TechNova has underlined its partnership with FFEI to provide total violet CtP solutions in India by a recent order for 11 platesetters.|
Hemel Hempstead, UK (29th April 2009) TechNova, one of the world's largest manufacturers of analogue
and digital imaging products, markets a range of platesetters under the FFEI Alinte and TechNova VioStar
brands. Combined with TechNova's violet plate technology, unparalleled customer reach and 24/7 local
support, the VioStar series offers a unique value proposition to printers around the vast continent.
According to Mr. Rajesh Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer, CtP Solutions (Commercial), at TechNova, "The
trends are changing in India. Originally the market was clearly divided between thermal technologies for
commercial print and violet for newspapers. The faster throughput and lower cost of ownership of violet was
essential to the latter, as the newspaper industry 'exploded' in India over the past five years.
Since the introduction of TechNova's VioStar plate, the 'flight to violet' for commercial applications has also
taken off. For the first time, TechNova in Q1, 2009 saw orders booked for violet clearly surpass those for
thermal in this sector.
Having both technologies available, Rajesh believes that the ultimate choice today is driven by customer
needs, rather than differentiation between technologies. "FFEI violet quality now surpasses even the most
discerning print requirements, so buying decisions are based more on value than features. Indian printers are
now competing on a global level, which has made them extremely competitive in terms of pricing,
technologies used and services offered. As the print buyers' expectations grow, printers pass these
expectations on to their suppliers. They demand more efficient solutions that offer consistent quality at the
most cost-effective price. This is why we feel VioStar violet solutions are gaining ground."
The Indian market has seen burgeoning growth over the past few years. For this reason, TechNova has
specified that its branded FFEI products must be flexible and future proofed. Upgrades in terms of speed and
automation allow the systems to grow with customer needs. More importantly, the VioStar platesetter range
is fully compatible with chemistry-free plates, without the potential loss of productivity encountered with
thermal processless systems.
Commenting on the success of the partnership with TechNova, established after drupa last year, Andy Cook,
CEO of FFEI said, "Working with TechNova has been a delight. The VioStar platesetters are the perfect
complement to the plate and processing technologies of TechNova. But in addition their team adds an
intimate knowledge of the market and superlative customer support. At the end of the day, it's the customer
that benefits and that's the business model we like best."
FFEI Ltd. Is your print spot on? At FFEI we know quality. Our prepress equipment and graphic arts software
are specifically designed to produce commercial print jobs that keep our customers looking good.
Additionally, our digital imaging and scanning technologies power solutions from discriminating clients who
benefit from our innovative ideas. A division of Fujifilm for almost ten years, FFEI Ltd. became a privately owned
company after a management buyout in November 2006. With headquarters in the UK, we distribute
our products worldwide via distributors and partners.
TechNova is one of the world's largest manufacturers of analog & digital imaging products. It is the fourth
largest manufacturer in the world of offset plates & chemicals and the only manufacturer of the full range of
CtP plates viz. Thermal, Violet, CtCP, No-Process Inkjet (Metal & Polyester) and Laser Printer plates. Total
imaging solution offerings from TechNova include a full range of consumables, such as offset printing plates;
chemicals; offset inks; inkjet, laser and drafting media and violet & inkjet CtP systems for various industries
such as printing & publishing, packaging, textiles, engineering, signage, advertising, geology, photography,
business graphics and medical imaging. Its overseas offices and distribution network market products to over
51 countries. In the Indian sub-continent, it has over 70% market share in each of its product groups. It has
technical collaborations with Agfa-Gevaert N.V. for the manufacture of Thermal & Violet offset plates, and a
JV with Toyo Ink for offset inks.
For further information, please contact :
Chief Operating Officer, CtP Solutions (Commercial)
TechNova Imaging Systems (P) Limited
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