NBG STARFlex press launch at Labelexpo India – stand M26

NBG joins new Indian label press manufacturers


Faridabad-based NBG, well known for its manufacture of web offset equipment for newspaper, book and speciality printing, has joined the growing number of Indian narrow web flexo label press manufacturers. At the upcoming LabelExpo in Greater Noida NBG will launch its first servo-driven flexo label press – STARFlex.

The STARFlex label press to be shown and demonstrated live at the show is a 330 mm width 6-color narrow web flexo configuration with a rotary diecutting station and cold-foiling attachment. The press design allows it to be customised as per the customer’s requirements which is the norm nowadays. The press to be demonstrated at the show contains ten servo motors and and will be shown running both film and paper-based labelstocks.

The NBG STARflex press is aimed as a solution for for labels, packaging and special purpose printing. It will be manufactured at NBG’s modern manufacturing facility equipped with CNC machining and quality inspection systems.

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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