Bhavik Publications install first JETSCI monochrome inkjet web press

Press manufactured by Monotech and Pressline

L-R: Dinesh Kumar Thakur, DGM - Sales, Monotech and Dipak N. Patel, Owner, Bhavik Publications

India’s leading manufacturer of high-speed industrial inkjet solutions, Monotech Systems installed the first fully integrated high-speed print-on-demand inkjet web press at Bhavik Publications located at Ahmedabad. The machine is already in production for over 3 months and is installed with an inline servo-driven variable cut sheeting device. This web press is manufactured with joint efforts of JETSCI that has supplied the complete application and inkjet printing solution and Pressline who supported the web control system with an inline sheeter.

Apart from print-on-demand book printing applications, the JETSCI machine can be fully utilized in more demanding transactional and security printing applications. Dipak N. Patel, owner of Bhavik Publications says, “We were looking for the digital press for our print-on-demand short-run jobs in publishing and security printing for over 2 years but could not find the right solution which has speed, quality, the local support availability and reasonable requirement of investment. It fits all our requirements very well. We are really happy with quality and productivity on the machine”.

“We are now able to deliver our jobs in the shortest turnaround time with the new web press, which can deliver high quality at resolutions up to 600dpi and speed of up to 150m/min, the programmable variable cut sheeter ensures us the perfect delivery in the sizes we need having quick setup times. We will gradually move our all short and medium run jobs on this press and also will offer the great value addition to our customers of digital printing like variable data and security printing along with the regular jobs” he added.

Dinesh Thakur, DGM Sales-IPS, Monotech Systems says, “Digital Printing has grown exponentially in all the fields of printing industry like labels, packaging, books, print-on-demand, and security applications. After the Covid-19 situation, we are sure about the surge in the demand for digital printing and it will definitely help the printers to grow faster and respond to the market demands quickly.”

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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