Epson India to showcase gamut of solutions at CEIF 2020

CEIF 2020 to be held in Mumbai from 8 to 10 January

Vasudevan LK, general manager - LFP/IE, Epson India
Vasudevan LK, general manager - LFP/IE, Epson India

Epson India will showcase a range of products and solutions from 4R size printers and A4 size EcoTank photo printers to 64-inch large format printers and photo scanners at Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair (CEIF) 2020, which will be held in Mumbai from 8 to 10 January. These printers will be for photographers and videographers, photo labs and photo studios.

On display will be the new Epson D830, a digital photo lab printer suitable for a wide range of printing applications, including studio and event photography, in-store kiosk and print-for-pay operation. This will be shown for the first time at the expo. SL-D830 can print at a speed of 360 4R photos per hour, duty cycle of 200,000 prints, can print from 3.5 inch to 8-inch sizes with a wide color gamut, deep blacks and superior gloss prints.

The SureColor SC-P9000 is a 64-inch printer designed for printing professional quality photo prints. It is suitable for printing on a variety of media from canvas and luster media to soft board and wedding album. Epson will also showcase the SureColor SC-S80670 eco-solvent signage printer, which is used for printing customized wall graphics and other indoor applications.

Also on display will be the portable 4R photo printer, PictureMate PM520, the world’s first 6-color EcoTank photo printers – the L805 & L850, A3+ photo printer – the SureColor SC-P807, and the professional photo scanner V700.

At the expo, Epson will be reviewing the all-new Epson SureColor SC-F530. The printer is a 24-inch dye sublimation printer with InkTank. It is ideal for photo studios and labs that want to diversify the business to customized phone covers, mugs, mouse mats, T-shirts or cushions and more. The key features of SC-530 are refillable InkTanks, print speed of 70 seconds per A1/D size prints and ability to print on different of sizes from A4 to A3 cut sheets format and A4 to 24 inches in roll format.

At CEIF 2020, Epson will be meeting photographers and videographers, photo labs, small photo studios, amateur and professional photographers.

“CEIF helps them witness the new products for the photo fraternity and is the appropriate platform to experience the products,” says Vasudevan LK, general manager – LFP/IE, Epson India. “Customers will also get a chance to interact with our team directly and get a better understanding of the advantages of Epson’s products and solutions.”

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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