“More than 150 serious visitors visited our stand just on the first day of the show,” said Kuldip Malhotra, head of sales at Konica Minolta India. “We received excellent response at the show, with people showing a lot of interest in our MGI JETvarnish 3DS.” The JETvarnish 3DS has spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities while transforming a standard printed output into a high-quality spot UV printed sheet into a high margin 3D-embossed output with a varnish of up to 100 microns with foiling, making the colors appear more vibrant.
“At the exhibition, our primary focus was on showing the visitors various innovative applications of the products that we had on display at the stand. Visitors normally don’t know what they can do with a particular product and the scalability; so we tried to give them an opportunity to see what different innovations they can try out on these products,” said Malhotra.
Speaking about the new label press—bizhub PRESS C71cf—launched by Konica Minolta last year, Malhotra said, “It is too early to say anything about the label press as it was launched just about three months ago at Labelexpo India 2016. Right now we are following up with many customers who have different queries about the product. So it will take some time before the product really hits the pressroom.”
The FY 2016-17 has been a very good year for Konica Minolta with the company still holding more that 50% market share, according to Malhotra. “We have been able to maintain our leadership as well as growth of our market share,” said Malhotra. “Demonetization had affected us temporarily, but we bounced back strongly. We did not face any major issues due to demonetization. Eventually, the market has now got back to track.” At current count, Konica Minolta has more than 3,000 production printers installed in India.