Lisco shows Gongzheng printers at Media Expo

Eco-solvent inks for in-shop and outdoor branding

Yatinsingh Vaghela founder of Lisco showcasing the Gongzheng digital printer at Media Expo 2021. photo IPP

Established in 2018, Lisco, based in Ahmedabad, is a newish venture of Scorpio Techburst. However, its founder and managing director Yatinsingh Vaghela has more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying solvent-based large format digital printers. As a digital print and technology proponent, Lisco supplies a wide range of applications, consumables, accessories, and linked technologies including Gongzheng’s latest technology and output equipment. It is an authorized distributor of Gongzheng solvent printers, eco-solvent printers, UV flatbed printers, UV roll to roll printers, UV hybrid printers, spare parts, print heads, and inks. 


On the show floor at Media Expo 2021 at Greater Noida, Lisco showcased six Gongzheng high-speed eco-solvent printer models, technology-driven indoor and outdoor signage machines, and digital printers for entry and industrial levels. Vaghela said, “The Media Expo is always a great place to exhibit and meet industry peers and end-users. Media Expo is a fantastic expo that is #1 in the signage industry.”

photo IPP

Among the inkjet printers shown, there was one device for outdoor printing with a maximum speed of 3,500 square feet an hour. Among the UV printers shown, there was one with a top speed of 1,200 square feet per hour. The printheads used in the Gongzheng inkjet printers are sourced from Starfire, Polaris, and Panasonic. With the environment and consumer safety in mind, Lisco supplies printers that use eco-solvent inks, and it claims that even its UV inks used primarily for in-shop are eco-friendly.


On the company’s expansion plans Vaghela said, “We are planning to add textile printing machines, direct-to-garment printing solutions so that a different type of material range should also be there for Lisco and its potential customers.”

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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