Konica Minolta MD Katsuhisa Asari’s first Indian exhibition

Serving up digital solutions at PrintPack India – Hall 9D, Stand H-21

Konica Minolta MD Katsuhisa Asari’s first Indian exhibition
Katsuhisa (Kurt) Asari, managing director, Konica Minolta India and Manish Gupta, general manager, PP & IP Marketing Division, Konica Minolta India showcases their Accurioshine 3600 at PrintPack India 2022. Photo IPP

Katsuhisa ‘Kurt’ Asari, Konica Minolta’s new managing director in India, has been with the company since 2018 and was earlier serving as the general manager of Business Planning. Kurt is leading Konica Minolta’s business and technology strategy, ensuring shareholder value through advancing the company’s digital transformation (DX) projects, strategic collaborations, and business development.

This was Kurt’s maiden visit to an Indian exhibition. For him, the PrintPack exhibition is ‘excellent,’ as he came across many passion-driven visitors who visited the Konica Minolta stand to have a look at the samples and technology-driven machines on show.

He says, “The Indian economy is boosting now as there was a slow down for three years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. People are coming back on track and now moving ahead to expand their businesses. Since everything is picking up in India, people now want to observe and experience new technologies and business applications. Customers are now planning for the next five years and calculating how they can invest in their businesses. I am extremely excited to be a part of this event.”

At PrintPack India, Konica Minolta is showcasing its full range of production printing, including the new launch of KM branded machine from MGI AccurioShine 3600, AccurioLabel 230, KM 1, and application samples for labels and commercial printing. According to Konica Minolta, the AccurioShine 3600’s artificial intelligence and smart scanner (AIS) make it better than similar devices and make its product stand out in a competitive market. A single varnish solution generates a range of glossy effects on a variety of substrates, stocks, and media, 2D and 3D gloss finishes can be achieved on 135 – 450 gsm paper, plastics, synthetics, and cartons.

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Printed materials may be coated with offset and digital inks, lamination films, and aqueous coatings. The software appears suitable for a wide range of applications, including commercial print, publishing, stickers, and packaging. The machine also offers inline and offline foiling options depending on the customer’s needs. Konica Minolta has a leadership position in the digital printing market in India providing solutions for commercial and packaging applications.

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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