2000 DAY 2
Day two started
rather sleepily after the hangover of the previous days bash-but
being a Saturday, the crowds started pouring in from
11:00hrs and the atmosphere warmed up in an hours time.
Hordes of visitors poured in and the exhibition arena was one
buzzing with activity. The days first seminar kicked off
well with Mr. V. C. Mehra welcoming the guests.
Inks make a mark on the world
V. C. Mehra-Hindustan Inks & Resins
Mr. V. C. Mehra introduced the company as the largest
producer of inks in the country and ranks amongst top 15 ink
companies in World. It is the first Indian company to
manufacture by flush Technology. Its state-of-the-art
manufacturing plant at Silvassa has an installed capacity to
manufacture 60000 tonnes per annum. In the few months after
Drupa it has exported 800 tonnes of heatset inks with the
company incorporating a subsidiary in Chicago USA by the
name Micro Inks and has truly done Indians proud by making a mark
on the World.
The technical part
of the session was handled by the Technical Director Mr.
Lakdawala who gave the audience an insight into the
ingredients of a typical paste ink. The roles of pigments,
resins, oils, solvents and miscellaneous additions were
minutely examined by the directors with special emphasis on
conforming to standards in varnishes used in their inks.
A brief but complete information on the manufacturing of inks
by Flush Technology as differentiated by the conventional
process was enlightening. The company's quality control
measures and checks on various attributes of its inks with
different electronic equipments was explained. In the Print
finishing side the overprint varnishes OPV, alcohol,
waterbased and energy curable varnishes were discussed. Mr.
Lakdawala ended this session by letting the audience know what
to expect from the company's R&D department, a hybrid wet
offset UV curable ink is to be watched for from this
PRINT VARNISHES (OPV)
lamination of print products were studied by the speaker
vis-a-vis UV curable inks in all aspects of drying,
yellowing, finger making, shrinkages, curling, cracking at
folds and need of expensive curing equipment were examined
as against the higher gloss properties of this technique.
Advantages of water
based acrylics were dwelled upon with expenses involved
glass levels achieved range of coatings available.
Answering to the
questions posed by the attentive audience Mr. Hodghton
clarified that water based OVP's need no curing as the
drying process is by the plain evaporation
PAPERS-A GLOBAL SCENARIO
Sinar Mas Pulp and Paper (I) Ltd. organised a seminar on
global scenario of coated papers.
Mr. Anil Kaul -Vice
President(O) gave an exhaustive presentation about the
comparison of coated papers in developed countries vis-à-vis
emerging economies China/India. The emergence of Sinar Mas
& paper for which he provided statistics on the basis of
which the "Emperor" brand could be compared with the world's
leading brands for example Leykum, Zanders, Sappi etc. He
stated that the consumption of coated paper in India was 5%
of GDP in 2000 and projected to increase to 8% in 2005 and
11% in 2010.