New Delhi’s SSV Digital gets Ricoh

Acquires Ricoh Pro C5300S for wedding & photo album production

Rupendra Thakur of SSV Digita with the Ricoh Pro C5300S digital production press. Photo Monotech Systems

Monotech Systems has installed Ricoh Pro C5300S digital press in New Delhi’s photo color lab SSV Digital. This is the first installation of Ricoh in the color lab segment.

Rupendra Thakur of SSV Digital said, “We have been in the business for the last 8 years and grown successfully in photography. A digital press was a good opportunity to upgrade from our existing traditional photo printers and there we opted for Ricoh.”

On the reason the company decided to invest in a digital press, Thakur said, “Before proceeding, we compared the print of Ricoh and Konica Minolta and found the Ricoh print quality to be superior to KM. The album printed from the Ricoh Pro C5300S is different in quality which is vouched, acknowledged, and complimented by our customers. 

“The advantages of the Ricoh Pro C5300S digital press include machine speed, color re-production, vibrant hues, and consistency. The color productions are exceeding expectations and it can print a wide range of colors producing realistic photo prints.”

Thakur is also delighted with the after-sales support from Monotech Systems

Built as a right-sized solution, the Ricoh Pro C5300s digital production press is claimed to offer a fusion of vibrant color, agile media handling, and a wide range of finishing options. With superior reliability, accurate registration, and intuitive controls, the press 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

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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