Surat’s Shilp Arts orders new RMGT 790ST offset press

Surat’s Shilp Arts orders new RMGT 790ST offset press
Manoj Nanavati

Shilp Arts has been an important name in Surat’s commercial offset printing industry for close to three decades. It specializes in printing high-quality fashion catalogs, servicing the thriving textiles and garment industry of Surat. Shilp operates from a 20,000 square foot facility and boasts of top-of-the-line machinery at its disposal.

In the second half of last year, the print house added its sixth press by investing in an RMGT 920 press. With this, Shilp now has three Heidelberg presses, two Komori presses and one RMGT press. In the postpress section, it has automatic cutting machines, automatic UV machines, lamination machine, punching machine and foiling machines.

Second RMGT press ordered
In January, the founder of Shilp Arts, Manoj Nanavati, visited Japan to attend an open house organized by RMGT.

“I was at the open house to check out all the latest technology that RMGT has to offer. It was a great open house and I was extremely impressed with what I saw there,” says Nanavati.

It was during the same visit that he signed a deal to order Shilp’s second RMGT press, the RMGT 790 ST of 23×31 inch size. The press can handle 8-up printing of B5 size and has double-diameter transfer cylinder for stable sheet transport. Some other important features of the press are program inking, automatic plate changing system, various pre-set devices, among others.

RMGT 790 incorporates V-type feeder, the same feeder as RMGT 10 series, and has a fully automatic convertible perfecting device capable of one-pass perfecting. Customers have an option to go for thick cardboard specification model, which handles sheet thicknesses up to 0.8 mm. An IR, UV, or LED-UV curing unit can be installed at the delivery section if a customer wants to.

“One of the most important reasons to opt for our second RMGT in such a short succession is top class post-sales service of Provin Technos,” shares Nanavati.

The new press is expected to arrive by the middle of March and Shilp plans to sell off one of its existing presses to make way for the RMGT.

Exploring packaging printing
After opting for two brand new presses within one year, Nanavati shares that a third press is expected to be ordered later this year but this one would be to cater to the packaging printing segment that Shilp is looking to venture into.

“Yes, we are seriously looking at the packaging printing space and are contemplating another brand-new press this year. We have not decided on which one we will go for but RMGT is definitely in contention,” Nanavati concludes.

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.

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