Konica Minolta Commits to Packaging and Labels

LANGENHAGEN, GERMANY | Konica Minolta recently launched the KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet press. Benefits are said to include moving short-run offset to digital inkjet, the ability to carry out hybrid printing with the integration of KM-1 into existing offset processes, duplex printing and larger sheet sizes, as well as printing on packaging board, lightweight papers, and textured stock.

Company says the launch underlines its commitment to the label and packaging markets, adding that a combination of its bizhub PRESS C71cf, GM DC330 Mini finisher, and JETvarnish from MGI Digital Technology can reduce label print run lengths, enabling faster delivery times and opening the doors to value-added on-demand label runs.

In April 2016, Konica Minolta announced it is to invest an additional stake in MGI the decorative printing equipment manufacturer, with which Konica Minolta has had a financial and strategic alliance since January 2014. The stake investment of a further 30.5% of MGI’s shares increases Konica Minolta’s stake in the company to 40.5% and adds MGI’s products for commercial print, labels, and packaging.

MGI’s hot foil stamping and embossing equipment has been added to Konica Minolta’s product line. With the additional stake in place, Konica Minolta now intends to harness MGI’s R&D power to accelerate its initiatives for application development in areas such as labels and packaging.

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