Mehta Cad Cam to display a bundle of solutions at MediaExpo

2 to 4 March in Mumbai

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The Rasterjet Series hybrid UV flatbed printer by Mehta Cad Cam

Mehta Cad Cam, a printing solutions provider, is participating in the MediaExpo Mumbai to be held from 2 – 4 March 2023 at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai – displaying an array of printers and other products.

Mehta Cad Cam will showcase the Prince 3.2-meter solvent printer, equipped with 4 Seiko print heads and a speed of 2400 square feet per hour; and the Sino 3.2-meter solvent printer, equipped with 2 Seiko print heads and a speed of 1200 square feet per hour.

The company will show the Bruno 1.8-meter eco-solvent printer, equipped with an Epson i3200 print head; the Uno 1.8-meter UV roll-to-roll printer with an Epson i3200 print head; the Rasterjet Series hybrid UV flatbed printer, equipped with a Ricoh Gen 5 print head; and the Emico 9060 UV flatbed printer with an inbuilt rotary attachment, with an Epson i3200 print head.

Then comes the Eva 43 Co2 laser engraving and cutting machine with a glass laser tube; the EX Series CNC Router; and the CNC Channel letter bending machine.

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Shailesh Mehta, director of Mehta Cad Cam

“We have been participating in Media Expo for more than 25 years now. We spend a huge amount of money on R&D and the development of new equipment, and these exhibitions are a very important platform for us to demonstrate all our new innovations. Media Expo is the largest show in the sign industry, and it helps us display our new equipment. In addition, we receive a huge number of orders for our range of products on the spot at Media Expo,” says Shailesh Mehta, director of Mehta Cad Cam.

He adds, “More and more people connected to signage across India should visit this show and not just those limited to the sign industry. People from different industries that have applications for Co2 laser, digital printers, CNC engraving, and laser machines would also be our expected audience.”

Innovations and developments

In the past four years, Mehta Cad Cam has made many innovations and developments in the field of digital printers, CNC routers, Co2 laser, fiber laser, laser welding, and bending machines, the company’s director said.

Mehta Cad Cam has tied up with Seiko, Japan, and has introduced Mehta’s solvent printer with high-resolution printing solutions using Seiko print heads. “We have introduced our SINO solvent printer with 2 Seiko print heads and a speed of 1200 sq ft/hr, Prince solvent printer with 4 Seiko print heads and a speed of 2400 sq ft/hr, and Crown solvent printer with 6 Seiko print heads and a speed of 3600 sq ft/hr,” Mehta shares.

Mehta Cad Cam introduced Bruno, said to be its first eco-solvent printer with Epson’s print head, the i3200 E1. The Epson i3200 E1 offers around 30% higher speed and 30% longer life compared to the previous Epson DXSPH print head, according to the company.

It introduced Uno, a 1.8 meter UV roll-to-roll printer with Epson i3200 U1 print head, best for backlit and front light printing, and printing on materials such as vinyl and flex. “We introduced our second-generation high-end UV flatbed printers, which can be combined with a roll-to-roll attachment. These printers are equipped with Ricoh Gen 5 and Gen 6 print heads and are available in standard sizes of 2500 x 1300 mm and 3200 x 2000 mm. The UV flatbed printers are advanced in terms of mechanics and electronics, resulting in a  noiseless, maintenance-free, and trouble-free machine,” Mehta says.

The company introduced Emico, a small UV flatbed printer with a printable area of 900 x 600 mm, equipped with the Epson i3200 U1 print head. “It is a robust, trouble-free, and maintenance-free printer best suited for making awards, trophies, gift articles, souvenirs, and more. Emico has an inbuilt rotary attachment to print on cylindrical items such as water bottles, wine bottles, and more,” Mehta says.

Mehta said they have a tie-up with Shandong Hightech Industry Company, China’s most famous channel letter-bending machine manufacturer. They offer a huge range of channel letter bending machines and laser welding machines that are of high quality and available at reasonable prices.

Growth of the signage industry in India

According to Mehta, digital printing has been a part of the sign industry in India for over two decades, and the market trend is moving towards equipment with high-resolution, high-speed printing. “We see a big future for UV printers in flatbed and flexible media printing.” Although the growth of digital printers in the sign industry has been stagnant for the last 3 to 4 years before Covid, Mehta sees a rapid growth in the printing industry after the end of the Covid pandemic.

Talking about Media Expo, he said it is one of the most well-organized and well-designed shows. “Our main wish is for more footfall. However, we believe the Media Expo team should work on advertising the show and increasing publicity to attract more visitors. As the last Media Expo happened in Noida, visitors were comparatively fewer than if it had taken place in Pragati Maidan,” concludes Mehta.

The products will be displayed at stall no F-10 in Hall No 1.

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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