Konica Minolta to show the third generation of bizhub PRESS C71hc at Pamex 2017

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At the upcoming Pamex 2017 show, Konica Minolta will showcase a variety of digital solutions for the printing industry—from wide format printers to production printers and software.

On show will be the Accurio Press Series C6100, which is a comprehensive and fully modular line of digtal printing technologies and solutions, digital press suites, software and cloud-based tool for integrating, managing and executing a seamless production of color workflow. The Accurio Press series supports business growth by expanding its printing services, automating efficiency, raising output quality and lowering costs.

The Accurio Press C2060 offers features and technology including high-speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals and 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images.

On display will also be the third generation of the bizhub PRESS C71hc. This press packs in immense benefits over its predecessor, incorporating advanced color reproduction capabilities of the manufacturer’s proprietary high-chroma toner that produces enhanced printing outputs. The bizhub PRESS C71hc also comes with an optional banner tray to support printing on media up to 13×47.

Another solution from Konica Minolta’s portfolio that will be shown at Pamex is the bizhub PRO 1100. The press delivers real value to any print production environment—with high-speed 100 ppm B&W output, high paper and toner capacity, standard built-in print controller and compact footprint to save space on the production floor.

In the wide format segment, Konica Minolta will have the KIP 770 press, which is a powerful, modular solution for wide-format printing in any production environment, with simple multi-touch control on a vivid 12.1 inch screen, high-definition print technology, integrated print control software and a variety of system configurations to fit the needs of a user’s application.

Finally, the company will display the MGI Jet Varnish 3DS. The solution is a revolutionary piece of technology which disrupts the dimensions of printing with its astounding spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The machine can transform a standard printed output into a high quality spot UV printed sheet or further into a high margin 3D-embossed output with a varnish of up to 100 microns, making the colors appear more vibrant.

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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