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It would be wrong to turn our back on the industry

Jo Golding speaks to Konica Minolta about the innovation products they are bringing to the Print Show and how they plan to continue to grow

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(Above & below) The Bizhub Pro C1060L press will be printing 1.2m long banners at The Print Show. Mark Hinder supports The Print Show saying ‘it would be wrong to turn our back on the industry’ . The flatbed EFI 1625 LED UV inkjet press will showcase the value of large-format graphics products

Following the revelation from The Print Show orgainsers that digital print giant Konica Minolta had signed up to the exhibition and taken one of its largest stands, the news has caused a stir across the global trade media—with titles from Europe to the USA picking up on the news. The company’s head of market development for its European Business Solutions division has also come out with a strong statement of support for the first-year event.

“I think it’s very simple. We’re supportive of the industry and I think it would be wrong to turn our back on the industry; I feel quite passionately about that,” says Mark Hinder.

While the equipment the company will be bringing to the show has been kept relatively under wraps, The Print Show Post can now reveal what the company has got in store for visitors.





“We will be exhibiting a host of unique products including the MGI Jet Varnish 3DS, a true UV spot coater that highlights defined areas and 3D effects— all of which enables print providers to offer attractive print products that are more vivid and tactile,” says Craig Kermode, head of production print at Konica Minolta.

He continues: “In combination with the Konica Minolta print heads, the new varnish formula enables printers to create a 3D effect on laminated surfaces or directly on toner. The variable data option delivers full personalisation capabilities for maximum one-to-one marketing impact.”

Under its new distribution agreement penned in February, Konica Minolta will also present EFI’s 1625 UV flatbed inkjet press, Bizhub C71hc High Chroma press, and the Bizhub Press C1100 combined with a Watkiss Power Square—while the Bizhub Pro C1060L will be busy printing 1.2m long banners at the show.





“We will also be demonstrating the Konica Minolta second generation Hikari RIP and JT6 workflow suite that deliver automated workflows, creating efficiencies and cost reduction driven through automation,” Kermode adds.

INKJET HORIZONS

Konica Minolta’s Hinder will play a key role in the show, educating visitors about sectors of the print industry such as inkjet. “I’m presenting every day at The Print Show on where we are with KM-1,” says Hinder, who reveals that there is soon to be exciting global news launched about its industrial KM-1 inkjet press.

He continues: “We will have the latest print samples, the latest applications, and some exciting new stuff I cannot say right now. People who are interested in inkjet should definitely come and have a chat.”

We will have the latest print samples, the latest applications, and some exciting new stuff I cannot say right now. People who are interested in inkjet should definitely come and have a chat


In terms of future plans, Konica Minolta’s focus is on innovation and it is clear to see that they are heavily customer focused.

“The first thing is to educate the market and there’s no better way to do that than face to face. To educate then leads to an engagement where people understand the true meaning behind what we do and how we can help them. The second thing is to listen. We do that by getting feedback at events like The Print Show, IGAS, and Graph Expo,” explains Hinder.

Kermode discusses the potential of the inkjet market, saying: “Our goal is to leverage the future opportunities that inkjet and other new technologies will bring to this market and significantly increase our share in this segment. We are aligning our business, our people and our technology, so that we are well positioned to service this sector.”

Kermode concludes that the company are excited by the opportunities up for grabs at The Print Show: “As a team, we are all very much looking forward to The Print Show. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage both our customers and our people. We’re committed to driving growth for our customers and Konica Minolta, and the show provides us with a perfect platform to demonstrate our capabilities and services to all attendees.”

With the intriguing theme of ‘the art of the possible’, Konica Minolta is sure to attract plenty of visitors to its stand (A10) to learn more about what Kermode describes as the ‘warm, welcoming and commercially focused spirit and culture of Konica Minolta’.


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