Ahmedabad’s Krishna Multiprint to invest in new Komori press with in-line coater

A long time Komori customer

Paresh Chaudhary, director, Krishna Multiprint with the Komori Lithrone A37. Photo IPP

Krishna Multiprint is among the leading offset commercial printers in Ahmedabad with large scale operation underpinned by the best technology in the prepress, press and postpress departments. The company is now planning to add a new Komori 4-color press with in-line coater. Krishna Multiprint already owns multiple Komori offset presses.

“We regularly get jobs which require in-line coating so we are thinking it is time we get a press with in-line coater. We have not decided on the timeline but we plan to get it within a year or so,” says Sunilkumar Gadodia, chief executive officer of Krishna Multiprint.
The company operates with two Heidelberg presses, one Ryobi press and four Komori presses. The last Komori that it had installed was a couple of years ago—a Komori Lithrone A37 4-color press of the size 25 x 36 inch. This was the first Komori of this size in Gujarat when the company installed it in 2017.

“We are very happy with the Komori technology as you can see, we have multiple presses and plan to add another one soon. The after-sales service is very satisfactory and our relationship has been excellent. Now that Komori is directly dealing with customers, we hope the experience will continue to be good,” says Gadodia.

Talking about the benefits of going for a 25 x 36 inch size press, Gadodia argues that with a bigger size Krishna Multiprint has been able to increase the productivity, reduce power costs, cut labor costs and improve the quality of the print output.

In addition to the seven offset presses of various sizes, Krishna Multiprint has basysPrint CtCP and a Kodak CtP in its prepress section while it has plethora of machines in its postpress department including numerous cutting machines, perfect binding machines, folding machines, stitching machines, wiro binding machines, punching machines and lamination machines, among others.

Krishna Multiprint prints items such as books, calendars, visiting cards, pamphlets, posters, flyers, invitation cards and wedding cards, among many other items. The company also prints packaging cartons but it does not do the converting part of the process. Cartons is a very small part of the business, Gadodia shares.

Apart from serving customers in Gujarat, it caters to customers in the neighboring states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Move towards packaging?

There has been a trend in recent years of commercial printers diversifying into packaging printing. Since Krishna Multiprint is already printing cartons for other convertors, is the company planning to have a full-fledged packaging printing and converting unit in-house in the immediate future? Gadodia was a little ambiguous in answering that.
“Our commercial printing business is moving along pretty well. We do almost 200 jobs of various sizes every day. Yes, packaging is a fast growing area and many commercial printers have diversified into the segment. As for Krishna Multiprint moving into packaging printing and converting, we have not decided about it yet. At the same time, we cannot predict what the future holds,” he says.

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.

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