Esko, Global5 open house in Mumbai

Digital finishing solutions for the sign and display industry

At Global5’s Experience Center in Mumbai, Esko together with Global5 will showcase during 11 to 22 April Esko’s ArtiosCAD, i‐cut Suite software, and a Kongsberg XN 24 table

From 11 to 22 April 2016, at Global5’s Experience Center in Mumbai, Esko together with Global5 showed Esko’s ArtiosCAD, i-cut Suite software, and a Kongsberg XN 24 table. Esko is the global supplier of integrated solutions for the production of packaging, labels, signage and displays whereas Global5 technologies is an Esko partner in the Western region in the signage and display industry.

Umesh Kagade, channel manager of Esko South Asia says, “At Esko, we trust in creative and innovative solutions which will help and grow a company’s efficiency and profitability in this highly competitive signage and display market. The use of Esko’s software in combination with the robust Kongsberg XN24 cutting table with its special heads allows any customer to create a unique product for the fast‐growing Indian market. Esko digital finishing portfolio is fuelling the industry’s transformation by helping converters expand their range of applications and offerings to their customers.” In the Open House with Global5 technologies, Esko will be showcasing the whole workflow by creating a structural design file all the way to the end product.

In a more commoditized market, sign and display shops are also realizing that unique 3D display projects offer higher margins. More and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD has an extensive library of resizeable display designs to help designers so that they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays.

Esko’s Kongsberg tables bring world-class solutions for milling, cutting, creasing and short‐run converting for the packaging, sign and display industries. The Kongsberg cutters are the customers’ first choice for die‐less digital finishing because of their robust build, their precise and fast performance, and their smooth integration with Esko production software.

i‐cut Suite is a collection of software that allows sign and display companies to streamline their workflows. It preflights and edits incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also helps build and edit sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of substrates through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. Kongsberg table technology ensures that die‐less cutting contours match printed images perfectly, registering the actual dimensions and positioning cuts on the printed result. With Automation Engine, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.

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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