Fine Digital Prints gets a Ricoh PRO C7200X

Hyderabad printer goes beyond CMYK with Monotech's help

Fine Digital Prints gets a Ricoh PRO C7200X
JC Krishna Reddy Panyala, managing partner of Fine Digital Prints with other new press.

Monotech Systems, a leading machine manufacturer for the printing and packaging industry, has installed a new Ricoh Pro C7200X digital production press at Fine Digital Prints, a commercial printing corner in Hyderabad, Telangana. 

JC Krishna Reddy Panyala, managing partner of Fine Digital Prints, said the adoption of the new Ricoh digital press has empowered them to progress into innovative graphics with a new color gamut beyond CMYK.

Since its inception in 2008, Fine Digital Prints has been a well-known commercial printing corner engaging in the production of high-end commercial graphic prints as well as graphic designing jobs, the company said.

“We work for customers from varied market segments, diverse walks of life, and different cities and towns of India,” said Reddy, adding, “Though we are based in Hyderabad, almost 90% of our customers are from neighboring and far-flung cities and towns.”

Fine Digital Prints keeps on upgrading its production setup by installing new and modern machines with the Ricoh Pro C7200X being the latest addition to the portfolio. Reddy says the new Ricoh digital press is a ‘workhorse’ on which they are galloping to discover an innovative range of new applications and colors beyond CMYK. 

“We have been working for big corporate brands, which I don’t want to name right now, from every nook and corner of the country. Our customers are quality-conscious people who come to us for out-of-the-box graphic ideas and applications. To meet their demands and expectations, we need to get equipped with high-end machines such as the Ricoh Pro C7200X, which has advanced features,” he says. 

Apart from the Ricoh Pro C7200X, the production facility has other digital presses such as the Xerox Versant 180 and Xerox B9100, backed by a strong team of 12 printing and graphic designing professionals. “Our new Ricoh Pro C7200X has the versatility to explore a new color gamut comprising ‘white ink’ and the use of a range of unconventional printing media like Tyvek and others,” Reddy says.      

The Ricoh can take up media up to 360 gsm and run at speeds up to 85 ppm (pages per minute) in a banner sheet duplex printing mode. “We are planning to change the game of commercial printing to another level using the fifth color station of our new Pro C7200X. We have set a target of six months down the line to utilize its prowess,” Reddy says. 

Reddy says Fine Digital Prints has established a firm foothold in the commercial printing arena with a vast customer base. “We are proud to be able to maintain a vast pan-India customer base, which continues to expand day by day,” he says.  

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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