Fujifilm’s JetPress 720S aims at commercial printing segment

JetPress 720S
SM Ramprasd

Fujifilm’s display at their stand in Pamex 2017 consisted of variety of solutions at Pamex 2017. The all new JetPress 720S was launched during the event. Among other solutions were wide-format, LED UV inkjet press – Acuity LED 1600 II and Eastcom platesetter.

“The new JetPress 720S is the product which we are looking to push aggressively next year. The all new JetPress is aimed at the commercial printing segment and is ready for the Indian market. We are also working closely with around 130 customers and by the end of this financial year hoping to close some of our deals for the new press,” said SM Ramprasd, HOD & AVP- Graphic Arts, Fujifilm India.

The new JetPress can complement your offset productivity while pain points in digital like registration, inconsistency and color management are tackled well in the new Jet Press. The press can print with speeds of 2700 B2 sheets per hour with sheet size capacity varying between 545x394mm and 750x532mm.

The Fujifilm stand also had wide-format Acuity LED 1600 II UV inkjet press that is the best-suited for packaging industry applications like mock ups and test marketing. “This printer comes with laser cutters and color management software which makes it a best solution for packaging industry,” he said

Talking about the CtP solutions, Ramprasad said, “CtP solutions which are available with us from our Chinese partners, Eastcom platesetter is among the popular devices from the Fujifilm and we sell about 30 to 100 units a year regularly.”

Ramprasad concluded by commenting on the after effects of GST. He said, “We were not majorly impacted but our customers have been hit because of demonetization and GST. We see a fair growth in the coming year as GST implementation stabalizes.”

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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