Komori to help printers create smart factories in 2021

Komori's plans for Connected Automation in the new year

The Komori Lithrone GX/G advance series was launched last year

Japanese printing major Komori Group will promote Connected Automation, aiming to help usher in digital transformations and create smart factories for the printing industry by applying its cloud solution, KP-Connect, it said in its 2021 plan.

Additionally, in May of last year, the post-press manufacturing and sales company, MBO Group, became a wholly-owned Komori subsidiary called MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH. The company’s lineup of post-press machines and products will now be sold as part of the Komori Group. MBO is also part of an industry grouping known as the Postpress Alliance. “Moving forward, we will open up new frontiers in Connected Automation by promoting coordination between various machines and Komori systems through the Postpress Alliance,” said the Komori statement.

Series production of the Impremia NS40 digital press

In the digital printing system business, the performance of the Impremia NS40 built in collaboration with Landa Digital has been increased, as demonstrated by field tests. The company said it aims to put the machines into actual operation and begin official sales and mass production this year.

In the security printing press business, despite movements toward cashless transactions in recent years, currency production continues to increase worldwide. The company has been steadily acquiring orders, particularly in Asia, including India. “We will continue to engage strongly with product development and manufacturing, as we promote Currency on Demand,” it said.

Komori Group released a new lineup of sheetfed offset presses for the offset printing press business – the Lithrone GX/G advance series. The advance series claims to focus on profitability for customers by combining high productivity with features that are said to improve investment returns.

The Komori Group said the crisis posed by Covid-19 has also brought with it opportunities in the printed electronics business. The company says it has seized on the increased demand for electronic parts and substrate-related products in this area. “We will continue to strengthen partnerships with universities, research institutes, and partners in the PE business and work to expand the business,” it said.

Multifaced approach to providing solutions

Covid-19 accelerated changes to society and industry are structured, with drastic changes in business environments for the printing industry. Since drupa 2021 was canceled as a physical event, the printing industry fundamentally had to reconsider its product promotion, which, until now, has relied heavily on such expos. “We believe it is important to earn trust and build deep partnerships with our customers through a multifaceted approach in proposing and supplying solutions that solve the issues they face,” Komori Group’s statement said.

The Komori Group will celebrate a significant milestone in 2023 with its 100th anniversary. To meet the next 100 years with further innovation and to create inspiring products and services that exceed expectations, it plans to pursue business expansion and a fuller range of solutions.

A green company

The Komori Group said it is committed to meeting the expectations placed upon it as an eco-friendly company. As part of these efforts, it has already established the company-wide Green-PJ project and actively worked to improve environments, inside and outside the company.

Moving forward, it will focus even more sharply on environmental activities and strive to increase diversity and reform working styles. To fully fulfill its duty of accountability to the public, as a listed company, and to increase transparency, it will also improve its environment, social, and governance (ESG) management.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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