KDS appoints Flexo Image Graphics as Indian distributor

Focus on India, Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Nepal

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KDS has a long association with Indian converters with almost a thousand of its Visi-tech print inspection systems in operation

Kingston Data Systems (KDS), an Australia-based manufacturer of converting ancillary equipment, has announced the appointment of Flexo Image Graphics as its distributor for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

KDS has a long association with Indian converters with almost a thousand of its Visi-tech print inspection systems in operation on the Asian sub-continent. Now KDS is offering the Indian market its ‘Quantum’ manufacturing efficiency management system, which has been specially designed for web converters.

Mike Young, managing director of KDS said, “The South Asia market is very important to us, and the Quantum product is one of those products that very few know about at the moment but is set to make a huge impact. We required a distributor with the market presence, respect within the industry, and the infrastructure to respond to customers’ needs, and Flexo Image Graphics ticked all the boxes for us. Gourav Roy, MD of Flexo Image Graphics, and his company are a clear stand-out performer in the region. Gourav’s work ethic and his company are leading the way in the Indian subcontinent, and we are extremely pleased to have them onboard.”

Gourav Roy said: The business has been tough for the converters as all costs are increasing. It becomes more important to manage costs inwardly to increase profits. Quantum from KDS gives all the information that can be needed for the operator or the management to maintain and improve efficiency for the assets they are using. This will help to cut down the raw material and time wastage. The best part is that Quantum’s information can be linked with the management system which currently a converter is using for job planning. I personally think this is an exciting offering that would not only help to control cost but will also play a role for a converter to plan future assets.

KDS and Quantum are leading the global adoption of Industry 4 0 connectivity on converting machines and are transforming the way converters work and ultimately transforming the efficiency of their manufacturing operations.

Kingston Data Systems, based in Melbourne Australia, manufactures converting ancillary equipment and specializes in print and converting efficiency management systems.

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.

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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