Kolhapur’s Sigmarq Technologies to launch press for book printing next year

Sigmarq’s web offset technology

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(L to R) Rajesh Ghorpade and Pradeep Shirale of Sigmarq Technologies at Printpack 2019

Kolhapur-based web offset press manufacturer Sigmarq Technologies will be launching its book printing press by 2020 to cater to the robust book market in India, Rajesh Ghorpade, company’s managing director, said during Printpack 2019.

At present, the company is servicing the newspaper industry with its web offset solutions. The company started manufacturing autopasters in 2011 when not many Indian companies were doing the same. Sigmarq achieved success with its autopasters and progressed to making towers and folders in 2012. In 2014, it launched the Crusader brand of towers.

“At Printpack we met a lot of book printers who were interested in our solutions. We see a lot of opportunity in book printing segment and we will be launching a press to cater to that demand by next year,” Ghorpade says.

Pradeep Shirale, executive director of Sigmarq says that a lot of visitors that the company met were from neighboring Bangladesh. “Markets like Bangladesh is very promising especially when it comes to book printing. Nepal too is a good market for us.”

This is the first time the company is exhibiting at Printpack and both Ghorpade and Shirale say that the expo has been a success.

“Not only did we need a lot of potential customers, the overall management of the event by IPAMA is top class,” Shirale says.

At Printpack, Sigmarq is displaying its flagship product Crusader towers along with its accessories like motorized ink zone control system and sneak type webbing up system. However, there are no live demonstrations.

“We will surely be back for the next edition of Printpack in 2021 and then we will maybe present live demonstration as well,” says Ghorpade.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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