Konica Minolta scoops two EDP 2016 awards for digital printing

| 13 September 2016

JOHANNESBURG – September 08 – The European Digital Press Association’s (EDP) recent 2016 awards have shone a spotlight on two Konica Minolta products; the AccurioJet KM-1 digital inkjet press and the bizhub PRESS C71hc digital printing system.

An organisation consisting of publishers of European magazines that focus on printing, the EDP annually reviews products and technologies in the field of digital printing, awarding those products or technologies that have received the highest rating in each category. The award ceremony was conducted on at drupa 2016, the world’s largest international trade fair for print and cross media solutions held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The AccurioJet KM-1 B2 digital inkjet press received the best-cut sheet colour B2 + printer of the year title. Able to print high-quality images, comparable to those of sheet-fed offset printers, on a wide variety of paper media, this product provides the commercial printing market with a long-awaited solution.

The best-cut sheet colour light production of the year was awarded to the bizhub PRESS C71hc digital printing system. Using Konica Minolta’s proprietary high-chroma toner, this machine enables high-fidelity reproduction of colours almost comparable to images on a monitor and digital photo images – an achievement that is difficult to realise using conventional toners.

“It is the aim of Konica Minolta to provide printing companies with solutions that allow them to create a seamless and efficient workflow, improve productivity and ensure stable quality,” explains Leon Minnie, product manager for digital print solutions at Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd. “At the same time, we want to assist these businesses to provide their own clients with new, value-added ideas that widen the scope of their marketing activities. This recognition from the EDP – which acknowledges cutting edge technology that expands the scope of digital printing - shows that we are providing the tools to do just this.”

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.


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