Roland DG launches two new products

To inspire creativity and print potential

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Latest edition of Roland’s RIP software
Latest edition of Roland’s RIP software

The new VersaUV LEF2-300D that has been introduced to enhance print possibilities, while the latest version of Roland’s RIP software – Ergosoft Roland Edition 3 – enhances the user-experience for Texart customers.

Discover the new potential of the LEF2-300D

First introduced in 2011, the VersaUV LEF series has proved incredibly popular, witnessing years of evolution to allow for larger bed sizes and finer finishing details. Roland DG released the VersaUV LEF2-300D, a new model with 200mm height, which not only supports taller items, but adds capacity for a wider variety of jigs, expanding the print potential on offer. The VersaUV LEF creates vibrant colour and realistic textures, allowing for on demand customisation across a range of products and substrates, including leather bags, shoes, phone cases and other promotional items and gifts.

Francisco Lozano, product manager Roland DG says, “Given the versatility of the VersaUV LEF, we’ve seen fantastic success stories from a range of users. They come not just from the print industry, but also from retail, manufacturing and other industries – many of whom previously only relied on screen printing processes, without a complementary digital device such as the VersaUV series.”

Ergosoft Roland Edition 3

With a variety of new features and improvements, including a redesigned user interface for intuitive operation and enhanced user experience, the ability to quickly find and reach target spot colour, automatic spot replacement and overall improved user efficiency and productivity, this latest edition of Roland’s RIP software is a perfect match for high quality textile printing. Existing Texart XT-640/RT-640 users who have activated editions 1 and 2 are eligible for a free upgrade between 24 March and 30 September 2020.

Part of the latest products being unveiled

The director of Business Development & Product Management, Roland DG, Paul Willems says, “We’re so excited to be able to finally introduce our latest developments, created not only to assist current users and printers, but also to inspire creativity and print potential for future use.”

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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