Monotech Systems installs Ricoh Pro C5310s at Namdev Photostat

Upgrades Ricoh 5100 at Namdev Photostat

Dhaneshwar Nama, director, Namdev Photostat

Jaipur-based print service provider Namdev Photostat installs Ricoh Pro C5310S digital print production system. The new production system has been supplied by Monotech Systems who recently became the Indian channel partner for Ricoh APAC for marketing, distribution, and service of Ricoh digital print production systems.

Based in Vaishali Nagar of Jaipur, Namdev Photostat has been in the business of stationery and printing since 2000. It acts as a one-stop place for office stationery, school stationery, and document center covering monochrome and color printing, large format printing, lamination services, and binding. Equipped with multiple print production systems from different brands the business serves approximately 1000 customers every day.

“There was a need for the up-gradation of the existing Ricoh 5100 digital production printer with us. We were already aware of the quality, robustness of Ricoh which probably none of the products offered in this segment. Just a great thing happened that Monotech Systems came with Ricoh and I had already heard about good after-sales support of Monotech Systems in the market. Both the requirements for a robust product and strong after-sales support matched and we repeated the purchase of Ricoh keeping the quote aside from other brands. Apart from the product and support, we are getting the best FSMA rates too,” said Dhaneshwar Nama, director, Namdev Photostat.

The Ricoh Pro C5310s, built as the right-sized solution, combining a fusion of vibrant color, media handling, powerful performance, and a range of finishing options, along with professional print speeds and advanced technologies, deliver a total package at an affordable price. With superior reliability, accurate registration, and intuitive controls, it is said to be ideal for marketing agencies, in-plants, commercial printers, and franchise/pay for print environments looking for a total package — in a compact footprint matching the features of Ricoh high production printing engines.

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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