Malayala Manorama opts for QuadTech print quality solutions

QuadTech today announced that Indian publishing house Malayala Manorama, one of the leading media groups in India, has purchased a suite of QuadTech print quality control solutions which includes the Icon Integrated Platform, Register Guidance with MultiCam and Ribbon Control with MultiCam.

08 Feb 2017 | By Priya Raju

By the end of 2017, the phased installation will deploy QuadTech automation on 42 towers on 11 presses, across 7 different locations. With installation already completed at the company’s headquarters in Kottayam, Kerala, the QuadTech solutions are expected to significantly reduce makeready times, minimize errors and reduce waste.

P K Philip, vice president of works, Malayala Manorama, said, “At Malayala Manorama, we are known for our emphasis on quality and recognised for delivering superior publications. It is vital that we continue to implement systems that safeguard our reputation and guarantee high quality print, while also ensuring our operations are as productive as possible.”

He added, “With QuadTech’s integrated control systems, we can maintain the level of print quality our customers expect, improve reliability and reduce waste. In addition, QuadTech’s excellent support team is already implementing a smooth installation process.”

In addition to the Malayala Manorama newspaper, the company also produces national and international magazines such as The Week, Vanitha, Year Books, National Geographic Kids, Smart Life, Watchtime India, Living, etc plus television channels. Malayala Manorama today has 11 solely-owned print locations and eight outsourced print locations in India and abroad.

Vinodhkumar Balakrishnan, area sales manager for South East Asia and Korea, QuadTech, said, “Malayala Manorama is one of the most highly regarded newspaper printers in India, so it’s a great endorsement for our technology that they are installing QuadTech systems across the territory.”

The QuadTech Icon platform is a single, central station that can integrate with existing software and is designed for optimal efficiency. The Register Guidance with MultiCam is a closed-loop colour-to-colour register control system designed to integrate with other QuadTech products, including the Ribbon Control system on the Icon platform. The Ribbon Control with MultiCam is designed to minimise waste by making automatic angle-bar adjustments during startup – before ink even becomes visible.

“Waste management and automated color control is an important factor in the newspaper industry’s efficiency and cost considerations. As such, the QuadTech Icon platform provides a fully-integrated quality control system that delivers valuable competitive and profit driving benefits, as well as being a fully flexible platform that can accommodate future product upgrades and enhancements,” added Balakrishnan.