Diploma has been making an impact across the length of Kerala with high print density - be it St Francis Press in Kochi or Kairali Offset Printers at Kozhikode.

St Francis Press:

It was in the year 1926 the Late Mr. Thomas J. Putherical incepted St. Francis Press to print religious books on a simple hand treadle press. Before long educational books were also printed by him to cater the needs of the community in Kochi. Stationery articles were also manufactured during this time. They were quick to get into offfset and early 80s saw a brand new Heidelberg offset being imported. Now they have a number of sheetfed printing presses, adequately supported by the post press.

Rajan of St Francis is an Engineer by profession and has been actively involved with the Master Printers Association. They also have invested in a single clamp Perfect Binder from Welbound.

Koppara Enterprises, a Kollam-based printer, recently installed a Diploma 4z3x automatic folder, Pickwel 12-station automatic gatherer, a Wb 2000 Perfectbinder and E-15 three knife trimmer, the complete family of binding machines from Welbound.

In fact, Koppara Enterprises, were the first printers from Kerala to invest in a brand new Heidelberg GTO, which was then followed up with an investment in a Suprasetter thermal CTP. They were also the first printers in the State to invest in a brand new thread sewing machine from Mecanotechnica Srl of Italy.

In fact, most credit for this goes to Rajeev Ramakrishnan, the young managing director of Koppara Enterprises, who has been making the right investments to establish a state-of-the-art offset printing unit. This successful business consultant, based in Dubai, developed a typewriting institute started by his late father into a complete print unit, offering digital, screen and offset print services.

Thushara Binding is a sister concern of Kairali Offset Kozhikode. They have two large format presses mainly employed for books and diary printing. The bindery also has a Welbound Single clamp perfect binder. According to Sajith Kumar, the Area Sales manager of Welbound, Kerala, this year should see more folders getting installed, across the state

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