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Harnessing the Power of Electronic media for the Print media



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 of beehive buzzing with activity. The days first seminar kicked off well with Mr. V. C. Mehra welcoming the guests.

Indian Inks make a mark on the world
V. C. Mehra-Hindustan Inks & Resins Ltd.

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 manufacture.

Marc Hodghton

Conventional 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

Day2: Session3


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--vis emerging economies China/India. The emergence of Sinar Mas Pulp & 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.


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