Jodhpur’s Best Offset invests in a Ricoh PRO C7200X

Adds to its armory of digital and offset presses

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Rehan Khan of Best Offset with a Ricoh Pro C7200X

Best Offset of Jodhpur, a well-known commercial printer of Rajasthan, has upgraded its facility with the addition of a new Ricoh Pro C7200X digital press from Monotech Systems, a machine manufacturer and a solution provider for the printing and packaging industry. Best Offset already has an advanced production facility equipped with a complete line of pre-press, press, and post-press machines and equipment.

Launched in 2016, Best Offset is known for being a provider of complete printing solutions under one roof. The pre-press portfolio of the company consists of a BasysPrint CtP digital imager for conventional offset plates and a Fuji Violet CtP plate machine. The line of offset presses in the facility includes Komori Lithrone 540, Heidelberg MOV, RMGT-760, and RYOBI 3304 HA. The post-press division is equipped with a range of advanced finishing equipment, folding machines and perfect binders.

“With this versatile Ricoh digital production press, we are prepared to exploit the advanced features and competency of the machine to produce unconventional graphics that stand out amid the crowd,” said Rehan Khan, director, Best Offset.

“Our facility is equipped with almost all machines and presses for offset, label and large-format printing. The AstroJet digital large-format printer in the portfolio is for vinyl printing for signage and display graphic applications as well as T-shirt and other garment prints. In addition to our capability to produce a whole gamut of applications, our newly adopted Ricoh Pro C7200X has fueled us to boost the digital printing power.”

The Ricoh Pro C7200X is a highly versatile digital press with a five-color printing capacity, Khan says, “This new digital press is a highly stable machine for premium quality print production at high speed. It can run at a speed of up to 85 ppm and can print on a variety of substrates up to 360 gsm with the segment’s highest resolution of 2400 4800 dpi.” He says the digital press has enhanced the print quality and creative art elements in Best Offset’s marketing materials such as brochures, business cards, flyers and leaflets, and so on. 

With a team of 55 highly experienced printing and graphic designing professionals, Best Offset maintains the highest standards of printing, which combines affordability and quality in equal measures. “We do our best to satisfy our customers, who are predominantly from Rajasthan, and they are a mixed bag containing almost everyone. The list consists of local publishers of magazines such as My Home Interior & Design,” Khan says. Best Offset can be profiled as a printer of journals, notebooks, calendars, certificates, etc. 

“If you can think it, we can ink it,” says Khan. This new press has empowered them to take up new commercial printing projects with a special color gamut and on a variety of substrates. Khan praised Monotech Systems for its support and guidance.

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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