Canon India strengthens its foothold in West Bengal with the installation of imagePRESS C8000VP in Kolkata

The flagship machine is installed at Mantra Designers and Printers in Kolkata.

imagePRESS C8000VP
L-R- Amit Roy, director, Mantra Printers and Puneet Datta, senior director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India at the installation of imagePRESS C8000VP in Kolkata

Steadfast in its commitment to lead by innovation and provide seamless experiences to its consumers, Canon India, one of the leading imaging players, announced the first installation of its flagship imagePRESS C8000VP in West Bengal at Mantra Designers and Printers, Kolkata. Acclaimed for its unique value proposition, the machine was inaugurated in the distinguished presence of Puneet Datta, senior director of Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India and Amit Roy, proprietor at Mantra Designers and Printers.

Enticing the attention of the professional printing industry, the imagePRESS C8000VP has yielded over 100 installations across India. The flagship printer is built to efficiently meet the latest production demands and easily handle quality jobs on a wide range of substrates, enabling unprecedented image production quality and capability to print on a host of media. Its unique value proposition allows imagePRESS C8000VP to meet the specific requirements of multiple commercial print and packaging applications.

Expressing his views on the growing market demand for the series, Puneet Datta, senior director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India said, “At Canon, we thrive to delight our customers spread across geographies with latest technology and innovation in the professional printing space. Kolkata is a vital market for Canon, and we have installed multiple machines in this market in the past few months. We are excited to reinforce our footprint in West Bengal with the installation of imagePRESS C8000 VP in Kolkata. Featuring proven technologies from the successful imagePRESS product line-up, the imagePRESS C8000VP maintains high productivity and delivers vibrant output by smoothly integrating into existing workflows. This installation is a shining example of the success of our imagePRESS series and a symbol of Canon’s strong commitment to the Indian market. We are positive that the installation will prove to be an important milestone in the growth journey of Mantra Designers and Printers and will further help them to gain strong acceptance among customers.”

Mantra Designers and Printers is a one-of-a-kind new-age printing and designing space located in Sealdah, Kolkata, Asia’s largest printing, paper and publishing district. Fiercely committed to the mission of providing customers and businesses the access to exceptional quality digital printing, Mantra aims to elevate the printing experience for everyone. Positioned at the crossroad of Baithakkhana Road and Surya Sen Street, it is a shop easily accessed by trains, buses, metro and all other forms of transportation.

Speaking at the installation of the machine,  Amit Roy, director, Mantra Printers said, “Over time, we have witnessed a growing demand for color consistency across a wide variety of media, but there wasn’t any solution which met this specific requirement. On the basis of our extensive industry research and personal technical evaluation, it became evident that imagePRESS C8000VP is number one, especially in terms of media versatility, duty cycle, quality and consistency of prints. Canon has always been well-known within the industry for its range of technologically supreme and reliable products, all of which gave us the confidence to install it. We are extremely delighted to be the first printing house in Eastern India to partner with Canon on this unique industry opportunity. We are looking to usher in a new age of digital printing in the region. The imagePRESS C8000VP is engineered for demanding production environments and we are positive that it will enable us to drive more revenue opportunities by delivering outstanding print quality on a wide range of media.”

Canon imagePRESS C8000VP has been perceived as a distinguished machine in the digital press segment, meeting the evolving needs of the professional printing space. With an aim to deliver printing excellence, the printer is especially designed to meet higher production volumes for both commercial and in-house print service providers without compromising on quality. The printer features an extensive range of Canon’s recently developed innovative consistently vivid (CV) toner which improves transfer efficiency for enhanced color consistency and accuracy across a wide variety of media. The printer comes with 2400 x 2400 dpi resolution enabling even higher precision in the printing of text and images.

Key Features of imagePRESS C8000VP

Optimum Productivity across all Media Range

Equipped with a speed of 80ppm, the machine offers an optimum productivity across an extensive media range up to 350gsm. With a Dual Fixing unit with enhanced cooling capability, the machine delivers better mixed media handling, while an external heat belt ensures stable fixing performance at high speed.

Exceptional Print Quality and Consistency

iPR C8000VP is equipped with innovative technologies, which will ensure state-of-the-art quality from first to last print without compromising on productivity. The machine uses Canon’s newly developed innovative consistently vivid (CV) toner which improves transfer efficiency for enhanced color consistency and accuracy across a wide variety of media. The printer comes with 2400 x 2400 dpi resolution enabling even higher precision in the printing of text and images. An in-line spectroscopic sensor and new Multi-Density Adjustment Technology (Multi D.A.T) will also deliver real time color calibration to ensure consistent quality day after day, with minimal operator intervention.

Flexible Media Versatility

The imagePRESS C8000VP supports extensive range of media including texture papers and have capabilities that enable the creation of extensive and innovative applications. The machine has various media handling technologies like Suction Feeding, Straight Paper Path and Best in Class Front-Back Registration technology which helps to produce better finished products.

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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