Allied Printers installs Enthrone 429

First brand new press in Dehradun

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Abhishek Rajvanshi and Ravindra Rajvanshi of Allied Printers with the new Komori Ethrone 429. Photo IPP
Abhishek Rajvanshi and Ravindra Rajvanshi of Allied Printers with the new Komori Ethrone 429. Photo IPP

Allied Printers started offset printing in 1996 by installing a Dominant press. Earlier, the company operated as a letterpress and binding unit. With time, it started shifting its job profile to offset printing and installed its second offset press, a 4-color Akiyama refurbished press, in 2006 followed by a refurbished Heidelberg SM72V in 2010. Recently, Allied Printers installed the first new press in the area, a Komori Enthrone 429 sheetfed offset press in July 2019.

“The biggest challenge today is digital media, and we think the solution lies in the delivery time of our print work, improving the quality standards, reducing workforce, and enhancing production-related processes. This shall help to make offset more competitive economically and aesthetically,” says Abhishek Rajvanshi, proprietor of Allied Printers.

Increasing downtime on old presses propels new investment

The old and refurbished presses owned by the company had frequent breakdowns and had lower production because of which Rajvanshi decided to buy a brand new press. “As we’re located approximately 250 km from Delhi, arranging spare parts and personnel for work always meant a minimum of 3 days’ downtime.

“We’ve been outsourcing some of our printing work to printers in Delhi, who were printing on Komori presses. We were well aware of the quality and reliability of Komori as a brand. The print runs at our plant are less than 1000 impressions, and from our experience on the Enthrone, we found no other machine that offered lesser print-ready timing and wastage,” Rajvanshi adds. He also lauded the post-sales service support of the press, saying that the support is unparalleled and handy for a press owner. He even praised Komori India for providing extensive training support during the initial phase.

Allied targets packaging printing with new Enthrone

With its older, refurbished presses, Allied was printing and supplying government projects only, but with the new Komori, it plans to tap the private sector as well. With the new press, the company has also started printing on substrates as thick as 400 gsm for packaging purposes that cannot be printed on other presses.

The company is also printing commercial and book work on the new press. The press is equipped with CIP4 for ink control and reduced paper wastage. With the new press, the production will increase by at least 50%.

Apart from these machine in the pressroom, the company has a Stahl folding machine, perfect binding machines from Welbound and Auto Bind, and Polar cutting machines.

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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