Innovative spirit drives druckpartner to invest in Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1
Long-time Konica Minolta customer druckpartner Druck- und Medienhaus has extended its successful relationship with its digital printing equipment supplier by investing in Konica Minolta’s flagship B2+ format UV inkjet press, the AccurioJet KM-1.
druckpartner is a full-service print provider employing 120 people in Essen, Germany. Since it was founded 40 years ago as a book and offset printer, the company has developed a reputation for opening new markets by embracing technology advances.
In the recent past, this instinct for innovation has seen druckpartner purchase the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution print embellishment system from Konica Minolta – a technology that enables printers to add tactile 3D effects to standard printing with the application of a spot UV coating as a top layer. The system in use at druckpartner is a B1 size spot UV varnishing and foiling device, and gives the company the opportunity to add real standout value to a printed piece.
This forward-thinking spirit has now manifested itself in the step into digital inkjet printing with the AccurioJet KM-1, as well as seeing druckpartner adopt Augmented Reality technology with Konica Minolta’s genARate platform, which makes it easy to take printed documents and campaigns to a new level of experience by adding interaction and augmentation with the genARate App.
With the investment in the AccurioJet KM-1, druckpartner immediately applied for and achieved QSD certification without any problems. The QSD (DIN ISO 12647-8) standard validates digital printing against quality and consistency based on Fogra51 and Fogra52.
The AccurioJet KM-1 replaces the current digital printing system as well as transferring jobs from its offset presses. It brings to druckpartner a new level of substrate flexibility in digital while also increasing overall print quality.
The new investment is again a justification of our long-standing partnership. Konica Minolta did not only focus on the technology but also provided expertise that helped us to determine a projected extremely healthy ROI with their advanced calculation tools and professional advice. We fully believe in this proven technology, and we know it will add new dimensions to our business, as we continue to grow. It’s also a great comfort to know that we have a trusted partner in Konica Minolta supporting us on this journey.
It’s great to work with an organisation like druckpartner that is forever pushing the boundaries. Its approach is an invigorating one for the market, where fresh ideas and new ways of adding value are in constant demand. The AccurioJet KM-1 is a great fit for the company, and we look forward to continuing to assist druckpartner to innovate using Konica Minolta technology for many years to come.
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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