Konica Minolta to sell Reprographics India’s KIP products

Konica Minolta to sell Reprographics India’s KIP products

Konica Minolta has joined hands with Reprographics India to sell Reprographic’s KIP branded products and services in the country. Under the partnership, Konica Minolta will leverage its sales and service network to copy shop segments in the country to offer a host of KIP products including monochrome and color plotters, folding machines, and digitizing software. KIP is a Japanese manufacturer of plotters with which Reprographics India has had a long technical and branding relationship.

The KIP machines will also be available for display at Konica Minolta’s DIS office at Huda City Centre in Gurgaon. Under the agreement Konica Minolta will provide sales and service of the machines to its customers. Konica Minolta has a long relationship with KIP on a worldwide basis and is selling the KIP products in various countries.

Sharing his delight on the new partnership, Daisuke Mori, MD, Konica Minolta India said, “The addition of KIP solutions to our product portfolio will further strengthen our position in transforming India’s printing segment. We have more than 2000 production printing customers and with this partnership we intend to strengthen our relationship with the customers by offering more products and solutions to cater to their needs.”

Reprographics India was founded in 1976 by IIT Kanpur graduate Deepak Khanna and rolled out its operations in Haridwar as an ancillary to BHEL, manufacturing ammonia, semi-dry paper, zinc oxide microfilm reader printer paper and dielectric plotter paper as ancillary. The company has since then expanded by offering diverse IT and document solutions with a portfolio of microfilm scanners, plotters, book scanners, engineering copiers and application software in the field of image editing, document management, archiving and indexing. The company also manufactures A0 size flatbed scanners, paper folders and multifunction systems using inkjet. Reprographics India has in excess of 2,000 installations across the country and offices in more than 20 major cities.

Reprographics director, Deepak Khanna, said about the partnership, “To expand our KIP products line and its presence in the Indian market, this tie-up adds more customers by offering value propositions to the existing base as well as by helping both of us to acquire a new customer base.”

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