An insight into the Jamshedpur printing industry

Jamshedpur, the headquarters of the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, is the first planned industrial city of India. Jamshedpur is home to world’s tenth largest steel manufacturing company, Tata Steel and so is also known as Tatanagar. Tata Steel has been pivotal in making the city one of the 100 fastest growing city in the world for the time frame 2006-2020. The printing industry of Jamshedpur is also growing. Here’s an insight into it. The printing industry of Jamshedpur is on the growth trajectory as most of the digital-cum-offset printing set ups are privileged to have Tata Steel’s printing jobs in their bag and are on the mode of expansion to meet their growing needs. The city, which lies in the proximity of neighboring states viz. Orissa and Bengal, gets a plethora of other corporate clients’ as well. Abhinav Mallik of Print & Publishing recently met select printers in Jamshedpur. Excerpts.

Shiksha Bharati Mudranalaya
–Meeting the education needs

Ashok Kumar SinghAccording to Ashok Kumar Singh, they started Shiksha Bharati Mudranalaya with a small manual Treadle machine in 1981. “As our company’s name indicates, this is a place devoted to Mudran or Chhapai (printing) of educational material,” he said. The printing service provider is counted as one the reputed printers for more than four decades. In 2005, the company installed one single-color offset printing machine, after it established its name in the screen printing business. At present, the facility is equipped with black-and-white offset printers, besides stapling and binding machine in post-press section. Ashok looks forward to installing a new multi-color offset printing machine in near future.

Ashok runs a board - Jharkhand Academic Council - in collaboration with Jharkhand’s government’s school syllabus and his printing facility is engaged in the printing of question papers for classes 1-8, besides other educational material.

Talking about his future plans, Ashok shared that he is planning to venture into epublishing as the world is moving towards digital.

–From design to print

Brajesh KumarCreations and its founder Brajesh Gupta have made a name for themselves for quality designing and printing. Established 17 years back, the company undertakes printing jobs like books (including school textbooks) and stationeries. Equipped with two single-colour Autoprint offset printers, their set of clients include Tata and its sister concerns and NGOs based in Jharkhand.

Brajesh is a qualified and experienced graphic designer and handles all designing jobs. Backed with a team of 11 employees, the company has its hands full with printing jobs.

Jyoti Printing Solution
–A photo studio-cum-printing outlet

Vikram AgarwalSituated in the Jamshedpur’s Telco area, an area which is hosted and planned by the Tata group of companies, Jyoti Printing Solution is ably run by Vikram Agarwal and is privileged to have printing jobs from Tata throughout the year. As Vikram shares, “We consistently get bulk orders from Tata and its associated schools. The printing jobs include entry passes (for the industries), challans, registers and other important stationery materials for the schools sponsored by Tata.”

The company started as a black-and-white photocopy shop nine years back in the same area of Telco, with a Canon photocopier machine. Later, Vikram installed Konica Minolta 224 and Xerox 252 DocuColor machines to meet the digital printing requirements. More recently, the printing outlet has diversified into a photo studio-cum-printing outlet, with the installation of Xerox 252 DocuColor in January 2016.

For offset printing requirements, Vikram outsources it to leading offset printers in Jamshedpur. While talking about the future plans, Vikram expressed his desire to diversify into other markets like Sakchi and Bistupur, where he can get a plethora of walk-in customers as well.

Shree Balaji Enterprises
–A persistent Xerox machine enthusiast

KK SinghIncepted in the year 2007 as a photocopier, Shree Balaji Enterprise has come a long way. In the wake of rising market demands and requirements, KK Singh, the owner of the company, has diversified its printing outlet and shifted to ‘printing hub’ region of Jamshedpur at Aam Bagan, Sakchi. The set-up is facilitated with Xerox 7425 (for color printing) and Xerox 5755 (for black-and-white printing). Besides, the company also offers map printing services, for which they have installed a color plotter synchronized with Xerox 6605. On asking about his brand affinity to Xerox, Singh replied that Xerox is the best performing machinery and he is planning to install Xerox 700 color digital printer.

Singh is quite upbeat about the Jamshedpur printing industry and shares that there is a surge in walk in customers, who are looking for personalized prints.

Jumbo and Map Xerox
–A bulk map printer

Mayank NageliaEstablished in 2000, Jumbo and Map Xerox is strategically located at Annapurna Market, Bistupur of Jamshedpur. The printing outlet is a family run business co-partnered by Nagelia brothers and their father. Mayank Nagelia, one of the Nagelia brothers, shared that their core business is map printing, though they also cater to other printing needs. The company offers both colour and black-and-white prints, sizes ranging from A4 to A0, in impeccable print quality. For this, the company houses Xerox 510 wide format digital printer for black-and-white map printing and Epson Surecolor T5270 large format inkjet printer for colour prints on glossy paper. In order to meet walk in customers’ printing requirements, they have installed Xerox DocuColor 240.

Some of their prime clients include Voltas Ltd, Swarnrekha and Tata Railway. These companies usually need maps for backing company’s ducting systems and route maps for railways.

Indian Printing Press
–An age old printer

Indian Printing Press has been operational in area of Golmuri, Jamshedpur for last 30 years. Established by Chandrashekhar Singh, the company is now run by his son Saurabh Kumar Singh. The company is equipped with two single-colour offset printers installed at its 2000 sq ft printing facility. The PSP provides stationery items like bills, ledgers, books and registers to corporates like Tarapur Company, Mercy Hospital, and Golmuri Club. The PSP also works as a vendor of Tata Steel and Tata Motors.

On asking about his future plans, Saurabh shared that he is planning to buy non-woven bags printing machine.

Idea Xerox
–Transforming ideas to print

Amit PuriAs the name suggests, Idea Xerox, led by Amit Puri, is a well known digital printer in Jamshedpur. Established in 2003, the printer offers one-stop solution for all digital printing requirements. Their facility houses a Xerox DC 252 DocuColor to meet the variegated coloured digital printing requirements. Spread over an area of 1000 sq ft, the PSP has a small but dedicated team of seven people.

Besides a huge number of walk-in customers, the printer also boasts of the biggies like Tata Power, Turtle and Crymsome.

Khushbu Advertising
–Eyeing the packaging industry

Mishra BrothersThough Khushbu Advertising is better known as a signage printer, but this printing service provider also retains steadfast grip in the commercial printing segment. The PSP houses Konica Minolta bizhub C224e, besides single-, duo- and four-colour offset printers installed at their 10,000+ sq ft facility.

According to Vikram Kumar Mishra, they offer printing jobs like brochures, stationeries, etc for their corporate clients. The PSP has two units in the city which are backed by 30 workers as well as a couple of graphic designers. Moving forward, Vikram has recently introduced their non-woven bags production services. They have also installed imported D-Cut, U-Cut and box cutting machines from China. Talking more about their future plans, Vikram expressed desire to venture into packaging printing.

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