Monotech launches Ricoh Pro C9500 & Ricoh Pro 7500 in Indian market

Presses unveiled at a grand event on 3 November

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Ricoh and Monotech System's team with the Ricoh Pro C9500 at the launch event.

With a principal focus on automation, enhanced image quality, media handling, and ease of use, Monotech System, an authorized distributor of Ricoh imaging and digital solutions, introduced the Ricoh Pro C9500 and Ricoh Pro C7500 at a grand event at Hotel Crown Plaza, New Delhi, on 3 November 2023.

The event was attended by Koji Miyao, president, Ricoh graphic communication BU, Ben Chong, director, Ricoh digital services BU, and many printers from the industry.

The Ricoh Pro C9500 and C7500 are the upgraded versions of the Ricoh Pro C9200 and C7200, respectively, with the same 2400*4800 dpi VCSEL print engine and PXP toner, and the same basic specifications. The printers support a wide range of media, from 40 GSM to 470 GSM, and are designed to handle monthly volumes of 1,000,000 pages and 240,000 pages, respectively, with auto duplex and perfecting capabilities up to 470 GSM.

“Having a differentiating factor is a must to stay relevant in the market for the long term. Through the new printers with added features, we are just fulfilling the demands of our customers,” said Tej Prakash Jain, managing director, Monotech Systems, at the event.

Ricoh has improved the fuser system with a pad instead of a roller to better handle thin or synthetic media. Both the printers gain a new base controller, the Ricoh graphic communication operating system which is compatible with external diagnostic systems and maintenance programs.

“The introduction of these printers in India within a short span of its worldwide launch shows our focus on India. The country being a growing market, it has become an important market to target for us,” Miyao said.

Ricoh C7500, the multi-color production engine, has 5th color capabilities, expanding the color gamut to 11 colors. The 5th color toners include gold, silver, neon pink, neon yellow, clear, white, and invisible red. The team believes the printer to be a great addition to the Indian photo industry.

“The Indian photo industry being very typical is not easy to address. Although HP Indigo and Revoria from Fujifilm are doing great in the industry, the addition of the 5th color toner in the Ricoh Pro C7500, where neon pink in its color gamut works as a process color rather than an additional color, enhances the color and gives the perfect skin tones required for the photo market. We have placed it in the market at a very competitive price with respect to Indigo and Revoria,” Jain said.

At the launch event, Miyao informed the audience about the launch of the Ricoh B2 digital inkjet printing press at drupa 2024. The printers who attended the event were all praise of the machines from Ricoh and Monotech Systems for their timely and good service.

A few printers shared their concerns about the generally high prices of B2 inkjet presses, such as the one that Ricoh is planning to show at drupa in May 2024, which they felt could hit viability and profits in a market such as India. They advised Ricoh and Monotech to offer the press at an effective price range, which would be a win-win situation for both the company and the printers.

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