A view of Kohima’s signage landscapes
Kohima is a picturesque hill station, the capital city of Nagaland in North-East India. The city boasts of its fine climate, friendly people, and charming landscapes flaunted with impressive directional signs, public awareness hoardings, and others. The travelling bandwagon of Sign & Graphics climbs up the hills of Kohima to interact with the ‘who is who’ in the sign making business in the city.
NW (Naga Warriors)
A house of T-Shirt printing
A young start-up in the graphic arts market of Kohima, NW (Naga Warriors) has been in the market for the past two years. P Domeh of NW says they kick-started with a bang, but their bold beginning hampered due to the subsequent pandemic lockdowns. The overall activities of NW revolve around customisation, clothing and garment printing. The company owns an EPSON printer which is customised for garment printing and special soft signage applications, and a line of screen printers.
Domeh mentions that they are now gearing up for taking the business of NW to another level. As of now, most of the customers of NW are from the general public who come down for personal wears printing. In this respect, Domeh further mentions that they closely tie-up with cultural and religious organisations in the state for bulk supplies of printed t-shirts and other printed textiles.
Into godly printing service
Equipped with a PixelJet printer from Monotech Systems, Imprint boasts of a state-of-the-art production facility. The facility is also equipped with a string of finishing machines including a JWEI cutting machine. This PSP is not as ordinary as others in the town for the reason that they have specific commitment for the work and service for churches around Nagaland. “We are in service to god as our clientele consists of churches and religious orgnisations,” says Zapra Khutso of Imprint.
Zapra continues, “Right from leaflets to outdoor graphic applications, our works and service include everything we could offer for our clients.” He adds that they have a team of six well-trained signage and graphic arts professionals. Imprint is one of the PSPs in the town known for its expertise in digital large-format printing and dedicated service.
Everything under one roof
Multiplex is one of the PSPs in Kohima, which provides a complete printing service, whether large-format graphic or commercial print, all under one roof. “Our ultimate objective is to provide what our customers need at one place. We don’t want our customers run from one pillar to another for small thing. That’s why we have installed all kinds of machines and equipments that can provide complete print outputs for our customers from different walks of life,” says John Pradhan, Director, Multiplex.
The production facility of Multiplex is equipped with ColorJet Irisjet Pro with KM 512i printheads and other digital presses like Konica Minolta bizhub C750i, along with a string of finishing equipments. Most of the clients of Multiplex as on today are the walk-in people. However, John says they are planning to grab some of the corporate biggies in near futures.
Provider of all kinds of prints
Design Graphic is more or less a complete print service provider in the town. Apart from the print service, the company is a corner where most of the PSPs come up to collect printing media and special materials as well as graphic designs for those who require it. Rivi Domeh, Proprietor, Design Graphic (DG), says they have their mother company M-Tech Printers where productions of all wide-format prints take place.
“Although M-Tech Printers is a 20 years old company, we introduced Design Graphic just a couple of years back and our aim is to entice the demands of new age graphic arts from different client bases, including the millennial population,” mentions Rivi. He conclusively mentions that demand for t-shirt printing and such custom prints are on the rise and they gear up to capture the trend.
Kera Printing Press
From one generation to another
Kera Printing Press is one of the oldest commercial printing corners in Kohima. Polto Kera with his younger brother Khotuzou Kera runs the company in the strategic main town area of Kohima. In this respect, Polto says the origin of Kera Printing Press is dating back to more than two decades of business when their parents started the company as a small printing shop engaging in printing flyers, brochures, wedding cards, etc.
Today, Kera Printing Press engages in other printing activities like flex, dye-sub printing, mug printing, etc. For these activities, the company in the last few months has expanded its production facility with a separate workshop equipped with a line of screen printers and large-format systems including an Allwin with KM 512i printheads and other finishing equipments. Polto mentions that they are planning to set up a new production facility where all the machines come under one roof.
Committed to quality printing
Dealing in high-quality banners, t-shirt and memento printing and all kinds of quality print applications, Colours Graphic is a one-stop solution for all. Robin Paul, Director, Colours Graphic, says that they work for those who are looking for best-in-class print production. Some of the major corporate customers like Amazon, Adidas, Coyotes, to mention a few are in the client list.
Colours Graphic boasts of a state-of-the-art facility, which is equipped with a line of high-end machines including a Monotech PixelJet printer and finishing equipments. The company boasts of a team of well-experienced graphic arts professionals comprising graphic designers, fabrication and installation experts. Most of the clients of Colours Graphic are from Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland.
A perfect design corner
Genesis of the company is dated back to 25 years of its establishment as a printing corner offering only reprographic jobs. As the times and trends change, P2 Print today is a new age printing corner in Kohima with offbeat activities. In this respect, Pelevotuo Solo, Director, P2 Prints, recalls, “My father started the printing business more than two decades back and he passed it on to me and my brothers.” He adds that apart from normal printing job, P2 Prints exclusively offers design solution for graphic arts companies. When asked about the overall activities of P2 Prints, Pelevotuo mentions that the company has tied up with a number of digital large-format printers in the town for signage and such applications. But the company’s own production facility is equipped with a line of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS models, including KM bizhub PRESS C1060, KM bizhub PRESS 226/206, etc. for commercial printing.
A premium printing service
Spectrum Printers is a premier, custom print shop, serving for years, engaging in production of the whole range of applications right from business cards to outdoor hoarding in backlit and frontlit vinyl prints. Amus Domeh of Spectrum Printers says that they are committed to turn ideas into a thing of beauty. The production facility of the company is equipped with an Allwin eco-solvent printer, along with a line of digital presses.
Over the years, Spectrum Printers has been one of the trusted vendors for a host of corporate companies in Kohima. The company has accomplished a number of landmark promotional campaigns for big brands like Asus, Kamaal Steel and others. Uniqueness of the company is its capability to deliver premium printing service as well as dedication to on-time delivery of end products and services as per the needs and requirements of their clients.
Just about anything
Artworks is a well-established art corner in Kohima, known for offering just about anything of graphic arts. The company has been a landmark printing corner in the town for printing and producing a gamut of print jobs. Johnson Laishram from Artworks mentions that they started the company with graphic designing and little engagement in printing job. He further mentions that from time to time Artworks keeps upgrading its activities and production facilities.
The production facilities of Artworks today are equipped with some highly versatile large-format printers and high-end digital presses. ColorJet Isisjet Pro is the workhorse equipped at the company’s wide-format printing facility. On this machine from ColorJet India/Apsom Infotex, Johnson comments that the machine is ideal for all premium graphic applications which meet the need of their clients.
Eastern Printing Press
Oldest bastion in the block
Founded in 1935, Eastern Printing Press has experience of 81 years to provide complete print solutions. Since its inception, the company has a vision to be a strategic corner delivering expanded print media choices to customers from different industrial clusters. The large-format production facility of the company is equipped with an Allwin large-format printer with KM 512i printheads and other divisions having Heidelberg 74v 5 colour auto plate offset press, 36 inch polar programmatic cutting machine, etc.
Nimai Sorokhaibam says they have been working for a number of eminent clients from different industrial clusters. The list consists of local and corporate clients, viz. Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Birla Sunlife Insurance, Chandra Proteco, Essel Group, Indian Bank, LIC Housing Finance, Life Insurance Corporation of India, NM College and others.