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.

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The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

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