Manugraph announces partnership with Japanese company for new 4x1 press

The highlight of Wan-Ifra 2019 conference, which took place at The Leela Ambience, Gurugram, on 18 and 19 September, was the announcement that Mumbai-based Manugraph, India’s largest manufacturer of web offset presses, made in the sidelines.

20 Sep 2019 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

(l-r) Sanjay Shah, vice-chairman and managing director, Manugraph and Shota Namita, president, Seiken Graphics

The company has tied-up with Japan-based Seiken Graphics to manufacture a ‘highly advanced’ double width, single circumference press at Manugraph’s facility in Kolhapur.

“The new double width press will be manufactured under a technical collaboration between Manugraph and Seiken. It will have a single circumference for both plate and blanket cylinders, as well as a host of highly improved features, together with the latest and most advanced technology on offer, from both the companies,” Sanjay Shah, vice-chairman and managing director, Manugraph, said.

The press will run at a speed of 75,000-cph, providing great versatility for customers with higher print runs.

Offering Japanese technology at Manugraph’s existing 4x1 press price level, it also comes with plenty of other benefits, like a reduction in the cost of consumables, which is, in itself a win-win for Indian consumers.

Additionally, customers do not require to import 4x1 technology, as the new collaboration will provide great cost effectiveness, by way of an immense saving on foreign exchange, no expense on duty or shipping, easily available spare parts, and prompt and faster after-sales service.

Seiken Graphics has earned the industry's trust with installations of their presses in Japan and around the world.

“We have a manufacturing philosophy that promotes consistency and high quality. Combined with Manugraph’s continuous innovation and advanced technology, we hope to make a great impact in the Indian market,” Shota Namita, president, Seiken Graphics, said.

Moreover, the Manugraph-Seiken collaboration has come at the right time when India has the largest circulation of newspapers in the world and is still growing, and is expected to see a major demand, in the double-width newspaper segment.