Komori India begins MBO and H+H folder sales

Komori completes MBO acquisition

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MBO Comb folding machine K70
MBO Comb folding machine K70

As of 1 August 2020, Komori takes over the MBO Group and its subsidiary Herzog+Heymann. MBO offers folders, including solutions for inserts and outserts used in pharma packaging. Komori India says that it is starting the sales of MBO equipment from 1 August itself.

The company claims that H+H has more than a 50% market share in its segment in India. H+H is a specialist in specialized solutions and mailing and gluing systems. It provides small-sized folders and large-size folding machines for maps and posters.

Komori plans to strengthen its standing in the packaging market by providing total pharma packaging solutions. The pharma solutions also comprise shop floor sorting, filling, and end-user packaging solutions.

MBO produces conventional folders and web finishing solutions, including finishing aggregates, deliveries, and peripherals. Apart from reliable solutions for price-sensitive customers, MBO has its CoBo-Stack robotic stacking solution, planning and analysis software, and data manager 4.0.

With its acquisition of the MBO Group, Komori expects to introduce post-press solutions for commercial and packaging printing. It plans to couple these with its IoT-based cloud solutions such as KP-Connect to provide seamless print production workflows that include post-press processing.

Well trained MBO service technicians and original spare parts with Komori India’s backing should benefit customers. The company plans to increase its footprint in both the pharma and non-pharma verticals. It expects that one of the outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic is the growth of the Indian pharma and pharma packaging market. Additionally, there is an opportunity to replace numerous second-hand folders in the market.

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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