A version of the Layflat LF600 mB bookbinding system especially customized for the Indian market makes its first appearance at the PrintPack 2022 being held at the India Expo Centre. Designed for creating ‘layflat’ photo- and other – books, the India version accepts single-sided (simplex) prints/pages up to 18 x40.” It also provides box creasing that creates a gap inside the pages to provide space between pages to allow inserting samples in commercial sample catalog such as those used in the laminates or garment industries.
The economical L600 mB is a semi-automatic book block system which converts manually-fed pre-folded and creased printed sheets of photographic or other media into a finished book block using special low-temperature hot melt glue for maximum strength. It has an output capacity of up to 600 pages/hour.
Also being demonstrated in the stand are two binders that employ patented V-Shape LayFlat binding technology to create layflat book blocks from double-sided (duplex) printed sheets. These machines are designed to eliminate the problem that typically occurs when creating photo books from pages that have unique surfaces such as texture paper, metallic paper, and luster paper.
The fully automatic VS 650 All In is a compact multi-functional binding machine which provides the entire process of making the book block – from window cutting, hole punching, and hot glue laminating through to the auto cutting of the laminated sheets. It can create up to 650 pages/hour.
The TL 400 VS is a compact manual-feed multi-functional slit and strip binding machine that includes lamination to produce a completely layflat book block for sheets up to 482mm x 482mm. More than twelve TL 400 VS systems are generating more business for printing facilities in India.
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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