Ricoh’s inkjet innovation to aim high at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019

Hunkeler at Messe Lucerne 25-28 February 2019

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The Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 is scheduled to be held in Switzerland.

Ricoh will present patent pending technology designed to tweak Print Service Providers’ (PSPs) production at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019. The event is scheduled to take place between 25-28 February 2019 at Messe Lucerne, Switzerland. The Ricoh ProT VC70000 continuous feed inkjet press will make its worldwide public debut at the event.

At the largest specialist continuous feed event, Ricoh will present the Pro VC70000’s patent pending dryer technology designed for greater ink coverage and to eliminate cockling. It prints 12,000 sheets an hour and assures fast, consistent and high quality print. It uses new Ricoh-developed inks that support traditional offset coated substrates. The latter capability will be highlighted with a wealth of offset coated paper applications including a 225 mm square sewn and bound photobook printed on 150 gsm media as well as direct mailers and leaflets.

The compact Ricoh ProT V20000 will showcase flexible and responsive mono continuous feed inkjet production. It enables PSPs to produce applications ranging from pharmaceutical leaflets to transactional print such as bills, statements and policy documents as well as books and direct mail.

The Ricoh ProT C9200 digital press boasts of colour sheet fed productivity and reduced operational costs. Built on the Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, it offers increased image quality with outstanding registration to empower business growth.

To support efficient and streamlined continuous feed and sheet fed production, Ricoh will also present new additions to its software portfolio and highlight the capabilities of Ricoh’s TotalFlow BatchBuilder and Ricoh’s ProcessDirector.

Eef De Ridder, vice president of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe, says, “Our continuous feed production platform is growing fast and we are delighted to be able to give visitors to Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 a first look at all the exciting technologies featured in our Pro VC70000 system. The combination of Ricoh proprietary technologies, including the unique dryer and new inks. It supports offset substrates and opens up a whole new world of production possibilities.”

Ricoh will join other print manufacturers on the ‘Successful With Automation’ panel discussion during the ‘Partner Conference’ and is proud to again sponsor the DOXNET lectures and networking event.

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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