Konica Minolta announced its portfolio expansion at Ipex 2014 in London.

Konica Minolta is showing how it is exploiting digital short-run packaging markets with demonstrations of its KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet colour press for digital short-run production. It will enable commercial printers to expand their print applications with larger sheet sizes for three-panel and four-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets, wrap-around book covers and even light packaging applications at the speed of up to 3,300 sheets per hour. The KM-1 is the ideal solution for fast turnaround, high quality and reliable colour printing.

Konica Minolta continues to strengthen its position in Production Printing as number one in the mid-production colour print systems. At its press conference at Ipex 2014, the company stated that it also wants to become number one in that segment in terms of print volume. Current infoSource figures for fiscal year 2013 show that Konica Minolta has strengthened and has successfully remained in its number one position in the European Production Printing market. With a market share of 65 % (MIF), Konica Minolta is the market leader.

The company is demonstrating roll-to-roll label printing at up to 18m/min with its Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C70RLC.

Konica Minolta is also running an MGI product to provide value-added jet varnishing on its stand. The special product, adding 3D or traditional flat spot UV coating using inkjet heads, can be used for offset or digital printed material on traditional paper and even on broader substrates such as plastics, banners and envelopes.

The company is also demonstrating its software covering workflow connectivity and automation, web-to-print, colour management, as well as 12 running systems. These include for the first time at Ipex the bizhub PRESS C1100, the new colour flagship with a speed of 100 pages per minute targeting the commercial print, print-for-pay and central CRD markets.