Game changer: Konica Minolta South Africa moves into label and packaging market

| 14 March 2017

JOHANNESBURG – March 14, 2017 – Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, has announced that it is leveraging its proven, world-class printing technology to break into the local label and packaging industry.

“The world of labels is one of the most rapidly growing and fastest changing sectors in the entire printing industry, returning above GDP growth year-on-year for at least the past 30 years,” states Leon Minnie, manager production print solutions at Konica Minolta South Africa.

“We’ve found that most of this growth has come from self-adhesive (or pressure-sensitive) labels, which have transformed this sector, as well as factors including customisation and regionalised products. The advances within the various stage of digital label printing, incorporating digital design, origination, artwork and pre-press, enhanced colour management and front-end technology, combined with a better understanding of how to manage digital printing and workflows in the label plant, have all helped to move digital label printing rapidly forward.”

There are seven compelling reasons to make the transition from analogue to digital label printing, Minnie explains:

1. Output can be personalised - research in 2016 showed that customised packaging makes products feel more valuable to the consumer.

2. Multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) can be handled – short runs of different labels are quick and easy to run, with no additional preparation time, making this type of printing more effective and profitable;

3. Lead times can be shortened – no pre-press setup time makes for a printing process that can start without delay;

4. Costs can be lowered – less waste, minimal labour requirements and zero plates used equate to lower running costs and improved profitability;

5. Improve consistency – total colour management control allows for consistency across the substrate for the entire press run;

6. Simplified operation – digital control is far more straightforward than the conventional analogue system – jobs can be queued from a touchscreen control panel making reprints faster and more cost effective; and

7. Quick and easy changeover of media rolls – different substrates can be changed simply by splicing one onto the other.

There seems little doubt that digital technology will be a critical and ever-growing part of the label – and package printing – industry’s future, says Minnie. “Those label printers and converters that are willing to embrace digital printing, investing wisely for the future, are those most likely to succeed in tomorrow’s world,” he concludes.

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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