Seiken, Manugraph team to take on India's 4x1 press market

A technical collaboration will see Manugraph build a new Seiken-designed 4x1 newspaper press at its Kolhapur factory.

The announcement was made on the first day of WAN-Ifra's India Conference by Manugraph vice chairman and managing director Sanjay Shah, and Shota Namita, president of Seiken Graphics.

Rated at 75,000 cph, the press will have both plate and blanket cylinders of one-around circumference and present features and technology from both companies... effectively Japanese technology at Indian build prices. Benefits include reduced consumables costs and locally-available parts and service. Sanjay Shah told a media conference the new tie-up would also provide great cost effectiveness by way of savings in foreign exchange, duty and shipping.

"Seiken Graphics has earned the industry's trust with installations in Japan and around the world, and has a manufacturing philosophy that promotes consistency and high quality," he said. "Combined with Manugraph's continuous innovation and advanced technology it is expected to make a great impact in the Indian market."

Manugraph believes the timing of the collaboration is right time. With India having the largest circulation of newspapers in the world and still growing, it expects major demand in the double-width newspaper segment which addresses larger print runs.

Manugraph has had some success with installations of its own 4x1 newspaper press, but has mostly lost out to Japanese and German manufacturers. The new cooperation will give it a proven product with the cachet of overseas-developed technology.

Pictured (from left): Sanjay Shah with Shota Namita

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