Konica Minolta displays three products at the CEIF 2018

Konica Minolta displays three products at the CEIF 2018
Premchand Prajapati

Konica Minolta Business Solutions India registered a strong presence at the recently concluded CEIF 2018 where they showed Accurio C6100 printer, Bizhub Press C71HC and MGI Jetvarnish JV3DS with iFoil-S.

“We got variety of visitors at the show such as photo studio owners, lab owners, etc. These visitors were able to experience first hand our technologies,” said Premchand Prajapati, regional sales manager (PP-DC), sales division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India.

Konica Minolta launched the Accurio series last year in India. The Accurio C6100/C6085 is a fully modular line of digital printing technologies and solutions, digital press suites, software and cloud based tool for integrating, managing and executing a production colour workflow. The Accurio C6100 printer has a speed of 100 ppm.

The Bizhub Press C71hc has replaced the bizhub Press C70hc in Konica’s press portfolio. Konica’s High-Chroma toner that has the ability to reproduce a wider range of shades in the sRGB colour space, will expand its footprint in the photo merchandising market. The High-Croma toner is derived from Konica’s Simitri HD E toner technology. The press can print up to 71 A4 ppm at 1,200dpi resolution.

MGI Jet Varnish 3DS has precision spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The machine can modify a standard printed output into a high-quality spot UV printed sheet or even into a high margin 3D embossed output with a varnish of up-to 100 microns, making the colours appear more vibrant.
The MGI iFoil- S compliments MGI JETvarnish 3DS with inline embossing as well as hot foil stamping in a completely digital process.

“In these competitive times photo studio owners are striving to be service providers and want to offer full gamut of solutions to customers. The solutions that we have shown at CEIF will help them achieve that goal,” concluded Prajapati.

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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