The company is paving an easy path to digital for production printers with its first ink jet press, the KM1, which it showcased at drupa. Targeting commercial printing environments, KM1 supports commercial printers in producing high-quality print jobs that are not suitable for offset printing, e.g. due to size, short print runs, extremely tight deadlines, and of course, variable data processing.

KM1 is a joint development of Komori and Konica Minolta. By combining the proprietary technologies of both companies, we are able to create a high value-added product that meets the demands of our customers and can appeal to next-generation printing industry, said Olaf Lorenz from Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Europe).

The high-speed colour inkjet press processes formats up to size B2 and a speed of 3300 sph (sheets per hour). Thanks to a high resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, an outstanding print quality is achieved.

The company also previewed the bizhub PRESS 1052 and 1250, a black and white print production system, as well as the bizhub C1100, a new colour flagship among the Konica Minolta digital presses.

Commercial printers, as well as external and internal print providers, benefit from the bizhub PRESS 1052/1250’s impressive performance, superb black-and-white print quality, and absolute reliability, even for the production of peak volumes – factors that translate into enhanced overall productivity and boost customer satisfaction. Both digital presses are ideal for commercial printers to make a start in digital black and white print production, and pave the way for new business opportunities. Keywords are ‘printing on demand’ and ‘variable data printing’: flexible digital printing facilitates the production of exact required quantities and individualised print products. This saves time, manpower and overall costs by reducing storage space as well as waste from outdated printed information. The presses will be launched in July 2012.

Konica Minolta also introduced the bizhub PRESS C1100, a new superb-quality colour printing system on the production level. The bizhub PRESS C1100 is the professional colour press that commercial printers, print-for-pay facilities and corporate CRDs have been waiting for. Meeting the tightest deadlines is easy with the companys fastest colour digital press.

The bizhub PRESS C1100 does not require extensively trained key operators, but features a digital workflow that accommodates last-minute changes, web-to-print job ordering, variable data printing and cost-effective inline finishing – all of which maximise the flexibility and productivity of any printing environment. Helping to lower the cost of labour and other hidden costs, it guarantees a fast turnaround and better profits from higher margins.

With the bizhub PRESS C1100, Konica Minolta meets the advanced requirements of print production at the highest level, improves customer satisfaction by offering digital image quality on par with offset printing and supports printing companies in holding their ground in this highly competitive market.