At the recently concluded Media Expo Mumbai 2019, Monotech Solutions launched the Pixeljet miniRTR 6 feet UV LED roll-to-roll printer. The printer is equipped with XAAR print head and comes in a 6-color and a 4-color plus white, plus varnish version. It can handle a broad scope of flexible media for indoor and outdoor applications.
The 4-color plus white varnish version has the ability to print white in different modes, improving the opacity of the printed material as well as increasing color contrast and readability. The Pixeljet miniRTR has been designed for printers who are willing to move from eco-solvent printing to UV printing within a limited budget.
In addition to the Pixeljet miniRTR 6, Monotech displayed Pixeljet UVmini flatbed with spot UV that enhances the existing print quality. The Pixeljet UVmini is equipped with Ricoh print head and can handle media thickness of 70 mm and is configured as CMYK + WV.
Another product on display was the Pixeljet 2512 RMO, which is a UV hybrid flatbed printer and can print on rigid as well as soft media. It can be used for indoor applications and industrial applications like glass printing, wood printing and PVC printing, among others.
“In this competitive market, the only way of differentiating your business and woo the customer is to add value to the exiting print and think beyond CMYK printing. We are now focusing on digital enhancement and have already introduced our products in the market including the launch of Pixeljet miniRTR at this expo. Sensing the demands and market regulations we are acting more on offering products which can add value to the print,” said Manoj Garg, product head – Wide Format Graphics.
Monotech also showed a large format poster printer from Canon along with format 3D printer from BigRep.
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.