Two Mumbai printers install Konica Minolta AccurioPress C2070

Two Mumbai printers install Konica Minolta AccurioPress C2070
Keyur Gada and Ankit Gada of Print Plaza with the new printer

Two print service providers, one in north Mumbai and another in south Mumbai, have recently installed Konica Minolta AccurioPress C2070 digital printer to add to their digital printing capabilities. Kamal Print House in the northern Mumbai business hub of Sakinaka has added the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C2070 to complement its offset operations while Print Plaza, a fully digital print service provider, based in southern Mumbai’s business district of Fort, has added the press to enhance its digital printing capacity to cater to the rising volumes that they have witnessed in recent past.

Kamal Print House has two Komori offset presses, one 2-color and one 4-color, and has added the Konica Minolta digital press to service their client’s short-run job requirements. Kamal Print House prints magazines, booklets, brochures, envelops, invitation cards, etc., and services only corporate clients in areas such as banking, insurance, finance and pharmaceutical. It operates from two galas with combined area of 4,000 square foot in Jai Mahavir Industrial estate.

“Although most of our volumes are generated from the offset work, we went for Konica Minolta because we also were getting substantial amount of short-run jobs. Currently, we are printing about 60,000 impressions every month,” says Girsih Dhadhi, proprietor of Kamal Print House.

The AccurioPress C2070 is a high-speed digital printing press with maximum speed of up to 71 ppm. It accepts paper sizes up to 13 inch x 19.2 inch and weights up to 350 gsm, with envelope printing at rated speed. It has a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The printer at Print Plaza was commissioned in early September and has managed to notch up good print volumes of close to 30,000 impressions in one month of operation. This is the second Konica Minolta for Print Plaza and it already has been using a bizhub PRO C6501 since last four years. Being a thriving business area, Fort has a lot of eateries, which are one of Print Plaza’s important customers.

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Girsih Dhadhi, proprietor of Kamal Print House with the new printer

“With the help of the new AccurioPress C2070 press, we are able to print on a variety of substrates, such as art paper and textured paper. This has helped us to offer better service to our customers,” says Keyur Gada, who along with his brother Ankit Gada has been managing all the operations at Print Plaza.

Being a long time user of Konica Minolta presses, Gada says that working with them has been an excellent experience and since now Konica Minolta is directly handling the sales and services, the experience has improved further.

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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