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Manugraph And QuadTech Lead The Way In Indian Newspaper Boom

Press release from the issuing company

November 24, 2005 -- Manugraph, India’s leading manufacturer of newspaper and commercial presses, has confirmed orders for 27 QuadTech Register Guidance Systems with MultiCam. The equipment, to be installed on Manugraph presses at various printing plants across the country, will be used to ensure high levels of print quality and fold accuracy at several of India’s biggest selling titles, including leading Hindi language newspaper, Dainik Jagran. These systems were confirmed after Manugraph ordered 25 QuadTech Autotron Newspaper 2800 Register Guidance Systems in the last 12 months for prestigious Indian titles Times of India, Hindustan Times and Dainik Bhaskar. Pradeep Shah, Managing Director of Manugraph, sees the QuadTech equipment as the perfect complement to his company’s presses: “Our standards of high quality are mirrored by QuadTech’s dedication to excellence. Thanks to this marriage of technologies, our customers can be assured that their control over print quality is second to none.” Established in 1972, Manugraph rose fast from humble beginnings to become India’s largest manufacturer of web offset and sheet fed offset presses. It has also made significant inroads into international markets in recent years, with distinguished publishers from Europe, Asia and South America investing in its presses. Mr Shah continues, “QuadTech is a highly respected name in the newspaper industry, and we have no hesitation in calling them one of our most prestigious business partners. This reputation has been earned through the performance and high technology of its products, supported by comprehensive service delivered locally." The QuadTech Register Guidance System with MultiCam uses the latest digital camera technology, which has been designed specifically for print applications. Its fast frame rate and high resolution allow it to view the entire repeat length of a web, rather than just the area where the register marks are printed. This feature, not available on many competitive products, ensures optimum control over register and ribbons control, even during periods of maximum register upset, such as a web splice. Mr Shah continues, “The newspaper industry in India is becoming much more sophisticated, with color a regular feature, and print quality under the microscope from local and international advertisers. In this environment, press ancillary packages - like those supplied by QuadTech - are becoming essential. We are also seeing a very fast adoption of latest technologies in the Indian printing industry. We believe MultiCam to be the ideal fit for both of these trends.” According to Mr Shah another important trend, being the need to reduce waste, is supported by the use of ancillary controls for the Indian, and all other world-newspaper markets. “We have seen a 3% saving in paper on our presses since introducing the QuadTech equipment. This added value to our customers is important in maintaining their confidence in our products.” Confidence in Manugraph is obviously very high at present across India. Partnering with QuadTech, the company has been a major driving force in the recent newspaper boom in India. As circulation figures grow, and competition between rival titles intensifies, publishing houses have been turning to the latest technology to help produce the best quality product for their readership. Hemant Desai, Sales Manager for QuadTech in India, comments, “The last three years have been a period of rapid expansion for India’s newspaper industry. Plants are being extended and new facilities are opening all over the country. Publishers are also adding more pages to their newspapers, with some using color on every page. This was unthinkable six years ago when there was no color in Indian newspapers at all.” The future looks positive for Manugraph, QuadTech and the Indian newspaper industry in general as the boom continues without any signs of slowing down. Mr Shah concludes, “We intend to maintain our market leadership for many years to come, and I believe that our close working relationship with QuadTech and other key business partners will be pivotal in the successful completion of this goal.”