Konica Minolta attends Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair (CEIF) 2019

Showcases state-of-the-art digital printing technology and applications

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L-R: Daisuke Mori, managing director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, Ashok Sethi, general manager – Sales, PPDC/IDC, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India and Manish Gupta, national marketing manager - PP & IP at Konica Minolta Business Solutions India

Konica Minolta recently participated in the Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair (CEIF) 2019. Held at India Expo Mart in Noida between 10 and 12 January 2019, the event witnessed the demonstration of two of the brand’s most state-of-the-art offerings—the AccurioPress C83hc/C73hc and the MGI JETvarnish 3DS.

The AccurioPress C83hc/C73hc enables high-capacity, high-speed production printing with an output of up to 81 ppm delivering superior color reproduction, automated and real-time color/registration adjustment, and excellent versatility. Both machines are designed to help print and printing businesses expand the scope and scale of their operations, enhance productivity, and maximize profitability by catering to new-age print jobs. The MGI JETvarnish 3DS with foil enhances documents to deliver visually stunning, high-quality digital documents with 3D or traditional flat spot UV coating and digital foil with capability of variable-data print. Spot UV & Foil are digital and do not need any pre-process.

Speaking about their participation at the event, Daisuke Mori, managing director – Konica Minolta Business Solutions India said, “Digital, without a doubt, is the future of business. As a global domain leader, Konica Minolta has been at the forefront of pushing the limits of what digital technology can do as far as print and printing is concerned. The MGI JETvarnish 3DS and the AccurioPress C83hc/C73hc are testament to our commitment to constant innovation, and to introduce technological enhancements that drive substantial value addition for our customers.

We are delighted to showcase these two machines at a prestigious industry forum like CEIF 2019 and are encouraged by the reception that we have received from the attendees here. Our long-term vision is to build an end-to-end ecosystem of hardware and software solutions that are designed to optimize productivity, operational flexibility, and profitability for print and printing businesses. Such industry events provide us the perfect podium to demonstrate our differentiation.”

Attendees visiting the Konica Minolta stand appreciated the brand’s technological superiority, particularly when it came to digital photo book printing applications and embellishing them with spot UV and foil for both small and large volume orders and variable printing requirements.

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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