mRC-3D cameras on several Indian web offsets

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mRC-3D cameras on several Indian web offsets

QI Press Controls (QIPC) continues to thrive in the Indian print market. In the past year, the Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the web offset market received five new orders from printers in West Bengal – CDC Printers, Sristi Graphic (two separate orders), Darpan Conclave and NAP Printers. A sixth order was placed by Print Plus in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra. CDC Printers ordered two mRC-3D cameras for colour register control and automatic cut-off control for its printing plant in Kolkata. QIPC systems were already installed in the plant, but with an extra printing tower added to the Manugraph Cityline press additional cameras were essential. “They have been a satisfied customer of ours for a while now, so they wanted our automation for their new printing tower too,” explains Vijay Pandya, managing director of QIPC-EAE India.

Sristi automates Naph web offsets
Sristi Graphic placed two identical orders for its two Naph Graphics’ web offset presses, involving a double order for two mRC-3D cameras for color register control, fitted with AIMS (Automatic Ink Mist Shield). “Prior to this, Sristi Graphic had no automated colour register whatsoever,” Vijay Pandya observes. “Thanks to the exceptional collaboration we enjoy with Naph, Sristi Graphic decided to approach us. They were quickly persuaded by the benefits of automation, waste savings and consistency of print quality.”

QIPC systems for Darpan, NAP and Print Plus
Darpan Conclave has been using QIPC systems for many years. Their positive experience with the mRC-3D system for color register and cut-off control on a TPH Orient press meant that the company was more than willing to order two mRC-3D cameras with an identical configuration for their new TPH Orient press. “It both delivers significant time and waste savings and it increases the quality of their production process too,” Vijay Pandya remarks, adding, “It is a promising sign that existing clients are satisfied with our products and services. Not only does that enhance our already established reputation, it also helps ensure that these companies will continue to invest in our systems.”

Two mRC-3D cameras for colour register and cut-off control were installed on NAP Printer’s Manugraph Cityline press. Positive feedback from other users that was the decisive factor in landing this order. Print Plus in Bhiwandi ordered two mRC-3D cameras for colour register for its Prakash web offset press.

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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