Epson solutions for photo and signage segments

SureColor SC-P10070
Milind Chavan and Alok Singh Chandel of Epson at CEIF stall

Epson India displayed a number of solutions at the recently concluded CEIF 2018 in Mumbai. The highlights of the show for Epson were the SureColor SC-P10070/P20070 series and SureColor SC-S80670 large format printers. These two solutions are meant for both the photo and signage segments.

The Epson SureColor P-10070 is a 44-inch large format printer designed for medium-high volume graphic, fine art and poster printing. The Epson SC P10070 supports a wide range of roll and sheet-based media and features an all new PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head with Variable Sized Droplet Technology for output with superior resolution, gradations and colour density. The printer uses Epson UltraChrome Pro all-pigment aqueous inks and is also available in a 64-inch size, which is known as the Epson SC-P20070.

The S80670 is Epson’s next generation eco-solvent 10-color printer for a wide variety of indoor and commercial applications. The 64-inch width printer boasts a speed of up to 95.1 square metres an hour. It uses Epson’s UltraChrome GS3 ink and offers white or metallic silver colours as options.

“At CEIF 2018 we got visitors mainly from the photo segment and with the market sentiment improving we got good enquiries,” said Milind Chavan, manager of prographic products at Epson India. He expects 2018 to be a very good year in terms equipment sales driven by recovery in economy. “Although 2017 was not such a bad year for us but we expect 2018 to be a much better year,” he concluded.

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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