Komori H-UV curing system makes record sales

Komori receives over 1,000 orders for H-UV system

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Tokyo-based Komori Corporation has recently set a new record in sale of its H-UV innovative curing system. Komori’s president Satoshi Mochida says that until now, the company has received more than 1,000 orders for the product. The Komori H-UV system is an innovative UV curing system that uses a UV lamp/LED module developed with Komori know-how and high-sensitivity UV ink. With just one lamp/LED module mounted in the delivery, this system offers high print quality and reliability as well as excellent economic and eco-friendly performance.

The H-UV system has proved to be a successful product of Komori since its release in 2009. In 2011, it was honored with a technology award by the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology (JSPST). It was awarded as a technology that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of the printing industry or to the development of applications for other fields. It also received the 2011 InterTech Technology Award that honors the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries.

As of January 2019, orders for H-UV system in the 10 years since launch have totaled 1,002 presses, including 527 in Japan and 475 abroad. The H-UV system enables immediate postpress processing and high added value printing on special substrates or package printing due to its instant curing performance. Following the rapid change in the printing industry in recent years of more short runs of many different items and quick turnarounds, it has gained a brand reputation as Komori is getting repeat orders from customers who have already installed the H-UV system.

Mochida says, Komori total support helps maintain high print quality, reduces common problems and lowers costs since all K-Supply brand consumables for the H-UV system are supplied by Komori. It includes the K-Supply H-UV Ink that is the ideal Komori standard ink. For quality control, the effect of changes in materials tends to be temporary. Komori uses its know-how as a press manufacturer to ensure quality control by not only supplying materials but also through recommending and providing machine maintenance.

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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