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.
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.