Delhi-based Concepts installs KM Accurio Press C2070

The press helped it achieve accuracy in colour gamut reproduction

Ashwani Dhamija, managing director, Concepts (middle) with colleagues, Himanshu Bhardwaj (left) and Nitin (right)

Concepts, a digital and offset printing firm headquartered in Okhla, Delhi, and managed by Ashwani Dhamija, deployed Konica Minolta’s Accurio Press C2070 in March 2017 which enabled it to operate Duplex printing on 300 gsm papers with perfect front and back registration and color consistency in print run. The company was established in 2003 and deployment of the solution helped it meet its requirements of quality digital printing, ensuring accuracy in color gamut reproduction.

The company now compliments Konica Minolta for its cutting edge portfolio of digital printing solutions which is supporting businesses in short run printing jobs, cutting operational expenses significantly. ”Our market at present is into short run printing. Konica Minolta helps us in short run printing in a reduced time span so we can fulfill our customer’s demand in a satisfactory time. We can now print visiting cards, invitation cards, brochures etc. and even coffee table books along with the option of banner printing,” comments Ashwani Dhamija, managing director, Concepts, on the performance of Accurio Press C2070.

The Accurio Press C2070 machine comes as the successor of bizhub PRESS C1070 press and is an ideal solution to cater to mid-range digital color printing jobs. The solution has been launched with substantial advancements and refinements as compared to its predecessors and offers comprehensive scalability to meet the growing requirements of printing businesses and enhance productivity.

The machine offers advanced features and technology including high speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals; 1200×3600 dpi resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images; enhanced Simitri HDE toner for superior halftone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plant-based material to reduce environmental impact. Its SEAD V Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability.

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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