The Indian Paper and Print Industry is heading towards technological enhancement. The Printing Industry is gearing up to absorb the upcoming methods of printing like digital printing and UV inks. In the coming years, the market for printing and writing paper is expected to grow 6% annually. The Industry is witnessing new reforms in various subsectors, such as textile, labeling, or newspaper. Presently, the global market size for industrial printing (packaging, textiles and labels) is estimated $456.5 billion.
Over the last 5 years the Paper Industry of India received an investment of over $2.9 billion and is currently the fastest growing paper market around the world. The $7.3 billion worth paper industry of India is providing employment to 400,000 people directly and 1.5 million indirectly.
Industrial printing companies still use analogue printing who are struggling to fulfill customers` needs. Therefore, Digital Printing is an inevitable tool for commercial printing Campaigns for digital printing awareness and technological implementation by leading companies (Digitex India, Jaipur Printers) have made digital printing viable in the country. According to HP India, digital printing in India has evolved rapidly and an increase in demand from various industries will improve the power of digital printing to provide innovative results to the end customers. HP India believes that advanced and differentiated printing applications can help brands to have a competitive edge over other brands in a market like India.
The modern inks in the printing world are UV inks with a far better quality, which are dried through a photomechanical procedure instead of conventional evaporation and absorption. UV printing will enable print on matte and gloss surface, coated, hi-brite and supercal stocks which will give publishing companies a great competitive advantage in the market.
Recently, GEW introduced the fully air-cooled UV LED curing lamphead technology to the Indian market. The printing press which uses ArcLEd technology can be upgraded to LED to improve the control and cooling system. UV LED is the future of printing machines and better than the mercury lamps. This technology uses less energy as there is no mercury involved in the process and it ignites instantly.
Another interesting segment of digital printing is textile printing. Approximately 1000 digital printers are being used in the textile printing. In the coming three years, the number of digital printers in the industry will reach up to 3000. Surat, also known as Silk city of India, has more than 2500 textile mills out of which 80 are already using digital texting printing. The market is dominated mostly by Italian machines from the manufacturers like Robustelli and Epson. The global digital textile printing market is evaluated around $7.5 billion and in India only 1% of textiles are printed digitally. This means the digital textile printing sector has a great potential in the coming future.
Toyo Ink Arets India lately exhibited the latest label and package printing products at an event. The company introduced UV inks for Flexo-printing technology. Flexo-printing is a type of printing which uses flexible relief plate and is a modern technique of letterpress which can be used on any kind of surface including plastic, metallic films or paper. The company’s R&D, support and supply chain network will keep developing labeling and packaging products to deliver greater efficiency, performance and productivity to the customers.
The current digital printing presses in the market are able to deliver more accurate and feasible results. The diversification of printing techniques has immensely improved overall production capacity as well as the quality of offset and digital printing presses. The transformation of industries towards innovate ideas and special demands of customers will lead to change the printing styles across the country.
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