Replika adds a pair of POD digital book presses from Canon

Replika further enhances its POD capacities with Canon

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The new Canon VarioPrint digital monochrome press installed at Replika in Kundli in the Delhi NCR Photo Canon

One of the leading book printers and exporters, Replika Press has added another digital press to its battery of digital presses that it has built up in the past 15 years in addition to its massive offset printing and binding capacity that extends across its three plants in Kundli in the New Delhi NCR. The newest Canon digital machines to be added at Replika are the ImagePress C10010 VP color press and the high-capacity monochrome VarioPrint 6270 press.

Our readers will recall that one of our first in-plant visits during one of the breaks in the pandemic lockdowns was to Replika in Kundli to see its just commissioned sheetfed inkjet Canon Varioprint i300 full color inkjet press in the second half of 2020. The digital press section also included three VP6000 Series, ImagePresses and a C650 press at the time – all in Replika’s newest building of 400,000 square feet in Kundli that contains the entire book production chain under one roof. The three Replika printing, finishing, binding and packaging plants near each other in the Kundli export industrial area, make up almost 650,000 square feet of production space.

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L to R, Sanandan Seth, director, Bhuvnesh Seth, managing director and Vikaran Seth director, Replika Press with some of the books being printed on the new Canon VarioPrint i300 inkjet color digital press.
Photos: IPP

As Replika’s managing director Bhuvnesh Seth told us more than two years ago, many export orders require only 300 copies of a book in each shipment of an order. While the plant has massive multicolor offset and both hardcover and softcover binding capacities with in-line processes, the publishing on demand ecosystem is gaining ground with run lenghts from one to 1,000 in both full color and monochrome books.

Replika produces general books and education on all types of paper. Its enormous capacity for delivering school and higher education textbooks, STM utilizes all types of substrates and binding styles. It is one of the substantial Indian exporters of trade, children’s and coffee table and illustrated text and coffee table books with high visibility at the relevant books trade fairs internationally.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

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