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Autoprint: mapping road beyond the 10K mark...

Recently, Autoprint rolled out its 10000th machine, which is destined to be installed in Uttar Pradesh. Janani Rajeswari S finds out more about the latest innovations, post-sales customer support and future endeavours at Autoprint. It was a great moment of pride for 23-year-old Coimbatore based printing machine manufacturing company ‘Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Pvt Ltd’ to roll out its 10000th machine. To mark the occasion, Utsav 10000 was held at Coimbatore. The event was presided over by Dev Nair, president, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP); KS Khurana, president, Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA); Anand Limaye, general secretary, AIFMP and CD Kumaravel, president, Coimbatore Master Printers’ Association.



It was an event that brought together titans from the printing industry and also the clients of ‘Autoprint.’

Felicitations by the distinguished guests and special invitees

The 10000th machine - a Dion 450+ 4 colour offset printer – is slated to be installed at Jivandeep Printers Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, who is a repeat customer of Autoprint with two prior installations.

The event…

The welcome address was given by CN Ashok, MD, Autoprint, who outlined the humble beginning of Autoprint. They forayed into printing by installing an offset printing machine in 1988 but there were always problems relating to the availability of spare parts and service issues. This instilled the idea of creating an offset printer themselves. Thus, Autoprint was born in 1988,” told K Ramakrishnan, chairman of the company.

Autoprint formally began its activities in 1992. Today, Autoprint boasts of two manufacturing units in Coimbatore and one in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. These centres have been a hub of innovation and the company continues to stick to its motto of ensuring quality, innovation and customer support. They also have a tie-up with Manugraph for sale of their machines in Africa region.



Dev Nair, president, AIFMP, congratulated Autoprint on achieving this milestone and hoped that Autoprint will shine like a star in the global print market and will come up with more machines with even better precision technology.

KS Khurana, president, IPAMA, remarked that he was proud to be a part of the celebration while Anand V Limaye, general secretary, AIFMP, thanked Autoprint for bringing out good quality machines and said that he is happy to note that they have been selling approximately 1.5 machines per day. Other speakers at the occasion included CD Kumaravel, president, Coimbatore Master Printers’ Association and stalwarts of AIFMP like R Suresh, P Chander and Ashokan.

The vote of thanks was given by KG Suresh, joint managing director, Autoprint. He pointed how the team has been constantly working at creating products that set them apart. “It’s true that the Indian printing industry is not as sophisticated as the European market. Yet, we meet quite a lot of people and reach out to their demands. Our main idea is to offer them products at affordable prices,” he added. However, he said that the reception towards indigenous machines has been gradually growing over the last ten years. “So when it comes to innovation, we have improved and there has been a learning curve while adapting to the industry growth,” explained Suresh.

This ceremony was followed by felicitations by the distinguished guests and special invitees.

The honourable guests were taken to Autoprint’s factory and R&D centre. They were taken around and shown Autoprint’s state-of-the-art CNC Centre and a live demo of the premier range of products – the Fine Coat 80, UV coating machine, the Repetto 65, automatic Diepunching machine, and the latest sensation Checkmate 50, the offline Print Inspection System, was also given.

As is Autoprint’s tradition, a tree was planted by the distinguished guests at Autoprint’s R&D centre, to commemorate the rolling out of the 10000th machine, Utsav 10000.

The products gallery…

Autoprint offers sheet fed offset printing machineries like Autoprint 1510 Colt (Single Colour), Autoprint 1510 Colt 7K (Single Colour), Autoprint 1520 Colt (Single Colour), Autoprint 1520 Colt 7K (Single Colour), Autoprint 1520 Knight (Single Colour), Autoprint 1520 Knight NX (Single Colour Non-Woven Bag Printing Machine) and Autoprint Dion 450+ (4 Colour) machine. Their post press machines include Autoprint Reckoner VDP 65 (variable data inkjet printing), Autoprint Fine Coat 65 (UV & Aqueous Coating), Autoprint Fine Coat 80 (UV & Aqueous Coating), Autoprint Repetto 65 V2 (Die Punch & Creasing), Checkmate 65(Print Inspection).

Of these, the latest addition to the list of innovations is ‘Checkmate 50’ that is a print inspection/sorting machine for folding cartons. The camera technology is by Lucid Imaging, Bangalore. It can inspect print defects and foil errors. The machine segregates the good and defective sheets neatly into different stacks which can be further analysed to correct the previous process. The machine is designed to check nearly 40,000 cartons per hour.

In the category of punching, the Autoprint team looks at foraying into the bigger size of 22”x 32” soon.

Post-sales customer relations…

Customer support has been the backbone of the company ever since its inception in 1992. Autoprint launched its ‘Customer Care Centre’ in 1992. The centre has been developing itself technologically over the years. This centre is powered by a toll-free number established three years ago. The calls are handled by three executives who are multilingual. Functioning from 9 am to 5.30 pm, the call centre receives nearly 60 calls a day. Autoprint has created its own CRM software and database of the customer which was initiated in the year 2000.

KS Khurana, president, IPAMA appreciating UV coated sheet produced on Fine Coat.

The concept of G.E.M (Going an extra mile) has helped Autoprint create a special bond with customers who find it difficult to reach out to them. So, an engineer visits the site once in three months to build connectivity. This has definitely helped the company grow. Today, Autoprint has reached across 8,000 out of 40,000 pin codes in India.

The company has received several awards like Stalwart of the printing Industry – AIFMP-2002, Rajiv Gandhi National Quality award from Government of India and BIS in the year 2004, Best Technology award from NSIC – 4 times, Engineering Excellence Award – 2013, Public Choice Award (Checkmate 65), Highest Exporter Award from EEPC (4 times) and Trailblazer Award for Brand Innovation (Repetto 65) - 2011.

Quality manpower…

Most of the employees at Autoprint are skilled and are at least diploma holders. They also undergo a training session that spans over one or two years. This training includes hands-on experience and theory classes once a week. “We usually run one shift a day but whenever the demand is more, we work round the clock as well,” told Suresh.

Future plans…

According to CN Ashok, Autoprint would like to install at least one 4-colour machine across the 425 districts of India. The event ended on the promise of offering more innovative and consumer- focused products in future.

PRINT CHINA 2015: International Media Week

In order to enhance the promotion effect and update the latest progress and exhibitors preview, PRINT CHINA organisers arranged the PRINT CHINA 2015 International Media Week from December 09-11, 2014 in Dongguan Exhibition International Hotel. Through a series of reports, guests’ presentations, media interviews, interactive discussion as well as related field trips, media from home and abroad got a comprehensive understanding of PRINT CHINA 2015. Here is a brief report by SK Khurana, editor, Print & Publishing. This media week was attended by government officials, about 40 overseas and domestic printing association leaders, exhibition committee leaders and representatives of exhibitors. Apart from them various international printing, packaging and publishing media from five continents, printing media from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions as well as domestic printing media and mass media were present to the media week, which included journalists from overseas media (21), domestic media (27) and mass media (15). Among the representatives of exhibitors ten companies updated the audience as to what they are going to show during PRINT CHINA 2015.

The media week was declared open with the welcome speech delivered by Xu Jianguo, chairman of Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC). And later Cai Waici, special adviser of China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF) and Huang Ling, inspector of Guangdong Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television Bureau talked about the impact and importance of ongoing development of the printing and packaging industry. Zhang Jianmin, secretary-general of Digital and Network Printing Sub-association of PEIAC talked about China’s Printing Market in 2013; Sun Tiebing, executive vice general manager of Print China Show Company Limited (PCSC) talked on the progress of PRINT CHINA 2015 and Li Chen, secretary general of China Print Awards updated on China Print Awards.

During the international media week, invitees discussed the topics covering China’s economic situation, industrial policies, exhibition preparation, service information, exhibitors’ plans, etc. The discussion was something like updating the media so as to disseminate the information all over. Following remained the synopsis of the discussion:

Six major highlights

Climbing new heights: Global printing enterprises offer their great support to PRINT CHINA. Up to August 30, 2014, more than 620 companies had submitted online applications, occupying about 1,20,000 sq m area. In order to meet exhibitor’s demands and maximize exhibition effects, Guangdong Modern International Center will be offering newly build Zone F of Hall 3, with 22,500 sq m exhibition area. With this, the total exhibition area will reach to over 1,40,000 sq m. And with these developments

PRINT CHINA 2015 will be world’s largest and most influential comprehensive exhibition of printing and packaging industry in 2015.

Active participation of industrial enterprises: PRINT CHINA 2015 has successfully attracted numerous leading domestic and overseas exhibitors. In digital and prepress sector: HP, Canon, Konica Minolta, FujiXerox, Fujifilm, Founder and Epson have confirmed to participate. In printing equipment sector: Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, manroland, Hans-Gronhi, Dinga (RYOBI-MHI), Beiren Group, Goss and Zhongde Group have confirmed to participate in this show. In packaging and post press sector: BOBST, Masterwork, MBO, Kao Asia (Kolbus), Steinemann, YOCO, Wilson, Horauf, Hohner, JMD, Shengtu, Lanbao, Zenbo, Guowei, Guowang and other wellknown enterprises will display their exhibits.

In flexo, gravure and label printing sector: Aerospace-Huayang, Brotech, KING LABEL, Zhongshan Fuzhou, Donghang, Sangde, Weigang, Cerutti and more companies have registered to participate in PRINT CHINA 2015. In equipment and consumable sector: Agfa, Lucky Huaguan, Amsky, CGS, Konita, Siegwerk, Tokyo Ink and Kingswood have applied for participation. With these industry leaders, it is firmly believed that PRINT CHINA will gather cutting-edge printing technology and products in the world to showcase the latest development in printing technology for visitors.

Magnificent presence with overseas pavilions: With PRINT CHINA 2015 more and more internationalised, overseas industrial associations and organisations actively organise their national and regional pavilions to participate in this show. Germany pavilion, South Korea pavilion, India pavilion and Chinese Taiwan pavilion have confirmed their participation. In addition, the pavilions from UK, Italy and other countries are in the negotiation process.

Concurrent value-added activities: A series of key events will be held concurrently, including the 3rd International Forum for the Development of Printing Technology (Forum PT 2015), the 5th China Print Awards Ceremony, the 5th Member Meeting of Asia Print, the Secretary General Meeting of Global Print, Opening Budget and so on. Meanwhile dozens of forums and technology exchange activities will be held, covering digital, green, standardisation, packaging, label, inkjet and other areas.

Show days extension creating more business opportunities: The organising committee decided to extend the exhibition period of PRINT CHINA 2015 from five days to six days, to provide sufficient time for exhibitors and professional buyers for business negotiations and technical exchanges. Such extension also makes PRINT CHINA more align with the organising style of other international printing exhibitions.

Establishing trade matching platform: With the purpose of providing more business opportunities for exhibitors and overseas buyers, the organising committee decides to bring trade matching services for exhibitors and overseas buyers. Also, this service is applied to the exhibitors intending to contact overseas industrial associations or talk to overseas buyers onsite. The organisers will actively arrange matching meeting for exhibitors, providing value-added services and increasing trade activities at the exhibition.

Great support from overseas organisations As always two largest partner alliances, Global Print and Asia Print have given the biggest support to PRINT CHINA 2015.

They facilitate their member states to help PRINT CHINA organising committee attract exhibitors and visitors to their respective countries. Global Print has been jointly initiated and founded by China, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, India and Japan in May 2008, aiming to increase information exchange and cooperation between and among all printing equipment manufacturing powers, promote the development of the printing industry towards internationalisation, and thus providing convenience for the development of global printing technology. And Asia Print was officially founded at the 7th Beijing International Printing Technology Exhibition in 2009 jointly initiated by seven founding members, including China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Pakistan. The federation holds its annual meeting in member states alternatively, discussing the matter to jointly promote the development of printing industry and print exhibition in Asia. According to the preliminary statistical data of Asia Print, as of now over 10 Asia-pacific printing and packaging associations including India, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines have started to organise buyers group to visit PRINT CHINA 2015.

THE SECOND DAY

Day two of the media week was a busy day in terms of some of the delegates visiting two prominent organizations ‘ST Company (Dongguan Shengtu Bookbinding Equipment Co Ltd)’ and ‘Shengzhen Luk Ka Creative & Cultural Center’, apart from ‘Shenzhen City view.’

Specialised in producing and selling book binding equipment for hard covers, book cases, table calendars, gift boxes, note books & diaries, files and albums, etc, ST Company (Dongguan Shengtu Book Binding Equipment Co., Ltd) is a machinery equipment manufacturer, which was founded in 1998 by Tuo Ming zhu who has years of rich experience in designing and manufacturing book binding equipment. Through their greater efforts and innovation company has become a high-tech enterprise. Covering an area of nearly 10,000 square meters their factory is located in the hub of manufacturing in China—Chang An.

They are manufacturers of machines like book spine pressing machine (ST099), stitching machine (ST440A), automatic end paper gluing machine (ST040PP), automatic hardcover machine (ST036B), automatic dragon hardcover machine (ST036B), etc. They are growing together with their valued customers and built up brand ‘ST’ for series of machines step by step, and provide a full solution for hard cover book. They are building ‘ST’ as a world class brand by global sales network. They always provide best quality service to customers from all over the world and their brand ‘ST’ is the preferred choice besides Kolbus. They are committed to make efforts for serving global book binding markets.

Accompanied by Shengzhen Luk Ka Creative & Cultural Center workmates, the press delegates paid a visit to Bi Sheng Printing Heritage Museum, the first private one among its counterparts in China and got a good understanding of origin, invention and development of printing and paper making technology by virtue of images, material objects, imitations and animations. Furthermore the press delegates were introduced to digital printing devices in the Digital Printing Center. The visit to ‘Shengzhen Luk Creative & Cultural Center’ brought the delegates almost into a dream world of print. Here when we say ‘dream world’ — it is like a museum dedicated to print where the whole history of print and paper related specially to China is on display.

Luk Ka Creative & Cultural Center also succeeded to attract nearly 50 enterprises and associations to organise events, including international high-end printing device manufacturers like Heidelberg, KBA and AZ Design, etc. After threeyear’s efforts, the center developed a sound industrial system and manages to build up the high-end Digital Printing Public Service Technology Platform, the Printing Technology Service & Training Platform, the Public Internet Service Platform and the Public Culture Service Platform, making it a multifunctional and comprehensive cultural & creative industrial park that encompasses highend printing, creative design, culture exhibition, business conference, industrial communication, e-commerce, skills training, science popularisation, tourism and pleasurable food.

Luk Ka Creative & Cultural Center stands itself out by integrating creative culture into high-end printing. The ‘Luk Ka Creative & Culture Month’ held by the center attracted more spotlights for the ongoing tenth ‘Creative December’ Event of Shenzhen.

Located in Henggang town, Longgang district, Shenzhen, the center is over 10,000 sq m in floor space and 30,000 sq m building area, And functional zones like Printing Culture Museum, Chinese Ancient and Modern Printing & Calligraphy Hall. Green Printing Hall, Digital Printing Center and Printing Exchange Center were established.

Focused on ‘culture’ and ‘creativity’ and implemented by printing, the aims to become both Creative & Cultural base and Patriotism & Science Popularisation Base which integrates creative design, digital printing, R&D, duplication and trade of simulated work of arts, green printing and devices transaction, talent-training, academic exchange and e-commerce.

With these kinds of initiatives like organising ‘International Media Week’, ‘PRINT CHINA 2015 shall be the landmark in printing industry. The display profile varying from prepress to print; print to post press; packaging to converting is bound to benefit printing fraternity specially of developing countries in a much broader perspective. Delegates from such countries planning to visit PRINT CHINA 2015 shall be a welcome step.

Kamala Press in Varanasi hits a long road to packaging (Gearing up for exports)

Search for an ultramodern printing corner around Varanasi may come to an end only after stopping by Kamala Press, which is equipped with high-end machine portfolio comprising a Heidelberg SM-74. Anjani Kumar Singh, proprietor, Kamala Press (P) Ltd talks to Jyaneswar Laishram from Print & Publishing about the company’s fresh take on some strategic future moves. March 2015 will mark the completion of three years for the fourcolour Heidelberg SM-74 with auto plate loading at Kamala Press in Varanasi. As per the regulations of Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) of the Government of India, those firms that have been using imported machineries earning foreign currency at various levels and 100 percent import duty can be exempted. Kamala Press is now gearing up for the same. “We are privileged with the facility of EPCG on the exemption of import duty amount. Since we are given a time frame of eight years to comply with, five more years are still left in hand to accomplish it. Though it wouldn’t be counted under the scheme, we have already started exporting printed products to Nepal,” says Anjani Kumar adding that they are in talks with some third parties to accelerate the progression.

Packaging focused

Anjani Kumar SinghLooking at the overall current market scenario, Anjani perceives ‘packaging’ as a sunshine segment and Kamala Press is moving towards this domain.

“The scope of packaging is now getting wider than we assumed earlier,” he mentions. He opines that the growth in the commercial printing segment has been narrowed down over the years. There are several reasons behind such deceleration, but he specifically indicates that the onset of online mailing solutions, mobile apps and other means of modern communications have trimmed down the demands for printed cards, mailers, brochures, inlays, etc. “But packaging is such a bare necessity which we cannot replace it by any alternate means,” remarks Anjani adding that various prospects in this segment in Varanasi are now lying untapped in big volume.

“Now, our Heidelberg SM- 74 press is running more for packaging,” says Anjani adding, “We have installed this sheetfed machine with packaging on our mind.” Applications in different styles and designs of packaging have been boosted to new levels all across the world, but he finds burgeoning player like Kamala Press in small city of Varanasi is still lagging far behind the trends picking up in metros and other bigger cities.

Unrivalled stance

Unique stance of Kamala Press in Varanasi can be defined in many distinguished ways – in terms of infrastructure, manpower, operational area, quality control and many more.

Being the first installer of Heidelberg SM-74 press in the holy city, the machine portfolio of the company is remarkably a complete combo for all necessities in the pre-press, press and post-press parameters, perfectly installed for broad range of printed and packaging items. The company’s pre-press division is equipped with a CtP.

In addition to the Heidelberg SM-74, other machines in the printing division are two Akiyama Bestech 428 fourcolour machines, one Akiyama Bestech 228 two-colour machine and one Konica Minolta bizhub Pro C7000.

The progressive functions at the company’s post-press division include cutting, folding, stitching, adhesive binding, die-cutting, label systems, thermal lamination, ultra-violet coating, leaf printing, BOPP/ PVC lamination and others giving finest finishing touches to the end products at Kamala Press. “In addition to our sophisticated machine portfolio, my gratitude is towards our team of 20 qualified and experienced professionals without them we could have hardly achieved success,” praises Anjani.

Clientele of Kamala Press comprises various individuals from all walks of life and companies from different industrial clusters who come down to them for printing cards, brochures, calendars and predominantly packaging materials. “Our client base is a kind of a mixed bag comprising all sorts of customers, right from walk-in lot to corporate giants,” mentions Anjani adding, “They come from all over Uttar Pradesh, which also includes Noida in NCR.”

When asked about the future plans of Kamala Press, Anjani says their pathway to next level leads to the packaging domain only. For this, a brand new Taiwan-made liner equipment, which will also be the first in Varanasi, is set to add in the existing line of company’s machine portfolio.

Historic India visit of Yoshiharu Komori

Further future of offset unpacked for package printing

Yoshiharu Komori, the master bastion behind the renowned ‘Komori’ brand of offset presses, recently paid a historic visit to India during which he cheered up everyone with brighter and broader futuristic prospects of offset printing in diversified ways at a gathering in New Delhi. Gracing the momentous occasion, SK Khurana, editor, Print & Publishing conducted an interactive session with the leader who was flanked by Ajay Agarwal, CEO and Sangam Khanna, director, Insight Communication and Print Solution India Pvt Ltd, a sole distributor of Komori offset machines in India, along with a host of other industry fellows. It was 20 years back that Yoshiharu Komori, chairman & CEO, Komori Corporation, landed for the first time in India to inaugurate a Komori Intaglio press installed at a currency printing firm in Salboni, near Kolkata. After the time gap, he found the Indian printing market getting spiralled to a new level today. Chronologically recollecting the company’s landmark achievements in manufacturing sheet-fed and web-offset machines, Yoshiharu alongside Toshiyasu Kubotera, GM, Export Department-2, (Asia Pacific and Latin America), Overseas Sales Group, Komori Corporation narrated every minute advancement and latest development of the company in connection to their overall successions in technology, collaboration, market expansion and many others in the presence of all delegates attending the get-together.

SK Khurana hosting the interactive session with (L-R) Ajay Agarwal, Sangam Khanna, Yoshiharu Komori and Toshiyasu KuboteraKomori Corporation boasts globally acclaimed portfolio of Lithrone, Enthrone, Spica, System, PESP (Print Engineering Service Provider) series designed for commercial, packaging, newspapers, books and other segments. Prior to the presentations of Komori officials, Ajay Agarwal briefed the audience about their overall activities and the factors leading to the great success in the Indian market. “Despite the fact that our sheet-fed presses include the ones capable to run at 18,000 cph, we consider speed secondary when it comes to taking into account of new technological enhancements,” mentioned Yoshiharu, adding, “High-quality print, short-run production and cost saving practice are vital in today’s highly competitive printing market and these are our priorities.” Another important area where Yoshiharu would like to pay further attention for constant enhancement is after-sales service in India, for which R&D activities have been fostering to correspondingly amplify it with the company achieving 50 percent market share during the last two years.

Pointing to packaging

Drawing attention of the gathered crowd to the latest Komori packaging solutions, Toshiyasu presented Chambon in-line presses perfectly configured to allow all processes from printing to wrapping across different industrial clusters, particularly food, pharmaceutical and others. He further narrated in specific about the company’s latest KHS-AI (Advanced Interface), a nextgeneration integrated printing management system with new functions and enhanced performance, capable to receive data from prepress and production management sides and prepare optimum preset data for the machine before running print job.

Since the wave of offset printing at global level is now moving towards the packaging segment, India finds its path in the progression which Yoshiharu amiably mentioned as a persistent development in the country. “I have carefully examined the Indian packaging sector; it is now equally upgraded like others in the developed countries,” mentioned Yoshiharu. However, he defined the growth is similar to what the Chinese market has perceived so far. “In China, current domestic demand is down, but its exports to Europe and US keep spiralling. I believe the same market trend is coming up in India too,” observed Yoshiharu, adding that yet another similarity likely to happen in India soon is that offset printers in the country are likely to switch to repeat orders (of 4-5 machines) like their Chinese counterparts.

Training centre

As long as Komori Corporation’s strategic plans for development in India are concerned, Yoshiharu firmly mentioned to consider the opening of a Komori training centre in the country where fresher professionals can get formal trainings for pre-press and press operations. This initiative came into consideration when attendees alerted Yoshiharu the current state of the industry in India, where operators are trained while running the machines.

When enquired about any future plans to open manufacturing subsidiary of Komori Corporation within India, Yoshiharu was very clear about this, “We don’t have such plan for India as of now. Most of all, I always like to smell the whole manufacturing process at arm’s length, particularly for quality concern. We do have a subsidiary manufacturing plant in China for producing some spares, not the whole machine.” In his further explanation about the company’s quality manufacturing process, Yoshiharu revealed that all important components of Komori presses are engineered in-house, except the 15 percent sourced outside.

Offset for years

Keenly eying the future of offset printing, Yoshiharu confidently mentioned that the technology will remain on top in the years to come. However, Komori Corporation has geared up for a collaborative move in which they have tied up closely with two big digital players – Konica Minolta and Landa Nanotechnology.

He mentioned the joint ventures would provide professional offset printers the digital requirements. Quoting the research data from PIRA and NPES, Yoshiharu revealed that the global growth in the packaging segment will remain at 8.1 percent during 2012 to 2017, in which offset will remain a fortified technology with a meagre two percent support from digital.

He also revealed that Komori Corporation has set to launch its Impremia IS29 single pass UV inkjet 50x70 press at IGAS 2015 in Tokyo. And the company’s collaboration with Landa is expected making a big blast at drupa 2016 in Dusseldorf.

SK Khurana in a conclusive note at the end of the interactive session conveyed the industry fellows to accept the combo of offset and digital technologies like a perfect mixed meal of rice and roti. Secondly, Yoshiharu indicated the point that in Japan, the normal depreciation period to replace a machine in a printing unit is ten years. This point in Indian context might turn out to be a big challenge for printers to replace machines in that kind of time frame as they are not able to comfortably invest in new equipments that fast. “But if one wants to continue offering top quality print, replacement of machines in reasonable time becomes imperative. And to accomplish this good amount of investments need to be made equally fast. To facilitate such kind of investment within a span of ten years or so, one needs to achieve ROI much faster which can actually happen if you are able to make your selling price equally good.

Offering customers continuously reduced rates will never help in bringing a solution in the long run as it may rather extent machine replacement period. Then at the end of the day, by using the same old machine, quality will be degraded and customers may get frowned in dissatisfaction,” urged SK Khurana adding that everyone in the industry must step forward to discuss this point seriously through forums and seminars with a strategic approach and device a mechanism to charge better price, but do offer best quality.

At the end of the programme, Yoshiharu presented mementos to some Komori customers for their print excellence. Elated to the overall satisfactory gesture and hospitality he received from the Indian partners, customers and industry fellows, Yoshiharu pledged to visit the country once a year in future.

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