PrintWeek India Awards 2018: Pragati Offset is the Book Printer of the Year (Specialty)

Making a hat-trick, the Hyderabad-based firms took home the trophy for the Book Printer of the Year (Specialty) during the 10th edition of the Awards held in Mumbai on 29 November 2018.

29 Nov 2018 | By PrintWeek India

Many Moons for Himatsingka Seide, with a run length of 400, is a book about textiles, comprising close up shots of fabrics. Thus, CTP output is 300dpi to capture the details and it’s printed on a Komori Lithorne G40. For binding, the customer wanted its own woven silk cloth with metal thread. Pragati had to experiment with multiple glues as metal thread doesn’t stick well to board. The job also involved laser-cutting on a page, plus die-cutting and foil on dust jacket. The book was printed on 160gsm Renoir for inner pages and specialty black paper for jacket and endpaper.

Anything but Ordinary for APJ Surendra Park Hotels, with a run length of 2,000, is printed on a Komori Lithrone G40 seven-colour with coater press. During pre-press, images for uncoated section are specially corrected for better results. The CMYK plus fluorescent pink 805C job features hardcase binding with two different paper type sections and a tracing paper sleeve. The cloth-covered case has intricate edge-to-edge debossing making the sample look anything but ordinary.

Hands of Clay for The Flagship Advertising, with a run length of 1,000, is printed on Komori Lithrone G40, Mitsubishi Diamond 3000, and Komori Lithrone G20, on different papers, such as Insize Modigliani, Natural Evolution, Renoir and Impressive Ivory Natural, plus Magic Colour Orange for endpaper and Geltex for PLC. Textured semi-coated paper is used for images, smooth for actual pottery shots and uncoated for process documentary. The book is hard case bound with sewn sections of different papers. Matte silver foiling and embossing has been done on multiple inner pages while the case has debossing with clear foil.     

Ketaki Sheth – Photo Studio for PhotoInk, with run length of 1,000 has CMYK printing on inner pages, plus special teal-blue and yellow for PLC and two blacks for negative-positive image on clear film (200 micron clear PET). Inner pages are on 130gsm Mont Blanc and PLC is Tyvek. The book is hardcase bound with three pasted-in, high gloss pictures (to evoke an album), printed on art paper with UV vanish, and a double gatefold. The images are printed at 250lpi.

The shortlisted companies in this category were

Archana Advertising

Manipal Technologies

SFA Print

Silverpoint Press

Thomson Press