Amit Computer Graphics adds third Komori

Amit Computer Graphics
Amit Mittal

Operating out of the Jhilmil Industrial Area of Delhi, Amit Computer Graphics is essentially a commercial printer producing all types of print products including brochures, catalogs, visiting cards, magazines, note books and posters. Started in 1998, the company maintains prepress, printing, postpress finishing and a recently added binding section within its own premises and control to better fulfil the customized requirements of its clients.

In 2016, Amit installed a new 4-color Komori Enthrone 29 sheetfed offset press. The Enthrone 29 can print on substrate thicknesses from 0.04 mm to 0.6 mm and sheet sizes up to 530 x 750 mm. The Enthrone features tool-less plate changing, and easy ink roller cleaning and blanket washing. The time required for changeover between light and heavy stocks is minimal since the transfer cylinder gripper pads need not be adjusted for varying paper thickness.

Impressed with the performance of the Enthrone 29, Amit Computer Graphics bought another Komori press in the same year. This time a bigger format 4-color Komori Lithrone G37. With a maximum sheet size of 640 x 940 mm (37-inches), the G37 can print 15,000 sheets an hour on paper from 0.04 to 0.6 mm thickness.

“Apart from the two existing Komori presses, we recently booked a new Komori 19 x 26 inches press, which will be installed at our facility by the end of May or early June this year. We already own two Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 presses and we plan to replace one of these with the brand new Komori press,” shared Amit Mittal, director of Amit Computer Graphics. “The demand is increasing and in order to survive in the market we have to offer precise solutions to the customer in a timely manner. The new Komori will allow us to do the same.

“The print quality of Komori machines is highly appreciated by our customers and that is the reason why we have been opting for Komori machines ever since our first installation. These machines have always yielded good results for us and if the scenario continues to remain so, we won’t hesitate to go with the same brand in future,” Mittal added.

Commenting on the market demand, Mittal said,“The market demand has been satisfactory, especially since our installation of the Komori press. Talking from our point of view, we have been able to retain quite a good number of customers. At the end of the day, all that matters is the output one delivers. If your customer is happy with it, they will surely come back to you.”

Mittal feels that demonetization and GST were two roadblocks for businesses throughout the country. “Demonetization and GST had an impact on our business. We were having a successful run before demonetization and suddenly the demand declined. It was the same with everyone else and we had to face it just like others. GST was something that people had a lot of difficulty in understanding. Now, they’re getting it slowly. The situation right now is definitely better than what it was last year. But, for the market to reach its peak just like it used to be, it will take more time,” said Mittal.

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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