Konica Minolta installs 3D printing machine at Futura Infinite

Konica Minolta helps unlock advanced printing capabilities with MGI JETVARNISH 3DS & iFOIL S

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Print samples displayed at Futura Infinite

Adding yet another successful partnership to its expanding portfolio, Konica Minolta Business Solutions has recently installed the MGI JETVARNISH 3DS & iFOIL S at the Bengaluru-based digital printing firm, Futura Infinite. The installation of the innovative UV coating and hot foiling solution has since helped the firm venture into new printing segments and offer its customer base a range of high-quality printing services to choose from.

Commenting on the installation, Deepak Boggaram, director, Futura Infinite, Bengaluru said, “The cutting-edge printing capabilities of the MGI JETVARNISH 3DS and IFOIL S offer advanced and seamless functionalities that have enabled us to carry out a whole new range of high-quality printing jobs. Moreover, the machine’s innovative 3D spot coating and hot foil stamping features have added considerably to our overall efficiency in specialized printing jobs, while its high output has augmented our productivity to a great extent. We are indeed thankful to Konica Minolta for its support during and after the installation process of the machine which enabled us to get the equipment up and running in no time.”

The JETVARNISH 3D and IFOIL S printer utilizes MGI’s patented inkjet and hot foil stamping technology to provide digital spot UV coating in plain 2D and 3D (with thickness of up to 200 microns) and embossed foil textured effects in one pass. The digital spot UV coating process is 100% variable data capable, with barcode reader options that enable custom spot varnished prints with unique graphics, text, and numeric data. With the new varnish formula in combination with the Konica Minolta print heads, users can create a 3D effect on laminated surfaces or on toner directly. The digitization of the spot UV finishing allows printing businesses to take a few sheets from each job and spot UV coat it to produce sellable proofs, enabling customers to see, touch and feel the effect with various types of printing jobs.

Vijay Kamat, national product manager – Industrial Print, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, said, “We are committed to identifying appropriate solutions to match our clients’ printing requirements and delivering the best-in-class printing technology to help them augment their production capabilities. We also provide them complete support throughout, to ensure seamless and sustainable production by helping them capitalize on the technology to grow and scale their business, enhance their productivity, and increase their profitability. We are extremely glad with the positive response from Futura Infinite, and are looking to help more printing businesses across the country with our innovative range of printing solutions.”

The smart combination of MGI’s exclusive inkjet technology with Konica Minolta’s Drop-on-Demand Piezoelectric print heads delivers best-in-class quality to users for their printing jobs. The JETVARNISH 3DS HubManager allows users to follow multiple jobs, manage job queue, create job tickets, recall reprints and adjust their AIS Scanner in one simple and self-explaining tool. A powerful function allows businesses to easily export all their detailed production data on internal costs for analysis and reports. The Spot Varnish Editor is designed for editing job files on-the-fly. This gives customers the needed flexibility to adjust and modify their print jobs as and when needed to save on both time and costs. The Product Cost Analyzer can anticipate production cost to the tenth of a cent, enabling printing businesses to provide customers precise information on the costs per print job even before the job has been completed. In addition to this, the JETVARNISH 3DS is equipped with the AIS SmartScanner for automated sheet-to-sheet registration for easier tracking and reproduction.

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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