Calling it a strategic partnership Steve Venn says, “This is a great way forward for both companies”, while Hiro Kaji says, “Konica Minolta is very happy to be supplying the NexPress.”
The new arrangement will begin immediately, with the first customer already signed up. Konica Minolta will market and sell the Nexpress, and manage the account, with Kodak taking care of installation and service.
David Proctor, national manager production printing group at Konica Minolta says, “We’ve taken the Nexpress because many of our clients are requesting the next step up in production colour. Kodak has the technology, there is no argument about that, while Konica Minolta has a nationwide sales business, so it’s a great match.”
According to Proctor printers looking to output more than 200,000 colour pages a month are the target market for Nexpress, which will sit above the bizhub6500 in Konica Minolta’s product portfolio.
Proctor says, “f special interest with Nexpress is the fifth colour unit, which can be used for a variety of added value processes, including the new Dimensional Clear Ink.”
Nexpress will be in the Konica Minolta showroom in Sydney. It is the first third party agreement that Konica Minolta has entered into, although it does supply Oce printers rebadged with its own moniker.
Konica Minolta is also using PacPrint to show its new 1200 printer, a 120ppm black and white machine that will be launched in October for high volume monochrome print houses. It comes equipped with a host of inline finishing options including perfect binding, saddle stitching, drilling and folding, and holds up to 14,000 SRA3 sheets in its stacker.
Also new was the bizhub 65HC, based on the bizhub 6500 engine, but with a new toner formulation for cyan and magenta which the company says expands the colour gamut considerably into the SRGB gamut favoured by designers and agencies.
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