Nashik’s Sofine gets Ricoh

Nashik-based Sofine Color Lab has recently invested in a Ricoh Pro C9200. This machine was supplied and installed by Monotech Systems.

19 Jan 2024 | By Rahul Kumar

Vikrant Sonavane with the Sonavane family and the Monotech Systems team

A family-owned business, Sofine Color Lab is run by three generations of the Sonavane family. Vikrant Sonavane, proprietor, Sofine Color Lab, who is the third generation in the business, recalls that the company’s establishment dates back to pre-independence days. “In 1943, my great-grandfather BK Sonavane switched to photography and opened a photo studio,” he said.

Over the last eight decades, Sofine Color Lab has incarnated into many avatars. The company keeps transforming its infrastructure, lines of machines and technologies, manpower, print innovations, etc. 

“From generation to generation, it has been our tradition to invest in the latest machines and technologies,” Sonavane said, adding that the purchase of the Ricoh Pro C9200 from Monotech Systems is a part of the company’s age-old tradition of bringing home the best-in-class technologies for unique and high-quality print production. 

“Without a doubt, the addition of the new Ricoh Pro C9200 to our machine portfolio a few months ago has changed the way we used to manage quality in photo and commercial colour graphics. This digital production press is the most proficient digital colour press we have ever owned. Following the installation of this Ricoh Graphic Arts Edition digital colour production press, we have increased our sheer capability to raise the print quality bar in photo and commercial printing,” Sonavane said.

Apart from photo books and albums, Sofine Color Lab produces fancy wedding and greeting cards, stickers, labels, booklets, etc. 

“Now, we receive tremendous positive feedback from a host of our customers on quality in the overall digital prints we produce for them using the Ricoh Pro C9200,” Sonavane said. 

This Ricoh digital colour production press is capable of printing vibrant graphics in the resolution of 2400x4800-dpi on a range of lightweight and heavyweight media including super gloss, coated, thick cards, etc, up to 470-gsm at the speed of 115-ppm.