Pearl Printers installs new RMGT 920 with LED curing

Pearl Printers installs new RMGT 920 with LED curing
Ashwani Thapar

Okhla-based Pearl Printers recently installed a new RMGT 920ST-4 printing press. The two-decade-old company offers a range of offset printing and post-printing solutions across a number of domains including education and retail. Pearl’s specialized publishing services include catalogs, brochures, pamphlets, flyers and newsletters in hard copy and electronic formats.

“I believe, the modus operandi should be to provide quality to the customers. The market so far, as one may observe, is focused on quality. Creativity, innovation and cost-effective services stand in line with the client’s demand for quality. Setting quality as a base always helps to gain more customers,” said Ashwani Thapar, proprietor of Pearl Printers.

Pearl has a specialized in-house fabrication unit where sewing, cutting, folding and many other post-print operations are undertaken. “Our business was briefly affected by the GST as there were some problems for us and our clients to understand the new tax regime. There was a decline in demand as well for some time. The market should return to normalcy in the next six months. In fact, we installed the new RMGT post GST observing the market’s recovery. We hope this decision turns out to be a good one in the coming days,” he added.

Pearl installed an (Ryobi) RMGT 4-color sheetfed offset press with coater in 2015. Observing its performance and output, it decided to install another RMGT. The new 4-color offset press with LED curing can print up to 15,000 sheets an hour on sheet sizes up to 640 x 940 mm. The LED unit allows one-pass instant-curing and perfecting. The company has always been on the lookout for new machines in the market that can offer better print quality at greater speeds.

The company has two 5-color Heidelberg presses in addition to a single-color and a 2-color Heidelberg. In 2016, the company installed a Kodak Trendsetter platesetter. “We mostly undertake coffee-table book projects. Our focus is more towards the commercial printing segment. We also print magazines and try to take up as many challenging and innovative projects as possible. We believe in job work as that alone yields a large part of our profits,” Thapar concluded.

Pearl has around 200 clients, most of whom are ad agencies.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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