Variable Data & Digital printing

Canon opens first of its kind training & support facility in Noida

Canon India Pvt Ltd, India’s No#1 complete digital imaging company, has opened a new training centre in Noida to provide technical skill development to its engineers and channel partners. The new centre will empower them with techniques and information which will equip them to handle customer queries and installation with utmost care. This is a first-of-its-kind training facility that has been initiated with an objective of increasing the product knowledge of the engineers.

The training centre houses the best-in-class and technologically advanced printers like DreamLabo 5000, OCE Vario Print 6000, iPR1135 and iPRC 800, iPRC7000VP, TDS 750, TDS 350 and CW 300. Canon India aims to improve the efficiency of the engineers and the channel partners with the help of this training facility. The facility, which is almost 4000 sq ft in size, has two training rooms for the engineers and has one staff seating room as well.

Puneet Datta, director of professional printing products (PPP) group, Canon India said, “Canon believes in providing best customer experience through its various services. With the help of our new training facility, we aim to excel in this endeavour by imparting training to our engineers, sales teams and channel partners.

The training will help them to get a better understanding of PPP products and further enhance the customer experience. The facility, which has already trained more than 50 engineers since the time of its inception, acts as a technical backup centre in case of any downtime issue for mission critical customer.”

Workshops and in-house learning sessions are frequently organised in the facility to make the engineers well adept with the products. The engineers will also be given field trainings to identify and rectify problems in the products. Product demonstrations will also be given in the facility to give the customers a better understanding about the products.

Kodak Alaris embarks on ‘information management partnership yatra’ in India

The twin-fold objectives of ‘Kodak Alaris Information
Management Partnership Yatra 2015’ are knowledge transfer
and relationship building with existing and potential partners.

In a strategic move to expand its partner network in the country, Kodak Alaris has embarked on a pan-India initiative, titled ‘Kodak Alaris Information Management Partnership Yatra 2015’. The objective of the programme is to engage with partners across the country, provide training, and share the company’s strategy and knowledge on the wide range of Kodak Alaris scanning solutions available in the market. This initiative will empower partners to grow the Information Management and document scanning business in India.

‘Kodak Alaris Information Management Partnership Yatra 2015’ commenced in April this year across India. The partner meetings conducted in six cities - Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam and Patna - were attended by a total of 150 partners. In order to keep-up with the momentum, and expand the channel partner network further, Kodak Alaris plans to schedule the partner meets in additional Tier I and Tier II cities throughout the year.

“We would like to thank our partners for their support in developing the market for Information Management business for Kodak Alaris in India”, said Vivek Naidu, vice president – information management at Kodak Alaris India. “We believe in investing in our partners and having a mutually beneficial relationship The twin-fold objectives of ‘Kodak Alaris Information Management Partnership Yatra 2015’ are knowledge transfer and relationship building with existing and potential partners.

This is to ensure that our partners have the right skill-set to engage with customers.” The advantage for channel partners and their customers is the widespread post-sales service network of Kodak Alaris across India. The company provides service and support from installation to maintenance to professional services, ensuring ongoing productivity as well as continued relevance of the solutions to business processes.

Three customers purchase Scodix Ultra Pro Systems at Printex to overcome demand

Scodix Ultra Pro presses have recently been ordered by CMYKhub (Australia), Port Printing Works (Australia), and Fuzed of Auckland, New Zealand. “The systems were purchased off the show floor at the Printex show in Sydney, directly out of the Currie Group stand, the local Scodix distributor. The Scodix Ultra Pro system was appropriately chosen as a “Hot Pick” at this year’s event,” says their press release. All three industry leaders, CMYKhub, Port Printing Works, and Fuzed, purchased their Scodix systems to meet constant rising market demands from long-time clients, as well as new profitable business driven by the unique capabilities of digital enhancement.

“The value we add to the printed project is not only relevant to the look and feel of the end product’s success, but to the service provider’s importance to their clients,” notes Lior Meron, regional manager, Scodix.

"Scodix plays an increasing role in elevating the customer's revenue and marketplace status by the opportunity we give our customers to differentiate themselves. All three of these marketplace trailblazers have not only realised these benefits, but capitalised upon them to the point they needed additional productive abilities just to keep up with the demand.”

CMYKhub, with four different production factories throughout the continent, exclusively services other commercial printing providers. Trent Nankervis, MD, CMYKhub noted, “We are dedicated to providing small to medium-size print shops and print resellers with access to the finest and most impacting print technologies available. Scodix enables us to offer superior quality and unique enhancements that our clients are eager to pay a premium price for. It’s a win-win situation. We needed to purchase an additional Scodix press to keep up with capacity demands".

While, Port Printing Works, a 30-staff family printer, installed Australia’s first Scodix system (S74 Pro) back in 2013. “We produce an enormous amount of business cards, and the Scodix systems enable us to apply pinpoint-accurate spot UV in an extremely efficient manner,” noted director Tom Wagenaar.

“Being a wholesale printer, that translates to profits. But we also use the Scodix system for presentation folders, book covers, and basically anything that needs to stand out. Our clients and their target audiences really appreciate the difference and value of the enhancements.”

Fuzed Owners Jason and Matt Mills stated, “We needed to replace our existing Scodix press (upgraded to Scodix Ultra Pro) to keep up with constantly swelling capacity demands.” For Fuzed, public recognition just keeps coming. This year the company known for its production of lenticular printing, (exporting over 80 percent of it; much of it to Australia and the USA) won eight gold medals and seven highly commended prizes at this year’s Pride in Print, as well as being touted as Best in Process, for the digital print of their Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Invite. Last fall, using the same piece, Fuzed placed second in the General Printing Category in the 2014 Scodix Design Awards. It was chosen from a bank of very impressive entries that were done for wellknown worldwide brands such as Chronograph, Jaguar, Bacardi, Stela Beer and MARVEL.

Masterpiece Graphix MGX 12-Point board sheet material certified!

Color-Logic—developer of the Process Metallic Color System—has announced their certification of Masterpiece Graphics MGX 12-Point Board Material for use with the Color-Logic process on HP Indigo cut sheet presses. Commenting on the certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said, “Color-Logic certification tests clearly demonstrate the compatibility of the Color- Logic Process Metallic Color System and Masterpiece Graphics MGX 12-Point Silver Board, Rainbow Holographic Board, and Silver Rain Holographic Board Sheet Material. Printers producing metalised packaging materials on the Indigo can confidently use Color-Logic and any of these three MGX 12-Point substrates to create striking metallic packages and prototype packages that accurately represent ultimate production. Other potential uses include direct mail, postcards, magazine covers, business cards, trade or playing cards, gift or loyalty cards, promotional pieces and counter cards.”

Over the years MGX has provided HP Indigo users with more than 900 materials and offers specialty coating and digital substrates to all other major digital printers. Masterpiece Graphix draws on more than thirty years of experience in printing, coating and packaging, and offers a wide array of digital substrate and coating options. MGX excels at sheet, roll, narrow web, wide format coating, and specialised material coatings.

Konica Minolta marks its presence at Digi Image Expo 2015 & Photo Fest India

Konica Minolta recently displayed at Digi Image Expo held at Neelakanta Convention Centre, Bengaluru. Hosted by the Karnataka Photographers’ Association, the region’s leading photo video association, Digi image now attracts visitors from all over India, with thousands of photography and imaging specialists, introducing them to cutting-edge technology, industry experts and an extensive programme of workshop.

Konica Minolta displayed some of its unique products like bizhub press C1060 / C70HC & MGI samples but the limelight was of course on C70HC with Print Xpress, capable to reproduce the colours very close to the RGB colour gamut which makes it very near to traditional photo lab quality. Konica Minolta has installed more than 250 of C70HC in the country.

Konica Minolta had more than 500 visitors and approximately 150 demos of their products. While, Photo Fest India (July 29-31, 2015), organised by the All Kerala P h o t o g r a p h e r s Association, was the first event in Kerala, Konica Minolta participated directly of its own after their acquisition of the KM business from their biggest distributor. Kerala is a very important market for Konica Minolta and the customers in Kerala have very well accepted the technology. They have always appreciated the machines from Konica Minolta for their business for creating Photo Albums.

For Konica Minolta this also provided an opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility and versatility in its products. Konica Minolta displayed their most successful models Bizhub PRESS C1100 and Bizhub PRESS C1060. Bizhub PRESS C1100 is a workhorse and can print on wide variety of Media with consistent productivity at all GSM’s and also does auto duplex for media up to 350GSM.

Bizhub PRESS C1060 shows the flexibility a digital printing machine can have. The machine can print on wide variety of media and also gives the flexibility to print on media up to 13x47” for book covers and if the customer wants full page in the album like traditional the RGB album which can also be prepared.

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