Colourfast Financial launches getitprinted.com with UK’s first Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1
Brentwood-based financial printer Colourfast Financial is set to break into the UK’s £1billion personalised consumer print market with the launch of getitprinted.com, following a six-figure investment in the UK’s first digital UV inkjet AccurioJet KM-1 production press from Konica Minolta.
With a targeted first-year turnover of £2m turnover, getitprinted.com offers a 24-hour high-quality print service for products including perfect-bound books, bespoke packaging, large scale format printing, flyers, business cards and photobooks. Orders can be made online through www.getitprinted.com.
Made possible thanks to an investment in the new AccurioJet KM-1 printer from Konica Minolta, getitprinted.com can print on materials ranging from 60 to 600micron material including heavily textured uncoated and plastics – all with the quality and look of lithographic printing within a 24-hour print and despatch turnaround. The machine will be operational within a month.
The Essex-based business, a long-established Konica Minolta customer, has also purchased a new digital cutting table, an LED wide format press which can print on high-value, speciality rigid and flexible materials, and has refurbished its print facility to create an additional 2,000 sq. ft of production space.
Demand for personalised print has grown exponentially in the UK in the last two years, which is why we’ve invested so heavily in creating the right infrastructure and capacity for getitprinted.com to thrive. We invested in Konica Minolta’s KM-1 in particular because of its flexibility, versatility and ability to deliver high quality print jobs at speed and on demand – which are all core requirements of the highly competitive consumer market we’re pursuing. It’s also the first machine of its kind in the UK, which gives us a distinct advantage and the opportunity to pursue the bespoke packaging market – whether that’s for weddings, gifts or corporate merchandise. It’s an exciting time for us and our investment in getitprinted.com is about reimaging and transforming the business to meet future demand and shifting consumer needs. It’s not just about growing profitably; this business is also about our people who will continue to play an important part in our growth plans and future success.
This is a significant step forward for Konica Minolta in the UK as we demonstrate how easy it is for our customers to migrate from our successful toner-based technology to cutsheet UV inkjet. This move was fully supported by understanding the customer’s business in a partnership approach and by building a business plan that allows getitprinted.com to fully realise the return on investment.The AccurioJet KM-1 and partnership approach underlines our commitment to help customers grow profitably. In our rapidly evolving world of often disruptive technology, we have significantly increased the number of AccurioJet KM-1 installations across Europe and globally, further demonstrating why the KM-1 is the leading B2 UV cutsheet production press.
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: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. 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, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. 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 solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from 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 almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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