Nippon Color expects serious sales pitches at Pamex 2023

Stand D40, Hall 1, Mumbai Exhibition Centre

C-Touch a European build water-wash processor. Photo Nippon Color

Nippon Color, a complete solution provider for printing and packaging industry will showcase a wide range of products at the Pamex show to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai from 27 – 30 March 2023. 

The theme of this year’s show for the printing and allied industries, being organized by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), is ‘Convergence in Print’. 

Pamex is taking place after a gap of a few years. In these years, the company added multiple products that will be showcased in stand D40, Hall 1. These include sustainable solutions that reduce the impact on the environment.

Akshat Pardiwala, COO of Nippon color said, “For the offset segment, Nippon Color has started getting traction for Fujifilm ZX, a breakthrough process-less plate that delivers many new features to help offset printers integrate it into their production process flow; from prepress through the pressroom operating environment. ZX has improved durability, high visibility, and robust scratch resistance. For the flexo market, we have an exciting plate-making solution from Fujifilm. Flenex FW is water-wash Flexo plates that provide the highest print quality at the fastest production times, while significantly lowering cost-in-use compared to thermal, solvent, or other water-wash technologies. We will be displaying the plate samples along with C-Touch, which is a European build water-wash processor.”

In terms of digital, the company is focusing on Screen Truepress Jet, a high-productivity UV Inkjet label press that supports a wide range of applications. It ensures an expanded color gamut with the help of orange and blue inks with CMYK + white, Pardiwala adds.

Nippon Color wants to reinstate the importance of sustainability. According to Pardiwala, “Going green has always been important for print producers, but this approach is stronger than ever. Predominantly, our industry has focused on printing fast in great volumes. The scenario is likely to shift soon as customers demand efficient value-driven products while reducing the impact on the environment. We will give live demonstrations of our water-wash flexo plate processor: C-Touch. Samples printed on Screen Truepress Jet will be on display at our stand.”

The last Pamex exhibition was in January 2020, right before the pandemic hit us after which most businesses came to a halt. During Covid, we saw a reduction in new business inquiries. We needed to prioritize our existing business and service. We identified our key sources of revenue and strengthened our foundation, which is pre-press systems and CTP plates. We are again seeing businesses open up and grow. We expect this show to be a success in terms of footfall and get serious inquiries for sales, especially for our newly added brands such as Screen and Fujifilm. Covid taught us how fragile businesses can be, so we are aiming to be a holistic supplier to the industry.”

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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