Ludhiana’s Mahavir Graphics installs Xerox Iridesse

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Ludhiana-based Mahavir Graphics has recently invested in a Xerox Iridesse digital printing press. The machine has been running on the company shopfloor since April 2019.

According to Vishal Jain and Mayank Jain of Mahavir Graphics, as Iridesse is a next generation CMYK + printing machine, it gives the company the flexibility to do more for its clients. “This is in sync with our strategy for the next three years, wherein we are looking to venture into newer end customer application,” they said.

A Xerox loyalist, this is the fifth Xerox engine at Mahavir.

“It was love at the first sight with Iridesse,” said Jain. “Iridesse has four + two single pass colour printing with option to print gold, silver, clear and white. Such technology is not available elsewhere, plus Xerox scores over competition with respect to after-sales service which is excellent to say the least.”

With fully loaded CMYK + gold + silver, clear and white, the company will be able to print metallic effects, convert CMYK to metallic, and print with white, gold and silver. Currently, it is working on silver, gold and white-based applications.

Jain said the company has already witnessed 20% plus increase in business since the installation of Xerox Iridesse.

Established in 1998, Mahavir started with graphic designing and providing complete bar-code solutions, before venturing into commercial offset printing and packaging with integration of bar codes. Today, with 21 years of experience, Mahavir Graphics is one of the few printing companies that specialise in handling campaigns from start to finish. It has a state-of-the-art offset and digital print production facility, and UV printing solutions with specialists manning every stage of operations — creative, pre-press, digital printing, offset printing, binding, and fabrication solutions.

The company majorly service the hosiery and garment industry with majority of end customer being corporate, local brands and printers. The average run length of jobs is 200 to 500.

Mahavir has two units at Ludhiana which houses Xerox Iridesse, Xerox 4112, Konica Minolta Biz Hub 1051, Dominant five colour offset and Dominant single colour offset machines, lamination machines and so on.

According to the Jains, today, competition is growing and margins are shrinking to an all-time low. It requires innovation in formats as well as investments towards a one –stop solution in digital printing. “The challenge is to provide CMYK plus printing solution to the customers. This will help us differentiate ourselves in an industry which is replete with oversupply of printers,” they said. “Customers are looking for something more than a normal print solution. Today’s customers are looking for value-addition from a printer and the challenge is to go beyond CMYK.”

Post-Iridesse installation, they said, “The volumes have not increased to our targets, but yes, we have a received positive feedbacks and responses about print quality and versatility, have been able to add new clients that had getting work done on competition due to various factors. Primarily, work had been more around CMYK but now actively looking into new applications for which we are preparing ourselves,” they said.

The company’s present turnover is approximately Rs 2 crore and the company is targeting 30% growth in the coming year.

 

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