Fujifilm at FESPA 2018

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Fujifilm’s Acuity B1

At FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin, from 15-18 May, Fujifilm will focus on two new high-end platforms. The first is the new Acuity B1 modular system, previewed at FESPA 2017, while the second is a new platform to be announced in April. Additionally, at the new FESPA Digital Corrugated Experience in conjunction with Inca Digital, Fujifilm will showcase the Onset X platform for the production of corrugated displays and packaging at their stand.

Fujifilm’s Acuity B1, a versatile, high-quality modular printer for short-run graphic display work, will be placed on the Fujifilm stand this year. Previously featured as a technology preview, FESPA 2018 sees the machine’s full commercial launch. It is built on the latest UV technology and features new and exclusive Fujifilm Dimatix QFR printheads, delivering 7 picoliter drop sizes. Offering exceptional print quality and high productivity at an accessible price point, it will appeal to a broad range of print businesses.

FESPA’s inaugural Digital Corrugated Experience feature provides the ideal opportunity for Fujifilm to showcase the corrugated capability of the Inca Digital Onset X platform. The Onset X features the Fujifilm inkjet technology and Fujifilm UV ink, including Uvijet LM, a new low migration ink range specifically designed for printing to secondary food packaging and corrugated retail displays. Fujifilm experts will be on hand to talk visitors through the endless creative potential of the Onset X to create high-quality corrugated displays and short-run packaging.

Tudor Morgan, manager, Sign and Display Segment at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe said, “Fujifilm’s Acuity range, popular with graphic display printers, is growing rapidly. In the past year we’ve added the Acuity 15 flatbed and the Acuity LED 1600R roll-to-roll printer to the range, as well as the Acuity B1. The Onset X, is a high-quality, high-end production flatbed, and a groundbreaking new platform that will be launched in April.”

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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