mRC-3D by QIPC enters the Indian printing industry

Innovative solution for waste management and better press performance


The innovative mRC-3D-system by Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) helps printers worldwide with waste savings and makes their employees’ lives easier. QIPC, a Dutch specialist in measure and control equipment, recently received an order from the Indian printer Pudhari Publications in Kolhapur. The printer plans to use the mRC-3D system in its own printing plant. QIPC has also received an order from Sigmarq Technologies, an Indian press builder; they will install the mRC-3D system on a press that’s been build up in Kenya.

Waste savings

The mRC-3D system for color registration is claimed to have the fastest camera in the world; and it is able to measure accurately, regardless of the focus distance and distortions of the web. As a result, the response time is significantly reduced and large waste savings can be realized. By equipping the system with double sensors, the possibilities become twice as large and depth can be handled with more efficiency. This is very important in case of flutter, waves and creases in the webs.

Long-term cooperation

Pudhari Publications has been in alliance with QIPC for quite some time; the most recent order is a result of this long-term cooperation. Talking about the benefits of the mRC-3D system, Dr Yogesh Jadav of Pudhari Publications says, “The cost for printing plants are consistently increasing. And we were looking for a way to control them. “Thanks to QIPC, we can realize savings in waste and simplify our production.”


An emerging Indian press builder, Sigmarq, is aware of the advantages of QIPC-systems and, therefore, favors them for its presses. “Sigmarq is growing,” says Rakeshkumar Dave, managing director of QIPC India. “In the near future, for example, they plan to launch a new high-speed newspaper press. In addition, our strong relationship with them offers us the possibility to grow along with them.” The four mRC-3D cameras ordered by Sigmarq will be installed on a press in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “That gives us an immediate entry into the growing African market,” explains Dave.

More efficient operation

Moreover, the mRC-3D system helps Sigmarq and Pudhari Publications to achieve their common goal of waste savings and better press performance. Dave adds, “Thanks to the mRC-3D-system, the user will get maximum control over the consumption of paper, ink and energy. In addition, higher quality printed material can be delivered and the accuracy and speed of the production process is increased thanks to the fully automated system.”

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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