DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today inaugurated Narthang Press’ new printing technology, Delta- 664, at a brief ceremony held today at Narthang press, Gangchen Kyishong.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay hailed the new printing press as a giant leap in the growth and infrastructure of the Department of Information and International Relations. “The installation of the new press, an investment of more than 10 million rupees, demonstrates a vast upgrade in the capacity of Narthang Press and the Department as whole. We are hopeful that this innovation will enable Narthang press to publish all publications of the Central Tibetan Administration in the near future.”
The new Delta-664 features four printing towers and is capable of printing upto 8000 copies per hour, a significant increase from the amount of copies the previous printer produced. It is a four-colour sheet-fed offset press which facilities printing of four colors in single sided printing or alternatively and both sides in one pass. The maximum machine speed is 10,000i.p.h and is achievable even when perfecting. The press has a high pile delivery with a maximum pile height of 820mm. The press display unit has signal lamps, which improve machine productivity and reduce operator effort.
Narthang press in Tibet was the oldest Tibetan publishing house with its historic tradition of printing since the early 16th century. One of the most popular Tibetan texts printed by Narthang press were the teachings of Buddha Kangyur and its commentaries Tengyur. During Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the Narthang press along with thousands of Tibetan cultural centres, libraries and monasteries were demolished. Hence the Tibetan leadership at the time re-established Narthang press in exile, to revive the centuries-old tradition and the status of Narthang Press.
Today, the Narthang press publishes over 100 thousand copies of Tibetan Freedom Bodmi Rangwang, 28,000 copies of Sheja, 21,300 copies of Tibetan Bulletin (in English) and 3000 copies of Tibetan bulletin (in Chinese) annually. It also publishes journals and newsletters of other departments and offices of the CTA.