Canon’s new imagePROGRAF PRO-541S at Pamex 2020

Pamex Preview – Canon in Hall 1 Stand E20

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Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-541S

Canon will show for the first time its new wide format printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-541S, at the upcoming Pamex 2020 from 6 to 9 January at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The 8-color inkjet printer was launched for the south and southeast Asian markets in November last year. The PRO-541S is ideal for commercial advertising posters, signage, POS, and also for soft proofing.

The new PRO Series printers are powered by a high-speed image processing engine – the L-COA PRO processor. The single 1.28-inch-wide Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) printhead on the new printer is capable of ejecting ink droplets size as small as 4 picoliters per color.

In addition to the imagePROGRAF PRO-541S, Canon will display its entire range of digital production presses such as its workhorse Canon imagePRESS C8000VP, its flagship imagePRESS C710 and the imageRUNNER ADV 8585 along with the wide-format inkjet printer, the TX-5300 MFP T36.

The target audience for the company would be jobbers, copy shop owners, CRD and book and offset printers that are adding digital book production capacity.

Indian Printer and Publishers’ editorial team will be available around the show. You can go and meet them at the Indian Printer and Publishers stand in Hall 1 Stand E69.

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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