Mumbai’s Prince Graphics invests big in 2018

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Mumbai’s Prince Graphics invests big in 2018
Rajesh Manodra with AccurioPress C6085

Andheri East based Prince Graphics has recently added its fourth Konica Minolta production press to cater to rising digital print volumes. Earlier this year, the print house bought a new Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6085 color digital press, adding to its three existing Konica Minolta black & white production presses and one Canon 10000 color digital press. In total, Prince Graphics’ shop floor has two high-speed color digital presses and three monochrome presses as well as a state-of-the-art finishing department, which consists of equipment from Duplo, Morgana and Joy, among numerous others smaller machines.

“This is our second digital color press within two years. We bought Canon 10000 less than two years ago and now we have installed a Konica Minolta C6085. The reason for expansion in our color printing capability was significant growth in print volumes,” says Rajesh Manodra, director, Prince Graphics. Three years ago, Prince Graphics was printing 30,000 color print impressions every month; now it prints about 3 lakh impressions each month. The Canon 10000 is printing about 2 lakh monthly impressions while the Konica Minolta C6085 has a monthly print volume of 1 lakh impressions, Manodra shares.

The 4-color AccurioPress C6085 has a speed of 85 pages per minute and can take maximum substrate weight of 400 gsm at the same maximum speeds. The machine is also blessed with the Simitri HD E toner for enhanced offset-like natural appearance. The low fusing temperature also ensures least damage to paper and results in high quality finishes and performance. Konica Minolta has also introduced ICCU unit, which helps in the auto calibration and auto registration of sheets in production.

Prince ColorjetRajesh Manodra with Colorjet VULCAN

Prince Graphics mainly serves corporate customers and prints business cards, brochures, posters, flyers, corporate stationery and leaflets, among others. It has customers from a range of segments, such as insurance, banking, stock broking, FMCG and pharmaceuticals, to name just a few. Prince Graphics also offers web-to-print solution through its website www.printingstationery.com and well as through a mobile app.

“We have an extremely robust IT backend to cater to the web-to-print segment. This is a very high growth area for us as more and more corporates are signing up for it,” Manodra says.

New Colorjet Vulcan installed for signage printing
Prince Digital operates its signage division under a separate entity called Nine Blinq, which operates from a unit adjacent to Prince Graphics. In April this year, Nine Blinq installed a brand new Colorjet VULCAN, which is the first UV roll-to-roll printing machine and uses Zero VOC UV inks. The VULCAN is equipped with Kyocera printhead, with the capability to deliver prints at very high printing quality and speed. The high-speed 3.2m UV LED roll-to-roll press was launched at Media Expo Delhi 2017.

“This is our second Colorjet press. We already have a Colorjet Polo Turbo so we were satisfied with Colorjet’s performance. S far as I know the VULCAN that we have installed is the first one in India,” says Manodra. In addition to the two Colorjet printers, Nine Blinq also has signage printers from Roland, Epson and HP.

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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