Canon India unveils imagePRESS V1000 and V900 series at Pamex 2023

Catering to light and mid-production print environment

Manabu Yamazaki, president and CEO, Canon India, at the Canon stand Photo: IPP

Canon India has announced the launch of a new generation of the imagePRESS series, the V1000 and V900, on 27 March at Pamex 2023 in Mumbai. The new series is suitable for the light and mid-production print environment.

The presses were inaugurated by Manabu Yamazaki, president, and CEO, Canon India, who said Pamex has been a very important platform for Canon for many years. “Pamex has been an important playground for us as all stakeholders come here. We are proud to be part of this show. We are expecting a good footfall yet again at the event, providing us the opportunity to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the new V-series,” he said.

Yamazaki said Canon was proud to unveil the new imagePRESS V series, which reflects the company’s commitment to aligning products and solutions with customers’ changing expectations and industry trends.

The imagePRESS V series is equipped to handle a wide range of printing tasks, ranging from simple documents to top-notch marketing materials on varying types of substrates. The imagePRESS V1000 has a strong front-end controller option: the imagePRESS Server D3000. Powered by the Fiery FS500 Pro system software, the imagePRESS Server D3000 adds new functionalities, including familiar workflow and prepress features. In addition, the Express Media Color Manager and Auto Recall, combined with the ILS, deliver swift color management on an intuitive interface.

Perfect for light volume production, the imagePRESS V900 series produces monthly print volumes of up to 500,000 A4 pages and consists of three different entry-level models, the V900, V800, and V700 with print speeds of up to 90/80/70 A4 pages/minute, respectively. Built to meet the needs of varied production environments, the imagePRESS V900 series delivers superb versatility by incorporating the latest technology that adjusts the suction force before fixing according to different paper weights, stabilizing the transport of thick paper.

The imagePRESS V900 series includes feed rollers and strengthened transport rollers to improve the transport stability for thin, thick, and short paper, expanding the variety of high-quality applications printable on the press. The versatile series supports a wide array of media ranging from 52g/m2 (gsm) plain and 70g/m2 (gsm) coated to 350g/m2 (gsm) thick media, narrow envelopes, auto-duplex 762mm, and simplex 1.3m banners, as well as embossed and synthetic paper.

The Canon stand is also exhibiting other products, including upgraded wide-format printers such as the imagePROGRAF TM, TZ & GP Color Series, and the recently launched imagePROGRAF TC series.

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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