Komori Open House at Ludhiana

Komori Open House at Ludhiana
Kamal Chopra presented his book Recreating History of Printing to Akihiro Komori

Komori organized an open house in Ludhiana on 1 February 2018, with around 150 printers from the city in attendance. Welcoming the delegates, general secretary of the Offset Printers Association, Kamal Chopra, said that the time has come for the change to modern equipment to enhance production and reduce make-ready times. The Open House concluded with the installation of the first brand new Komori press in Ludhiana.

Speaking about Komori’s offset press installations, Sangam Khanna, president and managing director of Insight Communication & Print Solutions said, “We have installed more than 335 Komori printing presses in the last decade in the country. The reasons may vary but there is a definite change in the mind-set of printers in the country and we see an increasing preference in demand for new printing presses compared to pre-owned machines. Most importantly, printers in an industrial city like Ludhiana have started opting for new printing presses as well.” Speaking about Komori’s range from the entry-level, 4-color Enthrone to the Lithrone G/GX series for packaging printing and further to the Impremia digital inkjet solution and workflow software solutions, Khanna also discussed the possibility of special printing presses for unique applications.

Akihiro Komori, deputy general manager, Komori Corporation, Japan, said, “We see global trends in India. As per our study, packaging printing will continue to grow from 18 to 20% with commercial and book printing also growing at the rate of 18% per annum in India. The trend from printed copies to digital is also reversed in the USA and it is positive for the industry.” Komori added that as 2018 is the IGAS year, Komori will showcase its best technology and innovations at the show in Tokyo. He added that to get close to Indian customers and provide better services, enhanced product reliability and provide information and communications technology (ICT) solutions aimed at improving productivity, Komori Corporation will soon establish its subsidiary in India. He said Hirofumi Hoshino will be the managing director of the new venture.

Hoshino, a mechanical engineer, joined Komori in 1977 and was involved in press design and production. Having worked in Komori America and Europe, he is a core member of the Komori Global Sales and Service Group and an associate board director. During the Open House, Hoshino, leader of Komori’s India Project, spoke about Kaizen in the pressroom and how a printer can turn his machine into a goldmine if he chooses to follow the ‘Five S’ formula.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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