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.

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