Reliance Graphic opens Andheri branch with multiple Canon presses

Digital printing hub of Andheri East

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Team Reliance Graphic at Andheri branch

After operating in the south Mumbai business hub of Fort for close to three decades, digital print service provider Reliance Graphic has recently set up a new branch in the north Mumbai commercial district of Andheri East. With many colleges, schools and corporate offices driving demand for print over the past decade, Andheri East has emerged as a major digital printing hub in the city of Mumbai, with some big digital print service providers operating from the place.

“The pace of growth in demand for print in the Fort area has slowed down in recent years as businesses have shifted northwards to Bandra, and especially Andheri. With many educational institutes and corporate offices located in Andheri East, and demand for print increasing, we decided to have a presence here as well. This area is a very big hub for digital printing,” says Pravin Khutiya, proprietor of Reliance Graphic.

Reliance Graphic’s Andheri East branch is spread over 1,000 square foot and caters to both retail and corporate clients making 30% and 70% of the customer base, respectively. The branch became operational in December 2018 and houses multiple digital presses.

Multiple Canon presses at work

Reliance Graphic’s new branch in Andheri East has started operations with multiple brand-new Canon presses. The unit employs a Canon imagePress 10000VP, Canon imagePress C650, Canon Oce PlotWave345, Canon imageRunner Advance 8585 and Canon imagePROGRAF color plotter.

The Canon imagePress 10000VP runs at a speed of 100 pages per minute; the imagePress C650 has a speed of 68 ppm; the Oce PW345 is a black and white all-in-one wide format print/copy/scan system with color scanner; the imageRunner Advance 8585 is a black and white printer with a print speed of 85 ppm; and the imagePROGRAF is a color plotter for applications such as CAD drawings.

Talking about the big investment in Canon machines, Khutiya says Reliance Graphic has been using Canon presses for the last three years at its Fort branch and is quite familiar with the company and its after-sales services.

“We already have multiple Canon digital presses at our Fort branch and have been using them for last three years. We are extremely happy with our association with Canon,” he says.

At present Reliance Graphic’s Andheri branch is printing 200,000 black and white impressions and 60,000 color impressions of 12 x 18 inch size every month.

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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