Germany’s Colorgate launches three new solutions and services

Serving the digital printing market

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Colorgate Productionserver RIP

Germany’s Colorgate, which supplies software and hardware solutions for digital printing applications, has announced the release of three new solutions and services.

One of the newly launched product is Colorgate Productionserver. This RIP and color management solution is available in a commercial version for large-format printing and graphic arts, as well as in industrial versions for packaging, ceramics, decor, and textile printing. The industrial versions have features for their respective markets, such as Colorgate’s Fingerprint technology for ceramics and decor printing or a white underbase creation for textile printing on dark substrates. Colorgate Productionserver has been installed more than 15,000 times globally.

The new version 20 has been updated to Adobe’s PDF Print Engine 5, supports spectral spot color definitions, and brings compatibility with PantoneLIVE. For the industrial versions of Productionserver, Colorgate will offer a subscription-based pricing from version 20 onwards. For an annual fee, users will receive the right to use the software, free updates and upgrades, and access to Colorgate’s technical support.

Productionserver 20 will be available from July 2020. Colorgate’s products Proofgate and Filmgate have also been upgraded to version 20. All ColorGATE users with an active value pack will receive the new version free of charge.

Colorgate Custom Create

Another new launch that will be available from July 2020 is Colorgate Custom Create, an end-to-end workflow solution that connects print buyers, print service providers and brand owners. The core of Custom Create is a Magento-based e-Commerce engine with advanced features such as product creators with advanced customization features and 3D product previews, as well as a pricing engine that can be individually configured and supports all leading payment methods.

Other modules that Colorgate is going to make available over the next quarters include online marketing support, connectors to creative applications, job ticketing and fulfilment functions such as inventory and shipment management. The workflow solution integrates with Colorgate’s Productionserver.

ColorGATE Custom Create targets the business community of digital decorators, print service providers, brand owners, designers, fulfillers as well as all kinds of print buyers with business or personal demands that are looking to monetize their brand equity by producing merchandize and other branded products. ColorGATE’s Custom Create is available from Colorgate directly.

Professional Color Management Services

Colorgate is now launching professional color management services where users of any printing and color management technology can pick a standardized service from a menu. The company is offering services such as color gap analysis; color management bundles for designers; color management bundles for soft proofing; color management bundles for production proofing; color managements for professional print bundle, including Colorgate’s DFE profiler, training, a spectrophotometer and, optionally, a quarterly assistance service, an inkjet printer, proofing media, a light booth, and a quarterly assistance.

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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