Newstech focusses on automatic material handling

Ancillary equipment and consumables

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Roy Alex, MD of Newstech at the Pamex stand. Photo PSA
Roy Alex, MD of Newstech at the Pamex stand. Photo PSA

Newstech India talked about its recent launches at Pamex 2015. The Mumbai-based
company recently launched a paper jogger table, cross strapping machine, aqueous-based coatings and UV curable varnishes. “We tried to focus on these new products at the Pamex. These products cover requirements of commercial printers, packaging printers and the print media industry. The newly launched coating products are for commercial as well as packaging printers. The jogger and cross strapping machines are mainly for the print media industry,” said RoyAlex, managing director of Newstech.

The NTCS 205 cross strapping machine is fully automatic, designed specifically for the print media industry. It is suitable for newspapers, magazines, commercial, circular and mail orders. It has the capacity of single strapping up to 25 bundles a minute and cross strapping up to 20 bundles a minute. The NTPJ-102 jogger table is a plug and play 230 Volts vibrating table, which efficiently aligns a newspaper for insertion. With the help of the jogger table, a person requires around 10 seconds to prepare the stack and without it, one needs about 25 seconds.

According to Alex, these technologies would help increase automation in the industry in these competitive times. “Material handling in the Indian print industry is
very rudimentary. Products like joggers and cross strappers will help increase automation. Labour costs in India are rising, labour supply is also very erratic. On top of
that manual work leads to a lot of wastage. In these competitive times one cannot afford to work in such an environment and automation is the only way to move forward.”

Alex added that on the first day the response at Pamex was luke warm but from the
second day onwards footfall increased significantly and the company got good enquiries for its products. “There were a lot of enquiries about the jogger not only for jogging newspapers and magazines but other items. People wanted to know how this could be useful for products beyond newspapers and magazines.”

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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