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Printing houses in Russia are facing a shortage of equipment due to sanctions and the refusal of manufacturers from Europe, North America and Japan to supply equipment and spare parts, Vedomosti writes.
As the heads of printing houses told the publication, about 90% of the equipment at Russian printing enterprises was produced in “unfriendly” countries, which is why there is a threat of stopping production. It is noted that some companies from the EU terminated contracts with the Russians on their own initiative, some after the introduction of the fifth package of sanctions, which included a ban on imports to Russia of equipment for flexography, offset, gravure and letterpress printing and binding machines. In addition, the sanctions also affected the supply of used equipment.
The publication notes that the “parallel import” of printing equipment can be difficult, since each printing press has its own serial number and many components for them will be unique. Thus, using the number, the manufacturer can determine that the part is intended for a client in Russia and prohibit the delivery. As for equipment from India and China, it lags behind in terms of technology. In addition, not all types of printing machines are produced in these countries.
In the future, dependence on imports of printing equipment may lead to a shortage of printing capacities up to the placement of orders outside of Russia – in China, India, Iran. This, in turn, will lead to an increase in the price of books up to + 20% of the price.