Mimaki wins two awards again at FESPA Berlin 2018

Mimaki printers named best-in-class

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Danna Drion, marketing manager EMEA and Yuji Ikeda, managing director, Mimaki

Last year, Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, bagged two awards at FESPA Hamburg 2017 for Best Object Printer for the Mimaki UJF-MkII Series and Best Textile Printer under 100 sq./h for the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 with its dual ink capability. Continuing the victorious streak at FESPA 2018 in Berlin, Mimaki has been honored with two prestigious awards again by the European Digital Press Association on 18 May 2018.

Mimaki UCJV300-160 printer/cutter was recognized as the best roll-to-roll printer up to 170 cm while Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full color 3D printer was named the best 3D additive full-color printer. The two printers were named best-in-class at the event.

The winners of the Editorial Digital Press Association (EDP) awards at FESPA 2018 were selected on the basis of achievement, quality and cost by 21 eminent trade magazines with editorial emphasis on digital print processes from all over Europe with coverage of 27 countries. The EDP comes together annually to honor the best technological developments among products and other developments announced or presented within the previous 12 months.

Enthralled by the victory, Danna Drion, marketing manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe, said, “We are honored to again be a recipient of these prestigious awards, receiving best-in-class awards for our UCJV300-160 roll-to-roll printer and our unique 3DUJ-553 full-color 3D printer.” She added, “We appreciate the time and effort the editors put in to reviewing more than 120 entries, and we are pleased to be included in the final award process with these two outstanding products.”

Mimaki UCJV300 Series
The new UCJV300 Series printers offer in-line cutting capabilities and feature layered print technology. Prints are instantly cured, allowing customers to quickly print and move to the finished product. The Greenguard Gold certified LUS-170 inks are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The flexibility of the ink makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, including those with curved surfaces like vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

Mimaki 3DUJ-553 Full-Color 3D Printer
The 3DUJ-553 3D printer can produce more than 10 million colors in layers as fine as 19 microns. When the object has been produced, its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off, saving time and reducing the risk of damaging the job work on removal of support material. The availability of clear ink enhances the appearance of the printed work.

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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