RICOH boosts up Koral Graphics, Kerala

Shaji with RICOH team led by Avijit MukherjeeRecent adoptions of a couple of RICOH machines have accelerated the pace of production volume, quality in outputs and cost-effectiveness at Kerala-based Koral Graphics. Shaji Antony of Koral Graphics talks to Print & Publishing about the competency of the RICOH machines. It is economical, faster and compatible with varieties of media! This is what Shaji Antony of Koral Graphics defined in a one-liner when asked about the two RICOH machines, viz. RICOH Pro C 751 (colour) and RICOH Pro 901 EX (black & white) installed recently in their production setup. “Colour consistency and low production costs are some of the unique features of RICOH machines which attracted us in the first place,” he said. He further added that they are planning to capture new segments like product tags printed in special colour schemes following the adoptions of the two RICOH machines.

Background

RICOH and Koral Graphics teams share a cheerful moment.Koral Graphics was established as a small designing centre around 15 years back at Alleppey in central Kerala where Shaji Antony along with two of his colleagues were managing to bring the company to the level of what it is today. In 2005, Koral Graphics first installed a Xerox DC 5252 digital colour machine and also added Xerox WC 238, an Autoprint offset press, etc in subsequent years. Today, the setup is relatively equipped with a range of post-press equipments too. And the two RICOH machines installed recently are the latest updates in the portfolio.

Activities

Overall strength and vigour in the activities of Koral Graphics have been backed up by the company’s team of 15 committed staffers who handle everything exclusively from pre-press to post-press tasks. Roping in so far in the clientele of the company are some eminent and regular customers from specific segments like tourism and (coir) exports. “Since Kerala is famous tourist destination, we have been working for a number of tour operators,” said Shaji naming Alleppey as one of the major hubs with rich activities in backwater tourism.

Plans ahead

After the adoption of RICOH machines, which have boosted Koral Graphics’ business beyond expectations, Shaji has built up his confidence over digital printing. He mentioned that the company is eying to acquire further capacity to convert major portion of their offset jobs into digital soon.

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