Box maker Samay Print Solutions commissions Canon imagePress C910 digital press

Canon imagePress C910 is meant for short-run jobs

Left to Right: Ram Dubariya (Samay Print Solutions), Saumitra Trivedi (Edifice Technologies), and Ashish Jha (Canon) with Canon imagePress C910
Left to Right: Ram Dubariya (Samay Print Solutions), Saumitra Trivedi (Edifice Technologies), and Ashish Jha (Canon) with Canon imagePress C910

Samay Print Solutions, which is based in the Rabale area of Navi Mumbai, manufactures rigid boxes for packaging applications in the cosmetics, jewelry, and garments industry. It runs an offset printing line by Komori. It has various processing equipment such as cutting machine, gumming machine, lamination machine, foiling machine, offline UV machine, offline drip machine, die cutting machine.

Edifice Technologies supplied canon imagePress C910 

It has recently commissioned a brand-new Canon imagePress C910 digital production press for short-run jobs and sample making. Edifice Technologies has supplied the press, which is the distributor for Canon production printers for the Mumbai region.  

“We have bought the Canon imagePress C910 press primarily for jobs with small quantities and to print samples. The press was commissioned around the end of February,” says Ram Dubariya, proprietor of Samay Print Solutions.  

The imagePress C910 has a speed of 90 pages per minute and handles media up to 350 gsm. The press has a 2400 dpi resolution. It offers a digital front choice Canon’s Prismasync Print Server Version 7 and the EFI Fiery-powered imagePRESS servers. 

Samay Print Solutions was involved in the commercial printing business from 2013-2015 but ventured into packaging in 2016. The company was operating from Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. It shifted from Lower Parel to Navi Mumbai in June of last year. The Navi Mumbai plant is spread over 20,000 square feet and consolidates all operations under one roof. At Lower Parel, Samay Print Solutions was operating from various units. The company manufactures about 10-12,000 boxes per day

More expansion planned  

According to Dubariya, the company plans to set up another plant in Rasayani, which is about an hour’s drive from Rabale. Once the new unit is ready, the Rabale plant will have the printing and processing departments, while the Rasayani plant will have the final box-making department. 

“We expect to start the new plant in another six to eight months. The reason we are expanding is that we are having space constraints as we cannot add more machinery at Rabale,” Dubariya says. 

Samay Print Solutions is bringing in a full-fledged box-making system from Germany’s Kolbus. “The commission of the Kolbus system has been delayed due to the pandemic. If things had been normal, the system would have already been here, and commissioning would happen on April 1. Now we expect that to happen in another six months. The state of the art system will help us enhance productivity,” Dubariya says. 

2021-2022 to see a sharp recovery  

Like many other companies, Samay Print Solutions was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and remained shut from April to September. However, the company recovered sharply in the second half of the 2020-2021 financial year. Dubariya says the bounce-back that has taken place in the last six months will continue in the next financial year as well.  

“If 2020-2021 would have been a normal year, we would have doubled our revenue from INR 15 crore in 2019-2020. However, we are still okay as our 2020-2021 revenue has reached the previous year’s level. We see the recovery to continue in 2021-2022 and hope to now double our revenue,” he concludes.  

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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