Kolhapur’s Sigmarq Technologies to debut at Printpack 2019

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Sigmarq Technologies
Sigmarq Technologies assembly shop

Kolhapur-based web offset press manufacturer Sigmarq Technologies will be participating for the first time at the upcoming Printpack 2019. Situated in the Five Star MIDC, about 30-minute drive from the city of Kolhapur, Sigmarq has been making a mark for itself in the web offset industry. Managed by two veterans of the industry, Rajesh Ghorpade and Pradeep Shirale, the young company now caters to some of the well-known names in the newspaper industry.

At Printpack, the company will be displaying its flagship product Crusader towers along with its accessories like motorized ink zone control system and sneak type webbing up system. However, there will be no live demonstrations, Ghorpade says.

“Since this is our first Printpack exhibition, we wish to meet all interested parties. It is the biggest show in India which carries its legacy as authenticity, so it is an important show for us,” he adds.

Sigmarq achieved success with its autopasters and progressed to making towers and folders in 2012. In 2014, it launched the Crusader brand of towers. Some other customers that Sigmarq caters to are Ennadu, Gujarat Mitra, Malayala Manorama, and Daily Thanthi, among others.

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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