Komori celebrates 100 years

Delivering its philosophy of 'Kando – beyond expectations'

Satoshi Mochida, representative director, president and CEO at Komori Corporation speaking at the event

Japanese press manufacturer Komori celebrated its centenary at Crowne Plaza Okhla, New Delhi, on 19 July 2023 at a grand event attended by its customers from the commercial and digital printing industry. Narendra Paruchuri, CEO and managing director at Pragati Offset, Hyderabad was the chief guest on the occasion.

The ceremonial lamp was lit by Narendra Paruchuri; Satoshi Mochida, representative director, president and CEO at Komori Corporation; Yuichi Nakamura, president of Komori India; Sangam Khanna, ex-director sales, Komori India; and Ajay Aggarwal, ex-director finance, Komori India.

Founded in 1923, the Komori Group manufactured its first offset printing press in 1928. Today, the company is into commercial and packaging printing, and banknotes and high-security printing verticals.

Komori’s currency presses for high-security printing purposes are delivered to 36 countries and regions across the world, including India, Pakistan, the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Thailand, Korea, UAE, France, and Egypt.

Satoshi Mochida, representative director, president, and CEO at Komori Corporation said, “We have been fortunate to have been successful in the printing industry. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone associated with Komori’s printing business in India. Komori has been successful overseas thanks to the unwavering support of our customers and partners. We plan to go beyond customer expectations with our philosophy of ‘Kando – beyond expectations’ by contributing to society with print technology. The offset press business is our core business. We have received a huge demand for offset printing machines in India. We look forward to your continued support and encouragement.” Mochida joined Komori in 1974 and has held many managerial and leadership positions in Komori since then.

Komori aims to address the megatrends of environmental destruction, waste problems; decarbonization; changes in social infrastructure; and complexity and diversification of global society in the near future. It aims to achieve this through low environmental impact product solutions; automation, digitization, and labor-saving solutions that respond to diversity. The company’s long-term vision is to support information, culture, and economy by deepening, evolving, and creating value through the true value of print technology.

Narendra Paruchuri, CEO and managing director at Pragati Offset, Hyderabad speaking at the occasion. Photo Komori

Narendra Paruchuri said, “We have been associated with Komori for the last 35 years and it has been a wonderful experience. Our first machine was inaugurated on 20 October, which is also Komori Day. Pragati Offset is referred to as a Japanese press as the majority of our machines are from Komori. I would like to take this opportunity from the customers’ group to congratulate Komori on this grand occasion.”

Sangam Khanna, ex-director of sales, Komori India, was recognized for his valuable contribution to the growth and expansion of Komori India.

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