Apsom showcases Konica Minolta’s Nassenger series at ITME

Company exhibited in partnership with Konica Minolta

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Konica Minolta’s Nassenger series at the Indian Textile Machinery Exhibition

Apsom Technology,  a signage and textile industry service provider, showcased Konica Minolta’s Nassenger 8 and Nassenger 10e series at the Indian Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITME) 2022 held at India Expo Mart and Centre between 8-13 December.

Nassenger 8

The new direct-to-fabric print head has been entirely developed by Konica Minolta, a global manufacturer of inkjet heads. The Nassenger 8 uses 4 heads per color. It offers print modes to suit the diverse needs for handling high-precision imaging and high ink concentration/permeability. A simplified design makes it easier for users to control the print carriage. The Nassenger range is said to drastically reduce the environmental impact caused by traditional textile printing. 

Nassenger 10e

Equipped with head maintenance functions (printhead cleaning and empty nozzle detection systems) to achieve stable production and reduce running costs, the Nassenger 10e comes with 9 print heads per color with 1,024 multilevel nozzles fitted with nozzles of varying drop sizes.  The laser nozzle checks prevent printing flaws.  

Ajay Sharma, regional sales head, Apsom Technology, said, “We’ve been partners with ITME for 14 years now. The crowd and response we have seen this year were missing from all the previous exhibitions. We showcased the Nassenger series textile printers manufactured by Konica Minolta. This exhibition is just a branding exercise for the company for expansion and customer retention. We, being a customer-oriented company, are focused on printing more in less time and with better quality. Konica Minolta has been a great help in this aspect.”

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.

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