Konica Minolta showcases digital printing solutions at Interprint Expo 2018

Dulari Digital displays samples using the MGI JETvarnish 3D

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies, recently participated in Interprint Expo 2018. Hosted in Chandigarh from 14 to 17 December 2018, the exhibition saw Konica Minolta once again underline its advanced technological capabilities in the digital printing space through live demonstrations of its wide range of state-of-the-art digital printing solutions.

During the four-day event, Konica Minolta showcased several innovative digital printing solutions, including the AccurioPress 6100, the AccurioPress C3070, and the bizhub PRO 1100. It also displayed various samples created by Dulari Digital, a Punjab-based business which recently installed the MGI JETvarnish 3D. Through these demonstrations, Konica Minolta gave attendees at the event a first-hand experience of the differentiation that Konica Minolta’s cutting-edge digital printing technology brings to the table.

Speaking on the demonstration, Vijay Kamat, national product manager – Industrial Print, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India said, “Consumer demands and requirements are evolving at a rapid pace, and the industry needs to keep pace with this ongoing evolution. Through these demonstrations, we have highlighted how Konica Minolta’s cutting-edge digital printing solutions can help print and printing businesses cater to the demand for new-age print jobs, thus diversifying their operations and maximizing their profitability.”

Two top-of-the-line production printers from Konica Minolta – the AccurioPress C3070 and the AccurioPress C6100 – combine high-speed color print production with integrated finishing capabilities to deliver superlative quality prints with high consistency. They can handle a wide range of media of varying thickness and length, and have the IQ-501 – an intelligent quality optimizer which continuously monitors and adjusts color and front-to-back registration during printing – as an optional feature. Both the AccurioPress C3070 and the AccurioPress C6100 are designed for swift, accurate, and high-quality print operations, with minimal manual intervention and no requirement for any special skills, enabling them to deliver unmatched print productivity, versatility, and usability.

The Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1100, on the other hand, is the perfect entry point into digital black and white printing. Designed for superior productivity and operational flexibility, the bizhub PRO 1100 delivers best-in-class printing speed, along with modular paper feeding and versatile finishing options. This makes it perfect for small to medium print and printing businesses looking to expand their operations and improve profitability by catering to the ever-evolving market requirements.

Interprint Expo is a premier exhibition for the printing and packaging industries which provides a unique platform to buyers and sellers of prepress, in-press, postpress, finishing, converting, digital & signage, and packaging machines to explore investment, collaborations and knowledge-sharing. Organized by OPA & Udan Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd., the latest edition of the event is aimed at reflecting the market’s evolutionary path driven by new needs, competition, technology, channels, and other developments.

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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