Thane-based Neelkamal Xerox adds solutions from Epson and Konica Minolta

Thane-based Neelkamal Xerox adds solutions from Epson and Konica Minolta
Kiran Pahuja of Neelkamal Xerox with Epson SureColor SC-P20070

Thane-based digital print services provider Neelkamal Xerox has overhauled its printing set-up in the last six months by adding new machines for wide format printing as well as regular commercial printing jobs. It has invested in an Epson SureColor SC-P20070 wide format printer for photo printing, canvas printing and architectural printing jobs. Neelkamal Xerox has also bought a new Konica Minolta Bizhub Pro 1100 to cater to regular digital commercial printing jobs.

“For wide format printing jobs, we have always relied on Epson technology. We started with Stylus Pro 9700 and then upgraded to Epson SureColor SC-T7270. Since we gradually started getting large-sized jobs, we went for the 64-inch Epson SureColor SC-P20070. We have been very happy with Epson technology,” says Kiran Pahuja of Neelkamal Xerox.

The Epson SureColor SC-P20070 is a 64-inch high-speed production printer equipped with PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead and UltraChrome PRO ink. The PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead utilizes 8000 nozzles, for print speeds up to 17.5-meter square per hour.

Neelkamal Xerox’s other purchase, the Konica Minolta Bizhub Pro 1100, is an entry-level digital black & white printer. It has a black & white production speed of 100 A4 or 55 A3 pages per minute and has a resolution of 1200 dpi. The Bizhub Pro 1100 can handle media weights between 40 and 300 gsm (optional 350 gsm).

“We booked the Bizhub Pro 1100 during Pamex 2017, which was held in December last year. Again, we opted for Konica Minolta because we were already using Konica Minolta C1060 color digital printer and were satisfied with their service,” Pahuja shares.

Having invested in two new machines in the last six months, Neelkamal Xerox will be in consolidation phase for the next 9 to 12 months but the next major investment will be in a black & white wide format printer.

“We have been looking to get a new wide format black & white printer of 36-inch size and we have zeroed in on KIP, which is a brand owned by Konica Minolta,” he says.

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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