Okhla Printers and Providers Association organizes Holi Milan at Delhi

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Hirofumi Hoshino, managing director of Komori India was the special guest at Holi Milan organized by OPPA in Delhi.

Recently, the Okhla Printers and Providers Association in Delhi organized Holi Milan, ahead of the widely celebrated festival in India – Holi. Organized to provide a common platform to printers for knowledge sharing and helping them grow, the event had the managing director of Komori India, Hirofumi Hoshino, as the special guest.

Hoshino gave a presentation in which he talked about the history of the Indian printing industry by emphasizing on the impact of printing on industry’s growth. According to Hoshino, Western countries such as US and Europe were once the powerhouses of printing but, with changing time, China and India are scaling the growth chart rapidly. “India and China are working to bring a balance of power in the printing world,” Hoshino said.

“The Indian market is growing at a fast pace. In the last four years, Komori India has become a leader in the market and has grown to own more than 40% market share. In the Asian perspective, India, Vietnam and Indonesia are taking a big leap with India being the ultimate leader,” Hoshino added.

He also mentioned about Komori’s flagship product, the Lithrone GX40RP, a 40 inch front and reverse multi-color offset printing press equipped with UV. He said that Komori can sense the change in environment and is adapted to provide best services to the printers. Komori India is now offering Imperia NS40 and Impremia IS 29 along with PESP.

Laying special emphasis on automation, Hoshino said, “We believe automation will be a game changer in the growing market and KP – connect is a solution of many problems.”
According to him, commercial printing in India is steadily shifting towards packaging and the rate has almost doubled in the last year. He also said that the company’s vision is to contribute to sustainability and growth by providing the right kind of solutions, products and services that meet the customers’ expectations.

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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