Konica Minolta wins BLI 2021 A3 Line of the Year Award

Wins Color Consistency Award for A3 and A4 devices (2021-2023) and more

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R-L: Kuldeep Malhotra (vice president at KM), Daisuke Mori (managing director at KM), Dinakaran, Dina Color Lab, Vasudevan-regional sales manager at KM, Manish Gupta national marketing manager, KM
R-L: Kuldeep Malhotra (vice president at KM), Daisuke Mori (managing director at KM), Dinakaran, Dina Color Lab, Vasudevan-regional sales manager at KM, Manish Gupta national marketing manager, KM (file photo)

Konica Minolta has been conferred with a series of awards by Keypoint Intelligence, including Buyers Lab and Info Trends. Konica Minolta has won the BLI 2021 A3 Line of the Year Award for its skillfully crafted Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) for their high personalization, reliability, and consistency in both performance and usability.

Konica Minolta has also been recognized as the Most Color Consistent A3 Brand (2021-2023) for its A3 devices, including the new bizhub i-series, which provide consistent prints of various aspects, be it business graphics, photo images, or other output types. Lastly, Konica Minolta is the winner of the BLI Winter 2021 A3 Pick and Outstanding Achievement Award for its bizhub i-series printers.

Konica Minolta has also won the BLI 2020 Pick Award for Outstanding Workflow Automation Platform for its Dispatcher Phoenix 6. The device enables businesses to automate all their document-centric workflows, ramp up productivity, accelerate processes, cut costs, eliminate mistakes, secure sensitive information, and comply with corporate and government regulations. The machine designed to cater to educators, law offices, healthcare providers, government institutions, general business saves time while processing documents.

Tai Nizawa and Kuldeep Malhotra, the vice president, and director of Konica Minolta India|remote management
Tai Nizawa managing director Konica Minolta India and Kuldeep Malhotra, the vice president, and director of Konica Minolta India

Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president, and director Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, says, “Since our inception, we at Konica Minolta have strived to manufacture and deliver the best-in-class printing solutions to our customers using state-of-the-art technologies. On the back of in-depth R&D, we have always kept customers at the forefront and accordingly develop devices that can address their problems in the most convenient, accessible, and affordable manner. The series of awards underlines our efforts to provide the best products in the market while ensuring the highest level of consistency, reliability, personalization, and security. We will continue to follow an agile approach and keep innovating further in sync with the changing market dynamics and evolving customer needs, and endeavor to serve customers more seamlessly in the coming months and years.”

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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