Photo printing is back in business, says Monotech’s TP Jain

Monotech displays Ricoh presses and PixelGlow at Photo Fair 2023

TP Jain, owner of Monotech Systems. Photo IPP

Chennai-based Monotech Systems got a very good response at the recently held Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair 2023, according to its owner TP Jain, who also feels the photo printing business in India is back to pre-Covid levels.

The company demonstrated a number of machines, including two Ricoh engines, at the expo that was organized at the Jio World Convention Center in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex from 5-7 January.

The Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair or Photo Fair as we know it has always been a very popular show. We got tremendous feedback on all the solutions we displayed at our booth. This shows the photo printing business in India is back to pre-Covid levels. The Ricoh presses we showcased got a very good response from the photo printing market,” Jain said.

Monotech displayed the Ricoh Pro C9200 and Ricoh Pro C7200x presses. The Pro C9200 has a print speed of 115 pages per minute while the C7200x has a print speed of 85 pages per minute.

We have got a good number of installations of Ricoh presses in the photo market across the country. But if someone wants to go beyond photo printing into commercial printing, label printing, or packaging printing, Ricoh presses are capable of that as well,” Jain added.

Post-print embellishment solution

In addition to the two Ricoh presses, Monotech demonstrated the PixelGlow UV and foiling system, which is primarily for the entry-level segment.

PixelGlow on display. Photo IPP

Scodix is still the market leader and caters to the top end. The PixelGlow UV and foiling system is aimed at the entry-level segment. A lot of customers want print enhancement technology but cannot afford it. PixelGlow should solve that problem. PixelGlow offers inline feeding, embossing, and foiling. The industry will appreciate this product and make print enhancement mainstream,” Jain said. 

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