Konica Minolta enters the industrial printing market

The Konica Minolta C71cf printing press
The Konica Minolta C71cf printing press

Konica Minolta presented at Labelexpo 2015 its first full-digital label press system, which will fill the gap between entry-level and high-end digital label printing presses.

The bizhub PRESS C71cf is ideal for profitable short to mid runs for an affordable investment. Converters approaching digital engines benefit from its ease of operation, production flexibility, quicker turnaround and variable data printing functions.

This is the first step of Konica Minolta in offering an industrial printing portfolio. In spring of 2016, the company will present KM-1, a revolutionary four-colour digital printing machine.

Premiere at Labelexpo 2015:

With the introduction of its first digital label printing press system bizhub PRESS C71cf, Konica Minolta provides label converters with an efficient answer to the rapidly changing nature of print requests. In the past few years, producers of consumer and industrial goods have modified their approach towards labelling, avoiding the stocking of labels. Today, about 60 per cent of converters’ print jobs are less than a run length of 10,0001. The bizhub PRESS C71cf is a smart answer to this transformation process, as it produces short to mid runs on-demand at a competitive price, provides a quick turnaround time and is easy to use.

“During the development of this press, we talked to potential customers and listened closely to their needs,” said Toru Suda, general manager, professional print business operations/marketing headquarters, Konica Minolta. “We are really proud of the outcomes of the extensive development phase and are positive that our new label press serves requirements that are yet unmet within the converter market by filling the gap between entry-level and high-end digital label printing presses currently available.”

Before presenting its new roll-to-roll digital press at Labelexpo, Konica Minolta tested a prototype machine at the leading Portuguese printing house, Litho Formas. The company also confirmed the high quality output of the C71cf press: “The solids are better than we can achieve with flexo, particularly on difficult colours like blue. The text is very sharp, and the vignettes fade well to zero. The halftones are offset, not flexo quality.”

The continuous feed printing system is capable of printing a wide range of self-adhesive and non-adhesive material, including coated and uncoated paper, polypropylene and synthetic paper. The main application areas are labels for beverages, liquors, industrial goods, household products and food.

With its new label printing press design, Konica Minolta now opens the doors to the industrial printing market to create new value for its customers’ future business success. As well as this, at drupa 2016, the company will present its KM-1, a four-colour printing machine with UV inkjet sheet system, capable of printing onto larger format B2+ sheets, which carries forward the company’s growth in the industrial printing market.

The digital label press system bizhub PRESS C71cf will be available in Europe from February 2016.