Arrow Digital appointed India channel partner for Canon Colorado series

Expands portfolio with UVgel – production inkjet large format graphics roll to roll printers

Arrow Digital appointed India channel partner for Canon Colorado series UVgel – production inkjet large format graphics roll to roll printers. Photo Arrow Digital

Arrow is said to have pioneered many groundbreaking technologies and is widely considered a leader in the digital printing/cutting field for decades; providing digital printing solutions to the Indian market. Arrow is excited to expand its portfolio with Canon wide format roll to roll printers.

Sam Patel, chief executive officer, and managing director, Arrow Digital adds, This new expansion will enhance our portfolio of roll to roll printers. Canon has a well-known reputation globally in terms of robustness, reliability, efficiency, and productivity, and with this partnership, we see great achievements ahead.”

Patel adds, “The Colorado 1650 and 1630 are packed with innovations, it is a 64-inch printer with a resolution of 1800dpi. The new flexible inks and FLXfinish enables you to enjoy a wider application range with jaw-dropping quality, advanced productivity, all this at the lowest cost of ownership. 

“The Colorado series works with a new generation of Canon UVgel ink, UVgel 460 inks are designed for maximum flexibility by increasing the ‘stretchability’ of each cured ink droplet. Output from the printer can be bent and folded for soft signage applications, without risk of cracking. It can produce endless applications such as self-adhesive vinyl, wall coverings, canvas, soft signage, frontlit and backlit graphics which demand a high degree of flexibility. The Canon UVgel inks are odorless and certified with Greenguard Gold, Type II by ASTM, allowing them to be safe for indoors. They are also certified by Media Partners for 3M- Performance Guarantee and Avery ICS.”

The Colorado series incorporates FLXfinish, a new approach to LED curing which allows the user to choose between matte or gloss modes for each individual print to achieve different aesthetic finishes, without the need to change inks or media. A gloss finish gives visual impact to applications such as banners and posters, while a matte appearance is particularly appealing for high-quality indoor applications viewed in artificial light, such as wall coverings or premium instore point-of-sale materials. FLXfinish technology also enables printing on porous media, such as uncoated papers, as well as soft signage materials such as textiles and silicon-edged graphics, by enabling each ink droplet to be ‘fixed’ immediately on jetting, preventing absorption by the substrate.

The Colorado Series features exact positioning enabling near-perfect registration for double-sided printing and ‘inside out’ printing for media wound with the printable surface facing in, further boosting productivity and versatility.

The PAINT nozzle monitoring feature enables continuous monitoring of nozzles with Piezo Acoustic Integrated Nozzle Technology (PAINT) and gets corrected if needed. Maximum confidence for unattended printing. UVgel ink when combined with LED curing creates jaw-dropping applications. Canon works with ONYX Thrive software delivering a scalable print production solution. The result is true end-to-end PDF workflow, from digital file submission through color management, printing, and cutting. ONYX Thrive Production Manager browser-based user interface enables workflow control from anywhere, helping to optimize both operator and output device productivity.

Patel adds, “With Canon Colorado series you can produce designer wallpaper, stunning decals, or luxurious front and backlits that make people stop and take notice while meeting tight deadlines with low cost of ownership. You can delight your customers with glossy banners that stand out from the crowd or wallpaper with the right deep-matte finish and brilliant colors, all printed on one device. No need to change inks or media. Canon Colorado series powered by UVgel technology will open up new opportunities and possibilities for the Indian Market.”

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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