Canon’s first 100 ppm digital color press


Allahabad-based Classic Printers has installed Canon’s first 100 ppm color digital press—the imagePRESS C10000VP. The production print facility was inaugurated by Puneet Datta, director, Canon India. Canon imagePress C10000VP since its launch has been a differentiator in the digital press segment, addressing the evolving demands of the professional printing space. Post installing the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP, customers across the country have witnessed close to 40% rise in their revenues, which proves the profitable business model this press brings to the printers.

Speaking about the recent installation, Joginder Gupta, owner, Classic Printers said, “We started as a small unit almost ten years back and over the years, with the support of partners like Canon, we have developed in the space of print, service and design. We are a professionally run firm, dedicated to delivering quality work on a broad range of communication. With our in-house professional photography and graphic designing department, we provide economical and high-quality prints. Canon has played an imperative role in contributing towards our growth, and we are confident that imagePRESS C10000VP with its state-of-the-art technology will further strengthen our endeavor of increased and effective customer outreach.”

The imagePRESS C10000VP comes with 2400 x 2440 dpi resolution, a choice of new front-end controllers based on the EFI Fiery FS200 Pro Platform, which enables the product to streamline the workflow, and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm. Engineered to deliver production printing excellence for the business advantage of its users, it is designed to meet the increasing demand from both commercial and in-house print service providers (PSPs) for higher production volumes without compromising on quality. It can help commercial printers, in-plants, production hubs, direct mail and transaction print service providers to produce a broader range of applications in shorter turnaround times. With its high-quality printing, uniform color and efficiency, it has garnered significant attention in the Indian print market in less than a year’s time, thereby setting a benchmark in the digital color printing segment.

The imagePRESS C10000VP Series can deliver outstanding customer output while also benefitting from impressive productivity and reliability. It features intuitive operation and can help maximize uptime with automated calibration. As a future-ready printer, manufactured to cater to the dynamic needs of the market, the imagePRESS C10000VP color digital press is a landmark product in the professional print segment.

Sharing his thoughts on the second installation of the digital press in Uttar Pradesh, Puneet Datta, director – Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India said, “Markets are in the process of transition from print-first to digital-first, and hence the future of paper and print will be determined by how printing organizations reinvent themselves in the digital-first universe. Non-metro cities have been witnessing a high growth in adoption of technologies and even printers want to embrace the latest technologies available in the marketplace; Canon is the first choice for such printers. As the ‘best in class,’ the imagePRESS C10000VP color digital press has been instrumental in allowing our customers to exploit the growth in the color production market while harnessing the tremendous growth and opportunities digital printing has to offer. Constantly evolving and innovating to stay ahead, Classic Printers is one such market leader that has elevated their services with this installation.”

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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