Konica Minolta hosts Annual Strategic Partner Conference 2023

Focusing on Tech Innovations and Growth

Konica Minolta management shared strategies for sustaining growth and building strong relationships with partners

Konica Minolta India, a provider of digital transformation solutions and services, recently hosted its Annual strategic Partner Conference at Alila Diwa, Goa. The event was centred around the theme of ‘Powering Growth’ and featured dialogues on the latest tech innovations in the industry and their potential to be scaled to Konica Minolta’s realm of operations.

The conference, held on 24 April 2023, provided a platform for more than 170 partners from across India to connect, discuss the latest trends in the industry, and share their vision for the future. During the session, the Konica Minolta management team communicated their strategy to sustain the growth path of the company and add more power to the growth path as a family. The session covered dialogues around the latest tech interventions in the industry, providing partners with insights into the latest industry trends.

Speaking about the annual partner conference and its importance for the brand, Katsuhisa Asari managing director of Konica Minolta India said, “Partners are the backbone of the company. We are always eager to connect with our valued Partner Community to understand their unique challenges and opportunities. The conference provides a platform for us to connect with our partners, understand the latest industry trends, and share our vision for the future. We are committed to providing our partners with the latest cutting-edge solutions and services, as well as building stronger relationships, to create a better future for the industry.”

During the conference, partners were also felicitated for their achievements, recognizing the important role they play in Konica Minolta’s growth journey. The partners also aligned with the company’s growth strategy and shared their commitment to achieving new heights as a family.

The event witnessed partners from across geographies pan-India, making it a great success for Konica Minolta India. This conference was an opportunity for Konica Minolta India to strengthen its relationship with its partners and take the collaboration to the next level.

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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