7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graphic Reproduction Syndicate adds another 1st in their relationship with Mark Andy and FIG : A P7 Performance Series press

For some years now, Sivakasi based Graphic Reproduction Syndicate (GRS) has been playing a key role in producing self-adhesive labels in the Indian label industry. The strength of its market position is supported to a major extent by letter presses and Flexo technologies from Mark Andy. In fact not many know that the first machine ever sold by Flexo Image Graphics in South India was a Mark Andy Scout in the month of January 2002 to GRS. Yes GRS was FIG’s first client when they started operations in South by selling Mark Andy machines. Naturally, when GRS was planning to expand its capacity in flexographic operations, could GRS think of any other press to be added? The answer was an emphatic “No” by Mr. D. Karunakaran, Director of Graphic Reproduction Syndicate.

One of the newest additions to the GRS family is second Mark Andy Press from Flexo Image Graphics (FIG). However, this time GRS has gone in for the much talked about Performance Series P7 printing system, after their only Mark Andy Scout. The company’s fast-paced growth, along with its need to deliver high quality labels efficiently and consistently, led them to explore modern technology to meet their demands.

GRS that was toying with the idea of adding a new high end press and had already spent some time searching for the right press to help it gain an additional market hold in the flexographic printing sector. According to Mr. Karunakaran, a key criterion in comparing possible alternatives was that the total investment in a new press complete with cutting-edge technology should also be in tune with the other flexographic press that it has in their plant. The company had to consider its decision very carefully as this investment would add a new process to its overall portfolio of printing methods. For GRS, the new P7 came onto the market at just the right time.

The most technologically advanced offering in the newest line of Mark Andy presses, the P7 is the high-end, efficient solution for the most complex print applications. Multiple servos accommodate more functions at each print station and the independent web pacing allows enhanced web tension management over traditional flexo presses. Integral to the success of the machine is the simplicity of the print station design, guaranteeing consistency and accuracy, shift-to-shift and day-to-day. Additional advantages over traditional presses include short web paths and minimal ink usage requirements resulting in waste savings up to 50% and fast changeover times for increased productivity. Looking back, Mr. Karunakaran is pleased that they opted for the P7: “For GRS, this was definitely the right press at the right time. And GRS is also the pioneer and one of the first label printers in India to use the new machine concept of the P7 Performance Series press,” said Mr. Karunakaran.

The Mark Andy P7 performance press installed at GRS is a 13 inch 8 Color dual servo platform machine capable of high quality combination printing effects such as cold foil, rotary screen, chilled UV curing as well as converting options. Prior to investing in a new press, GRS was searching for a press that was already cutting-edge enough to ensure short make-ready times and low waste levels.

“It was necessary to invest in cutting-edge production capacities because business with new customers had to be met with shorter deadlines and declining profits. Although the applications involved in the orders could have been carried out using the existing equipment, the method of production would not have met economic needs. The new press not only boosts productivity and flexibility but has cut manufacturing times considerably. With shorter make ready times, we are now able to be much more flexible in responding to our customer’s short deadline requests,” explains Mr. Karunakaran.

Building on the unique print station design common to all Performance Series presses, the P7 is focused on productivity. Simple, repeatable settings and limited operator steps for job setup make the P7 one of the most operator-friendly presses on the market. The P7 eliminates several operator steps, drastically streamlining productivity and ensuring consistently high print quality. With the fastest make-ready times in the industry and extremely efficient waste savings, the P7 is perfect for the everyday converter looking to achieve servo-driven productivity and high quality levels, at an extremely appealing value.

Speaking about FIG’s special relationship with GRS, Mr. Gourav Roy, Managing Director - Flexo Image Graphics reminisces: “The relation of FIG, Mark Andy and GRS goes a long way - one that can be counted as the first of sorts. GRS, Mark Andy and FIG came together to purchase the first ever MA Scout when FIG launched its operations in South India. And now GRS is the first label printer on Indian shores to order for the Performance Series P7 press by Mark Andy.”

GRS started operations way back in 1970 as a full-service supplier of stationery, labels, stickers, tags and cartons. With a fleet of 10 letter presses and a MA Scout, the rapid growth at this print shop was soon checked by shortages in production capacity, prompting the decision to add a new, state-of-the-art press to meet the needs for future-focused label production. “The versatility of the press allows us to print and finish any configuration of labels and accepts a wide variety of substrates. The decision to purchase the P7 as a high end flexo press was unanimous by our team and we are happy that we are now fully equipped to produce high-quality pressure-sensitive labels as per our customers’ requirements - a value-added service to our already extensive set of label printing solutions,” stated Mr. Karunakaran.

“The progressive expansion of its technical equipment has made GRS one of the most cutting-edge flexographic print shops in the South. Producing all kinds of labels on paper, films, aluminum foils, as well as stickers and ice cream cone sleeves, GRS's product portfolio includes labels for product decoration, cartons and much more with Mark Andy presses continuing to be the cornerstone of the company's flexo operations,” says Mr. I.M Shelvam, CSD Director, FIG. “To get into new applications and business opportunities, look no further than the P7!” sums up Shelvam. 

Explore Sublimation’s Infinite Growth Opportunities at Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 show


Discover an inherent potential for new business development through a category that has evolved way beyond mugs and t-shirts at Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 show, during the theme showcase ‘Sublimation Beyond Imagination’.

In this competitive scenario, printers need to offer a wider range of services to retain and increase clients. This requires a basic understanding of what businesses need and how this can be provided. Today, most corporate’s and professionals are on a constant lookout for new branding ideas. To stand out among the crowd, they have to ensure that the branding is done on items that are customised or personalised. The best way to achieve this objective is through sublimation! From the business name or logo to specific messages in a variety of designs and colours, printed on a seemingly infinite number of gift items, the scope is vast.

Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 show will display all that is possible with sublimation through a dedicated theme showcase titled ‘Sublimation Beyond Imagination,’ which will cover 25-30 square metres of floor space. This has been initiated and will be designed by Varsha Transprint and Nyassa, leading names in developing transfers for garment industry. It will open up new avenues for brand managers and product and service providers who visit.

Jignesh Ruparelia, Founder & CEO, Varsha Transprint says “This theme showcase is truly going to live up to its name - Sublimation Beyond Imagination. This is going to be an eye opener to industry colleagues and also to those who are customers to printing industry. They will all witness that sublimation is possible and can be used very effectively on many substrates and for many applications. It can be done on substrate as soft as cloth to as hard as stones !” On a humorous note, he adds “Please excuse us for sublimation on air and water.”

Jignesh Ruparelia has confirmed the capability of sublimation on polymers, wood, metals, glass, MDFs, ceramics, leather, cotton, satin, jute, canvas, velvet, suede, rubber, EVA, polyester, satin, stones, etc. Yes, it is possible on anything that one can dream of.

Currently sublimation is being used on a large scale for the garments industry and this is one opportunity that can give them first-hand true insight on the possibilities of sublimation and explore on opening new opportunities for business growth and expansion. This dedicated theme pavilion at the Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 show will facilitate that in more ways than you could ever imagine. Don’t miss being there and getting a firsthand guidance of what it takes to make it great in the sublimation business.

The massive success of the last edition of PackPlus South with a footfall of 12,454 visitors is a challenge to emulate, let alone better


Strong growth in sectors like fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, liquor, and cosmetics has had a positive rub off on the packaging industry. Growth in consumer goods and organised retail mainly drives demand for packaging. For an investor, the packaging sector offers promising growth and high returns. With consumerism gaining strength, the industry is growing at a rate of 14-15% annually. PackPlus South aims to provide a global platform to the leaders of this most promising industry, who will present some of the latest innovations and developments from the industry.

With big names already signed up, the exhibition, scheduled from 6-9 July 2012 will feature around 300 exhibitors on the 10,500 sqm sprawling area of HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad.

Hilda Automation, a customary exhibitor at PackPlus, did a remarkable business at the 2011 edition of India Packaging Show. The company will be displaying a wide range of packaging machinery at its prominent stall under the Packaging Zone at PackPlus South.

Other leading companies exhibiting under the zone will include Domino Printech India (P) Ltd., KP Tech, Saurabh Flexipack Systems (P) Ltd., Superpack Packaging Machines (P) Ltd., Reynders Label Printing India (P) Ltd., Cyklop Packaging Systems India (P) Ltd., Bhavmark Systems (P) Ltd., AKR Plastic Industry, Hassia Packaging (P) Ltd., Ecobliss India (P) Ltd., AVP Papers, Maharshi Udyog, Markem-Imaje India (P) Ltd., Electronics Devices, Inpack Fabrications (P) Ltd., Jay Instruments & Systems Pvt. Ltd., S.V. Modular Conveyors (P) Ltd., Uflex Ltd. and Interlabels Industries (P) Ltd.

Next Impex, one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of non-woven fabric bags making machine lines in India, is exhibiting under the Converting Zone at PackPlus South 2012 for the first time. Realising the wide reach of the Show, the company has one of the largest stalls to showcase its products and solutions. Kody Equipments has always been busy at PackPlus, with several on-spot sale of machines and prospects that keep maturing overtime. The company will present a slitter & rewinder machines in this zone at the exhibition.

Others exhibiting in this zone will also include the renowned companies like Natraj Corrugating Machinery Company, Enigma Ventures (P) Ltd., K K Packaging Solutions, Saill Colours & Chemicals, Nagpal Exim, PSR Industries (P) Ltd., Next Impex, N-Tex Engineering Works (India), Suddha Converting Machineries (P) Ltd., Expert Industries (P) Ltd., Axess Ultrasonics (P) Ltd., SP Ultraflex Systems (P) Ltd., BST Sayona Automation (P) Ltd., Intergraphic Sales & Services (P) Ltd., K K Graphics and Shraddha Converting Machines (P) Ltd.

A dynamic economic scenario worldwide has sparked a new found interest in automation to make business processes more effective and efficient. The food and pharma industries are adopting automation to grow in the competitive world. The Processing Zone at PackPlus South will feature companies like Omron Automation Pvt. Ltd., Osna Electronics (P) Ltd., Sandilyam Automation Systems (P) Ltd., Elesa and Ganter India (P) Ltd., Baumuller India (P) Ltd. and Delta India Electronics.

The Supply Chain Zone will feature some of the leading companies from the bulk packaging segment like Lohia Starlinger Ltd., Time Technoplast Ltd., Indus Control & Automation (P) Ltd., Gujarat Machinery (P) Ltd., J P Extrusiontech Ltd. and Habasit Iakoka (P) Ltd. The companies exhibiting in the AIDC segment will include Aseptic Technology Inc., Tvasta ID India (P) Ltd. and 3d CAD (I) (P) Ltd.

“With the third edition of the PackPlus being organized in Hyderabad, the foothold has only gone strong. We have crossed the last year records with 250 exhibitors signed up already for the show, and we still have two more months to go. The Show will surpass all previous records to make new landmarks,” said Neetu Arora, Director, Print-Packaging.Com (P) Ltd, the organizers of the Show.

Labeltech 2012 & Converting Expo happening at Chennai in June


Converting Expo 2012 and Labeltech 2012 that is co-located with PrintExpo 2012 will be happening from 22-24 June 2012 in Chennai, India. To add immense value for both, exhibitors and trade visitors, PrintExpo 2012, now in its' 4th Edition, is the regions' largest and most successful printing exhibition. With more than 300+ Exhibitors from India and overeseas and more than 12,000 business visitors attending the PrintExpo 2012 co-located with ConvertingExpo 2012 and Labeltech-2012, it will be a direct selling opportunity to serious buyers in active buying mode as well as targeting, testing and developing new markets and identifying and recruiting new distributors and partners. 
To be held under the aegis of 
Intel Trade Fairs & Expositions - One of India's leading organizers of Business-to-Business exhibitions, conferences and events, ITFE organises exhibitions and conferences in India and abroad serving various industries such as, packaging, printing, label, food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fire & safety etc. 
PrintExpo 2012 co-located with Labeltech-2012 and ConvertingExpo 2012 is being organised on a floor space of over 11,000 sq. mtrs., and will be the Regions' largest ever printing and converting show.