Konica Minolta continues to be the leader in the Indian digital production press market. We recently had an opportunity to ask the company for an update on its operations in India. We asked several questions by way of an update on the recovery of print and digital print segments in the overall economy.
Indian Printer and Publisher – How many digital presses do you expect the Indian market to absorb in the current financial year, that is, from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023?
Konica Minolta – The market is showing a very positive response after the COVID-19 pandemic and we see the expansion of digital in all fields including digital printing. We expect the numbers to be more than 1500 production printing units in the current financial year.
IPP – Is there any progress in the digital label press segment or any new press in the segment coming from Konica Minolta?
Konica Minolta – Konica Minolta has sold 1000 digital label presses worldwide in less than seven years since its introduction in the digital label production market. With success in 4-color digital label presses, Konica Minolta has recently introduced the Accurio label 400 digital label press with white color. With the new label press, Konica Minolta wishes to increase its market presence in the digital label industry domain.
IPP – Konica Minolta recently organized a customer meeting last month in Chennai. How did this event, organized for the first-time post-pandemic, help in strengthening customer relationships?
Konica Minolta – Konica Minolta was the first company to organize a physical event post-pandemic, and we were very excited to meet in person with customers and partners and to listen to their stories, the challenges they faced, how businesses performed during the tough time, and to what extent Konica Minolta’s products helped. The only aim was to rebuild the relationship with its partners and customers, and the leadership team personally interacted with them.
IPP – Konica Minolta participated in many recent exhibitions such as Screen Print India, Printpack India, Sign India, and Sign Today. What kind of response did you receive at these exhibitions and how did these exhibitions impact the printing industry in India?
Konica Minolta – At the Screen Print India exhibition, Konica Minolta demonstrated industrial print applications, most of which are created by the MGI, label, and KM1 equipment users of Konica Minolta. Exhibitions provide platforms for Konica customers to engage with brands and corporate customers to improve their print volumes. At Printpack India, we launched the Accurioshine 3600 digital embellishment press along with offline foil equipment.
IPP – Konica Minolta launched the KM Accuriopress C7100 and C7090 six months back in March 2022. How have these presses impacted the digital printing market in India?
Konica Minolta – The Accuriopress C7100 and C7090 are the fourth generation of presses in the category. The response has been very good and the customers are happy with the new features which help them to be more productive.