Dina Digital Prints in Chennai buys first KM-AccurioJet KM-1

Dina Digital Prints in Chennai buys first KM-AccurioJet KM-1

Konica Minolta Business Solutions will be installing its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press in India at Dina Digital Prints in Chennai. The sheetfed inkjet press solution, which comes with a B2 plus sheet-fed, was first unveiled at drupa 2012 and since drupa 2016 has achieved a significant footprint across the world.

The AccurioJet KM-1 UV sheetfed inkjet press incorporates patented UV inkjet technology, traditional sheet feeding and effective media handling up to B2+ size in basis weights up to 600 gsm. The solution also eliminates the use of special digital stocks or expensive coatings and can handle quality jobs on a wide range of substrates.

Quality image output is achieved with Konica Minolta’s high-resolution print heads, 1800IS, which produce true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. Konica Minolta’s proprietary UV ink furnishes high quality light-fastness as well as scratch-resistance print outputs. This eliminates the scenario of complaints from end consumers regarding scratches or rub-offs without lamination or any post-printing treatment. The company’s original print head design and patented UV ink technology produces outstanding print results. Printing businesses also benefit from image quality across a wide color gamut that matches offset print quality.

The digital inkjet press is designed to print up to 3,000 oversized B2 sheets an hour on a wide variety of substrates, such as heavy textured stock and packaging board. It enables printing businesses to print fully personalized products for end users, leveraging larger sheet sizes for 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets and wrap-around book covers.

With enhanced media flexibility, the AccurioJet KM-1 UV sheetfed inkjet processes sizes of up to 585 x 750 mm (B2+ size) on maximum sheet thicknesses up to 0.6 mm. The solution also enables printing on a wider range of coated and uncoated substrates including heavily textured, metallic, non-tearable media, eradicating the need for special substrate qualities or special treatment before or after printing. With the AccurioJet KM-1, small-lot, short-turnaround jobs can be offered immediately after printing to the next production step since the UV ink and curing work instantly.

The AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press machine can print up to 3,000 sheets an hour in simplex or 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode leveraging hybrid production workflows. With plates eliminated, easy addition of jobs to the print queue is possible via the web, hot folders or existing offset prepress and production workflows.

‘’The industry-leading AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press solution has set new standards in the global industrial printing segment with its unprecedented output quality, short turnaround time and extremely low operating costs. With a perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and compact design, the AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet is set to revolutionize the Indian printing market,” said Yoshinori Koide, director – Business Strategy & Project Management, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India.

Other important advantages of the revolutionary UV ink include environment-friendly operations coupled with color capacity, natural gloss, color consistency and scratch-resistant print output. “We at Konica Minolta have always strived to enable printing businesses across the globe tap new revenue opportunities with our cutting-edge solutions. The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press solution will further pave the way for the printing industry to harness new market opportunities as well as set new benchmarks for quality, consistency and turnaround time in the segment,” said Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president (Sales Planning and Communication), Konica Minolta Business Solutions India.

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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