Ricoh digital presses cuts across geographies

Series of installations in past three weeks

Manjunath Kalgi with Ricoh Pro C9200

From Gujarat and Rajasthan in the west and northwest to Tamil Nadu and Andhra in the south to Nagaland in the northeast, there has been a series of Ricoh digital press installations by Monotech Systems, a manufacturer and solution provider for the printing and packaging industry, over the past three weeks.

The machines include Ricoh Pro C7200X, Ricoh Pro C9200 and Ricoh Pro 8300S. The clients are Tirupur’s Yaanji DigiTech, Kalaburagi-based Somu Digital, Surat’s JN Digital, Jodhpur’s Best Offset, Guntur’s Impress Advertising and Graphic India of Dimapur – all looking to service their growing client base in a more efficient manner and upgrade quality.

Yaanji DigiTech boosts print volume and quality

Rob Starc

Located in the knitwear capital of India, Tirupur, Yaanji DigiTech has a client base of garment manufacturers, importers and exporters. It offers high-quality prints for different applications such as tags, fliers, catalogs, etc. To meet client demands for increased print volume and quality, Yaanji invested in a Pro C7200X.

Rob Starc, 25, managing director of Yaanji Digi Tech, said. “I am young. My company is also barely one-and-a-half years old in the market. In this short span of time, we have achieved a lot. We have more than 200 garment companies in our client list,” he says. 

Like Surat, Tirupur is a garment hub, particularly for knitwear. Seeing the emerging business prospects and to serve garment companies with their print requirement, we started with our first investment in a Konica Minolta AccurioPress, which is running now in our production facility.” 

As its client base increased, Starc needed to add another digital production press to his production setup. “We rushed to Monotech and found the right machine for the right job—the Ricoh Pro C7200X, an advanced and versatile machine with high production speed, quality prints and expanded color gamut,” he adds.

The Pro C7200X Graphic Arts Edition color digital production press is engineered to run for delivering premium prints at a speed of 85 pages per minute (ppm), offering a resolution of 2400×4800 dpi. It can take up a broad range of diverse stocks up to 360 gsm. The press has advanced features such as a ‘fifth toner station’ for using special colors like ‘white’ metallic, neon, clear and other invisible ink options. 

Yaanji DigiTech’s products include tags, catalogs, fliers, promotional posters, etc. Starc says, “Demands for higher volume and quality in prints keep increasing. A single machine could never meet the requirement and so added the new Ricoh Pro C7200X.”

Somu Digital raises print quality bar with Ricoh Pro C9200

To remain at the forefront of digital color printing in north Karnataka, Kalaburagi-based Somu Digital has expanded its machine portfolio with a new Ricoh Pro C9200 Graphic Arts Edition digital color production press.

Established in the year 2011, Somu Digital and its sister concern Somu Photo Lab is known in north Karnataka. Manjunath Kalgi, director, Somu Digital, says, “Our divisions engage in different activities. Somu Digital is much about commercial printing. We provide printing services for wedding photos and wedding photo albums as well as wedding photography under Somu Photo Lab.”

Their include brochures, leaflets, business cards, invitation cards, scratch cards, ID cards as well as wedding photos and photo albums.” Kalgi said they print all these products using modern machines such as the newly bought Pro C9200 from Monotech.

Somu Digital also uses other digital presses such as Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1100, Konica Minolta bizhub Press C6000, Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1085, etc. On choosing the new Ricoh press, Kalgi says, “This press is compact and cost-effective with faster speed, premium color quality and higher production volume. We now can push the bar of wedding photo album printing to another level.”

With an advanced media support system, the Ricoh Pro C9200 is compatible with diverse stocks such as coated, metallic, super gloss, transparent, thick, and textured for the production of a range of high-quality photos and commercial graphics. The press can run at a speed of 115 ppm (pages per minute) to produce premium quality images on stocks up to 470 gsm.

Somu Digital and Somu Photo Lab’s customers consists of local business establishments, imaging professionals, and walk-in individuals. “Our customers are primarily from the cities and towns across north Karnataka. Many professional photographers have been our valued customers for a long period,” says Kalgi.

JN Digital enhances photoprint quality

Sachin Shah of JN Digital

Surat-based JN Digital is looking to offer a value proposition in high-quality photo printing with its new Ricoh Pro C9200 – an ideal workhorse for premium photos in standout quality and textures.

Since its establishment around two-and-a-half years ago, JN Digital has been a popular photo

printing corner in Surat. Sachin Shah, the owner, says. “Most of our customers are from Gujarat and Maharashtra. Of them, some are reputed garment manufacturers and exporters based in Surat. Most garments companies in our list have special demands for unique printed items such as garment tags, product catalogs, fliers, etc.”

To meet the growing demands for enhanced photo prints, Shah said, they bought the Pro C9200. This press is flexible enough to produce photos of quality and enhanced textures. “Our customers are now

convinced with the quality of prints and the gamut of colors we deliver using this new press.” Shah says the photo printing market has changed a lot in terms of demands for high-quality prints from professional photographers and photo labs.

Jodhpur’s Best Offset upgrades facility

Rehan Khan
Rehan Khan

Best Offset of Jodhpur, a well-known commercial printer of Rajasthan, has upgraded its facility with a new Ricoh Pro C7200X digital press. It 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 as 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.”

With a team of 55 highly experienced printing and graphic designing professionals, Best Offset says it 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.

Guntur’s Impress Advertising aims big

Movva Hari Babu

Guntur’s Impress Advertising Media has also got a new Ricoh Pro C7200X digital press to its existing machine portfolio, which consists of a Ricoh Pro 8310 and other machines.

Since its establishment in the year 2001, Impress Advertising Media has grown several-fold and into different segments. Movva Hari Babu, proprietor, Impress Adverting Media, said, “We started our printing business two decades ago as a digital large-format or signage printing shop cum a newspaper classified ad agency at Arundelpet in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.” Following growing market trends and new developments in the sector, we eventually switched to commercial printing.”

When Impress Advertising Media worked for a handful of reputed newspapers such as the The Hindu, Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi and others, they came to know that demands for commercial printing from their clients were growing. So they started a commercial printing division with the installation of a line of digital presses, including a Konica Minolta Bizhub Press C1060 and a Ricoh Pro 8310, backed by a team of around dozen printing professionals including two graphic designers.

Though we have been the user of the Ricoh Pro 8310, which is a black & white cut-sheet press, we had the feeling to add yet another advanced and versatile Ricoh production digital press in our portfolio for sharp and high-textured color graphics,” Babu said. He continued, “After that, we decided to get one from Monotech Systems, whom we know well and trust its products and after-sales support. This is how we purchased the production workhorse—the Ricoh Pro C7200X Graphic Arts Edition.”

Babu said the procurement of the Ricoh Pro C7200X with white ink toner has changed the way they used to work earlier. “We are now empowered to increase our production speed and color print quality. Our growth trajectory is now pointed at capturing additional high-end photo album printing for customers from different parts of Andhra Pradesh.”

The main areas that have been enhanced after the Ricoh Pro C7200X was installed are coffee table books, photo albums, pamphlets, brochures, etc.

Harnessing greater efficiency in high-end graphic printing is the main objective of Impress Advertising Media. Babu says they are now pulling up their sleeves to exploit the capability of the press.

Graphic India of Dimapur gets a Ricoh Pro 8300S

Suresh Bilala of Graphic India

Far away in Dimpur in Nagaland, Graphic India installed a Ricoh Pro 8300S black and white digital production press. Graphic India in Dimapur is an old and popular reprographic shop located strategically on the city’s busy uptown PWD Road.

Recalling the early days of the shop, Suresh Bilala, proprietor of Graphic India, says, “My shop is 27 years old. I started it as a stationery shop installed with a Xerox machine for photocopy service.” He said he coined the name Graphic India only after they started digital printing with a Konica Minolta AccurioPress.

On choosing the new Ricoh Pro 8300S black and white digital production press, Bilala said they were desperately looking for a high-speed monochrome production press for a high-volume black and white job. “Our quest for the machine ended when we came across the Ricoh Pro 8300S, which Monotech Systems supplied to many other reprographic shops in the region.”

The Ricoh Pro 8300S is an ideal press for crisp black and white print documents we supply to government offices, private companies and students all over Nagaland and in some parts of neighboring Assam. We are satisfied with the uninterrupted productivity of this compact production digital press. Following the installation of this press, we are really capable of boosting both production speed and production volume.”

The Pro 8300S offers a superb resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi and is capable of running at a speed of 96 pages per minute (ppm). This digital press can print on lightweight to heavyweight stocks up to 350 gsm. It can also take up diverse stocks such as NTR, synthetic media and oversized sheets.

Backed by a team of 12 printing and production boys, Graphic India is a cozy commercial printing corner for customers rushing from all over Dimapur and other towns of Nagaland. “Most of our customers are from Dimapur, Kohima and some neighboring towns of Assam such as Golaghat, Diphu and others. Students from schools, colleges and vocational training institutes from these towns form a major chunk of our client list,” says Bilala.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here