A spotlight on the Lucknow digital printing industry

Lucknow - the city of Nawabs has some gems of digital printing services providers as well. Print and Publishing recently visited the city and brings a report. Lucknow, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry. Here’s a glimpse of the digital printing industry in this city.

Amar Fax Service
–From photocopy to fully functional digital printing set up

Harpal Singh AllaghAs the name goes, the present digital printing service provider has sprouted from being a photocopier-cum-fax wala. Established in 1989, the PSP is co-owned by Harpal Singh Allagh and Surjeet Singh Oberoi. They flagged off their journey with a black-and-white Xerox machine, later followed by other high-end printers from Konica Minolta and Xerox. At present, the facility houses Konica Minolta bizhub Pro1100 and bizhub Press C1060 for colour printing requirements, besides a colour plotter from HP.

As Harpal puts it, “Lucknow is under a lot of transformation and hence a lot of constructions are taking place. These sites need colour maps and hence there is a huge scope for map printing in Lucknow. This is where Amar Fax services tapped in the market and we are well equipped with Xerox printers designed to print maps ranging from A0 to A1 paper sizes.”

Telling more about their 1200+ sq ft facility, Harpal shared that they were the first one in UP to install Color A0 printer from Xerox. Harpal does not wants to rest on his past laurels and is now looking at adding more state-of-the art printers.

Harpal shared that they have a huge pool of clients, including government and corporate clients, though he preferred not to share their names. “The digital printing segment in growing not only in Lucknow, but also UP as it is now offered at comparable rates,” he concluded.

Ajanta Electrostat
–Catering to PSUs in Lucknow

Govind AmarnaniGovind Amarnani has been associated with the printing industry for last 27 years and his firm Ajanta Electrostat is well known for typing, colour photocopy, color printouts, ammonia print, map composing and binding. The company started as a typing service provider and soon made a mark for itself in digital printing.

The facility houses black-and-white photocopying machines from Ricoh and Xerox, besides Konica Minolta bizhub C360 colour printer, which prints 100,000 pages every month. At the same facility, Govind has also installed Canon IR 105 digital copier cum printer, with a monthly volume of up to 600,000 prints. According to Govind, they have an annual turnover of Rs 70-75 lakhs.

The company boasts of some big clients like LMRC, PWD, Jal Nigam, besides regular walk-in customers.

Sun Digital Print Media
–Catering to the educational printing market

AshutoshMajorly working for regional coaching institutes’ stationery requirements like notes, study material and test papers, Sun Digital Print Media is ideally situated in the educational hub of the city – Kapoorthala. Ashutosh, who started this outlet in 2009 as a photocopying shop, is now equipped with two Xerox machines viz. 5755 and 5790 black-and-white printers. Besides, for meeting colour requirements, the facility houses Epson L210 and L360 printers. Though, the PSP has a humble set up now, Ashutosh is planning to install high-end digital printer in near future.

Janpath Printer
–Always in seek of upgradation

Kanhaiya AmarnaniEstablished in 1985 with a sole purpose of copying documents, Janpath Printer is housed in a single room of 250 sq ft. Later, Janpath Printer redefined itself with the installation of some state-of-the-art printing machines in different formats in order to keep abreast with the changing times. Within a span of 10-12 years, the company diversified into three units in Lucknow, each spread over an area of more than 500 sq feet.

Kanhaiya Amarnani the proprietor of Janpath Pinter, situated at the heart of the capital city – Janpath Market – insists on their consistent ‘upgradation’ which makes them one of the prime PSPs in Lucknow.

While talking about their set-up, Kanhaiya enlisted large format printer from OCE, a multifunctional digital laser printer which is majorly used for drawing, copying, scanning and printing maps. Also housed is a Xerox 700 digital color printer, which is chiefly used for digital printing, colour copy and scanning.

For photocopying purpose, the PSP features refurbished machines like three Canon 105 and Konica Minolta bizhub C360. In his post press section, Kanhaiya has a line of best in class machines, providing all sorts of binding like wiro, spiral, thermal, etc.

On asking about how he maintains consistent quality, Kanhaiya mentioned that he used quality media for mono color printing. While, for digital printing, he majorly relies on company’s provided consumable and services.

Talking about their future plans, Kanhaiya shared that he plans to install a machine which can print on 300 GSM paper, for which he is considering Canon imagePress C850 and Ricoh Pro 7100X. Kanhaiya believes that Lucknow printing market is now accepting the new technical advancement with open arms and there is a surge in the digital printing needs.

Kesarwani Computers
–Catering to stationery requirements

Vineet KesarwaniStarted as a graphic designing unit, Kesarwani Computers has come a long way and has made a name for itself in offering solutions like pre ink stamps, steel brass, acrylic plates and flex boards. While talking about his Kaiserbagh situated outlet, the proprietor Vineet Kesarwani shared that his single color offset printer, Prakash 101 (installed in 2003) is fit to meet voluminous print demands.

While, in digital printing, the facility houses Canon 4050, which is generally used more for photocopying. Six months back, Vineet installed a Ricoh MP C2011 for applications like visiting cards, scanning, and color printing. In the post press section, the PSP houses lamination machine and a 32-inch cutting machine.

The outlet being situated at one of the business street of Lucknow majorly caters to walk in customers as well as shops for their stationery requirements.

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