Commercial printers preview the Ricoh Pro Z75 B2 sheetfed inkjet press

Ricoh’s newest inkjet innovation delivers expanded application range

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RICOH Pro Z75 B2 sheetfed inkjet system

Ricoh recently unveiled a first look at its Ricoh Pro Z75, its highly anticipated B2 sheetfed inkjet system. The state-of-the-art, Ricoh-developed press with future-defining technology is built to help businesses reach new benchmarks for productivity, image quality, and operating costs.

Today’s commercial print environment is radically different from what it was just a year ago, as companies in this space evolve to be hyper-relevant in this constantly changing landscape. While the transition to digital has been progressing for years, printers are now looking to further accelerate that transition while uncovering new opportunities. The Ricoh Pro Z75 was developed from the ground up by Ricoh experts to empower printers to confidently pursue those opportunities, building on the company’s 40 plus years of inkjet experience and culture of transformational innovation, known as Henkaku.

In this new business climate, commercial printers are more than ever seeking to expand their application range and profitably meet the increasing demand for short runs. Media flexibility and competitive operational costs are key. Those seeking exceptional productivity, ease of use, and media versatility, across offset coated, uncoated, and inkjet treated stocks, with one of the lowest operational costs in its class, will benefit from the strategic design of the Ricoh Pro Z75.

Herman Verlind, owner of Dutch graphic media specialist Zalsman, said, “I am especially impressed by the technical design of the machine, while the print quality and production speed are at a very good level compared to the competition.”

The Ricoh B2 inkjet press is phenomenal. It is going to be a game-changer for the commercial print market,” said Bob Dahlke, Jr., principal, VISOgraphic from America. “Ricoh’s approach to bringing new innovation to market is to do it right. It has helped commercial printers more confidently and effectively migrate to digital. They care about delivering what our businesses need.”

The Ricoh Pro Z75 will harness Ricoh’s extremely efficient drying technology, auto-duplexing, reliable paper transport, and a new DFE controller architecture to bring class-leading levels of productivity and anticipated market-leading speeds. Offset image quality is achieved through Ricoh’s own printhead, aqueous ink, and dynamic drop size technology providing a solution.

Eef de Ridder, vice president, Commercial and Industrial Printing, Ricoh Europe, said, “We made it clear some time ago that we would not bring a B2 sheetfed product until it is right. Well, that time is almost here now. Our design engineers have synthesized an extraordinary platform: it combines high ink coverage with the lower cost of inkjet and efficient B2 duplex capability more than previously thought possible. I firmly believe the Ricoh Pro Z75 is the product that the market needs and will help hard-pressed commercial printers chart a course through choppy waters toward a more sustainable future in the new world of printing.”

More details on Ricoh’s Pro Z75 press will be revealed in early 2021, including launch timings.

For more information, visit www.Ricoh-europe.com/Proz75.

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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