Kasturi NX installs Konica Minolta C1085


The relatively young Kasturi NX is a mom-and-pop shop headquartered in Dombivli, on the outskirts of Mumbai. Recently, the company replaced its existing digital press with a Konica Minolta C1085. Maharaja Mehta, proprietor, Kasturi NX says, “With the new installation, there has been a two-fold increase in productivity without compromising the quality.” The majority of jobs processed at the company meets the requirement of the brand and advertising agencies.

The Konica Minolta flagship model bizhub C1085 press extends the possibilities of the print service provider to provide a high-volume job. With high image quality and stability, the press satisfies the growing demands of customers and graphic communication providers. Earlier, the company used to produce 10,000 sheets in a month while with the new digital press, the total count has reached 1,13,000 sheets in the past three months. More than high-volume printing, there has been a growing demand for small quantity print jobs or variable data. “Konica Minolta’s digital press provides extensive configuration options to help grow the business. Jobs of smaller volume and other variable data printing jobs with tight deadlines can be met quickly and more efficiently with the C1085, which produces 85 papers in a minute for 60 to 350 gsm papers, thus creating new revenue sources for printers,” Mehta adds.

Mehta conducted a thorough survey with existing users of the C1085 before making his investment. He believes that the bizhub C1085 maintains the stable high image quality from first to the last impression at lower click charges. He, however, did not opt for additional multifunctional options that provide binding, folding and stapling process as the company has a battery of installed postpresses in its unit. In addition, the 400 square feet gala consists of an HP Designjet Z 5400 to produce line drawings and maps and eye-catching signs. Being located next to the Dombivli station, the days are busy for Kasturi NX and time is of great essence ever since it has installed the Konica Minolta C1085. Today, the company has successfully expanded its business operations till Karjat, a sub-district in Raigad.

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