Konica Minolta has clocked up another sale on the last day of PrintEx19 with Hobart’s Monotone Art Printers taking home an AccurioPress C6100 digital printer to add to their equipment offering.
The 106-year-old business has had a AccurioPress C1100 running for the last five years and will now run both machines plus two cut sheet offset presses while continuing to supply trade finishing services including laminating and perfect binding to customers across the southern part of Tasmania.
The sale came through Konica Minolta’s dealer in Tasmania, Winc, with the final few questions answered during a demonstration today and the decision made to also add the optional extra IQ-501 automatic registration system to the four colour press that can handle 400gsm stock and run at 100 pages per minute.
Monotone’s managing director Caroline Percival said the time was right to upgrade with the business definitely having enough demand to warrant a second printer running alongside its decade old sheet-fed Heidelberg offset presses.
“There is a growing demand and we are probably transitioning in the way we do our print from small sheet fed offset into a more digital environment,” Percival told Sprinter, adding a Horizon StitchLiner 5500 had also been bought today through Currie Group.
“We know the brand. Monotone has had Konica Minolta brands over the journey since we started digital work 18 years ago and we started with Konica Minolta machines.”
Percival and director Stu White said demand was definitely going up at their business warranting the extra capacity.
“We are probably one of the few printers that is ticking the boxes and achieving the goals that we are setting for ourselves,” White said.
“You’ve got to keep up with technology. The people who don’t spend money on equipment are the ones that are finding it very tough. You’ve got to put the money back into the business. Continual reinvestment is paramount to its success.”
Konica Minolta Australia managing director Dr David Cooke was on the stand as the sale was announced and declared this PrintEx to be the best Konica Minolta has ever had.
Sold sounds abound on Konica Minolta’s stand with an MGI embellisher sold yesterday to Skyline Print and Design in Chippendale. Earlier yesterday Sydney printer Allcraft Printing signing on the dotted line for a Konica Minolta AccurioPress C3080 with plans now to move into the bespoke wedding invitation market.
Sydney print and design house Imagination Graphics made a significant investment on Wednesday of a AccurioJet KM-1 becoming the first NSW and 100th printer in the world to do so.
“This has been our most successful PrintEx ever,” Dr Cooke told Sprinter.
“We’re so pleased that Caroline and Stu made the trip up from Hobart to visit us at PrintEx and delighted with their decision to expand our relationship with their decision to install the AccurioPress C6100 in their business.
“There’s been industry wide interest in what is now a very broad range of Konica Minolta offerings right through to the KM-1 meeting high-end requirements.”
Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta said: “We have had so many new products on the stand right across the broad spectrum of digital printing, labels, embellishment and finishing.”
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