PixelGlow UV and foiling system among the highlights at Monotech Systems

Full focus on digital technology

Tej Prakash Jain, managing director of Monotech Systems with PixelGlow UV and foiling system> Photo IPP
As the printing business, brought to its knees by Covid-19, begins to take a deep breath and stand up once again, the Chennai-based Monotech Systems is showcasing a brand-new UV and foiling machine at the 15th Printpack India that began in the NCR on 26 May 2022. With digital trending, the magic machine is about to change the way a brand, a box, or a book looks. Tej Prakash Jain, managing director of Monotech Systems, tells IPP all about the luscious glow over the embellished lipstick carton boxes.

Among the plethora of solutions that Chennai-based Monotech Systems is demonstrating at India’s premier printing technology exhibition is the PixelGlow UV and foiling system, a digital print enhancement solution for the entry-level market.

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Jain proudly recalled that Monotech brought the concept of digital print enhancement into India with Scodix, which is still the market leader and caters to the top end of the market.

“At this show, we have now brought to India a new product for the entry-level digital print enhancement market, the PixelGlow UV and foiling system. A lot of customers want to have print enhancement technology but cannot afford it. The PixelGlow should solve that problem.”

Envisioning quick adoption by India’s print industry, Jain said PixelGlow offers inline feeding, embossing, and foiling. “The industry will appreciate this product and make print enhancement mainstream,” Jain argues.

Another advanced-tech product at the Monotech stand is the high-speed monochrome roll-to-sheet inkjet printer from Jetsci. The color version of the Jetsci roll-to-sheet inkjet printer is also on display at the stand. “These are going to be exciting products for the publishing industry,” Jain predicts.

The  Monotech stand this year displays:

  • Jetsci knowzzleJet High-speed Inkjet Web Press – Color – New Launch

  • Jetsci knowzzleJet High-speed Inkjet Web Press – Monochrome

  • Ricoh Pro C5300S Colour Digital Production Press

  • Ricoh Pro C7200 Colour Digital Production Press

  • Ricoh C9200 Colour Digital Production Press

  • Ricoh 8300 Monochrome Digital Production Press

  • PixelGlow UV and Foiling System – New Launch

  • Pixeljet miniRTR 6ft. UV LED Roll-to-Roll Printer

  • Pixeljet UVmini Entry-level UV Flatbed Printer

  • Canon PlotWave 3000 Laser Multifunction System

  • Canon TM 5300 Large Format Printer

Digital is the trend

In this year’s Printpack, digital printing and digital print enhancement are trending, clearly indicating the growing market for enhanced color insta-printing. “Digital is the most prominent trend that we see all around. There are a large number of players demonstrating digital technologies. We ourselves are showing a lot of digital equipment at the show. In fact, for Monotech, it is an all-digital show’, Jain says.

Big Footfall for a real exhibition

Talking about Printpack, Jain says that there is a pent-up demand in the industry about offline shows, and the response to Printpack is expected to be very good. “Printpack is the premier event of the industry and we have had great success here in the past. The event is taking place after three years and we expect very good footfall because the touch-and-feel factor that was missing all this while,” he concludes.

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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