TechNova Imaging Systems hosted an impressive all India road show in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and
Delhi, during which it underlined its commitment to CtP technology. Be it: thermal, violet or inkjet CtP.|
Mr Pranav Parikh, Chairman and Managing Director of TechNova, presented a detailed genesis of CtP
technology in India. During this presentation, which was attended by the who's who of the Indian print
industry, he discussed the pros and cons of violet and thermal CtP technologies from the point of view of a
TechNova announced its alliance with UK-based FFEI whose CtP platesetters have been installed at thousands
of printers worldwide. These platesetters enable high quality, fast turnaround and less waste in the
production of magazines, brochures, newspapers and packaging. TechNova will sell FFEI violet photopolymer
platesetters under brand names, VioStar FV4 & VioStar FA8. TechNova also announced a tie up with the UK
prepress firm, HighWater Designs which deals in pre-media equipment and has sold almost 1500 plus CtP
devices. In addition to FFEI, TechNova will also sell HighWater violet photopolymer platesetters under brand
names, VioStar HC 8 & VioStar HP4. VioStar HC 8 will offer a maximum plate size of 1080mmx850mm. It can
output up to 16 plates an hour in 8-up mode and 28 in 2-up operation. VioStar HP 4 will offer a maximum
plate size of 745mmx615mm.
All the above platesetters can be bundled with Height Design processors. For TechNova, this completes the
product chain and adheres to their motto of being "a total solutions provider".
Mr. Parikh emphasised: "TechNova is now providing end-to-end solutions, which includes plates, chemicals,
inks and platesetters. This has become a must for the Indian print industry, which is witnessing a very
exciting growth period."
As Deepak Chawla, General Manager, Marketing (Offset Plates & Chemicals), TechNova pointed out: "Today,
TechNova is providing a complete solution of fully compatible pre-press equipments, plates, chemicals and
inks. It is our passion to provide the best solutions for Indian printers."
New Plate production line
Another highlight of the presentation was the official Indian announcement of TechNova's high-speed, fully
integrated and automated digital plate manufacturing line, which will bring plate production to 36 million
sqm each year. The new line is housed in a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly plant, which will
produce the full range of violet and thermal plates from Agfa's stable, including the chemistry-free variety.
As Mr Parikh explained: "With the commissioning of the new plant, the capacity of Indian plate manufacturers
will be ahead of the total projected consumption in the country for all varieties of plates for several years,
assuming even an optimistic continued growth rate of 15% per year."
Better than the best
One of the themes that repeatedly came up was the quality of Indian plates. Mr Parikh pointed out: "There is
virtually no technology gap between the advanced countries and India in the field of offset plates and
chemicals. The time lag between introduction of a new plate by Agfa globally and by TechNova in India,
ranges from six to 12 months which is normally the time taken to customise the product and stabilise it for
TechNova had launched its VioStar range of violet CtP plates at Drupa. Both VioStar N for newspapers and
VioStar C for commercial and packaging printers, were a huge success.
Mr. Parikh added: "During field-trials, newspapers have reported achieving run-lengths of 250,000 impressions
(without baking). We were also pleasantly surprised that commercial printers have reported resolutions
similar to thermal plates. We believe that the packaging printers will report run-lengths exceeding thermal
plates. Due to the lower cost of ownership of violet platesetters and local availability of violet plates, one
can expect accelerated pace of conversion from analog to CtP in all segments of the Indian industry."
TechNova is known for its commitment to serve the Indian printing industry by pioneering the introduction of
innovative technologies since its inception in 1971. Its current range of products includes analog and digital
offset plates; platemaking and pressroom chemistry; laser & inkjet polyester plates & positive films; full
range of paper and plastic media for proofing, signage, textile design, engineering drawings, medical
diagnostic imaging, etc.
With the addition of printing inks, TechNova is probably the only company in the world involved in the
manufacturing & marketing of offset plates, chemicals and inks - the three vital consumables of offset
TechNova also has the distinction of being the innovator and the only manufacturer of polyester inkjet CtP
plates, ideally suited for small and medium sized printing establishments worldwide. TechNova also
pioneered the introduction of laser polyester CtP plates in the 90's and is currently the world's largest
manufacturer of laser polyester CtP plates.
With the installation of its new fully integrated & automated high-speed plate manufacturing line (in
technical collaboration with Agfa), TechNova will be the fourth largest plate manufacturer in the world.
Moreover, it will be one of the only manufacturers offering the full range of digital plates viz. Thermal,
Violet, UV, Inkjet and Laser.
TechNova markets its products in 55 countries of the world.
|For further information, please contact :|
General Manager, Marketing (Offset Plates & Chemicals)
TechNova Imaging Systems (P) Limited
||+91 (0)22 2741 2464 (Extn. 168)
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