing/drying equipment for wide range of applications under three major segments of screen printing – direct-to-garment/textile, industrial, commercial, and graphics.
“The Nano screen printing kit is the most sought after equipment in India,” says Bhargav Mistry, managing director of Grafica. “These machines and the live demonstrations have always been our special attraction at the show. It’s a regular, when we participate in any show. With the DMI sample gallery, it’s a spot awareness initiative and value addition drive, which draws large number of visitors to our stall.”
Heidelberg India
Contrary to its showing during the previous edition of Pamex, Heidelberg has decided to focus on its consumable production and spare parts line. There will be no equipment on display. During the last Pamex though, Heidelberg India held centrestage with a raft of products, which included the Heidelberg Suprasetter A 75,  Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74- 5+ L offset press, Polar 115 XC Plus and Heidelberg KHC 78  folder, reiterating Heidelberg’s claim of being the only manufacturer in the world, which can offer a one-stop solution. 
Hi-tech Systems
Experience the magic of automation is Hi-Tech Systems’ theme for Pamex 2013. Parag Shah, managing director of Mumbai-based Hi-Tech Systems, says, digital and packaging are growing, digital printers are adding commercial offset equipment and where investment in new technology, automation and manpower training, are trends which have driven his company’s theme for Pamex 2013. Hi-Tech will be showcasing solutions for digital book making; personalising photo album and other marketing collaterals; the power of shunya (bring down your waste to zero); and automation to increase productivity and profitability.
Insight Communication and Print Solutions India
Insight, which was earlier planning to showcase Komori presses at the show, has now decided to go with a catalogue show. However, Komori LA 37 640x940mm press will be the highlight of its stand. “Komori LA37 was first launched in Drupa 2012. Since then, we have installed five machines in India. Aimed at the semi commercial market, globally, Komori has installed a total of nine presses including the numbers from India in less than a year and a quarter. It addresses 90 to 95% of the papers sizes manufactured by the Indian paper mills. This machine is capable of printing on almost all the substrates using different configurations; including papers ranging from 0.04 to 0.6mm,” says Sangam Khanna, director, Insight Communication and Print Solutions India. 
Kodak India
Kodak India has the responsibility of printing the PamexDaily, published by PrintWeek India in association with AIFMP and Tafcon. The manufacturing giant will be present at Pamex 2013 with its entire range of commercial, digital, packaging and publishing solutions. “Today, the industry has started accepting digital technology as a complimentary solution to conventional printing. There is acceptance of digitally printed books by the publishers both in terms of the quality and the cost,” said Ramanai Viswanathan, vice president for sales, digital printing solutions, commercial imaging at Kodak India. At the show, Kodak will display the Kodak Trendsetter Platesetter along with workflow solutions for commercial and packaging printers, which will include Kodak Prinergy Connect, Prinergy Powerpack and Insite Prepress Portal.
KBA (Indo Polygraph)
The Indian representative of KBA sheetfed presses and MBO, New Delhi-based Indo Polygraph will focus on packaging with thrust on shorter makereadies and reduction in wastages. According to Aditya Surana, the Indian market place is unique, since there exists a vast difference between the best and the better. “On one side technology arrives as soon as it is launched globally and on other side there exists several buyers for technology which was prevalent in 80s and 90s,” Surana adds.
At the show, Indo Polygraph will demonstrate KBA Rapida 75 four-colour press and MBO’s M-80, which is the first modular folding machine. Surana says, “With Rapida 75 in action at Pamex, we intend to demonstrate KBA’s supremacy in smaller format. We expect much bigger and longer foot-falls in this edition than the earlier ones.”
Line O Matic
Line-o-Matic will hold a video presentation and catalogue show at Pamex 2013. The company will have poster display of its exercise book binding machine (Uno B104) and automatic book production line for central sewn books (Compo RB104), both recently inducted to their product line. Mukesh Sonani, marketing manager for the company says, “We will be looking forward to see all prospective as well as our existing customers from India and abroad. Pamex being one of the leading exhibitions for printing and allied machinery, it is important to be with the industry. It also helps us in maintaining our industry relations with customers and business partners.” He also stressed that the star product for the company would be fully automatic exercise book machine with upgraded features (Nova RB104).
Macart Equipment
A first-time exhibitor at Pamex, Macart Equipment has annouced the launch of a range of inkjet printers for the packaging industry. “Print houses in India, today, are updating their equipment to new digital technologies. Even further, within the digital technology, inkjet is gaining more popularity each day,” said Atul Gandhi, director at Macart Equipment. “Print firms now have to add new equipment, softwares and will also need to diversify into other printing areas to grow. Investment in technology is not optional.” With the inkjet printers in the packaging space, Gandhi looks forward to improve the way the technology is consumed. “Like the printers, equipment and raw material manufacturers also need to change some part of their production lines to accommodate this change.” 
Malhotra Graphics
Mumbai-based Malhotra Graphics will showcase Autobond’s offline 52 spot UV inkjet machine and Morgana’s Digibook PUR binder as the star products at its stand during the four-day Pamex show, which kicks off on 14 November, 2013. Malhotra Graphics, one of the leading distributors for pre-press, post-press, digital printing and finishing equipment, has recently been appointed Autobond’s Indian representative and at the show, it will showcase Autobond’s offline 52 SUV inkjet, which was unveiled at Drupa 2012. Available in a format of 520x740mm, Autobond 52 SUV can give a coat of up to 40microns, and depending on the thickness of the coat, a speed of up to 4,500sph. Morgana’s DigiBook PUR binder is available in offerings of 150, 300 and 450 cycles per hour depending on the requirement of throughput and budget. According to the company, both the Morgana technology and the PUR adhesive ensures durability and flexibility.
Memory Repro Systems
The Delhi-based Memory Repro Systems will be exhibiting at a small stall of 40 sq/m area with an aim to mark its presence with our star products. The managing director, Bal Krishan Khindaria, says, “We had recently participated in Print Pack India in an area of 175 sq/m showcasing new products. We finalised orders worth a crore and more than four crore business is in the pipeline.”
Monotech Systems
Monotech Systems is set to showcase its pre-press and digital equipment arsenal at the show. Monotech will feature equipment from its various principals; Konica Minolta, Scodix, basysPrint, Amsky, Xeikon, Nipson, ECRM, Canon ipf / Oce TDS, Matan, Pixeljet and Summa being some to name. According to T P Jain, who is at the helm of the Chennai-based firm, “Despite overall economic slowdown, digital printing continues to grow at a good pace. Digital printing has now expanded to commercial offset printing and has also forayed in the publishing segment.” He adds, “Considering the success we had last year at the show, our expectations are high for this year’s edition.”
With a 25 sq/meter stand, Newstech will only be promoting the DSC brand of chemicals. With a tagline of – good chemistry makes the printer smile, Newstech will show a range of chemicals, which according to the company, will lower it usage and reduce cost. Newstech says that DSC has been producing chemicals for over 40 years with a network of nine plants using slow evaporating, low volotile hydrocarbon-based washing and cleaning agents, Fountain solution concentrates, which makes it efficient. DSC chemicals are used in over 60 countries worldwide, claims Newstech.
Pratham Technologies
The Pune-based manufacturer of folding machines will have on display different types of models of folding machine useful to commercial printers and the packaging printers. It will also host live demonstrations of inspection systems on folding machine to inspect the papers form on both sides.
Precision Graphic Systems
Faridabad-based manufacturer of sheetfed offset presses, Precision Graphic Engineers will showcase its flagship Eagle press at the show. “The current focus of the company is export market,” said Yash Pal Taneja of Precision. Precision has supplied 27 machines in Baroda. Till date the company has exported 39 machines to countries such as Tehran, Sudan, Myanmar, etc. “And in this, we find two-colour and four-colour presses are more in demand.,” he added. Precision has several teams and local offices spread across these countries.
Printing and Graphic Machinery
Resellers of printing machines, Printing and Graphic Machinery expects to see more and more enquiries for quality bookbinding machines, and more recent models of printing presses with higher levels of automation in India.  However, Guy Churchil of Print and Graphic Machinery informs that at the show it will have a number of star products to offer; in particular, a 2007 complete Kolbus hardcover and soft cover book production line, and a 2007 KBA 142-2 colour perfector press for book printing, along with the latest models of Heidelberg printing machines.
“Our plans for Pamex are to increase awareness of our company and the quality of service that we can offer to the Indian market. We will have staff on the stand to discuss all machinery requirements whether it is for the bindery or the shopfloor.  We will also introduce a new, easy to use App to help our customers find the right machine quickly, and have an overview of availability in the market,” he says. 
Provin Technos
Provin Techno seas incepted in July 2012 and this is its first exhibition participation. “We have excellent product range to offer from Mitsubishi, Rotatek and MarQuipWardUnited. Our focus during Pamex will be to highlight the benefits which our customers can derive,” says Vinay Kaushal, director, Provin Technos. Pamex visitors will witness Provin exhibit three star products from its principles: Mitsubishi sheet fed offset press model Diamond V3000, Rotatek Brava 450 rotary and semi rotary web offset press and MarquipWardUnited Apollo Sheeter Econ.
Sahil Graphics
Faridabad-based Sahil Graphics will showcase its range of D-cut non-woven bag printing machines at Pamex. Sahil produces six types of non-woven D-cut bags printing machine. This includes models with single to four colour options, in addition to two colour satellite and double side single colour models. The machine models offer different speeds starting from 2000 to 8000 IPH (impressions per hour) depending on media type and machine configuration. Shafiq Ahmed, managing director, Sahil Graphics, “There is a huge demand for non-woven bag printing machines since many printers who earlier used to rely on screen printing are now increasingly adopting offset technology.”
Sheth Printograph
Sheth Printograph will launch Nano 2SM laminating machine with inline double side embossing machine especially for photographic digital prints. It also announced that it will offer metalised laminating machine with indigenously developed hot knife cutting system. The Nano 2SM kit which was launched at PrintPack India earlier this year is aimed at the packaging industry which, accordingly to Sheth Printograph, majorly uses metalised polyester films for cartons. “The hot knife sheet separator is an advance technology cutting mechanism for overlapped laminated sheets with polyester films at high speeds of 70m/min. The main function of the machine is to gauge the point of overlap for precise cutting. The inline machine is equipped with large drying drum with heaters for curing the film before lamination,” said Neeraj Sheth of Sheth Printograph.
The new Nano 2SM in addition to doing the back lamination, is also capable of inline embossing for desired designs/textures.  “The existing Nano 2S is already being used in the digital colour labs in India. With the feedback of our existing customer, we have developed the inline double-side embossing machine, which can achieve matt photographic paper effect as well as thermal lamination on both sides,” said Sheth.
UV Printers
The company will showcase pre-press version of 3D lenticular software from Human Eye addressing the offset+UV coater segment. According to UV Printers, the idea is to create file with the help of Human Eye and print on offset machines for faster production at minimal cost.
Vijaya Graphix
At the show, Vijaya Graphix will highlight its carton folder gluer, window patching machine and cache cover folder gluer. “Our carton folder gluer was introduced around 13 years back and our continued research and development has helped the machine gain good hold in the market. We recently developed a carton folder gluer for crash lock bottom cartons. This has changed the views in of several packaging convertors who earlier believed that Indian made lock bottom machines are not capable of producing good quality cartons,” says Vimal Jain of Vijaya Graphix. The machine is capable of producing 10,000 to 90,000 carton per hour depending upon size and type of carton.
Welbound will showcase solutions for adhesive binding which comprises of hotmelts, water-based and PUR and saddle stitching. Welbound first showed India’s first, high-speed PUR offline perfect binder, the WB3600-PUR 12-clamp binder during PrintPack India 2011.