3-way collaboration for WEBjet 200D and WEBjet100D presses

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3-way collaboration for WEBjet 200D and WEBjet100D presses
SuperJet WebJet press Photo: SuperJet.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA announced its latest production printing device for the commercial print industry – the WEBjet 200D and WEBjet100D continuous feed inkjet presses – at the Inkjet Summit 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from 9 to 11 April.

The result of a three-way, marketing, distribution and servicing partnership with Super Web and Memjet, the new additions to the Konica Minolta line will be officially launched in the first half of 2018. Company representatives will be on hand to announce news of the partnership and specifics pertaining to the devices, as well as case studies.

Manufactured by Super Web, and powered by Memjet printhead technology, both continuous feed inkjet printers deliver high quality, high speed and high volume to the transaction, direct mail, publishing and in-plant business sectors. The WEBJet 200D can print roll to roll, roll to sheet or roll to fold in seamless output for uninterrupted workflows with a large output.
 
Image quality
With aqueous dye-based inks and resolutions up to 1600 dpi, the WEBJet 200D is claimed to print smooth images with clear details using a Memjet printhead that fires over 7M drops of ink per second, with 1.4 picoliter droplets. It features a Xitron Harlequin RIP and Super Web’s workflow.

The WEBJet line will complement Konica Minolta’s existing cut sheet toner and inkjet products with a proven technology that has best-in-class features at an extremely attractive acquisition cost. With the highest-measured true resolution in the market and a compact design that comes with a standard roll stand and stacker, the WEBjet was built to perform in today’s extremely competitive business environment.

“We are excited to enter into this agreement to extend the reach of our solutions to many more customers through Konica Minolta and its world-class service team, which will support WEBJet in the field,” said Paul Schwartz, president of Super Web. “As we developed the WEBJet product line, we worked closely with both partners and customers. Our focus was to build reliable products that were operator-serviceable to maximize uptime and minimize costs.”

Through machine engineering born out of years of offset lithography experience, the WEBJet gives medium-size companies a simple and affordable way to step up to high-quality, variable data color. With a volume capacity of up to 20 million duplex color letter size pages per month, it presents a choice for shifting page volume from offset to digital, or moving color toner volume to a more affordable platform. A single operator can manage the WEBJet’s large volume continuous feed—matching or exceeding the productivity of multiple cut-sheet digital machines and operators.

“We’re very pleased with this new strategic alliance because, first and foremost, it will truly benefit the marketplace,” said Dino Pagliarello, vice president – Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “All in all, it’s a mutually favorable arrangement for everyone. The addition of the WEBjet 200D and 100D fill a gap in our product portfolio we wanted to address. And, it gives Super Web, the manufacturer, and by extension, Memjet, the digital technology provider, a suite of marketing and servicing capabilities to address a wider customer base. This is a unique, win-win partnership.”

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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