Konica Minolta appoints Tai Nizawa as new managing director for India

Aims to strengthen the fast-growing business in India

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Tai Nizawa
Tai Nizawa, the newly appointed managing director of Konica Minolta India

Konica Minolta India has strengthened its leadership ranks by appointing Tai Nizawa as its managing director. An industry veteran with over 30 years of rich experience in the printing industry, Nizawa has been associated with Konica Minolta since 1987. Having moved to this role after working as the managing director in Vietnam, Nizawa has also worked with the brand in Osaka, Germany, New Zealand, Tokyo, Netherlands, UAE, and the US.

Speaking on his appointment, Tai Nizawa, managing director, Konica Minolta said, “On the back of its robust and technologically superior value proposition, Konica Minolta has emerged as a frontrunner in the global printing industry. It is an honor to be working with this forward-looking company for the past 3 decades. I am now looking forward to bringing the expertise and knowledge garnered over the years to further strengthen the fast-growing business in India.”

Throughout his prolific career, Nizawa has held several pivotal positions and has been instrumental in devising strategies that have led to the decided growth of the company. In his current role as the managing director at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Nizawa will be responsible for creating a strategic roadmap and leading day-to-day operations for the Indian business. He will be based out of the Gurgaon-Cybercity office.

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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