Focus on better print quality and reducing make-ready time

Siddharth Offset upgrades to AGS ink presetting tool

Siddharth Offset’s newly upgraded AGS Ink presetting tool

Started in the year 1986, Mumbai-based Siddharth Offset and Chandana Graphics recently installed color management software from Advanced Graphics System (AGS) for better print quality, production and reduce wastage.

New update AGS

Siddharth Wagal, partner at Chandana Graphics & Siddharth Offset says, “We have upgraded our setup recently with ink presetting software  from AGS, which has helped us to generate 95% results in just 10 impressions.”

Speaking on the benefits of the color management software, Wagal says, “We usually have jobs of small quantities and the new color management tool has significantly reduced the make-ready time for printing.”

The company works out of a 5,100 square feet area divided into 6 galas in Mumbai’s Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate. It currently has two offset printing machines from Heidelberg—the Speedmaster SM 74-5—which operate on a combined capacity of 200,000 per day. The two presses were upgraded two years ago to boost the company’s production capacity.

In addition to the two Heidelberg presses, the setup has STAHL folding machines, polar cutting machines, pasting, indexing and peeling machines. The company also has Perfecta 115 TS cutting machine, which is suitable for paper, plastic and rubber.

The company mostly has clients from the pharmaceutical and advertising sectors and undertakes printing jobs of visual ads, medical books, promotional material, calendars and others. Wagal states, “The company’s USP lies in its quality output and timely delivery orders. With such setups, we are experiencing 15% growth in the business.”

With quality and innovation at the core of what they do, Siddharth Offest and Chandana Graphics have been able to bag more than 40 national and two South Asian awards for excellence in printing.


Recently, the company has entered into ceramics swatch books for ceramic players to showcase the patterns. Further, the company plans to have a packaging plant at Bhivandi in Thane district. For the same, the company has acquired space of around 15,000 square feet and the work will be resumed only after the implementation of GST.

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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