Goregaon-based Jumbo Xerox has installed another brand-new Canon color digital production printer recently. The print service provider already owns a Canon imagePRESS C800 on its shop floor before it opted for a brand-new Canon imagePRESS C850, which was installed in the last week of June. Jumbo Xerox also has a Canon imageRUNNER Advance digital press and a Canon Oce Plotwave 345 plotter. In terms of its overall business, digital commercial printing constitutes 50% while the plotting segment makes up the remaining 50%.
“We bought our first digital press from Canon almost four years back. Since then we have not faced any major issues. We have lost very few work hours due to machine downtime. In addition to this, the print quality of Canon is very good,” says Dharmik Karia, proprietor of Jumbo Xerox. Strategically located near the Goregaon station, the print service provider offers solutions such as printing of business cards, letterheads, brochures, booklet printing, CAD plotting and stickers, among others to both retail as well as corporate customers.
According to Karia, Canon imagePRESS C850 press’ biggest advantage is that it can print duplex jobs with highly accurate front-to-back registration. “Our volumes were growing and so we needed another production press. We did not want our customers to wait to get their job done. In such competitive times, you cannot afford to do that,” says Karia. Also, Jumbo Xerox’s customers were extremely satisfied with the quality offered by Canon presses. “The color consistency, print quality, flexibility of media and the new Fiery G200 are some of the salient features of the press. We would be employing the C850 mainly for large quantity jobs,” Karia shares.
Canon imagePRESS series consists of ImagePRESS C650, ImagePRESS C750 and ImagePRESS C850 production printers. In terms of speed, the C650, C750 and C850 can print 65, 75 and 85 pages per minute respectively with a resolution of 2400 x 2400 dpi.
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.