Monotech and Pressline in a JV to develop a new inkjet press

Monotech Systems and Pressline have agreed to jointly develop, produce and market a high-speed digital inkjet press, which the companies said, will cater to the newspaper, transactional and book printing markets worldwide.

18 Dec 2017 | By Noel D'Cunha

Monotech under the brand JetSci, an industrial inkjet printing system, has over 100 installations globally, while Pressline, a 27 year old company manufactures web offset printing machines and has over 750 installations worldwide.

The JV deal was signed at Pamex today. The products and solutions will be offered under the brand Pressline-JetSci.

Speaking to PrintWeek India, Gurvinder Singh Wadhwa, director for sales and marketing at Monotech, said, “Monotech will offer its inkjet expertise to develop an inkjet systems which will be retrofitted on the Pressline presses. It will be an ideal solution for short-run printing, transaction printing, and various other applications.”

He added, “The runs are getting shorter and shorter, and the book publishers need a solution that will meet that is cost effective, manufactured in India, supported by the Indian company, at a cost-effective price.”

The inkjet system will run at a maximum speed of 300 meters per minute.

Monotech sees a market of about 30 to 35 units in the Indian market.

TP Jain, managing director of Monotech, said, “The JetSci industrial inkjet products have been accepted well in the market globally. We shall like to use our expertise to provide custom-made industrial inkjet solution for multifarious requirements and applications into building products to expand our market presence. We have tied up with GM, Denmark to offer digital label press and the current alliance with Pressline will enable us to offer digital inkjet press for publishing and transaction market.

Satish Bajwa, chairman and managing director at Pressline, said that the applicability of variable data on the web offset machines will change trends of the industry. “Piling of large stock of books, toiling with huge inventories will no more be a necessity. In the current scenario where customisation and variable data is essential ingredient of today’s education system, this partnership will play a vital role.