Millennium Foto Express enhances photo printing with Ricoh

Popular destination in Delhi’s Yamuna Vihar

Millennium Foto Express enhances photo printing with Ricoh
Tarun Agrawal, the owner of Millennium Foto Express, with his Ricoh Pro C7200X

Monotech Systems, a machine manufacturer and solution provider for the printing and packaging industry, has installed a new Ricoh Pro C7200X at Millennium Foto Express at Yamuna Vihar in Delhi. Tarun Agrawal, the owner of Millennium Foto Express, said the Ricoh Graphic Arts Edition digital press has redefined its overall capability in quality photo album printing. 

Millennium Foto Express was born at the onset of this millennium, and thus the company’s name. The printer is a popular destination for professional photographers, photo enthusiasts, wedding planners, newly married couples, and corporate biggies who get their photographs printed in different colors textures, and formats. Agrawal said they offer complete designing and printing solutions for personal and professional photographs at competitive prices. 

“We have a team of 12 experienced photographers and photo printing professionals. In addition to photo printing, we do extensive commercial printing activities for a range of items such as brochures, business cards, stickers, booklets, and others. Customized and personalized items are our main attractions.” 

Agrawal said the new Ricoh Pro C7200X has fuelled them to use a unique color gamut to add enhance the print quality. “With our new Ricoh Pro C7200X, we can produce the whole gamut of personalized prints that drive higher response from our customers and pull their attention to the extra color gamut. The press has a fifth color station for creating an extra white color texture along with gold, silver, and neon beyond the normal CMYK,” says Agrawal, adding the press has eventually empowered Millennium Foto Express to produce high-quality prints. 

The Ricoh Pro C7200X is designed to print on media up to 360 gsm at the speed of 85 ppm (pages per minute) with special options for extra colors. “After a thorough R&D, we zeroed in on this press,” Agrawal said.  

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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