Konica Minolta offers advance imaging services to its customers

Konica Minolta offers advance imaging services to its customers
Yoshinori Koide

Konica Minolta business solutions private limited India located in Gurgaon, Harayana is a subsidiary of Konika Minolta Business Technologies Ltd., Japan and are pioneers in offering different technologies in printers. Konica Minolta business solutions private limited has over the years come up with apt solutions and tried to eliminate uncatered demands for better picture quality in printed materials and latest technological advancements with several developments and offered products and services of advanced imaging and networking technologies.

The company is often accredited for pioneering environment friendly approach in its works. It also provides solutions for advanced imaging and networking technologies including bizhub PRO production printing solutions, bizhub multifunction products and monochrome machines for business printing markets and offices. Konica Minolta also purveys office equipments in the form of monochrome/color multifunction printers and production printers for production and print work clients in India. Office business has been mainstream for Konica Minolta traditionally. Around 45% of their business is centered around office equipments. Initially, Konica Minolta used to supply copier machines to offices, they later expanded that business to printers.

In terms of the number of equipments available in the market for textile printing in India, Konica Minolta proudly claims itself as numero uno. The company has more than 50 textile printing machine installations in the country already. “I believe that the digital textile printing took birth in Itay and quickly unfurled to all the other countries. Digital textile printing today is quite popular and is picking up in India as well,” says Manish Gupta, deputy general manager, Konica Minotla business solutions India.

Konica Minolta plans to exhibit KIP 770 monochrome printer and wide format scanner at PAMEX 2017 in Mumbai this month. KIP 770 is a 36” wide monochrome printer supporting full color wide format scanning of documents with good throughput, high resolution and touchscreen convenience. The machine also accepts inputs from mobile sources and USB drives and handles multiple page sizes and paper rolls. The machine is pivotal in the architectural space.

Konica Minolta recently launched a new toner based Accurio Press, the C6100. The machine’s ability of automatic density adjustment, color management and front-to-back registration reduces excessive time consumption. Gradation and front-to-back registration are continuously monitored and corrected in real time with no loss in productivity, minimizing color fluctuations, registration misalignment and other errors during printing. The color print speed of C6100 is 100 pages per minute. The machine also has wide range of print applications on thin paper, thick stock (52-400gsm), embossed paper and envelopes. The machine supports printing on boards and banners (up to 51 inches) which was not available earlier. Overall, the C6100 is a stable and robust machine. The C6100 is also a replacement to Konica Minolta C8000 and C1100.

The Konica Minolta MGS JETVARNISH 3DS comes with a new varnish formula in combination with Konica Minolta print heads to create a 3D effect on laminated surfaces or on toner directly. The machine allows customers to spot varnish up to 2298 A3 pages per hour. The machine can spot UV or foil on digital prints without any treatment. The Konica Minolta drop-on-demand technology makes use of the ultra-precise piezoelectric print heads to produce extremely thin lines (of 0.5mm). The output speed of the machine is 3000 sheets per hour in 30-micron coating thickness. The machine can cover sheets up to 14.33” wide and 40.15” long. High-gloss coating formula of the MGS JETVARNISH 3DS delivers a gloss level of 99% (G.U.). The machine has been installed at 12 different facilities so far.

The revolutionary Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM – 1 incorporates a new UV ink, high-performance inkjet print heads and system processing technologies. The light-cured UV ink developed for AccurioJet KM – 1 avoids paper problems caused by heat drying and provides high accuracy of front-to-back registration. The single pass system of the machine realizes high-speed output of 3000 sheets per hour at an high image quality of 1200 dpi. The KM – 1 also supports large-volume paper ejection up to a height of 680 mm. In the duplex printing mode, the output speed of the machine is 1500 sheets per hour. Though the company is yet to sell a unit in India, it’s performing quite well overseas.

The C6501, a machine from 2008 is one of the oldest Konica Minolta machines still in operation. Konica Minolta cannibalizes old machines for similar kinds in some cases. Based on a report from International Data Corporation (IDC), Konica Minolta claims to have a strong 50% market share.

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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