In the past year, the Dainik Bhaskar group, which publishes newspapers in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati, has upgraded its web offset presses around the country with color registration systems from QI Press Controls-Engineering Automation Electronics (QIPC-EAE) based in the Netherland and with the head office of its Indian-owned subsidiary in Ahmedabad. This is a part of the trend where Indian newspapers are optimizing their single width single circumference presses for competitive color quality and reducing costs associated with wastage.
At the beginning of the year, DB Corp ordered an mRD-3D color register system with 16 cameras for its Manugraph M360 press in Shivdaspura. A pair of mRC-3D 14-camera systems was ordered for similar presses in Bhopal. For the DB Corp plant in Noida, an mRC-3D system with 12 cameras was installed on a Prakash Newsline 36 web offset. For its Manugraph M360 press in Aurangabad, a 12-camera mRC-3D color register has been installed. All the presses have also been fitted with optional Automatic Ink Mist Shields (AIMS) for cleaning the camera lenses that are part of the new register systems. “Our aim is to bring about time savings in achieving color registration and print with higher quality and consistency while saving both white and printed waste,” says Dinesh Sharma, vice president of production for DB Corp.
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.