Book Printer of the Year (Academic and Trade) 2016: SFA Print

Sivakasi-based SFA Print wins the prism for the second year in a row. Last year, the company won its maiden PrintWeek India Awards in the same category for recreating a series of rare edition of books originally published in 1867. This year, the company has created something impressively similar.

04 Nov 2016 | By PrintWeek India

The Holy Quran is an exact replica of an old text, which was scanned and reproduced to keep its antiquity intact. Each page was individually scanned and cleaned to remove dust and scan evidence. It was then printed on 40 gsm ITC Quran paper on the Komori LP 40. The challenge was to restore an old book to its original glory and it was achieved brilliantly.

The Bible was printed and bound with gild edging and spine embossing with a natural shade maplitho paper. The Nitnem Gutka Sahib and Devia Deshna are tiny prayer books inside a slipcase. The company said it was a challenge to print a book of this size with all the qualities intact. The pages were printed on multiple ups with 60 gsm ITC Hi-brite was bound manually. The case was also made manually using imported plasticised covering material.

SFA Print is one of the top book printers of Sivakasi. Located on a nine-acre plot, surrounded by peacocks and rare flora, the unit is housed in a 37,000-sq/ft build-up area. The SFA Print team, comprising 250 people, is equipped with Heidelberg Surprasetter A105, Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102P, Mitsubishi Diamond LS 1000, KBA Planeta V45, Komori LP37, Komori LP40, and a raft of pre-press and finishing kit.

SFA Print (Sivakasi)
Tel: +91 8220633111 |


Burda Druck
International Print-o-Pac
Jak Printers
Manipal Technologies
Parksons Graphics
Replika Press
Repro India
SFA Print
Tholasi Prints
Thomson Press