The new Ricoh Pro C5300 series

An ideal solution for small to medium-sized PSPs

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The Ricoh Pro C5300 colour sheet fed press delivers high productivity on a broader range of media
The Ricoh Pro C5300 colour sheet fed press delivers high productivity on a broader range of media

Print Service Providers (PSPs) can harness greater production flexibility, higher print quality and broader service offering with the Ricoh Pro C5300 series sheetfed colour press. Building on the success of its predecessor, the Ricoh Pro C5200, the Pro C5300 is ideal for small to medium size PSPs, print on demand environments, Corporate Reprographics Departments (CRDs) and print shops.

Key benefits of the enhanced system include:

· High image quality with Ricoh 2400 x 4800dpi VCSEL technology and new gloss control to address different image output demands

· Greater productivity with a speed of up to 80ppm and an increased monthly duty cycle of 450,000

· Vacuum feed Large Capacity Tray supporting a wide range of substrates

· Improved front to back registration due to a new paper pass control system

· Broad media handling of substrates up to 360 gsm, non-carbon paper, textured media and envelopes

· A wider variety of postpress capabilities enabling responsive service delivery supported by peripherals, including an enhanced booklet finisher capable of 30-sheet booklet production at 80 gsm. Versatile end to end production is further aided by its high capacity stacker and efficient fore-edge trimmer.

The Pro C5300 incorporates a 10-inch touch screen colour panel for fast and easy set-up and uptime is maximized with simple to change operator replaceable units (ORUs). “The Pro C5300 colour sheetfed press is an evolution of Ricoh’s tried and tested technology and has been developed to support responsive print production for small to medium volume demands,” says Eef de Ridder, vice president, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “Encompassing all the successful operational elements of its predecessor while adding new capabilities has resulted in a system that offers great usability, flexibility, and productivity.”

The Ricoh Pro C5300 will be available across Europe from May 2020.

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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