Konica Minolta launches AccurioPress C4070 & AccurioPrint C4065 color presses

Higher resolution entry-level digital production presses from KM

Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C4070
Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C4070 Image Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions India introduced a new line of color digital production presses, the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, on 12 August via a virtual press event. “Our launch of the C4070 & C4065 is yet another important step in enhancing our line of color production printers, providing an easy transition into digital printing with inline finishing options allowing prints to be ready for delivery off the press,” said by Tai Nizawa, managing director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions India. “The advanced automation, high quality and productivity and myriad finishing options these presses offer translate into endless opportunities for printers to expand into new markets.”

Nizawa said that Konica Minolta has established a very strong market position in India and the company would like to continue to enhance its customers’ businesses. “Our customers can expect much better enhanced quality from these newly launched presses,” he said. 

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 File Photo Naresh Khanna for Indian Printer & Publisher 

Konica AccurioPress series uses Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process technology

The AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065 offer intelligent automation, outstanding image quality and print application diversity. The C4070 Series replaces the C3070 Series, an entry-level, light production press debuted in 2018. The new series also includes the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, a lighter version that can bridge the gap between an entry level Color and production print with the same image quality at a more affordable budget. 

The AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065 digital press print at 71 and 66 A4 impressions per minute respectively, offer the flexibility of two-sided printing on sheets up to 34-inches long (allowing the capability of producing an 8-panel, letter-size or A4 brochure) with and an improved resolution of 2400 dpi, (which is 8-bit 2400 x 3600 equivalent).

The AccurioPress Series uses the Konica Minolta’s advanced colour processing technology Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process (S.E.A.D). This combines an array of technical innovations to guarantee exceptional color reproduction at top speed.

Kuldeep Malhotra, deputy managing director, Konica Minolta India said that these new presses will help the start ups in the print business. “These new color presses are going to really help the start ups establish their print businesses. We have been able to maintain leadership in the color printing market and light production printing segment has played a major role in that,” Malhotra said. 

A timely launch to get the industry going

Naresh Khanna, editor of Indian Printer and Publisher, an industry technical consultant for the past 40 years, says, “It is good to see Konica Minolta leading the digital printing industry back to business with the launch of an interesting and attractive new press, with a higher resolution and with the possibility of easily adding several quality and finishing options. We can understand that the India launch has been delayed a bit because of various circumstances and formalities. 

“As the constraints on street-facing print businesses diminish and commercial print activity increases, the customer is not bothered whether his work is done on offset or digital. And with the current gradual return to business operations, the advantages of gradually gearing up the marketing collateral with short runs and quick flexibility of changing the consumer products available and their discounts and prices will help product sales pick up in real shops and normal environments. 

“We all need to do our best to revive the utility and benefits of high quality print. Why should any customer be deprived of high quality marketing collateral when he wants to buy something – especially when we are looking for customers. This looks like a good new press and I am keen to see it in operation myself especially since it is offering some of the interesting upgrade for color quality and the automated in-line finishing options that have been introduced by KM over the past couple of years,” says Khanna.

Productivity and versatility options

The AccurioPress C4070 expands application offerings such as envelope printing without the need for an additional fuser. The AccurioPres C4070 offers various finishing options, including booklets, perfect bound, punching, stapling, inline trimming, and stacking to meet customers’ needs and tap into new revenue streams. Productivity of C4070 / C4065 @300 GSM is 45 A4/26 A3 subsequently.

The range has been adaptive with any workflow environment, Konica Minolta offers a choice of controllers from Konica Minolta and EFI. The AccurioPress 4070 Series also benefit from a range of productivity solutions under AccurioPro Suite umbrella, one of the industry’s most versatile and powerful tool to optimise print operations and workflows. The solutions include various tools for pre-press, job ticketing, press management, job management, unified color management, web to print etc.

Advanced automation

New to the C4070 Series is the IM-101 external media detection sensor, an optional sensor for measuring and identifying media, ensuring the correct media settings are selected no matter the operator’s skill. The TU-510, IM-101, and the IQ-501, a fully automated, closed-loop quality management tool, provide customers with the ability to produce fully-finished, high-quality, ready to be boxed output quickly and easily without skilled operators — meaning increased uptime, productivity, quality, and profit. 

The AccurioPress C4070 Series offers Inline Trimmer Unit TU 501, which produces fully finished output with inline slitting and trimming and additional options for inline creasing (valley and mountain crease), business cards, postcard cutting and perforation (vertical and horizontal). Plus, the TU-510.

Image quality and media flexibility

The AccurioPress C4070 provides image quality with 3600 (equivalent) x2400 dpi resolution and prints duplex sheets up to 34-inch Envelopes can be printed with the standard fuser at half speed, or full speed with an optional dedicated envelope fuser. The IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer also comes into play here, performing automatic density correction and front-to-back registration prior to printing. Media versatility up to 360 gsm will provide a wide portfolio of paper choices and print applications.

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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