Konica Minolta dominates east Delhi-based local digital printers

Good reviews for KM from East Delhi

Established in 2006, Yukti Graphics have been using KM's printheads for the past 9 years. Photo IPP

Located along Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar is a central neighborhood in east Delhi with a large middle-class population and a focal point for commercial offices and many small and large businesses. Just opposite, on the other side of Vikas Marg, is Shakarpur, another congested neighborhood with similar features. A hub of coaching centers for banking, engineering, medical, UPSC, and a host of other competitive exams, the entire area between the Nirman Vihar and Laxmi Nagar metro stations (popularly referred to as Laxmi Nagar) also overflows with shops, libraries, electronic shops, photostat centers, and small and medium-sized printers. 

Gauging from our recent visit, the majority of Laxmi Nagar’s commercial digital printers are Konica Minolta users. Not all digital printers welcome a visit by a trade magazine but given below is a report based on those we were able to talk to.

Yukti Graphics, a digital printer established in 2006, has been using only Konica Minolta presses for the past nine years. Currently using Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6085 for its day-to-day operations, the local printer used the KM C6000 and KM C224 digital presses earlier. “The professional handling capabilities of the AccurioPress C6085 help professional printing companies meet tight deadlines with ease. Whether handling thin or thick paper, it maintains 100% productivity,” said the owner of Yukti Graphics.

Adhikari Creations, a design, printing, and gifting solution business based in Laxmi Nagar, uses the Konica Minolta bizhub C368 4-color press for offset and a Canon IR 2535 photocopier for black and white printing. “The bizhub C368 provides productivity features to speed your output in both color and black and white. It features 36 prints a minute, optional single-pass dual scanning to bring originals into your workflow faster, powerful finishing options for right-size scalability, and an enhanced control panel which now features a new mobile connectivity area,” explained Adhikari’s proprietor.

Saksham Graphics is another digital printer that has installed the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6500. “It is poised to redefine the price and performance curve for production color printers. The bizhub PRO C6500 fills the gap between high volume and light production models and is geared primarily toward print-for-pay, corporate central reproduction departments (CRD), commercial printers, and corporate data centers,” says Vikram Singh, proprietor, of Saksham Graphics.

Most commercial printers in Laxmi Nagar print visiting cards, bill books, letterheads, pamphlets, brochures, vinyl banners, and flex boards among other day-to-day commercial print products. Each of these printers who volunteered their testimonials claimed that their trust in Konica Minolta’s machinery has come from their experience over a period of time. They add that whenever they plan to change or upgrade their digital presses, KM will be their first option.

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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