Vedi Offset Softlink Scanner’s new Xerox Iridesse

Beyond CYMK – Iridesse can print gold, silver, and white spot colors

Xerox Iridesse
Arun Singhania with the new Xerox Iridesse digital press at Vedi Offset Softlink Scanner in Nagpur

Nagpur-based entrepreneur Arun Singhania set up Vedi Softlink Scanner in 2003 after giving up his job in Mumbai. Singhania now runs two digital printing establishments in Nagpur – in Modern Mill Chowk and Shukrawari Road. The larger of the two digital print establishments printing covers 2,000 square feet, on two floors with a pre-press setup and the dedicated digital section. We reproduce an interview with Vedi Softlink’s Singhania, who has recently added a Xerox Iridesse to his digital pressroom. 

How long have you been associated with Xerox India, and how has the experience been so far?

We have a 17-year working relationship with Xerox, a company that focuses on innovation and creating technology that supports our business expansion. Our Xerox technology and digital presses include the D110, a Versant 3100, and our latest addition, the Iridesse. Frankly, Xerox technology has empowered us to deliver higher quality output and enhanced customer satisfaction.

What is your present area of business, and who are your clients? 

Our main clients include local advertising agencies. We also cater to freelancers, regular offset commercial printers, and end-users who walk-in. In addition to providing quality printing services, we offer post-press solutions like binding and lamination.

What made you invest in your newest digital press, the Xerox Iridesse?

At the time of our investment, the digital market was growing, and we believe this growth will increase due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our customers who used to order 500 to 1,000 prints for brochures are now opting for only 50-100 prints. Opting for eBrochures instead, they require only a few hard print copies currently. The demand for short-run labels has also increased after the lockdown. Earlier, customers used to print 500 to 1,000 wedding cards, but that has come down to 40 or 50 cards. Now eCards are preferred. As the digital market is rapidly growing, we decided that the Xerox Iridesse digital press can help us venture into this segment.

Customers are always interested in new and creative options – it could be some enhancement in a visiting card, catalog, or brochure. The old pattern of using just the standard four colors limited our creativity. With Iridesse’s ability to print gold, silver, and white, we can rise above our competition in the market, fulfill our customers’ demands, and increase our profitability. The Iridesse provides advantages in terms of size and thickness of the material and has a good speed for a production press. It also supports various media and provides an excellent platform for creative designers to explore more opportunities.

What kind of training and education support was provided by Xerox? Like operator training. 

Xerox’s training is excellent, and we are satisfied. As we’re very familiar with Xerox technology, we do not require much training on the hardware. The software training was beneficial, especially for the specialty colors that can be added by the Iridesse.

Have you tried other digital printing presses as well? What were the reasons to consider Xerox to other manufacturers? What were your other options, and how did the Xerox Iridesse beat them?

Before the Iridesse, we had the Xerox D110, Versant 3100, and 1000 digital presses. We have always found Xerox to be the best. We went for the Iridesse digital press as, to us, there was no other competition. The machine can go beyond the standard four colors, which is not available in any of the competitor brands. Other printer companies approached us, but we had set our sights on the Iridesse.

After its installation, how has been your experience with the machine?

We installed the Iridesse in October. We’ve had a great response, and it has met our expectations. Previously, we experienced demand for prints on metalized polyester and transparent sheets. But, we could not deliver as a white color option was not available. With the Iridesse, we have the choice of white shades, and we can fulfill our customers’ requirements. The new Fiery digital front end for the Iridesse is user-friendly, and my operators and technicians are pleased with the ease it provides for the digital print workflow.

How will Xerox Digital press boost your production and business?

Customers always seek new technologies that help boost creativity and add more value to existing materials. With the Iridesse in place, we will cater to this increased demand. We are confident of generating good volumes in Central India and expect around 100% growth within a year. The current turnover of our company is between Rs 4 to 5 crore per annum. As mentioned, with Iridesse now, we are expecting to double this within a year.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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