Konica Minolta to unpack bizhub PRESS C71cf at Labelexpo India 2016

Marking a landmark foray into label printing market with this production press
Footprints of Konica Minolta have now been expanded into the label and packaging domain with the introduction of bizhub PRESS C71cf, a digital production label press, which is introducing at Labelexpo India 2016. In an exclusive chat with Jyaneswar Laishram from Print & Publishing, Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, narrates about their new label press and strategic moves they are taking up to expand their digital production press portfolio. In response to the current need for suitable label printing system in the Indian market, Konica Minolta is introducing its resourceful digital press, bizhub PRESS C71cf, at Labelexpo India 2016. Launching of this production press has marked an optimum printing solution for label converters, printers and brand owners. “We have brought bizhub PRESS C71cf to India after thoroughly observing the market requirement. This mid-level system is positioned between the entry-level and the high-end, suitably designed for short-run jobs,” says Yuji Nakata, adding that the press brings a smooth transition of label printing from analogue to digital.

Yuji Nakata (centre), Yoshinori Koide and Manish Gupta.“This newly introduced bizhub PRESS C71cf stands apart with its ease-of-use features; the system is perfectly engineered for the short-run production of labels, complementing to traditional offset process,” mentions Yoshinori Koide, EGM–business strategy & project management - business planning division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd. He adds that they are utterly excited to introduce the economical and productive press in the Indian label printing market.

Technical details

With its flexibility and efficiency, bizhub PRESS C71cf delivers a new value that no other conventional short-run machines in the label and packaging industry could ever meet. About the machine’s technical features, Manish Gupta, national manager-PP & IP Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, points out the revolutionary dry-toner electrophotography printing mechanism that offers full colour (CMYK) support. “This compact press can deliver print in resolution of 1,200 dpi and is based on already proven Konica Minolta dry toner technology,” he informs.

“Capable to support a paper width of 330 mm, bizhub PRESS C71cf is ideal for medium-sized label and packaging printing businesses whose activities involve production of diverse applications for clients from different market clusters,” explains Yoshinori Koide. He mentions some unique features of the press, such as low-temperature fusing technology and Simitri HDE toner, which configure the machine to print on a wide range of materials, including polypropylene and synthetic paper.

Versatile media handling

When enquired about the substrates bizhub PRESS C71cf is compatible with, Yoshinori mentions a range that consists of pressure-sensitive gloss papers, white BOPP, PET, polypropylene, semi-gloss, wine stocks, among others. And the press is attuned to file formats like PDF, PS (APPE compatible), 8 bit TIFF, among others. According to Yoshinori, bizhub PRESS C71cf is capable to perform seamlessly at the speed of upto 18.9 m/min, depending on the type of substrate it takes.

On the other hand, bizhub PRESS C71cf is characterised with cutting-edge digital technology to offer easy prototyping, customisation as well as the convenience of personalised text and graphics on labels. Worth notable among all efficacies of the press is its highly proficient mechanism that keeps power consumption barely at a minimum level. Impeccably engineered with an unwinder and rewinder diameter of 500 mm, bizhub PRESS C71cf is an end-to-end digital printing solution for variable data printing (VDP) too, supporting PPML and PDF-VT file formats.

Exclusive focus

Yuji proudly remarks that the launch of bizhub PRESS C71cf in India is Konica Minolta’s dedicated attempt to leverage the country’s label and packaging industry. “This press opens up new business opportunities that digital press can deliver for both traditional and start-up firms,” he mentions, adding, “Those firms using offset technologies can pick up bizhub PRESS C71cf for extended on-demand jobs.”

Around 3,000 KM units have so far been installed in the production setups of a host of leading printing firms around the country. Of them, according to Yuji, we already have few placements with the customers engaged in label and packaging jobs. “As label and packaging printing is one of the aggressively growing sectors in India, driven by several factors like customisation and regionalisation of consumer products, we are accelerating the growth with the introduction of bizhub PRESS C71cf,” says Yuji. In this context, as a piece of advice to everyone, he conclusively conveys that the digital label press is a new marvel from Konica Minolta to every new and old player alike in the label industry.

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