Konica Minolta Passes Stringent Marine Immersion Tests

| 9 April 2020

Colour presses and label presses made by Konica Minolta South Africa have recently achieved a global quality benchmark after passing a stringent marine immersion test. The presses passed the Marine Immersion Test BS 5609, Sections 2 and 3. 

The standards award recognises the ability of labels printed by the presses to survive extended periods of time exposed to sea water and to still remain legible. Labels were printed using the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 and the bizhub C71cf presses, and were tested at a recognised testing facility in the United States.

The BS 5609 standard establishes specifications and test methods to determine whether labels will perform under marine conditions in case chemicals are shipped overseas. “The regulations are meant to ensure that, for instance, if drums of hazardous chemicals are recovered from the ocean, the warning and information labels on the drums remain legible,” said Leon Minnie, manager of production print for Konica Minolta South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a division of Bidvest. “If labels are immersion safe, health-and-safety personnel will know how to handle the material. The testing standards are extremely stringent.”

The Section 2 testing includes a three-month sea immersion test. Section 3 testing checks for the abrasion resistance of labels and the permanence of printed images. To pass the BS5609 test, labels need to be extremely durable with good adhesion, light-fastness, weathering and abrasion resistance characteristics.

“We’re extremely proud that our products have been recognised for achieving the highest global standards,” said Minnie. “This follows similar standards awards for our Chagall and Degas-series printers.”

The qualification follows Konica Minolta’s recent third consecutive EcoVadis gold medal award for sustainable operations; and the company’s partnership with Food and Trees for Africa, which has seen it donating 43 708 trees to schools to raise environmental awareness and to achieve carbon-neutral status.

“We are constantly working to foster environmentally sustainable solutions,” said Minnie. “Accurate labelling ensures responsible handling of hazardous content. Similarly, we try to mitigate global warming through our tree-planting and our carbon-neutral operations. It’s all part of sustainable business practices.”

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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