Konica Minolta South Africa enters industrial printing market with bizhub PRESS C71cf

| 14 March 2017

JOHANNESBURG – March 14, 2017 – Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, has launched its first fully digital label press system, which will fill the gap between entry-level and high-end digital label printing presses. The bizhub PRESS C71cf is the ideal, affordable device for profitable short to mid runs, offering a plethora of benefits including ease of operation, production flexibility, quick turnaround and variable data printing (VDP) functions.

“The number of high-mix, low-volume print jobs continues to increase and print companies need to complete orders within shorter lead times,” says Leon Minnie, production print solutions manager at Konica Minolta South Africa. “In fact, according to InfoTrends report, ‘What do converters want?’, 60 percent of converters’ print jobs today, come in at a run length of under 10,000.

“Printing demands that were difficult to fulfil with conventional presses can now be processed more efficiently thanks to the flexibility of digital printing. As a result, growth in all digital packaging and label markets is booming. A study undertaken by marketing research institute, Smithers Pira, shows that the volume of printed square metres in this sector will increase to seven billion in 2017,” he continues.

“Representing Konica Minolta’s first step of a range of label and packaging solutions in its innovative industrial printing portfolio, the bizhub PRESS C71cf is the smart answer to this digital transformation process, ideal for label printers who are looking to shift volumes from conventional presses to digital, as it can produce short to mid runs on-demand and at a competitive price. With dimensions of approximately 3.5m x 1m, the C71cf is also a space saver, with a short substrate path allowing for less wastage.”

To achieve its highest performance, the C71cf device uses a dry toner electro-photographic imaging engine and prints roll-to-roll CMYK at 18.9m/min at a native solution of 1,200 x 1,200 DPI/ 8 bit. Maximum unwind/rewind diameter is 500mm (20in).

The continuous feed printing system is capable of printing a wide range of self-adhesive material, including coated and uncoated paper, polypropylene, PET and synthetic paper. The main application areas are labels for beverages, liquors, industrial goods, cosmetics, medicines, household products and food.

“The bizhub PRESS C71cf offers outstanding productivity, brilliant image quality and a surprising ease of use. This innovative label printer is ideal to expand into new markets and perfectly complements existing analogue machines,” Minnie 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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