Thane’s Hari Krishna Digital Print commissions Canon imagePress C9010VP

The canon will run alongside Konica Minolta and HP presses

Dinesh Patel, owner of Hari Krishna Digital Print with Canon imagePress C9010VP. Photo IPP

Hari Krishna Digital Print, located close to the Thane station, in mid-April installed a brand new Canon imagePress C9010VP digital production press. This is the first Canon digital press to be installed at Hari Krishna Digital Print. The print service provider also operates multiple Konica Minolta presses and an HP Pagewide XL 5000 multifunction printer. 

“We have been operating a number of Konica Minolta digital presses for a number of years. So, we thought why not try a different technology. Our volumes were growing since the print market began to recover post lockdown. It was time for us to add a high-speed machine. Now we have a variety of technologies under our roof for all types of customers,” says Dinesh Patel, owner of Hari Krishna Digital Print.

The Canon imagePress C9010VP has a maximum speed of 90 pages per minute and a laser resolution of 2400dpi x 2400dpi. The press can handle media up to 762mm in length and up to 400g/m² in weight. It can support media type such as coated, embossed, bellum, bond, ohp, clear film, translucent, label, punched, four postcards, and synthetic, among others. 

Volume ramp-up

Patel says that imagePress C9010VP has clocked impressive volumes in the one month of operations and there is room for more.

“We have managed to print 100,000 copies of A3 size since we commissioned the press in mid-April. And we expect to boost print volumes to 150,000 impressions of A3 size pretty soon because the print market is recovering fast. We are well above the pre-Covid levels now and hope to see growth in volumes going forward. Since February the recovery has been rapid owing to the opening of schools and colleges. Also, most of the offices are now fully functional. The economy getting back to normalcy has helped a lot,” Patel says.

Hari Krishna Digital Print has been operating in Thane since 2010 and caters to both corporate and retail clients. It prints brochures, leaflets, business cards, boxes, and promotional items, among others. In the next couple of months, it plans to add two new black and white digital printers. 

“We are in talks with machine manufacturers and a decision on the brand will be taken soon. The black and white volumes are rising fast and it is time to expand our printing capacity in the monochrome segment as well,” Patel 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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