Variable Data & Digital printing

Canon India celebrated the spirit of womanhood

The 20th anniversary celebrations of Canon India took a leap forward with ‘We@Canon’, initiatives to recognise women power within the organisation on International Women’s Day (March 8). We@Canon stands for Women Empowerment at Canon where the senior women leaders are advisors to the CEO to support initiatives that can bring positive change in the organisation’s gender ratio. Canon India has an array of policies and initiatives that bring women to the forefront of decision making.

Speaking about the significance of its women workforce, on this International Women’s Day, Kazutada Kobayashi, president & CEO, Canon India, said, “The milestone achievement of our 20 glorious years in the country, would not have been possible without the equal contribution of our women workforce. Considering our employees the biggest assets, we endeavour towards ensuring equal opportunity for all our people.”

“Women today are emerging as leaders in every industry including technology. It is for us to acknowledge and honour their determination. Today, our workforce has 12.3% contribution from women employees. Vision 2020 is to nurture the talent within the organisation and level up the number of our women employees,” added Kobayashi.

Kolkata based printer maximizes profit with bizhub PRESS

Nukkad Printers from Kolkata has installed the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C6000 and bizhub PRESS C1060 and furnished a feedback which strengthens the legacy of producing cutting edge solutions from Konica Minolta. The company has four bizhub PRESS C6000 at its facility.

“We deployed Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C6000 as our first machine four years back in 2013. Subsequently, we bought three more of bizhub Presses as we were extremely delighted with its results. Recently we have purchased a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS 1060 printer and are pleased with its print quality. Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS 1060 has helped us significantly in growing our business and we have installed the same in our primary workshop, helping the turnaround time for finished print products very fast,” commented Pawas Shahr of Nukkad Printers.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions recently organised a roadshow in Nalgonda, Telangana where it demonstrated its state-of-the-art production printers with the pivotal highlights of the event being the bizhub PRESS C71hc & C1060 production printer.

Xeikon establishes direct presence in India

Xeikon is continuing its strategic review of how it works with customers on a regional level by establishing a direct presence in India. Beginning March 2017, Xeikon is building on the strong market presence through its parent company Flint Group to support and servicing the label, folding cartons and commercial printing segments of the Indian market. This move follows Xeikon’s decision to create a direct to market approach in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Bent Serritslev, managing director, Xeikon Asia Pacific, “Previously, we selectively addressed the market through sales partners but customers in India are increasingly looking for unique and special applications to differentiate their business - building on experience of the manufacturer rather than sales partners. At the same time, the Indian market is investing in high quality and high performance digital printing systems driven by growth in shorter run production, brand security and variable content demanding direct relationship with the manufacturer.” The change in India involves strengthening of both the sales and customer service team to professionally address customer requirements.

In the commercial printing space, Xeikon addresses the B2 plus format with the ability to print unlimited length of image and with several product suites for the wall decoration, books and magazines markets as well as for the textile and pharmaceutical inserts.

Also proving a big attraction for customers in the region is Xeikon’s unique portfolio for labels that includes FDA compliant toner for direct dry food contact without barrier coating, very high light fastness, special brand security features, full rotary printing and all charges based on actual consumption rather than click charges.

Serritslev added, “Xeikon would like to thank Flexo Image Graphics Pvt Ltd and AVS Graphic Solutions (OPC) Pvt. Ltd for their supportive service to date and for ensuring a smooth transition for our customers.”

India’s first HP Indigo Centre of Excellence inaugurated in Chennai

HP and Redington India have launched India’s first Centre of Excellence in Chennai. The Centre of Excellence in Guindy Industrial Estate will showcase HP Indigo’s Digital offset Presses along with a host of pre press, post press and web-to-print solutions for commercial, photo, publishing and labels & packaging segments.

The installation base…

Ramesh KS, A Appadurai, Alon Bar Shany, Kasturirangan and Ramesh Natarajan at the launch of HP Indigo Centre of Excellence in ChennaiThe Centre of Excellence is equipped with HP Indigo 5900, 7900 and the latest 12000 Digital Presses. It also has a wide range pre press and software solutions including Esko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus & HP Mosaic. The Centre is also equipped with a wide range of finishing equipments. Customers who visit the center of excellence will have experience of the end to end solutions.

The HP Indigo 7900 and HP Indigo 12000 are the latest digital presses which were first showcased at drupa 2016. The HP Indigo 12000 digital press offers two sides photograph printing and guarantees photo life of up to 200 years. Both the digital presses offer 40% higher productivity and there is an automatic Alert Agent, which performs real-time error detection while printing, which results in waste reduction and helps increase productivity.

Best innovative applications…

A sizeable portion of the Centre of Excellence is dedicated for brand owners and print buyers, who can get to see some of the best print applications from across the world and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most successful digital print campaigns. The application gallery also host a digital super market that has the best of labels and packaging applications that can serve as a gold mine of information to packaging development managers.

Experts say…

To provide a superior pre-sale customer experience, the Centre of Excellence is developed on a total budget of USD 3 million.

Inaugurating the Centre of Excellence, Alon Bar Shany, general manager, HP Indigo division said, “This Centre of Excellence is specifically targeted towards customers who are new to the HP Indigo family of digital offset printing presses. The centre will not only give our customers a hands-on experience of the products but also enhance the technical knowledge, enabling them to make the most out of their HP Indigo presses.”

Also, present at the event, A. Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India said, “HP & Redington India Limited, are extremely happy to announce the inauguration of the first HP Indigo Centre of excellence in India. We believe the printing industry, our customers and the Brands will hugely benefit from this. We are proud to be associated with Redington India Limited which has made this significant investment towards their commitment to the Digital Printing Technology and the Industry overall.”

While, Kasturirangan, wholetime director, Redington added, “We are proud to partner with HP who are unparalleled champions of digital printing. There is a huge opportunity for HP Indigo digital presses in the country and this Centre of Excellence will help in reaching out to them and give them a one of a kind pre-sale experience.”

Konica Minolta delivers JETvarnish 3D to Pooja Digitals in Telangana

Based in Karimnagar in Telangana, Pooja Digitals is a connoisseur in printing and production of a dazzling range of photo albums, unlike the ordinaries. The reason behind it is the printing firm’s recent adoption of an MGI JETvarnish 3D supplied by Konica Minolta. Installed in mid-December 2016, adoption of MGI JETvarnish 3D at their production facility has accelerated the overall quality in production at Pooja Digitals to a new grade. Elated to the newly garnered capability, Rajesh Reddy of the leading photo album firm said the new 3D varnishing system has opened a new window of prospects in print enhancement. Inaugurated by Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, the award-winning JETvarnish 3D takes digital spot UV coating to a new dimension, featuring increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and amazing 3D effects.

Incepted in the year 2009 with Noritsu QSS-3701 Lab at Karimnagar in Telangana, Pooja Digitals immediately expanded with a new branch at Jagityal with a FUJI Frontier 370. “When we observed the technology trending to convert from Karizma albums to light weight NT albums we invested in first Konica Minolta C70hc in 2012. With the new Konica Minolta machine we gained a new level of success in the photo book segment. As demand for print volume spiralling rapidly we upgraded our portfolio with a new bizhub PRESS C8000 in 2013. Then we opened a new branch at Nizamabad with another Konica Minolta system, KM C71hc, in 2015,” narrated Rajesh.

When enquired why they went for MGI JETvarnish 3D, Rajesh said when print enhancement became a ‘standard requirement’ in photo album business they were in need of a system to meet their pursuit. He added, “And our adoption of the MGI JETvarnish was big a turn as we noticed the sharpness of emboss that the machine could churn in a much better way than any other systems in the class. AIS Smart Scanner in the machine made process easy and time saving by eliminating registration marks.”

In addition to the line of KM presses, Pooja Digitals boasts a line of other high-end systems, which include an HP Indigo 3550. For Konica Minolta, demands for their MGI JETvarnish 3D machine is gaining a new ground with some of the leading commercial printing firms in different parts of the country have adopted the resourceful print enhancement system—the customers are, Dina Colour Lab (Chennai), Varun B Corporation (Surat) and Shree Vibgyor Colour Lab (Raipur).

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