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Horizon Print Industries has invested in a five-colour Shinohara 75 with inline coater.

According to the company’s managing director Aunali Khimji: “We saw the machine running in Kuwait and believed that it could match the quality of any European machine. Makeready of the machine is quick, and we are satisfied with the quality.
“In terms of price, there is also a considerable difference,” he added.

Khimji said that the company had been looking for a 75cm press as well as an inline coater, the latter being used specifically for magazine covers. The machine has a speed of up to 17,000 sheets per hour.  “We have also installed our second Baoder die-cutting machine and TSK perfect binding machine.”

The die-cutting machine has non-stop feeding and delivery with a die-cut pressure protection device. The device automatically shuts down the machine when the pressure is over 300 tonnes.

The TSK perfect binder has digital gauges, with zeroing capability for precise settings within a tolerance of 0.01mm. It also has automatic work-size input as a makeready function. The size and thickness of signatures is recorded by a measuring unit and collective data is transferred to equipment for makeready.

Khimji said the total investment was worth $3.2million.The machines were installed in the final quarter of last year.

The company is presently in its “final stages of expansion”, according to Khimji.

Commenting on recession, Khimji said: “Although we’ve made big investments, the recession has reduced our workload.