manroland Goss at Printpack 2022

Newspaper web offset and the Varioman for flexible and carton printing

manroland Goss at Printpack 2022
Wolfgang Hiesiger, senior product manager Newspaper & Packaging Systems shows us the test chart of flexible materials printed on the Varioman at the manroland Goss stand at Print4All in Milan Photo Packaging South Asia

manroland Goss web systems known for its web offset newspaper press installations in India will again be at the Printpack India 2022 exhibition in Greater Noida. Although the company mainly sells and services its double-width presses in the country installed by several of the bigger newspaper groups in the country, for the past several years the focus has to some extent, shifted to engineering services, maintenance and relocation of presses and units. Its most recent installation of a new press was that of the Cromoman to Bartaman in Kolkata in 2019.

PrintPack Show Daily

Rekha Sharma, marketing manager, manroland Goss, says, “Printcom consumables and service solutions will be a highlight at Printpack India 2022. We expect this show to be a wonderful forum for the printing industry and feel that we will be able to generate interest in our solutions for packaging printing customers.”

In recent years the company has developed its Varioman series of packaging presses that it hopes to talk about with Indian customers who are now looking at the burgeoning growth of this segment in India. As Sudeep Bhattacharjee, managing director of manroland Goss India, explained to us in his Noida office and as we also learned at Print4All in Milan in the early part of May, the Varioman packaging presses which are a hybrid of offset and other technologies such as gravure have found customers in both flexible packaging and cartons segments in Europe and North America. The Varioman series is presented in three types of configurations known as the F-line, B-line, and C-line.

As Bhattacharjee explained to us, the Varioman F-line is for flexible packaging, whereas the C-line is for card printing and both are mainly sold in the European market currently. The F-line can print on films and C-line is for the thicker substrates.

At Print4All in Milan, we also learned that one of the Varioman’s first customers has purchased its second such machine. We saw the high-quality samples of test charts printed on flexible materials and thin-flute printed pizza boxes produced on the Varioman for the high volume frozen pizza market that is growing well in most markets, including India.

Note: The IPPGroup will be publishing the PrintPack India Show Daily on all five days of the event from 26 to 30 May 2022. Our May issues of Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia will also contain previews of the event.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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