During recent WAN-IFRA, Kapoor Imaging focused on their new Violet plate which the company had launched recently. “From next year we will be manufacturing this plate in our Chennai facility,” informs S.Giridharan, CEO, Kapoor Imaging.
The company has already done some trial runs with a few top newspapers and the results are encouraging. “We will be the second manufacturer of Violet Plates in the country after Technova,” says Giridharan.
Another area they are focusing is to re-launch Negative PS Plates. “Presently all newspaper publishers are keen to cut down their production costs. Our PS Plates will work in CtCPs. We are going to launch a high speed UV Setter which will process sixty plates in one go for newspapers and over 100,000 run in Negative Plates for high-run jobs. The main feature of the Negative Plates is that though the exposure is negative, processing will be a positive developer with a dilution of 1:9 which means the pH is also not very hazardous to the environment. The high run length will reduce the cost of production without any compromise on the quality of printing,” Giridharan further says explaining the key features.
Kapoor Imaging also presented their recently launched Press Room Chemicals in collaboration with RBB Chemicals of USA. “We have made some trial runs with some newspaper publishers on their high speed machines. We have chemicals for spray damping and integrated chemicals which will work with spray, brush and UV. If any customer uses all three processes, he will need one chemical only. Apart from this, we have high speed auto wash and regular wash chemicals. All these are manufactured in our Chennai facility,” continues Giridharan.
The industry, according to Giridharan, is growing at a steady pace and will continue to be promising for next five to ten years. “Digital cannot take over conventional printed newspaper in India,” he says. However, he believes that in the future the industry has to innovate and find creative ways to present news and advertisements.
Welcoming the GST, he says, “It has helped us to seamlessly move goods across the nation under the “One Nation One Tax” concept. It is very simple and straight forward to implement. We have already initiated the “Make in India” concept in our manufacturing facility in Chennai.”
Last year was not a growth year for Kapoor Imaging. It bore the demonetization effect. “Our growth did not fall either. We are sure this year we will grow. We are participating in IFRA after a long gap of over eight years. We are not happy with the reduction in the number of days for the exhibitors. This year with the launch of many new products we wanted to participate. Three days is the ideal show period. Only then customers will have sufficient time to come and discuss with us,” he concludes.