Breaking News : CtP Plates - Made in India

Breaking News : CtP Plates - Made in India
World's leading brand of CtP plates will soon carry a new label : "Made in India"

Agfa-Gevaert N.V., the undisputed global leader in CtP systems, announced at IPEX 2002 its decision to manufacture digital plates in India through its technology partner, TechNova. Agfa-Gevaert N.V. is the only manufacturer in the world of the full range of offset plates viz. Thermal, Silver, Photopolymer and UV plates. TechNova's new technical collaboration agreement with Agfa-Gevaert N.V. includes the full range of Agfa-Gevaert N.V. plates.

Thermal Plates : A new world-class, global scale plate production line is being installed by TechNova to manufacture Agfa-Gevaert N.V.'s Thermal range of plates. If all goes well, the plates will become commercially available by April 2003 in all the required sizes.

Violet Silver Plates : These will be imported in bulk, semi-finished state from Agfa-Gevaert N.V., for finishing in India, to ensure quick & easy availability. Full-fledged manufacture of Silver Violet plates in India will follow market response.

Photopolymer Plates :This technology is not considered suitable for countries with hot & humid climates. Hence, though TechNova's manufacturing plant will be capable of producing Photopolymer plates, TechNova has opted not to do so in the near future. TechNova will import Agfa-Gevaert N.V.'s photopolymer plates to meet with individual customer requirements, if any.

UV Plates : TechNova already manufactures plates for UV platesetters e.g. basysPrint CtCP System. The latest and the fastest UV plate demonstrated at IPEX by basysPrint was N550 from Agfa-Gevaert N.V. (@ 120 plates per hour). TechNova will shortly commence the manufacture of the N550 plate in India.

CtP was the focus area for most Indian visitors at IPEX 2002. The underlying feeling of even the most learned visitors was : "It is not a question of whether or not to go CtP. It is no longer even a question of "when?". The question is "what?" : Thermal or Violet Silver or UV? Which CtP platesetter, proofer, workflow solution? The confusion still prevails."

To help each CtP aspirant to formulate his roadmap, TechNova has planned a number of initiatives :

Formation of a CtP Forum : Made up of the "early adopters" i.e. all those who plan to install CtP Systems during 2002-3.

CtP Forum Workshop : On Saturday, May 25, 2002, in Mumbai. Full day workshop consisting of an overview of CtP technologies by independent experts, followed by Vendor & User Panel sessions.

Vendor Panel : With experts from leading CtP System vendors viz. Agfa-Gevaert N.V., basysPrint, Creo, Heidelberg, Screen, Barco-Purup (Esko). Each vendor will be presented with top-of-the-mind questions plaguing the customers, and asked to make a technical presentation (no sales talk). Forum members will have the opportunity to assess, compare and interact.

User Panel : All the current CtP users in India have been invited to share their experiences & recommendations with the Forum. Those who have placed their orders and are awaiting their Systems will be requested to share their logic and selection criteria. This will be a closed door session without the System vendors.

Bundles : TechNova is actively engaged in formulating special plate + platesetter "bundles" to make it easier for the Indian industry to graduate from analogue to digital.

If you plan to convert to CtP during 2002-3, wish to become a member of the CtP Forum, and participate in the May 25, 2002 workshop, please eMail us at : (It is suggested that we should limit the number of members to no more than 30 to facilitate meaningful interaction. So please respond asap.)

If you have any suggestions on how TechNova can help make the CtP Yatra simpler for the industry, please eMail us at :

Contact :
Rajesh Malhotra
Team Leader, CtP Marketing
TechNova Imaging Systems (P) Limited
Phone : +91 (22) 2741 2464 Extn. 380
eMail :