Hall 8B Stand A65

Konica Minolta to commercially launch its KM-1


The list of products to be shown at the Konica Minolta stand include the KM-1, bizhub Pro 1100, bizhub Press C71cf – a digital label press and MGI JetVarnish and finishers along with the 1250e and other software solutions. These announcements which were made at the pre-drupa media conference however are not exhaustive and visitors can expect to see even unannounced products at the stand.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe also named PLS Print Logistic Services Germany in Markkleeberg, Germany, as the first European beta site customer for its KM-1 UV digital sheetfed press. Live printing is expected to start sometime this month.

Konica Minolta’s KM-1 was delivered in January 2016 to PLS, which is already a user of inkjet as well as toner and liquid toner digital technology. According to PLS, the three main benefits of the KM-1 press for their business are its enhanced paper handling and workflow technologies, being compatible with UV inks enables the company to move work quickly and easily to finishing with offset quality on standard offset stock. This means it is not penalised by having to pre-coat or use a digital stock. Moreover, it has superior production capabilities compared to competitor models because of the Konica Minolta expertise in inkjet head design and in-line controls that monitor quality. Arndt Eschenlohr, president of PLS Print Logistic Services Germany, said, “The quality of the prints coming off the KM-1 has been fantastic. It is better than offset printing, that is for sure.”

Olaf Lorenz, general manager of the International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said, “Our fundamental goal is to anticipate our customers’ needs and turn their ideas into reality, by delivering innovative and meaningful solutions that drive their business. At drupa, we will be demonstrating thought leadership by presenting innovative business concepts. We will be illustrating how we enable our customers to grow their business and to generate more profit.”

Konica Minolta. general manager, Toshitaka Uemura, CP Business Division/Sales Headquarters, Konica Minolta, said, “With drupa’s strategic realignment and particular focus on print and cross-media solutions, package printing and highlighting the industry’s innovative strength, Konica Minolta is the perfect match for drupa 2016. We are constantly delivering new business opportunities by virtue of our deep understanding of the production printing market and our customers’ needs combined with our high-end technology. It is the right time for innovative approaches and optimized workflows for a successful future for the commercial printing and graphic arts industry and we are well positioned to prepare our customers’ businesses for the new digital era.”

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.