Konica Minolta to Re-Brand Commercial Printing Solutions with ‘Accurio’ Brand Name, Launch KM-1 Inkjet Press

drupa 2016

At the drupa tradeshow to be held May 31 – June 10 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Konica Minolta will officially launch its KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet press, which it says will underscore its commitment to the label- and package-printing markets. The firm says it will also unveil more plans in its cooperation strategy with partner MGI across the globe, as well as “break new ground” with a major rebranding of its commercial printing products as Accurio.

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Konica Minolta’s KM1 inkjet press.

The firm will officially launch its KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet press at its drupa booth in the B2 inkjet-printing zone, where it will perform in combination with MGI’s JETVarnish. Advantages of the KM-1 and JETVarnish solution include moving short-run offset printing to digital inkjet, the ability to carry out hybrid printing with the integration of KM-1 into existing offset processes, duplex printing, and larger sheet sizes, as well as printing on packaging board, lightweight papers, and textured stock.

Label- and Package-Printing Industries

Konica Minolta states that it will continue seeking to making inroads into the label- and package-printing sectors. At drupa, the firm will show how a combination of its bizhub PRESS C71cf, GM DC330 Mini finisher and MGI’s JETVarnish can reduce label print-run lengths, enabling faster delivery times and “opening the doors” to value-added, on-demand label print runs.

Konica Minolta will also preview a new technology: the KM-C. This flat-bed B1-format inkjet digital press has been developed for folding carton and thin, corrugated applications for a thickness of 0.3 – 1.2 mm. Further details will be disclosed at Konica Minolta’s drupa press conference on 31 May at 1:00 p.m. in room 7, CCD Süd, as well as at the company’s drupa booth in Hall 8B, stand A65.

Additional Stake in MGI Digital Technology

In April 2016, Konica Minolta announced that it’s acquiring an additional stake in MGI Digital Technology (MGI), the French-based leading decorative-printing equipment manufacturer, with which Konica Minolta has had a financial and strategic alliance since January 2014. The stake investment of a further 30.5 percent of MGI’s shares increases Konica Minolta’s stake in the company to 40.5 percent and adds MGI’s products for commercial print, labels and packaging to Konica Minolta’s existing and growing portfolio.

The firm says it’s already added MGI’s hot-foil stamping and embossing equipment to its product line. With the additional stake in place, Konica Minolta now intends to harness MGI’s research and development to accelerate its initiatives for application development in areas such as labels and packaging. In response to the demand for decorative printing in the labels and packaging area, the Konica Minolta and MGI partnership will also give Konica Minolta a strong presence in the digital package-printing market and “drive forward expansion in commercial printing.”

Accurio Branding

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Accurio will now be a common and unified new brand for all of Konica Minolta’s inkjet digital-press and digital-workflow solutions. Konica Minolta says the Accurio name reflects “the advanced, automated and, most of all, accurate nature of Konica Minolta’s technology.” From now on, Konica Minolta’s commercial-printing solutions will be known as AccurioPro, while the KM-1 will become the AccurioJet KM-1.

The firm will also be introducing a cloud-based color-management system, AccurioPro Cloud Eye, and a workflow integration system, AccurioPro Conductor.

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