Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab lauds Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C71hc

Digital printers rely on better print quality for robust growth

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Sanjay Jadhav (extreme left), managing director of Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab, with his team

Aurangabad-based Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab observed significant growth in its productivity and better output quality on installing Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C71hc.

The company installed Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C71hc in March 2016 on receiving positive reviews from the fellow industry guild. After a year now, the company is extremely satisfied with the solution’s performance and services.

Sanjay Jadhav, managing director, Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab expresses, “Konica Minolta products are enhancing our business growth with its crystal-clear print quality. I highly recommend this machine for its quality and efficiency of the printing solution is the best available in the market. I am delighted with the performance of the machine and wish to continue this business relationship for a long time.”

The wide color gamut toner leveraged by bizhub PRESS C71hc utilizes color materials featuring greater saturation and brightness than conventional CMYK toners, enabling realization of smooth skin tones with reduced skin texture roughness and less graininess, making it ideal for studio photograph and photo book Sanjay Jadhav (extreme left), managing director of Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab, with his team printing. Additionally, high-quality prints can also be supplied for items such as small-lot cosmetics or apparel catalogues. 

The company started as a passport photo studio and wholesalers in photo goods and accessories in 1995, and subsequently expanded to a photo color lab. Today, the company’s portfolio includes photo book albums catering services to Marathwada, Vidharbha and Khandesh areas in Maharashtra.

Rich features 

The 3rd generation machine bizhub PRESS C71hc packs in immense benefits over its predecessor. The model incorporates advanced color reproduction capabilities of the manufacturer’s proprietary highchroma toner producing enhanced printing outputs. bizhub PRESS C71hc is laced with an optional banner tray to support the printing on media up to 13×47, giving access to print bigger format of photo albums. A wide range of finishing capabilities and its combination with a workflow software Print Xpress adds more efficiency to the bizhub PRESS C71hc.

Interestingly, the press is the world’s sole printer which utilizes a toner free of the restrictions imposed by the color gamut of ordinary toners. On the hardware front, the printing solution boasts of a Core i5 2400 & 3.1 GHz CPU coupled with 2 GB RAM.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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