Konica Minolta launches Accurio Press C2070 and C2060

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Konica Minolta, a global major in advanced imaging and networking technologies, has added two new presses to its portfolio of advanced printing solutions—the AccurioPress C2070 and the C2060. The machines, hailed as successors to the bizhub PRESS C1070/C1060, are an ideal solution for mid-range digital color printing jobs. The press 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 advanced features and technology including high-speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals. It offers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images. The press features enhanced Simitri HDE toner to offer superior half-tone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plant-based material to reduce environmental impact while the SEAD V screen-enhancing active digital processing system continuously maintains image stability. The press also has an Open API, offering coherent compatibility with solutions from other vendors including authentication, scan routing, accounting, Nuance eCopy ShareScan, etc.

Equipped with 300 gsm Auto-Duplex, the press can print on substrates up to 350 gsm and is capable of printing on substrate sizes up to 47 inches. Konica Minolta brings 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 its customers and equips them with all the features to cater to a wide variety of needs.

“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,” says Daisuke Mori, managing director, 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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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