First of all, Komori’s main theme at drupa 2016 will be ‘Open New Pages,’ a continuation from IGAS 2015. We will propose new business models by connecting customers with Komori, linking offset with digital, and connecting the management factors related to printing plant production and quality. For this purpose, ‘Connected Print’ will be our sub-theme. We will convert the achievements of the structural transformation and business model innovation in sales activities shown at IGAS into solutions and ideas for customers to Open New Pages and show them at drupa.
Secondly, in digital printing systems, drupa will begin regular sales of the Impremia IS29, our inkjet UV printing system, jointly developed with Konica Minolta. The Open New Pages Show at the Komori Graphic Technology Center this February attracted nearly 400 customers. Open house events were also held at Komori America Corporation this February and Komori International (Europe) B.V. in March, and the ability to print directly on a wide variety of stocks and the high print quality impressed attendees and many inquiries were received.
Komori B1 Impremia NS40 under license from Landa
At drupa, Komori will demonstrate the innovative B1-size Impremia NS40 digital printing system that uses nano technology under license from Landa Corporation. This new product will perform high-speed printing at 6,500 sph as the world’s first B1 digital printing system. We believe that visitors will experience the technical innovations and performance improvements that have been made in the four years since Landa announced the system at drupa 2012.
Thirdly, we will release the new Lithrone G29 29-inch offset printing press. The design has been renovated, and the press has been reborn as a high-end machine meeting the printing needs of increasingly advanced and complex markets. In the future, this base machine will be developed into a system with productivity surpassing digital printing systems. Also, the Lithrone GX40RP equipped with the latest technologies will show the ultimate in short makeready using parallel control together with the high productivity of 18,000 sph printing, while the Lithrone GX40 with coater will demonstrate new printing control and a high-precision print inspection system that enables high-speed package printing. All offset presses will be equipped with the H-UV innovative curing system and demonstrated using K-Supply H-UV ink.
K-Supply and Apressia CT 137
We intend to make drupa an opportunity to strengthen sales of K-Supply products in Europe. Fourthly, we will exhibit the Apressia CT137 cutter as a part of our PESP business. We will demonstrate cutting of printed sheets that have been cured by the H-UV system and finishing as final products. Further, we will show Komori ICT (Information Communications Technology) Solutions, a set of powerful tools supporting the visualization and automation of processes, labour saving, and productivity enhancement. These consist mainly of KP-Connect, for simple visualization of operating conditions over the cloud anytime and anywhere, and K-Station 4, for optimum scheduling of all presses.
Komori will start a new medium-term Management Plan this April, and continue to not only transform the business structure but also positively promote business model innovation in sales activities and the PESP business. The plan calls for ‘change’ to be completed within the next three years. drupa is the stage for new product development, and we will continue to clearly communicate Komori’s product development achievements to everyone in the printing industry at this show and IGAS. Under our main theme of Open New Pages, we will make proposals for customers to open new pages as a total solution provider.
Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.