Iwasaki launches the TR3

The webinar discussed TR3 and IF 330

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Iwasaki launches the TR3
TR3 web offset label printing press

On Thursday, 24 June 2021, Iwasaki and Vinsak launched the TR3 to markets in this part of the world. The webinar, hosted on zoom, saw a participant list of about 100 and lasted for an hour, where the TR3 and IF 330 were discussed in detail. Five panelists moderated the entire event, and a flurry of questions from print and label enthusiasts indicated the event’s success. 

The webinar presented the new Iwasaki solutions of Intermittent offset TR3 and the IF 330 for producing short-run labels competitively. While the technical presentation was clear and concise about the products on offer, the panel discussion posts had some very interesting interactions with converters discussing real use cases for the equipment and discussing the pros and cons of this technology vs. the digital label printing technology.

Iwasaki IF 330 web offset label printing press
Iwasaki IF 330 web offset label printing press

Iwasaki offers a complete solution for printing and converting 

The TR 3 comes with new and improved automation features, a bigger print area, and a smaller footprint, enabling efficient production of short-run labels. The IF 330 offers converters who already have Flexo presses to use their existing pre-press, smaller plates, smaller dies, and no tooling to produce their short-run labels efficiently. 

A key feature of the discussion was to appreciate the fact that Iwasaki offers a complete solution for printing as well as converting of the labels and to compare it with a digital solution, the technical and commercial offering of the entire solution must be used in the comparison Matrix and not just the digital printing part.

Existing Iwasaki users from India, The Middle East, and Europe were excited about the launch of the equipment being highly reliable and a very low maintenance cost. 

 

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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