Kao Chimigraf at Media Expo in New Delhi in November

LED curable inks for wide-format applications

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Kao Chimigraf's Atomic inkjet inks for wide-format signage to be shown at Media Expo in November in New Delhi Photo Kao
Kao Chimigraf's Atomic inkjet inks for wide-format signage to be shown at Media Expo in November in New Delhi Photo Kao

Kao Chimigraf has taken its first step by bringing its inkjet inks to India for the Indian signage market with two main LED curable inks for wide-format applications. Kao is extremely successful in Europe with its Atomic and Cyclone series, one of the most used UVLED inks for printheads such as Ricoh or Konica Minolta. The company uses the most eco-friendly UVLED raw materials and these inks comply with all the most stringent European regulations. Cyclone is a flexible ink to be used in roll-to-roll UVLED machines and has the same quality standards as Atomic inks. Kao believes these two inks are the ones that will be of most interest to the Indian signage market where it sees the growth potential. 

Francois Aguilar, Kao’s chief commercial officer says, “In the present moment Kao has a presence worldwide including India, in the coding and marking industry. From solvent, oil-based to water-based inks, whether we talk about Piezo or TIJ technology, we have a nice presence in the Indian market. Although in wide-format graphics market we are now stepping in seeing the constant growth in the UV market as per our longest and professional experience, and the present new developments happening in India. where we can offer customers great solutions from the bucket of our products.”

The other inks Kao will be offering to Indian customers are solvent and eco-solvent inks to be used with almost all the inkjet technologies. The Kao solvent inks are high in quality pigments, with the best colorimetry to ensure a perfect gamut, specifically for red colors. Also, Kao Chimigraf would like to help the Indian OEM’s to look for more alternative eco-friendly ink solutions.

Kao Chimigraf is a company that has been in the European and American inkjet market for more than 15 years. Kao knows how to print, how to increase the printing output, and most importantly it understands the customer’s feeling when there is a lack of response from the ink factory they work with. For the Indian customers’ requirements, Kao aims to be a responsive partner that not only understands the market but has a willingness to provide quality and robust inks with a strong supply chain.

Kao Chimigraf's inkjet ink factory in Barcelona, Spain Photo Kao
Kao Chimigraf’s inkjet ink factory in Barcelona, Spain Photo Kao

The company has a strong belief that there is always space to improve. It undoubtedly understands that quality will always be more expensive than low-cost inks. However, being cost-effective with a quality product is something Kao has always strived for and continuously works on.

Marc Granero, Kao’s inkjet sales manager says, “Our range of products and our services are designed to deliver the best solutions adapted to each printing job thanks to our quality, high-performance materials. This enables us to give our customers real value. Kao Chimigraf did not gain this expertise because they have the best and biggest team in the world, but they got this expertise by traveling to the customer sites and visiting them. This is what they call in Japanese, Genba-ism.” Visit the Kao stand in the Media Expo in Delhi from 18 to 20 November, where there are good surprises for visitors.

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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