Ravindra Electrostat installs Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C12000

Latest addition after two AccurioPress C6085 installed earlier

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Gurpreet Singh Nanda and Amandeep Singh Nanda with Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C12000. Photo IPP

Ghaziabad-based Ravindra Electrostat recently installed a Konica Minolta AccurioPress C12000 printer. The press in addition to two AccurioPress C6085 that the commercial printer installed in 2018 and 2019 to boost their production.

Established in 1989, Ravindra Electrostat was initially a single photostat shop run by their father. The enterprise expanded to three shops in Nayug market, Ghaziabad, when the brothers Gurpreet Singh Nanda and Amandeep Singh Nanda joined the family business in 2007. The shops have a production capacity of up to 8 lakh prints in a month, raising their capacity by two times since the pandemic.

Elaborating on their deals, Gurpreet Singh Nanda said; “We purchased the first Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6085 in 2018. After this, both our capacity and volume increased gradually and we purchased another AccurioPress C6085 in 2019.” 

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Gurpreet Singh Nanda and Amandeep Singh Nanda with Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6085. Photo IPP

Konica Minolta first approached us in 2014. Neither my brother nor I had enough information about printing presses and so we had to turn them down. But that changed in 2018 with the first installation put up by our late father,” he said.

Speaking about their production capacity, Nanda said, “Among our eight lakh produced prints, half is done on the two AccurioPress C6085 and the other half on the C12000. Even on days when the market is down, for instance, this month, the presses have enabled our capacity to manage six lakh prints at minimum. Our bond with Konica has grown so strong that if they release a machine today, Ravindra Electrostat will install it today.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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