JB Khanna Pictures gets a Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM1e inkjet press

Efficient reproduction from a large image library in a variety of formats

Senior officials of Konica Minolta India and JB Khanna Pictures with the newly installed AccurioJet KM1e press.

Konica Minolta India, a provider of industrial, commercial, and packaging solutions, has announced the installation of its sheetfed inkjet AccurioJet KM1e inkjet press at JB Khanna Pictures, a printing company that designs and produces impactful visual communication. This marks the entry of Konica Minolta’s latest AccurioJet KM1e in the Indian market for the first time, the company said.

The KM1e LED UV inkjet press is an enhanced digital solution that utilizes improved technology and features to provide high-quality prints on a variety of surfaces. With its speed, accuracy, and versatility, the machine is aimed at industrial and commercial applications, enabling publishers and printers to streamline their printing processes and improve their productivity, according to the company. 

Katsuhisa Asari, managing director of Konica Minolta India, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce our collaboration with JB Khanna Pictures, and we are delighted to bring the AccurioJet KM1e to India. As a leader in industrial, commercial, and packaging solutions in the B2C segment, we understand the need for advanced printing technology, and our latest addition to the Indian market is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence.

“We firmly believe the AccurioJet KM1e will revolutionize the printing industry in India and streamline the processes for our Indian partners. With its speed, accuracy, and versatility, this machine has the potential to transform the way they approach printing and achieve their business goals more efficiently and effectively. At Konica Minolta, we are committed to providing the highest quality products and services to our customers. We are confident that this collaboration will be a long and successful one, and we look forward to working closely with them to achieve their printing goals,” Asari said. 

To mark the installation of the AccurioJet KM1e, JB Khanna Pictures organized an on-site event at its Chennai facility on 30 April 2023. The event showcased the capabilities of the machine, emphasizing its potential impact on their business. Attendees experienced an impressive demonstration of the technology. 

JB Khanna Pictures – modern new generation management

JB Khanna Pictures operates in the areas of religious pictures, images of national leaders, sceneries, and a variety of wall décor designs in a rich variety of formats and embellishments and visual effects. The company operates with more than 5,000 active dealers in Pan-India.

The addition of the new digital press gives the company the capability to fulfill orders immediately from its enormous collection of designs and images in a timely fashion for the numerous cultural occasions, festivals and geographies that it serves. The family owned company and especially its current generation is known for its well-considered investments in the latest and most efficient printing technologies. 

Rajesh Khanna, director, JB Khanna Pictures, said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Konica Minolta for our printing needs. As a printing company that values innovation and quality, we are excited to have found a like-minded partner in Konica Minolta. The AccurioJet KM1e is a state-of-the-art printing machine that has already shown great promise in revolutionizing the printing industry. We are thrilled to see the benefits it will bring to our production process, enabling us to deliver even more impactful visual communication to our clients. We are confident that our partnership with Konica Minolta will be a fruitful and long-lasting one.” 

Konica Minolta’s yatra further explores the huge print market

Konica Minolta recently celebrated its 150-year legacy with the launch of four ’Print Xpress’ buses on 21 March 2023 in Kasna, Greater Noida. The company also flagged off a mobile roadshow to 100 cities to inspire digital print culture and expand its customer reception in tier 2,3, and 4 cities of India, Indian Printer and Publisher had reported.

Asari had told the Indian Printer and Publisher at the flagging off ceremony, “India is huge and so is its print market. This roadshow will touch base with our customers, potential customers, or curious visitors. We aim to educate Tier 3 and 4 cities about the capabilities that are possible with digital print and how incredible their businesses can be with the right application.” 

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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