Konica Minolta’s strong show at Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair 2023

Company displayed print solutions and printed samples at Mumbai event

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Ankit Madan of Konica Minolta India with a C12000 press. Photo IPP

Konica Minolta India displayed two print solutions and printed samples of work done on an MGI embellishment press, at the Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair 2023 held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai from 5-7 January.

We showed two engines that cater to the photo industry. One is the AccurioPress C73hc. This is an established solution for the photo lab segment and general commercial print work. The other is the AccurioPress C12000, a sort of a beast in the market that was launched recently. It boasts a heavy engine with a 3600 dpi resolution and auto duplex of 35 inches. The printer can be used for photo album printing as well as other commercial printing jobs,” said Ankit Madan of Konica Minolta India.

Konica Minolta India had launched the AccurioPress C14000/C12000 Series in India in December 2020. The C12000 is for the high-volume market and has a printing speed of 120 A4 pages per minute.

The Indian launch of the C12000 was low-key as it happened during the peak of the Covid pandemic. Now the market is fully open. We demonstrated the machine to the public for the first time at the Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair. We wanted the visitors to see the quality of the press as well as the color consistency of the output. The C12000 is ideal for printers with very high print volumes,” Madan added.

A section for print enhancement

Konica Minolta had put up a separate section where it showcased printed samples of work done on an MGI embellishment press.

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Printed samples of work done on MGI embellishment press. Photo IPP

We set up a special industrial printing solution demonstration zone at our stall. We showcased photo albums, wedding cards, and packaging-related print enhancement samples. This offers a value proposition to our customers as well as the end-customers,” Madan said.

Talking about the expo, Madan said the event took place at a new venue and the experience had been great. “The Jio Convention Center is a modern venue compared to the previous one in Goregaon. The footfall was very high. The expo took place after a big gap and we met visitors from across the country. Most visitors were from the photo industry but a lot of them were from the commercial printing segment too,” Madan concluded.

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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