Konica Minolta to sell Reprographics India’s KIP products

Konica Minolta to sell Reprographics India’s KIP products

Konica Minolta has joined hands with Reprographics India to sell Reprographic’s KIP branded products and services in the country. Under the partnership, Konica Minolta will leverage its sales and service network to copy shop segments in the country to offer a host of KIP products including monochrome and color plotters, folding machines, and digitizing software. KIP is a Japanese manufacturer of plotters with which Reprographics India has had a long technical and branding relationship.

The KIP machines will also be available for display at Konica Minolta’s DIS office at Huda City Centre in Gurgaon. Under the agreement Konica Minolta will provide sales and service of the machines to its customers. Konica Minolta has a long relationship with KIP on a worldwide basis and is selling the KIP products in various countries.

Sharing his delight on the new partnership, Daisuke Mori, MD, Konica Minolta India said, “The addition of KIP solutions to our product portfolio will further strengthen our position in transforming India’s printing segment. We have more than 2000 production printing customers and with this partnership we intend to strengthen our relationship with the customers by offering more products and solutions to cater to their needs.”

Reprographics India was founded in 1976 by IIT Kanpur graduate Deepak Khanna and rolled out its operations in Haridwar as an ancillary to BHEL, manufacturing ammonia, semi-dry paper, zinc oxide microfilm reader printer paper and dielectric plotter paper as ancillary. The company has since then expanded by offering diverse IT and document solutions with a portfolio of microfilm scanners, plotters, book scanners, engineering copiers and application software in the field of image editing, document management, archiving and indexing. The company also manufactures A0 size flatbed scanners, paper folders and multifunction systems using inkjet. Reprographics India has in excess of 2,000 installations across the country and offices in more than 20 major cities.

Reprographics director, Deepak Khanna, said about the partnership, “To expand our KIP products line and its presence in the Indian market, this tie-up adds more customers by offering value propositions to the existing base as well as by helping both of us to acquire a new customer base.”

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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