Konica Minolta’s production printing line-up

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Konica Minolta's production printing line-up
L-R: Kuldeep Malhotra

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies, showcased its state-of-the-art production printing solutions across major urban centers including Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The customer meet received an overwhelming response from the attendees wherein more than 100 customers in each city were briefed about the benefits of Konica Minolta’s cutting-edge production printing solutions.

The aim of the customer meet was to strengthen customer connect across cities and to serve sheer requirements of the customers in the production and industrial printing segment. The meet was based on the theme ‘Future of Printing’ wherein Konica Minolta showcased its product line-up in the production printing segment and is now gearing up to showcase its industrial presses in the upcoming customer meets.

Konica Minolta India has successfully emerged as a one-stop solution provider for printing needs right from foil preparation to output delivery including prepress, press and postpress operations. The company’s portfolio of production print solutions includes presses like Bizhub PRO 1100, MGI JETvarnish series, KIP 800 Colour Series, KIP 7170, KIP 770 and Accurio Press C2070/C2060, Bizhub Press C1100/C1085. The company participated in the recently held Print Expo 2017 in Chennai where it showcased many high-potential digital presses like Bizhub Press C1100/C1085, Accurio Press C2070/ C2060, Bizhub PRO 1100, KIP 7170 wide format printing solution and the Web2Print solutions.

“With India witnessing rapid changes in the industrial printing segment, the need for cutting-edge digital printing solutions is at an all time high. Our solutions come as a reflection of our commitment to set new standards in this lucrative and demanding industry,” said Daisuke Mori, managing director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India. The five-city customer meet was flagged off from Kochi and has been organized in Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. In its Mumbai meet, Konica Minolta focused on reinforcing the success of its previous customer meet by bringing the best of solutions.

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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