Variable Data & Digital printing

Konica Minolta’s Bizhub PRESS C1060 witnesses record deployment in Eastern India

Strengthening its legacy to offer cutting edge printing solutions to businesses, Konica Minolta has registered another milestone in the year 2016 -17, with the deployment of twenty bizhub PRESS C1060 Digital Press solutions in Eastern India.

The customers in printing businesses which preferred KM’s bizhub Press C1060 among a host of other business printing solutions in the market include: Deepak Pareek Print Factory, Kolkata; Haraparbati Graphics, Bhubaneswar; Express Vision, Ranchi; Polestar Communication, Kolkata; Rainbow Communication, Kolkata; Colour Stroke Print Solutions, Kolkata; Zoom Xerox, Dimapur; Speedo Print, Ranchi; Susri Computers and Consultancy Pvt Limited, Bhubaneshwar; SMCTP Zone, Siliguri; RK Digital Printers, Ranchi; Innomedia Creations, Kolkata; Kumaresh Graphics, Cuttack; IG Traders, Kolkata; Mansi Incorporation, Kolkata; Nukkad Printers, Kolkata; Diya Digital Print, Kolkata; The Free Press Group, Imphal East; Sanjib, Chandan Nagar; and Rumi Jumi Enterprise, Guwahati.

Aurangabad’s Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab witnesses significant business expansion

Konica Minolta's industry leading bizhub series has received another testimonial from its Aurangabad based customer, Top Today's Magic Photo Lab which, post the installation of the company's bizhub C71hc solution observed a significant growth in its productivity as well as output quality.

The company started as a Passport Photo studio and wholesalers in photo goods and accessories in the year 1995 and subsequently expanded to a Photo Color Lab. At present the company is primarily engaged in manufacturing of photo book albums catering services to Marathwada, Vidharbha and Khandesh area.

''Konica Minolta products are enhancing our business growth with its crystal clear print quality. I highly recommend this machine as the quality and efficiency of the printing solution is the best available in the market. I am delighted with the performance of the machine and wish to continue this business relationship for a long time,” said Sanjay Jadhav, managing director, Top Today's Magic Photo Lab.

The wide colour gamut toner leveraged by bizhub C71hc utilises colour materials featuring greater saturation and brightness than conventional CMYK toners, enabling realisation of smooth skin tones with reduced skin texture roughness and less graininess, making it ideal for studio photograph and photo book printing. In addition, high-quality prints can also be supplied for items such as small-lot cosmetics or apparel catalogues.

First made in India JETSCI inkjet MICR printing solution installed

Monotech Systems Limited (MSL) has installed India’s first high speed inkjet MICR printing solution JETSCI-iMCR at one of the top leading security printers in south.

JETSCI-iMCR is the first inkjet solution for MICR printing and cheques personalisation with world’s fastest drop on demand technology. It is a customised solution which can be integrated with both offline and online web machines in different configurations, depending on the customers’ requirement.

Jimit Mittal, vice president – Inkjet Products and Solutions, Monotech Systems, says, “JETSCI-iMCR is the result of Monotech Systems’ vast experience and regular R&D efforts in the field of inkjet printing. MSL is being the first Indian manufacturing company to introduce state-of-the-art and latest innovative high-speed inkjet printing solution. Development is done as per the market and customer’s requirement to provide the highest flexibility, productivity and quality along with the ROI from solutions (multiple solution).”

“JETSCI i-MCR is another innovative solution from our portfolio, which provides security printers to print MICR and cheque personalisation with flexibility and have highest productivity, which in turn can replace multiple setups of the slow/short run printing systems. Along with the flexibility and productivity iMCR gives the quickest ROI to customers with reasonable capex and lowest total cost of ownership,” he adds.

JETSCI iMCR is fine tuned to provide high quality at 600 DPI and gives 100 percent of MICR printing signal strength.

“We are a trusted partner – more of a consultant rather than a vendor for our customers”

says Daisuke Mori, the newly appointed managing director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions India in an interaction with Varsha Verma of P&P.

We have very positive expectation from Indian market. The population of India is 1.34 billion and it is growing. It is estimated that by 2022 the population of India will exceed China, which is a positive sign for us. Besides, politically, the situations are also stable. So, we feel it is a big market for digital printing,” shares Daisuke Mori, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India.

Talking more about the Indian digital printing market, Mori says that Indian market is very similar to the Chinese digital printing market. “The internet access is growing across the country but it is not nationwide and we believe that it is to the tune of 30% only. We still need printed medium to reach the growing population for communication. So, the usage of paper is significantly increasing in both countries,” he adds.

Focus for the current financial year…

“Our focus remains digital printing – our main business – and also industrial printing. In the industrial printing segment, we already have KM-1, which was launched at last drupa. We also have MGI roll-to-roll machine for packaging brands. We will also come up with new products for packaging. So we will be focusing on not just commercial but packaging segment also,” told Mori.

KM-1 is a 29.5-inch Sheet-fed UV inkjet press, which can produce prints of consistent density and colour tone, thus ensuring high print quality at all times. The KM-1 can handle paper of different thicknesses, ranging from thin paper to packaging paper. The KM-1 can also print, without the necessity of pre-coating, on rough paper, Japanese paper, and other types of paper that are difficult to print using a conventional press. With the ability to print on a sheet of paper slightly larger in size than B2, the KM-1 offers greater efficiency and versatility in the imposition process. For example, users can lay six pages out on a sheet of paper and print them to make double gatefold brochures or letterhead sheets.

While, MGI JETVarnish 3DW is the world’s first fully digital, roll-fed production label enhancement press, providing stunning 2D/3D UV dimensional textures and personalized, embossed Variable Data Foiling (VDF) decorative special effects without dies, screens or expensive tooling on narrow web labels.

Customers’ growth is prime…

“Our vision is to be solution provider to help customers grow their business. We are not just providing hardware, but are moving towards system solutions. One of our solutions is web-to-print where customers can grow their business and get orders from their website. This will increase their efficiency and productivity. Another important thing for Konica Minolta is customer satisfaction. So, we continuously monitor our customers’ satisfaction levels and continuously improve our operations and maximize machine uptime. This will help them produce more jobs efficiently,” shared Mori.

Konica Minolta has 2500 plus production printers in India as of now and is converging its focus to enhance the support systems for the print market. Its Infinite Web to Print solutions offer support to printing businesses in expanding their operations, warranting the best commercial value. The web to print solutions and services are easy to use and customers do not require any specialized skills to start up the business.

The solution will also help companies involved in printing operations to bolster sales and enhance relationship with their existing customers.

Deeper penetration in the market…

“In India, Konica Minolta has the most widely penetrated market. We are present across the nation but there are still a few cities where potential is there but awareness is not there,” told Mori.

“So, we have selected a few B & C category cities where we see immense potential in digital printing but have been untapped. In these cities, print volumes are low but average price per print is high. Print service providers feel that ROI may be a challenge. So, we will develop those markets which will help us to penetrate more and grow our digital pie in the overall digital print market,” added Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president, Konica Minolta Business Solution India.

To tap the market and to make people aware of the products, they will continue to organise road shows and participate in major printing exhibitions across the country.

Trends in digital printing…

“Workflow solutions are becoming more important by the day, which enhance the customer’s operational efficiency. Though there is slow adoption in the market, but in next 5 years, people will recognize its benefits and use it for their day-to-day operations,” shared Mori.

Konica Minolta offers AccurioPro end-to-end workflow automation solution. The solution comprises of three key pillars: JDF interoperability for seamless compatibility with existing commercial workflows like Agfa Apogee, Kodak Prinergy, and Screen Equios. AccurioPro Conductor has been tailored for centralised and intelligent output management. Job specs (via JDF) can be leveraged from a print MIS to effectively and efficiently load balance production across a fleet of digital presses without operator intervention. The conductor can also support finishing automation with the possibility for out-of-the-box integration due to a unique JDF converter that eliminates differences between vendors that are often hurdles to integration. While, AccurioPro Cloud Eye incorporated in the solution is for remote management and administration of colour quality and standards, and is particularly useful for multi-site quality control. Cloud Eye helps printing businesses in day-to-day colour control, sharing colour data across devices/sites, ICC profile creation, and reporting to ensure devices are within tolerance.

New products on the anvil…

“We have a few products in the pipeline – both in the production and office printing. We have recently announced the launch of Accurio Press 2060/2070 full colour machine, which can handle paper upto 350 GSM in the LPP segment. The new series replaces the bizhub PRESS C1070, C1060 high-end printing devices. Accurio Press combines the quality and performance of previous models with additional features to adapt to customer requirements and also helps in optimizing the processes and workflows in order to streamline customer print production.It also has auto duplex facility,” shared Kuldeep.

Growth curve…

According to Kuldeep, “Last year, we recorded 16-17% growth and we would like to maintain a double digit growth in 2017-18 as well. We have recorded growth more in production printing.”

Message to printing fraternity…

“The management of Konica Minolta has changed but our philosophy remains the same. We will continue to offer our best in terms of products, services and solutions to customers. Globally, we are promoting customer-centric approach and we try our best to provide them solutions as per their needs. We are a trusted partner of our customers and we want to be known more as a consultant rather than a vendor. We will try to bring efficiencies in their systems to increase their productivity so that they can grow their business with Konica Minolta,” concludes Mori.

Konica Minolta launches two new Accurio presses

Further cementing its position in the digital industrial printing segment, Konica Minolta has added two new presses, AccurioPress C2070/2060 to its portfolio of cutting edge printing solutions.

The AccurioPress C2070/ C2060 machine comes as the successor of bizhub PRESS C1070/ C1060 and is an ideal solution to cater to mid-range digital colour printing jobs. The solution has been launched with significant upgrades and refinements as compared to its predecessors and offers complete scalability to meet the growing requirements of printing businesses and enhance productivity.

AccurioPress C2070/ 2060 offers high speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals; 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images; enhanced Simitri HDE toner for superior halftone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plant-based material to reduce environmental impact; SEAD V Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability etc.

AccurioPress C2070/ C2060 is equipped with the best in class 300 GSM Auto-Duplex and can also print on media upto 350 GSM. The machine is capable to take media sizes upto 47 inches. Konica Minolta strives to bring all the features of the higher production devices in their entry level machines to enable the same features on the entry production systems. This adds to the flexibility for our customers and equips them with all the features to cater to wide variety of the needs from the customers.

''Our new AccurioPress C2070/C2060 series will enable printing businesses to tap new markets and opportunities with its industry leading applications. The production machines offer print outputs of the highest quality and are extremely scalable for varied customer demands. We are confident that with this launch, Konica Minolta will play a pivotal role in transforming the digital printing segment in India,'' said Daisuke Mori, MD, Konica Minolta India.

Konica Minolta will now brand each of its digital printing solutions as Accurio in place of bizhub, while AccurioPress will now replace bizhub PRESS for flagship digital production printing devices.

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