Variable Data & Digital printing

Xerox CP1000i: best fit for garment industry

-Bharat Photostat offers innovative tags and labels for the garment industry with the installation of Xerox CP 1000i Bharat Photostat is making quite an uproar after the installation of Xerox CP1000i, which has been their key growth driver. “With this new installation, we have further intensified our operations for the garment industry. We use the machine to make the tags and labels look more lucrative and visible. I believe that with such baby steps, we’ll soon be able to carve a niche for ourselves in this flourishing market,” tells Abhishek Nangia, MD, Bharat Photostat.

On asking about the features of Xerox CP 1000i which attracted him, Abhishek replied, “I have always aspired to own a machine like the Xerox ColorPress 1000i and today it undoubtedly is my dream project since it provides my company a creative and competitive edge in the market. The sheer fact that the machine has an additional option of the 5th colour: Gold or Silver and the fact that Xerox is the pioneer in offering Metallic Gold or Silver Dry ink at rated speed eased the process of purchase for me.”

Creativity, finish and the print quality together make the product stand out. “Since we planned to delve deeper into the garments label industry, the function of an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with metallic gold or silver dry inks or applies spot or flood creative effects with clear dry ink really attracted me. To sum it up, the 5th colour option, the gloss finish and the quality of print are the features that clearly distinguish this press from others in the market. I am happy I made this decision since I’m reaping huge benefits post its use,” he adds confidently.

New applications…

“Our experience with Xerox machines has been great always and we are extremely pleased with the performance of the CP1000i on both, quality as well as quantity parameters. It has helped us in increasing our efficiency with a massive surge in our productivity and has simultaneously reduced running costs by 40%. We aim to exploit the unique and outstanding features to capture a larger share of the label printing market and widen our printing mediums as well as target audience,” tells Abhishek.

On asking about the new applications on the machine, he replies, “I am making complete use of all the impeccable features of CP1000i installed in my facility. With its capability to convert lucrative foil stamping applications, such as invitations, certificates and business cards to short-run, high-value digital production I use it for mostly all my high-end printing jobs. From the perspective of tags, labels, books and catalogue printing, its multi-pass printing with clear ink adds an extra textural feel combined with the hint of the silver and gold inks act as a key differentiator.”

The roots…

“Bharat Photostat was established by my father, SK Nangia, in 1994. We were initially into export business of threads but soon ventured in photocopying, when we imported a Toshiba photocopy telefax machine to meet the Photostat and fax demand of our customers. I joined the business in 1998, when Bharat Photostat made digital printing its key focus area and since then we have been heavily investing into digital presses,” tells Abhishek.

The facility…

“Our 2200 sq ft shop floor houses a fully equipped post-press facility which is capable of meeting any kind of demand, producing over 15,000 prints per day. We have total staff strength of around 20 people, including three in-house designers to correct and develop designs and runners for delivery,” tells Abhishek.

Relationship with Xerox…

“Xerox has always been more than just a manufacturer for us. It has been a key partner, more like family to Bharat Photostat. Our relationship dates back to our first ever digital machine which was the Xerox DocuColor 12. The machine served us for good six years and provided the perfect launch pad to expand our operations in the digital arena. The next Xerox machine which we added was the Xerox Sapida which helped us in growing 20 times. Xerox too treats us like family and organizes special training sessions to boost our productivity and profitability. We very often get realistic trainings from Xerox as well as other OEM engineers and so I can proudly say that Xerox has been and will continue to be our trusted partner and their sales and service support is amongst the best in the industry,” he adds.

The clientele…

“Our principal clientele are primarily walk-ins and the key market segments we cater to include the likes of export houses, jewellers, restaurants and garments industry,” he adds. “We primarily focus on the northern markets, residing in Delhi NCR and our principal clientele are mostly walk-ins.”

Road ahead…

“I believe that soon we will receive more orders for garment tag and label printing especially requiring metallic colours. In fact we have seen instances where customers were so impressed with metallic print that they enormously increased the volume in our subsequent orders,” shares Abhishek optimistically.

HP Inc installs second Indigo Digital Press at Silver Point

Silver Point Press Private Limited is not only one of India’s leading commercial printer but also one of the most awarded commercial printers in the country who has been associated with some of India’s most respected companies, MNC’s and advertising agencies. Silver Point Press has once again taken a huge step in deploying the world class technology and has installed the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press at their integrated plant in Mahape, Navi Mumbai. This is Silver Point’s second Indigo digital offset press from HP Inc. By adding the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press, Silver Point Press will be able to enhance the print experience of its new customers across India.

Silver Point Press has been a valued partner of HP since 2009 and they are a trusted and a reputed brand in the state for full and customized range of print solutions. The HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press will increase productivity, reduce waste and offer a superior quality of image printing and offer B2 size to the market in digital space. HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press has been designed, to produce high quality prints on versatile substrates such as canvas, synthetics and metallized media.

To add to the announcement, Alon Bar Shany, general manager, HP Indigo division said, “Leveraging HP Indigo’s continuous innovation, our customers around the globe providing brands unprecedented printing solutions to improve brand-customer engagement, while improving their own businesses by driving a shift in how the printing industry across world does business.”

Elaborating upon the business association with Silver Point, A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP Inc India said, “Silver Point has been one of our most valued customers and we are delighted to be entrusted yet again by them to help them realize their growth strategy. This will the first installation of the HP Indigo 12000 digital offset press in the commercial/ offset printing segment. We believe that the 12000 will offer a whole new range of applications possibilities by being able to print on over 3000 different media ‘s including Plastics and with 7 color possibilities including white ink.“

While, Shabbir Muchhala, Silver Point added, “The HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press will help us in meeting our clients demand for consistent high quality prints and its capability to print high at speed of 4600 sheets per hour and 70gsm to 400gsm will help us in expanding our customer base as well to some unexplored markets as well.”

GK Vale targets Indian online market with Taopix photo commerce platform

Indian photo retailer, G K Vale, has invested in the Taopix photo commerce platform to increase its online presence.

The Bangalore company first opened its doors in 1910 and has built a hugely successful business specialising in portraiture, wedding photography and photo personalisation services. The company currently operates 25 photo lab stores and has diversified into the camera retail market with 11 stores across the continent. The primary business employs 275 direct staff and 75 indirect employees work in the retail camera business.

G K Vale operates a centralised production facility in Fraser Town, Bangalore. The range of photo books, calendars, prints, wall décor and personalised gifts is manufactured across a wide range of equipment including a Canon DreamLabo 5000, Epson inkjet technology, a Durst Theta digital lab and Sawgrass heat transfer system.

The business has installed small format inkjet printers and Fuji Frontier S Smartlabs in 35 of its stores across India.

According to Anand Sukarmar, CEO, GK Vale, “We identified a business need for a new photo commerce platform that would give us better flexibility for template building and make it easier for us to deploy white label partner versions.”

“We were introduced to the Taopix team at Drupa who showed us some of the latest developments. We were particularly excited to see the focus on mobile, especially the Smartphone version. In our opinion, the Indian broadband and 4G markets are ready to explore and we see Taopix as the platform that will allow us to do just that. Online ordering combined with delivery to home will give us the potential for higher growth. The software is extremely easy from a consumer standpoint so customers are more likely to use it to order personalised merchandise.

“We can add any product we want to and I like that flexibility. We have around 400 products in the range, from pencil boxes to metal prints, and we couldn’t offer these through our previous platforms.”

While, Steffen Haaga, commercial director, Taopix, says, “We’re delighted to have such a high profile company as G K Vale as a Taopix customer. It’s a professional, well-established and well-regarded company that is a perfect fit for our platform. I have high hopes for success and believe that the time is right to introduce personalised photo gifting to the millions of mobile users across India.”

Digital printing trends in 2017

Balaji Rajagopalan, executive director- technology, channels & international distributor operations, Xerox India, shares the technology trends for 2017 and Xerox’s strategy this year. While the printing business across the globe is stagnant, India’s printing industry is growing significantly. The digital printing industry especially is seeing significant transformation with new technologies and innovative applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. The office printing segment will continue to grow and there will be an increased demand of MFPs as companies look for innovative solutions to simplify business processes. We shall continue to see accelerated movement towards more integrated work flow solutions.

Additionally, with mobile printing, cloud, advanced security features etc. becoming more popular, we will see more such application development becoming a focus area for companies in the coming times.

Such apps will allow users to control their MFPs remotely and transmit documents to fax, email and cloud hosted services like Google Drive and Dropbox.

Key highlights of our company during the year 2016

This year, from a technology business perspective, as part of our long-term growth plan in India, we expanded our presence in the tier 2 & 3 cities in the country. We have already developed products that consume less power, ranging from 10 – 70 per cent over that of competitive products in that range, offering us tremendous scope to tap the emerging opportunity.

Additionally, we have strengthened our focus on SMB business segment with the launch of Xerox Docucentre SC2020 and ConnectKey enabled iSeries products besides continuing to extend our Managed Print Services to SMBs through our channel partners.

In the production printing space, we have also launched inkjet printers like Brenva HD and Trivor which are equipped with high-end print capabilities such as Smart print heads, Inline density optimization, Ink estimation tool, Object-oriented colour management system etc. at Drupa this year. Brenva HD is one of its kind cut sheet inkjet press which is an amalgamation of cut sheet flexibility at inkjet price points. We maintained focus on our entry to high end digital press segment, be it for C60/C70, Versant series, iGen5 and Color Press 1000i and have not only received a good number of orders but a great feedback from the market.

Roadmap or strategy for the year 2017

In 2016, we had launched multifunction devices like Xerox Docucentre SC2020 and ConnectKey enabled iSeries which were equipped with features that meet the needs of the Indian Enterprise and SMB markets. And also continued push on digital printing segment which is a key growth driver for us.

We gear up for 2017 with some more exciting product launches that will revolutionize the A3 printing market. We are looking at further strengthening our focus on the Office business segment and are looking to aggressively tap into market space where we know we have a scope to improve and consolidate our market presence.

Solutions and digital printing will continue to be a key focus area for the next year. Also, we are going to focus on maintaining our leadership in certain market segments like entry colour to mid production segments.

We will also expand our Managed Print Services (MPS) value proposition to wider segments in the country through our strong channel partner network. This will allow us to expand beyond the top corporate accounts to fast growing and large potential SMB businesses.

SATO acquires inline digital printing leader DataLase

SATO, a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empowers workforces and streamlines operations acquired a 100% share of UK-based inline digital printing (IDP) leader, DataLase.

The two companies first teamed in October 2015 to form the strategic partnership SpeciaLase to introduce the game-changing DataLase IDP technology in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. SATO held a 33.3% share of DataLase prior to this acquisition.

The DataLase IDP solution is the only one of its kind and enables high-speed, fast turnaround printing which is ideal for packaging and product customization and personalization. IDP technology allows printing of variable information to enable real-time marketing to maximize brand owner and consumer value. The system is inkless at the point of printing, thus removing the need for consumables in the production environment at the point of fulfilment.

The acquisition optimizes synergies from the DataLase IDP solution and SATO’s on-site commitment and global network to deliver financial savings, environmental benefits and enhanced marketing capabilities for end users. Application in total track and trace solutions is expected to provide benefits for customers in numerous high-volume, fast-moving industries including manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage.

In 2016, DataLase increased its strategic partnership portfolio across inks and coatings, substrates and print technology to deliver IDP product and packaging solutions for brands such as Ricoh, Xerox, Mundi, KBA-Metronic, Macsa ID, and Pulse Inks. Also in 2016, global print and publishing solutions provider Flint Group became the first licensee of Variprint, a revolutionary DataLase technology that enables real time messaging and variable data on packaging with a selection of monochrome colors.

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