Pune printers eye growth in print

Sachin Shardul and Anish Zachariah visit printing firms in Pune and come away impressed that a majority of them are expecting to see a growth of 20 per cent for a wide variety of print applications

30 May 2012 | By Sachin Shardul & Anish Zachariah

Vinayak Arts plans to boost its post-press division
Vinayak Arts, a commercial printing firm has plans to invest in a raft of post-press equipment. Ashwini Deshpande, managing partner, Vinayak Arts, said, “We are planning to visit Drupa to look at only the post-press solutions. Our main focus will be post-press; and so we are not going to waste time at other segments.”

The commercial printing firm is eyeing 40%-45% growth in 2012 as compared to 30% growth it garnered in 2011.

Deshpande said, “We have witnessed the growth in print from our clients and this year has been good so far. We convert 25 sets in a single shift every day. The ratio of short-run jobs is higher as compared to long-run jobs.” Inspite of 40% short-run jobs, Deshpande does not want to invest in digital technology. According to her, the clients do not mind a pay extra for offset quality; and they prefer offset quality to digital.

Established in 1980, Vinayak Arts has 26 staff strength and is equipped with one four-colour Komori Lithrone 28 and one Polar cutting machine.

Pool uses Grupo paper supplied by R R Prints
Pool, the monthly design magazine published by Designindia uses Grupo paper for its magazine printing. R R Prints, the distributor of specialty paper supplies the paper for the magazine.

Raju Ranka, managing director at R R Prints, said, “The magazine highlights the design talent and the publishing company wanted different look and feel of the magazine. The result after printing on this paper is good and after using this paper the publishing company has received tremendous response from the design industry.”

Besides being the first walk-in paper showroom in Pune, R R Prints also launched the first catalogue of the specialty paper in Pune. Ranka concluded, “The demand for specialty paper is increasing and we thought a catalogue of specialty paper would be handy for the printers to select the paper of their choice.”

Xquisite produce new print products on HP Indigo press
Pune-based Xquisite Print Solutions, the digital print firm has produced an array of print products using HP Indigo 3500 digital production press. The firm has created new print products on a polyester substrate. The printed panel on the machines is what the company is looking to target.

Amar Chavan, director at Xquisite Print Solutions, said, “We wanted to do something unique with our print product offering. Printing on polyester substrate has created an opportunity and has opened vistas to a new market.”

Chavan added, “We are expecting response for the new print product. We have already started receiving the orders for the same.” Xquisite Print Solutions has witnessed a growth of 20% in the current financial year.

Chavan said, “The print volume is growing and we have created special print products for Radio Red FM for their campaign in Pune. This has been a major boost to our revenue.” Besides new print products, Xquisite Print Solutions offers premium brochures, wedding albums, photo books, visiting and exclusive wedding cards printing.

Mirror Art invests in HP Designjet for signage prints
Pune-based Mirror Art Printers has invested in a HP Designjet L25500 wide-format printer for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications.

Rajendra Supe, managing director at Mirror Art Printers, said, “We provide 80% of displays to bus shelters and 100% underpass hoarding on the Pune-Mumbai Express Highway. We felt the need to boost our production capacity and were looking for a sturdy printer which could withstand the workload.”

Supe added, “After looking at the various options, we finally opted for the HP Designjet. It provides the durability of eco-solvent inks with display permanence up to three years un-laminated and up to five years laminated, as well as scratch, smudge and water resistance comparable to eco-solvent inks on a range of media.”

Besides outdoor and indoor signage printing, Mirror Art Printers also caters to the commercial printing using offset technology.

For the first time, the printing firm used the specialty paper supplied by RR Prints. Supe said, “We have used Finos Iris Radia, specialty paper for printing 75,000 invitation cards for Ranka Jewellers.” 

Established in 1998, Rajendra Supe started his printing career with a single-colour offset press and from single-colour press he invested in one four-colour Komori 26.

Pratiroop Mudran to invest in finishing equipment post-Drupa
Pratiroop Mudran plans to invest in finishing equipments to strengthen its post-press department. Shailendra Bhagwat and Rahul Gadia partners at Pratiroop Mudran are  positive about the companies performance.

Bhagawat said, “Pratiroop Mudran has witnessed a growth of 20% in 2011. We have been adding clients and also volumes have been increasing.  In 2010, we were producing 20-25 sets of job per day, but today we are producing 35 jobs a day.”

Pratiroop Mudran has recently invested in Muller Martini binding system and Intellitrax colour system from X-Rite.

Bhagwat said, “We were facing bottle neck problem in the binding section but with the installation of Muller Martini the production has been smooth. Intellitrax has only added to the quality colour reproduction.”

Meanwhile, Pratiroop Mudran participated at London Book Fair 2012. Gadia said, “We have had a successful London Book Fair. We managed to generate orders for books.”