Dina Color installs first AccurioJet KM-1 press in India

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Dina Color installs first AccurioJet KM-1 press in India
M Dinakaran

In what Konica Minolta is calling a paradigm shift in the Indian printing industry, the company has installed its first state-of-the-art UV inkjet press, the AccurioJet KM-1 at Dina Digital Prints in KM Street (Ellis Road) in Chennai. The news comes to us on 14 May 2018, exactly a week after we visited the location and the engineers were still at work. The installation in Dina Color Labs in Chennai also marks the first AccurioJet KM-1 installation in the entire Southeast Asia region.

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Dina Digital Prints at KM Street, Triplicane, Chennai. Photo IPP

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution is a B2+ sheet-fed inkjet press, and is equipped with the company’s patented UV inkjet technology. It can print 3,000 sheets an hour in simplex mode and 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode, on a variety of substrates that eliminate the need to use special digital stocks or expensive coatings or primers. The press can handle oversized B2 sheets of up to 585×750 mm, with piezo shear technology inkjet arrays fitted in pairs to offer true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution.

The AccurioJet KM-1 can produce quality print on a wide range of substrates, with its consistency in paper feeding, registration, image quality, and repeatability through excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripper-to-gripper offset paper movement technology. Its proprietary KM controller for the servers also enables excellent RIPping quality at par with the machine’s rated speed.

The KM-1 is also a solution for the print on demand for UV applications. Konica Minolta has also provided its Web to Print software cloud solution to Dina Colour lab to be available to its customers 24×7 and have an additional communication channel for marketing and production.

The AccurioJet KM-1 meets the specific requirements of multiple commercial print and packaging applications while eliminating several prepress workflow steps and materials such as plates that can substantially reduce turnaround times and costs. The KM-1 which was shown running at IGAS 2015 and then again at drupa 2016 where it was launched for sale has already achieved a good number of sales and installations around the world.

The first installation of an sheetfed inkjet press in the country is an important achievement for the company which dominates the digital printing industry in India with its toner based digital presses that have been particularly successful for SMBs, given Konica Minolta’s strong customer service in India to its huge and varied customer footprint. The Dina Group itself is a very strong and remarkable first customer with many kinds of creative, restoration, scanning, photographic and digital print services using a large array of technology from its approximately 40 customer-facing locations across the state of Tamil Nadu.

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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