Epson products win iF Design Award 2020

For innovative industrial product design excellence

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iF Design Award 2020

Seiko Epson Corporation announced that it’s Surecolor SC-P7500 and Surecolor SC-P9500 large-format printers won the iF Design Award 2020 by Hanover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH.

The iF Design Award, created in 1953, is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards for innovative industrial product design excellence. The products are evaluated based on a wide range of criteria. This year’s winners were selected from 7298 entries from 56 countries and regions by a 78-member jury comprising experts from around the world.

Surecolor SC-P7500 and Surecolor SC-P9500

As successors of the Surecolor SC-P9050V and SC-P9050G, regarded highly as the industry standards for reproducing high-quality images, the newer variants provide the functional operability of high-quality professional tools. These include features such as internal lighting to immediately check printed material and a neutral color that does not interfere when making color adjustments.

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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