A group of Indian publishers, in partnership with WAN-IFRA South Asia has installed several Sinapse Newspaper simulators at the WAN-IFRA Research Material Testing Centre, located at RIND (Research Institute for Newspaper Development) in Chennai, India.
The training program will be managed by WAN-IFRA South Asia, and is part of a larger scale effort to increase skill levels and introduce best practice standards in the Indian Newspaper industry.
The participating publishers are : ABP (The Telegraph), Deccan Herald, Malayala Manorama, The Mathrubhumi, The Hindu and The Times of India.
Magdoom Mohamed, head of WAN-IFRA South Asia said: "WAN-IFRA has been associated with the Newspaper simulators for many years in Europe. Installing these in our training center is a major step forward in our partnership with Indian publishers at this time when Indian newspapers are investing in new printing presses to augment their growth. As the simulators can run on almost any PC, we have a wide range of training that can be offered. Sinapse is the only company to offer these products."
"Most of the publishers in the training consortium had seen the simulator at prior WAN-IFRA exhibitions, and are convinced that this is the opportunity to work on developing industry-wide training standards. Of course, they all expect to profit from these developments and the availability of the simulators."
The simulators installed include press configurations in 4x2, 4x1 and 2x1. This covers a wide range of presses - necessary for the extensive range of Indian installations.
An Open House was held at the WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre in Chennai on July 7, 2011.
During this event the visitors saw the simulators in operation and even the virtual "running of the press".
Peter Herman, President of Sinapse Print Simulators added: "From the time we introduced these simulators in the 1990s, there has been cooperation between WAN IFRA and Sinapse. We look forward to the new ideas that are bound to be generated by the Indian installation."
Sinapse Print Simulators, as its name implies, is specialized in press training simulators, and has more than 1700 licenses installed around the world.
The Newspaper simulators are among the most sophisticated of these training tools, which also cover Sheetfed and Heatset Offset and Packaging simulators for Flexography and Gravure. http://www.sinapseprint.com/