Monotech installs 7th Jetsci inkjet M series at IBF

Personalized and secure educational materials with VDP

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Monotech installs 7th Jetsci inkjet M series at IBF
Ajay Jain, owner of International Business Forms with the seventh narrow web offset with the inline Jetsci inkjet for VDP on education materials Photo Monotech

International Business Forms (IBF) has maintained its significant relationship with Monotech’s Jetsci inkjet solutions to install its seventh Jetsci M series inkjet system. The latest installation is again for confidential variable data printing online on another of its narrow web offset presses.

As a part of IBF’s expansion, the Gurgaon, Haryana headquartered company, has set up a second plant at Ghiloth in Rajasthan. The new plant is more extensive at 4,000 square meters and doubles its capacity from one million to two million documents or products daily. 

IBF is a pioneer in the confidential VDP printing domain specializing in online VDP on OMR answer booklets, admit cards, attendance sheets, courier dockets, and other education-related products. It uses hybrid narrow width web offset presses with variable data inkjet sur-printing for these secure and personalized education products.

Ajay Jain, the owner of International Business Forms, says, “It took us time to adopt the inline variable data printing system from Jetsci Global, but we have never looked back after the first installation. Now we have seven machines installed and running, and one more is in the course of manufacturing. This technology gave us value and growth and the supplier’s exceptional on-time support and services. We envision a future with all our offset machines equipped with Jetsci Global inkjet systems inline.”

Jimit Mittal, president Jetsci Global says, “We thank Ajay Jain for IBF’s continued trust in us as their inkjet printing partner. The Jetsci M series is our proven ideal VDP solution, which can be retrofitted to existing web offset and flexo machines with 100’s of installations across the globe.”

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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