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Konica Minolta scoops two EDP 2016 awards for digital printing

Written by Kinetix Technologies

JOHANNESBURG – September 08 – The European Digital Press Association’s (EDP) recent 2016 awards have shone a spotlight on two Konica Minolta products; the AccurioJet KM-1 digital inkjet press and the bizhub PRESS C71hc digital printing system.

An organisation consisting of publishers of European magazines that focus on printing, the EDP annually reviews products and technologies in the field of digital printing, awarding those products or technologies that have received the highest rating in each category. The award ceremony was conducted on at drupa 2016, the world’s largest international trade fair for print and cross media solutions held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The AccurioJet KM-1 B2 digital inkjet press received the best-cut sheet colour B2 + printer of the year title. Able to print high-quality images, comparable to those of sheet-fed offset printers, on a wide variety of paper media, this product provides the commercial printing market with a long-awaited solution.

The best-cut sheet colour light production of the year was awarded to the bizhub PRESS C71hc digital printing system. Using Konica Minolta’s proprietary high-chroma toner, this machine enables high-fidelity reproduction of colours almost comparable to images on a monitor and digital photo images – an achievement that is difficult to realise using conventional toners.

“It is the aim of Konica Minolta to provide printing companies with solutions that allow them to create a seamless and efficient workflow, improve productivity and ensure stable quality,” explains Leon Minnie, product manager for digital print solutions at Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd. “At the same time, we want to assist these businesses to provide their own clients with new, value-added ideas that widen the scope of their marketing activities. This recognition from the EDP – which acknowledges cutting edge technology that expands the scope of digital printing - shows that we are providing the tools to do just this.”