Agfa announces partnership with Hybrid Software

OEM partnership will provide Agfa’s offset solutions division

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Agfa collaborated with Hybrid Software and Global Graphics
Agfa collaborated with Hybrid Software and Global Graphics to expand its portfolio

Agfa announces that it plans to expand its cooperation with the Global Graphics group beyond RIP technology, as its long-term partner in software development now also includes Hybrid Software.

The OEM partnership with Hybrid Software will provide Agfa’s offset solutions division with access to the group’s specialized technological know-how and complete product portfolio, which focuses on enterprise software for the packaging printing industry.

Agfa on extending relation with Global Graphics 

Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa, stated: “We are pleased to be able to extend our existing relationship with Global Graphics thanks to Hybrid Software’s offering. We see this alliance as a logical next step and as a way to build upon our existing technologies to develop innovative and customer-oriented solutions for our current as well as future printing industry market segments.”

Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of Global Graphics PLC, added: “We are eager to broaden and intensify our collaboration with the company. It will enable us to strengthen and grow the Hybrid Software solutions portfolio and to help optimize the next release of Agfa’s software products.”

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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