Komori Open House at Ludhiana

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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.

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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