EFI Reggiani BOLT digital textile printer received the InterTech Technology Award

Three BOLT installations worldwide including two in Pakistan

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EFI Reggiani BOLT team members Marco Serafini, Paolo Quadri, Cesare Tomasoni, Alexandra Invernici, Diego Arnoldi and Ernesto Propersi Sterbiati

The single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT digital textile printer has received the InterTech Technology Award from Printing United Alliance. The InterTech Technology Awards honor technologies predicted to have a major transformational impact on the printing industry. The EFI Reggiani BOLT is the very first textile printer to receive an InterTech Award.

As per EFI, the 1.8 meter-wide EFI Reggiani BOLT is the fastest digital textile printer available, delivering a throughput speed of 90 meters per minute at a 600 x 600 dpi resolution. It features imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picolitres and provides 600 x 4,800 maximum-dpi resolution printing.

“We are extremely proud of receiving this achievement,” said EFI Reggiani senior vice president and general manager Adele Genoni. “EFI Reggiani is strongly committed to developing cutting-edge technologies and sustainable solutions for the textile industry, as we believe that innovation is the key to our customers’ success. This award further validates our never-ending dedication to delivering the best technology solutions possible and is a great source of motivation for the team.”

To date, three BOLT printers have been installed, one in Italy and two in Pakistan, and one more installation is being finalized in Pakistan. In the first year BOLT printers were in operation, they produced more than 10 million linear meters of printed fabric, and to date, they have printed more than 25 million linear meters worldwide.

The EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end colour management and RIP solution drives the printer, enabling efficient job management while streaming jobs directly to the printer in real-time. It is purpose-built to deliver fine detail, smooth gradations, clean solid colours, deep blacks, and high saturation. Superior screening and fine dithering algorithms with the Fiery DFE provide high-quality print results.

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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