Printdesk, a prepress and digital print business in Kolkata, has grown rapidly in the last nine years. In conversation with Indian Printer and Publisher, Nitin Bhatia, proprietor of Printdesk says having initially started his career as a Xerox operator in 1985, he has been associated with designing and printing throughout his career. Gradually learning about offset and screen printing on the job, Bhatia launched Printdesk in 2005.
Having already invested in a Konica Minolta bizhub Press C6000 in 2012, Printdesk was looking to grow its options with a faster press which would also support printing on textured papers. Bhatia finally zeroed in on the new Konica Minolta C1060 digital press, saying, “Since I was already using the Konica Minolta 6000, I had an inclination towards going for a second machine from the same company since I was satisfied with the quality and had good relations with the vendor. The new C1060 has not only helped me in increasing my working speed but has also given me an option of glossy print output along with the matte output which my KM 6000 is already providing.”
The C1060, with a maximum output speed of 61 A4 color pages a minute and the fourth Generation Simitri HDE toner, provides enhanced high end image quality and productivity through an improved quality mode compared to the previous generation of presses. Advanced paper handling with the newly developed air-suction paper feed option and proven air-assisted feeder option help to eliminate paper jams and sustain smoother feeding for longer print runs. Other features such as the Konica Minolta exclusive print controller help to streamline workflow management with print queue control and intuitive on-screen job editing capabilities. Monotech Systems has supplied both the machines to Printdesk and Bhatia tells us that he is satisfied with the service being provided to him.
Bhatia says, “One-stop print solutions and fast delivery are the main qualifications that have helped me stay ahead of the competition. We generally attend to retail customers, but there are also a few corporate clients for whom we provide presentation printing, scanning and binding services. Rather than concentrating on a few customers we like to cover the widest profile of people as customers, while working for students is always better since they can be our present as well as future customers. Apart from the two Konica Minolta presses, we have three plotters as well – two are from HP and one is a 11-color pigment ink machine from Epson.”
Nitin Bhatia is quite impressed with the growth of the Indian commercial printing industry and believes it is still growing everyday. However, some challenges persist, “Too many new entrants in the digital print industry have not helped the market and has rather stumped the overall growth rate. With no new industries coming up in our zone, the situation may not remain healthy for a long time if not redressed at the earliest.”
“Although our work is strenuous and time consuming, it is very interesting. Everyday there is something new to learn and new to do, and there is no end to the variety of work which we can do – this helps in keeping us going. Someday I hope to have a multi-storied print mall, where the customers would walk in with their jobs and walk out with their jobs done – from design to postpress instantly – all under one roof. That’s my dream,” concludes Bhatia.