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Pune, the city of youngsters, the city known as India’s educational hub, the city with creativity becomes the first proud city of India to have Kodak NexPress SE3000. Well known pre-press company Kadam Digital Transprints Pvt Ltd takes a fast forward step and installs this unique digital production press in the heart of the city.

Moving to more specious 4500 sq ft office area, Kadam Digital Transprints has recently accomplished milestone by inauguration of Kodak NexPress SE3000 15”x20” digital production colour press, along with second CtP unit, digital colour photo lab, and post press division.

Based on proprietary intellectual property and Kodak’s expertise in image science, materials, software and hardware, Kodak NexPress SE3000 is designed to deliver unique effect like raised printing and matte or glass coating for commercial jobs. To meet the rising demands for short run digital prints and the new segment of photo industry, the press features outstanding photo quality output with exceptional productivity for the production of printed photo products, including hard and soft cover photo books, calendars.

“Technological sea changes are taking place in the photography and print segment. Kodak’s NexPress has revolutionised photo printing with photo-realistic digital colour prints that are practically indiscernible from photo paper, at a cost that is affordable to everyone,” conveyed Sanjay Kadam, director, Kadam Digital Transprints, feeling proud on this installation.

“With the use of NexPress, our clients like Kadam Digital will be able to fulfill diverse printing requirements of people in the Pune city. The demand for high-quality photo products, especially high-end wedding albums, are certainly on the rise and the business opportunity for photo service providers and photographers are exciting. With the advanced features of the NexPress photo platform, the Pune customers will be able to experience international quality printing at a fraction of time,” commented Bhalchandra Nikumb, head-sales and channel management, graphic communications group, Kodak India Pvt Ltd, showing happiness on this kind of progress.

Gulabraoji Shelke, chairman, Mahanagar Co-operative Bank Ltd and PS Vengurlekar, general manager, Bank of Maharashtra, Pune region and Namdeo R Bhagat, director, CIDCO, Mumbai also graced the occasion.

 

 

With rapid expansion plan, Ricoh India Ltd has made strategic foray into digital colour production printing solutions, while announcing the launch of two printing innovation centres and providing comprehensive office solutions as well as enhanced customer satisfaction. Senior staff coming from Japan and Singapore reassured the seriousness of Ricoh’s plans for business expansion in India, with 3-4 times increase in revenues, adopting customer-focused approach improving pre- and post-sale services. “Since inception, Ricoh has been driven by a single-minded objective of providing customer-focused products and solutions that are true value for money. Our mission is to enhance customer place efficiency with all products, services and solutions that will supplement human resources and make Ricoh a one-stop-solution company for all our customers,” stated N Maitra, managing director, Ricoh India Ltd at a press conference recently in New Delhi. As one of the new initiatives in India, the announcement to foray into the fast-emerging digital colour production printing segment came in the wake of Ricoh’s robust growth plans envisaged for India within the next three years. “Digital printing is leading the way because of its efficiency and short turnaround time. More and more production printers are opting for digital technologies over conventional offset for commercial jobs as well. In choosing an engine, they often have to decide between a low priced light production machine of which the performance does not live up to their requirements or a heavy production machine with a high total cost of ownership (TCO) that significantly affects their profits. The Ricoh Pro C900 series meets customer requirements by combining professional quality and heavy duty performance at a cost–effective price, specifically aimed at print for pay, graphic arts, commercial printers and publishing applications,” stated Tadashi Furushima, associate director, production printing business group, Ricoh Company Ltd, detailing the launch of digital colour production printer solutions.

“The new range of Pro C900, Pro C720 and Pro 907/1107/1357Ex will be backed by Ricoh’s first-of-its-kind ‘Pro-Partnership Programme’ that will offer a huge value proposition for customers. This programme will entail forging a close partnership with Ricoh’s production printing customers with respect to technology knowledge, training of people and after sales service to enhance the satisfaction of our customer’s customer,” elaborated Maitra further and announced plans to immediately establish, ‘Live Experience Centre (LEX), one each at Delhi and Mumbai with an investment of fifty million rupees. Two more LEX will be established at Chennai & Bengaluru, soon. LEX will offer live experience to potential customers to try out the various products – both hardware and software. Through this significant investment, Ricoh India will help customers realize the creation in value that would result from workflow re-engineering and increased customer support to secure the leadership position in the production printing segment.

Outlining the larger game plan for India, Sujit Sanyal, senior vice president (business operations) said, “India offers huge potential for our product mix. Environment today is highly competitive and collaborative, where convergence and convenience are the buzzword. Ricoh India will enter the field of office consulting and IT services for which separate business divisions have been set up. Our ultimate aim is to provide all the services that our customers require in the area of document and information technology.”

Long recognised as one of the leaders of office equipment with the top market share in America, Europe and Asia Pacific region, Ricoh has taken bold moves to strengthen their position in the printing sector. Since 2004, it has made strategic acquisitions of industry giants including Hitachi Printing Solutions and IBM’s Printing System Division. Today, the company is widely recognized as the emerging leader in the print production industry, leveraging its strong research and development as well as strategic investments to stay in the forefront of the business.

Ricoh India Ltd, a 73.6 percent owned subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd, Japan, is one of the leading players in the area of imaging solutions. All Ricoh products come with a hallmark of quality, technological excellence and after-sales service. Ricoh operates through a wide network of 18 branches and over 240 dealers and have well-trained sales and after sales service force. With a workforce of around 700 in India, Ricoh is planning to be a major player in the areas of document solutions, IT services, transaction printing, facility management/managed print services and of-course production printing.

 

Canon India Pvt Limited marks its foray into the retail zone with the opening of its exclusive retail outlet called Canon Image Square, designed as a specialty brand store for consumer digital imaging range. This first-of-its-kind store in the country was inaugurated by ace cricketer and Canon brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar on October 29, 2010. The store covering an area of 1,450 sq ft at The Great India Place Mall, Noida is a one-stop destination for people with imaging needs, enabling increased visibility.

Canon plans to open five such stores by December 2010, followed by 95 retail stores in 2011, hundred in the year 2012 and another hundred in 2013 taking the count to 300 stores in the next three years. The first year would see the launch of three stores in Delhi-NCR followed by one store in Nasik and another in Bangalore. Speaking on the occasion, Kensaku Konishi, president & CEO, Canon India said, “The first retail store launched today aims at providing our customers with a one-stop shop for their digital needs that will result in satisfied and stronger customer base.”

The outlet, a unique concept by Canon, showcases a broad range of consumer products including inkjet printers, photo printers, entry level laser printers, cameras, camcorders, consumables, D-SLRs, lenses and accessories.“It is a moment of pride for us at Canon launches such store. We are planning to make an investment of about Rs 50 lakh per store,” remarked Alok Bharadwaj, senior vice president, Canon India.

“Brand Canon is synonymous with reliability, durability and commitment. In fact, these days I’m planning to graduate to use the D-SLR and explore the magical world of photography,” mentioned Sachin. Canon also announced during the event that it has crossed the landmark of 1,000 cr turnover today and felicitated master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with an EOS 60D to signify the first product of the next 1,000 cr lap in its chase for growth.

 

The first such set up within a ‘quick print’ segment, Glorious Color Images Pvt Ltd took a lead by installing state-of-the-art Xerox DC252 digital printer powered with Xerox FreeFlow print server in Gurgaon. Producing higher resolution of 2400 x 2400 dpi, the printer is capable to produce matt/glossy output in A3+ size (13” x 19”) enabling exact A3 bleed size prints. Prior to this installation, Glorious Color was equipped with an array of seven machines of DC12 and with just this one printer, they were able not only to handle all their existing print jobs volume but also to increase the volume by over twenty percent. “Having able to turn out just 4,000-5,000 prints per month on those seven machines, we have been able to take out 7,000 to 8,000 prints each month on DC252. Apart from this, we still have a capacity to produce double than what we are producing now,” informed Mahesh Nair, director of Glorious Color Images.

Talking about as to what made them finally decide for going towards Xerox platform in spite of wider choice available in the market, Mahesh conveyed confidently, having their excellent relations in the past with Xerox India; it did not even think to go for other brand. Having full faith and confidence with Xerox pre- and post-sales support, Glorious Color made an easy decision in this regard towards this new installation. With much sharper and rich image quality, they are also able to command higher per copy rate from their customers, who come from segments like telecommunication, ad agencies and hospitality sectors. Their twenty percent business comes from producing business cards for which Xerox DC252 is just the perfect match. Capable to print on texture media and wider substrate grammage range from 64 to 350gsm, DC252 also offers automatic duplex facility.

Glorious Color Images Pvt Ltd has been providing documentation services and solutions for the past twelve years. They have a strong 85+ members’ team to operate the various functions to meet variety of customer requirements. Being in service industry for last so many years, they thoroughly understand and meet ever changing requirements of their customers. They have achieved annual turnover of Rs 52 million on completion of 12 years of operation.

 

Multimillion-dollar upgrade expected to reduce waste and improve operational flexibility at Jeppesen who have selected five HP Indigo digital presses Jeppesen, the Boeing Commercial Airplanes subsidiary that delivers aviation charts, data and operational tools essential to the global transportation industry, is converting its remaining analog offset chart-printing operations to digital production following a multimillion-dollar purchase of five HP Indigo W7200 digital presses. The five-press deal is one the largest installations ever completed for continuous-feed Indigo presses.

Three of the presses are being installed at Jeppesen’s headquarters facility in Englewood, Colo, where they will operate alongside another HP Indigo W7200 the company purchased and installed earlier this year. Currently, the Englewood facility produces half of its aviation chart work using digital printing, with the remainder printed on analog offset devices. Jeppesen intends to shift all of its standard-size aviation chart work from offset presses to digital. The other two HP Indigo W7200 presses in the purchase are being installed at Jeppesen’s facility in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, near Frankfurt – an all-digital facility that will use the press at faster speeds and improved ease of use to improve productivity.

Designed to meet offset-quality, application-focused production needs, the HP Indigo W7200 press prints up to 7.5 million pages per month. It can produce up to 240 four-colour or up to 960 monochrome letter-size pages per minute at resolutions up to 2,400 x 2,400 dots per inch. Since its release in September 2009, the HP Indigo W7200 has been installed at customer sites worldwide for publishing, photo specialty, transactional / transpromotional and direct marketing print production.

 

Pitney Bowes Inc recently announced the launch of the new Print+ Messenger colour inkjet system enabling the high-resolution colour printing of customized marketing messages on envelopes during high-speed mail insertion. The new system, the result of a collaboration between mail finishing leader Pitney Bowes and inkjet printing technology leader HP, can operate at speeds up to 20,000 mailpieces per hour, making this technology suitable for even the highest-volume mailers.

The new technology can help mailers improve their operational efficiency by eliminating preprinted envelopes, reducing envelope storage needs, streamlining application changeover, and commingling mail. An integral part of a White Paper Factory solution, it eliminates the need for mailers to use anything other than plain white envelopes for their customer communications. All necessary information, including customized marketing offers, company logos, mailing and return addresses, and postal barcodes can be printed directly onto the envelope as it travels along the inserter.

“We talk a lot about innovation at Pitney Bowes, and the Print+ Messenger colour inkjet system is further evidence that we back up this talk with action that directly benefits our customers,” said Ramesh Ratan, president of Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies, adding, “By bringing our proprietary intelligent variable transport and integrity tracking and software together with HP’s world-renowned printing expertise, we have created something unique in the marketplace. That’s exciting.”

 

Digital printing has been undergoing a swift development ever since its widespread popularity achieved in the Indian market. Xerox India subsequently endeavours to set this progress at right acceleration with the introduction of its Color 1000 press in a three-day event organised recently in Mumbai. Vipin Tuteja, executive director, Marketing and International Business, Xerox India talked at length about every minute significance of this digital press recommended for producing more than 125,000 pages per month with a resolution of 2,400 dpi in an exclusive interview with Sonal Khurana of Print & Publishing. Xerox Color 1000 press stands out in many ways than one. Positioned between the company’s hugely successful DocuColor 8002 and iGen4 digital presses, Color 1000 is an answer to commercial printers, photo finishers, direct-mail houses, digital service providers etc who are looking for high-quality outputs. “But the choice of Xerox presses largely depends upon the overall workload requirement and production capacity. For instance, Color 8000 is ideal for job producing more than 300,000 copies a month; for 125,000 copies per month, one can opt for Color 1000 machine,” said Vipin adding that Xerox India has plans to introduce Color 800 in the subcontinent in near future.

Concerning the current market demands in India, Vipin mentioned that if given a chance between Xerox Color 800 and Color 1000, the latter would be more preferable by end-users in the country. With the Color 1000’s fine print quality of 2,400 dpi resolution, Xerox India eyes to tap the photo lab segment. “Of course, photo album is one of the biggest applications which are growing vigorously in the Indian market. That’s why we are targeting photo labs as well as those who wish to make an entry into this segment with Color 1000,” asserted Vipin. A landmark in digital printing, Color 1000 was introduced worldwide at IPEX 2010 in Birmingham.

Advantageous features

So far so good, customers’ feedbacks to this press were extremely encouraging and some of them even booked orders on the spot, which included a couple of customers from photo printing segment and others engaging in colour printing jobs during the launch event. Apart from photo albums, jobs that this press can do with its optional fifth dry ink station for ‘clear dry ink’ amplifying full-colour outputs suitable for ‘on demand printing’ and various other applications including booklets (signature, square-fold and lay flat options), brochures, postcards, business cards, manuals, calendars, invitations and newsletters etc in fine-tuned image quality.

Compatible with sheet sizes ranging from 7.2 x 7.2 inch up to 13 x19.2 inch weighing between coated and uncoated 55-350 gsm, flexible finishing options of Color 1000 allows fulfilling custom built application needs. This press offers two 2,000-sheet trays positioned below the print engine, providing a smaller footprint compared to other systems. An optional oversized high capacity feeder with two additional trays in the machine can increase capacity up to 8,000 sheets for longer unattended run time. Z-card and tri-fold fliers are some of the unique applications of Color 1000.

“The new 1000 press is an impressive equipment with its amazing finishing options and free flow print server. The equipment is capable of producing large amounts in very little time with high resolution imaging and digital quality. We feel that the applications that it can cater to including manuals and photo books will be of help for our unit,” said Shiva Kumar (Futura Digital Press, Bangalore). “The 1000 press can run several applications with highest speed and precision possible. The flexible finishing options allowing systems to be customized will certainly help in growing our business,” commented Thahir Batcha (Penguin Xerox, Chennai).

“Color 1000 is the machine that can bridge the gap between iGen4 and DocuColor 8002 in terms of cost effectiveness and its idyllic photo album printing. Even the size of the machine is compact to save a good space which form a major investment and its power consumption is as low as 10 KV with less carbon footprint,” remarked Vipin. He added that the fifth toner (fifth colour) bringing value to the outputs is an added feature of the machine making it as a preferred choice to posses.

New revolution

Market dominance of Color 1000 will conceivably help the traditional concept of photo labs find a new standard. “Now in many Tier II and Tier III towns, one can find many going for photographs being digitally printed. So, it may take two to three years down the line to catch up with the presses like Color 1000 in this kind of business,” stated Vipin. It’s typically a repeat of what happened in the printing industry when the digital printing was first introduced in India. People had a preconceived mindset that digital technology is not comparable with offset prints—colours looking different, midtone shade missing and so on. Now people finally realise that the outputs delivered to the end users don’t make any difference if it is coming out of commercial offset or digital.

“Our end users don’t even know much about the difference between offset and digital printing. What they really concern about is something which is quick; if they want it in one hour, it should be printed or done in time. These are the requirements we would provide through Color 1000 to the end customers,” explained Vipin. Though he agreed that offset printing will always remain in the industry. And offset printers eventually realising that room for digital printing is equally important as many customers have understood the value of digital press, how quickly and consistently it works. Thus digital printing is not all about replacing something but just fulfilling the additional requirements, complementing the traditional printing.

New applications

Digital presses have requisite roles in book publishing sector too. “I would say that the second most growing sector occupied by digital press is the book publishing industry,” mentioned Vipin. According to him, there is a clear fact that many publishers in these days recognise huge market demand and potential for short-run production of 200-300 books. Earlier publishers would never agree to such short-run production. However, with the advent of digital presses, they found opportunities and advantages in short-run book publishing turning out to be easier than expected.

“Today, many publication houses accept orders to produce archive titles and works of new authors knocking on their doors requiring short-runs,” asserted Vipin adding that Xerox India aims to capture the publication sector in bigger aspect. And another potential domain the company is now eyeing to march into is luxury-packaging segment, which is still untapped properly and there is still value proposition in it. Clutching on to the increasingly expanded digital printing market, came alongside Xerox are other digital press majors like Ricoh, Canon and Konika Minolta. Rather than competition, Vipin is very optimistic about helping each counterpart to further prosper within the sector, which is really big enough to co-exist.

 

Mail is a major factor in business growth and also an essential component in customer relationships. In context of creating value in mailing process, automated mail processing is an effective way to cut costs and enhance profits. Neopost India strategic presence in local market to better understand the needs and engage with local mailing industry introduced innovative solutions and positive contribution working closely with India Post bringing value added services to mail customers. A brief report. To enhance customer satisfaction and optimize once budget by improving the handling and traceability of information, orders and statements, Neopost India recently launched seven new models of digital franking machines (a full range of inkjet modular systems), certified and recommended by Department of Posts, India. The machines are simple, useful, cost efficient and 7x24 convenient CRM tool to improve customer retention. It can facilitate mailing of twenty articles to two thousand plus articles a day and more. With inkjet printing technology in collaboration with HP along with the comfort of remote resetting of machines through Neopost remote resetting centres the machines meet once all mailing needs such as transporting important documents –bills, statements, contracts and more. During the launch event in New Delhi, people from mail service organization, post offices and other related areas gathered in number over 75.

“Neopost has been achieving a good growth during one of the worst economic crisis recently keeping a good momentum in terms of revenue generation. Neopost worldwide share is 25 percent with 2.6 million meters (90 percent of their total) operational in Neopost’s top five markets including Canada, France, Germany, UK and USA,” said Sanjay Sharma, managing director, Neopost India, adding, “Currently over 8,000 electronic franking machines are operational in India. The advantage of using franking machine in the sub-continent is that India has a very good environment of market growth since India Post provides incentive of three percent on franked mail making it a priority mail and a widest range of digital franking machines has been approved by the Department of Posts, India for all segments of mailing.”

The range of franking solution launched include Neopost

IJ-25, an entry level small sized franking machine; IJ-40, an easy to use mailing solution for growing business needs;

IJ-50, delivering the next level of mailing performance offering packet and parcel versatility; IJ-70, an advanced, automatic mail processing system for expanding needs; IJ-80, the high productivity mailing system for medium sized mailrooms;

IJ-90, a heavy duty mailing system and IJ-110, a high performance intelligent machine outperforming ultimate speed of 350 envelopes per minute, automatically adjusting the postal rate with touch screen technology makes operation easy with its mail management options.

Neopost Group is a major player in the market of mailroom equipment and logistic solutions for the last 75 years. Present in more than 90 countries, Neopost is the world’s second largest mailroom solution provider with 14 operating companies in Europe, North America and Asia. With around 600 patents Neopost is the first supplier to bring the benefits of digital technology in mailroom industry, changing the way people look at metered mail and to bring the convenience of folding and inserting technology to the office environment. With Kores (India) Ltd, an ISO 9001 : 2000 certified company as key partner in India, Neopost has established strategic agreements with cutting-edge technology suppliers to provide: encryption, tracking, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), state-of-the-art connectivity, remote servicing to their customer base.

Neopost’s strong relationships with postal organizations throughout the world guarantee the quality of products and the security of transactions.

 

-organises roadshow and seminar showcasing expanded portfolio for digital ‘on demand printing and publishing’ for graphic arts market while presenting how digital printers can increase business productivity and explore new revenue opportunities Xerox India, a part of Xerox Corporation showcased its ‘on-demand printing and publishing’ offerings for the graphic arts community at a roadshow in Kolkata. To strengthen its foothold in the digital graphic arts market, the company showed its latest Mono Production Machine 4127 along with expanded portfolio of offerings. Through live demonstrations of its portfolio of colour products from office to production range, the event created awareness about the benefits of digital printing and educated partners on Xerox products and solutions. Highlighting a range of

‘on-demand printing’ and various other applications on its latest Mono Production 4127 equipment, the company presented how digital printers can increase business productivity and explore new revenue opportunities in the graphic arts segment with Xerox DC 700 and DC 252 models.

Xerox also hosted a seminar to highlight how organizations are exploiting the profit potential from digital printing and trends in the areas of variable information printing, digital proofing and short-run digital colour output. Xerox DocuColor range of digital presses is one of Xerox’s leading and highest selling digital colour production presses in India. The presses are a part of their extensive product portfolio and are engineered to produce more jobs with high image quality at affordable prices. DocuColor range includes Xerox DC242/252/260, DCP700, DC 5000 and the Xerox DC 8000 amongst others.

“On-demand printing and publishing is a dramatic trend impacting the printing industry. This trend has been primarily fuelled by a desire to market to a specific audience by printing in short runs and at the same time leveraging the impact of colour. Yet, designers, printers and discerning customers have always been asked to compromise when it comes to short run printing. Xerox ‘on-demand printing & publishing’ is done just-in-time, 1:1 and over the internet,” said Kuldeep Malhotra, associate director (North & East), Production System Group (PSG), Xerox India, commenting on the road show.

 

The ‘must-attend’ event for the global postal community, Post-Expo 2010, organized by UKIP Media & Events, recently held in Copenhagen was a huge success with over 3,000 participants. Some of the innovative solutions which were the star attractions included: Pay & Post kiosk from Escher Group, Heavy-duty post/cargo delivery trailer from Accell Pro, Enterprise mobile computers from Motorola Inc, Streamlined postal delivery processes from Intermec, Hybrid mail solution from Lyngsoe, Superior sorting solution from Pitney Bowes, Voice direction solution from Optiscan, E-business tool from Swift Postal, Customised print engine from Box Technologies etc.

 
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