Last updateSun, 09 Aug 2020 9am

Konica Minolta enhances cooperation with MGI

Konica Minolta and the French manufacturer of digital print finishing systems, MGI Digital Technology (MGI), are intensifying their cooperation in Germany and Austria. Under an expanded cooperation, MGI systems will be sold directly through Konica Minolta's distribution network. Likewise, the market leader in production printing will support MGI customers as a single point of contact for all service, support, and administration issues. Customers will thus benefit from a dense network of Konica Minolta employees for on-site support and further development of the respective customer solution.

The close strategic and financial cooperation between the two companies began in 2014 and was most recently expanded in 2016 with an increase in the stake in MGI to 40.5 percent. As a result, Konica Minolta has expanded its existing portfolio to include MGI products for production, label, and packaging printing. However, distribution and service for MGI systems continued to be provided separately. Konica Minolta's assumption of responsibility for sales and support now closes this gap.
"The strengthening of our partnership with MGI will primarily benefit customers and prospects. In the future, they will receive service and advice on all aspects of production printing and digital print finishing from a single source," explains Oliver Becker, Head of Sales Professional Printing at Konica Minolta. "As a company with a strong customer focus and a broad-based team of consultants and on-site support, we are able to design and implement individual finishing solutions together with the customer. The fact that MGI has again moved a little closer to Konica Minolta is symbolized by a new, common logo under which we will market MGI systems in the future.
Digital print finishing is a key growth driver in the production printing market and a profitable way for print service providers, commercial and in-house printers to differentiate themselves from the competition. Four-color digital and offset prints with exceptional 3D haptics can be enhanced by UV spot coating in defined areas. In order to enable printers to enter the world of digital print finishing, Konica Minolta introduced the MGI JETVARNISH 3D One last year. The system uses a universal varnish for various 2D and 3D effects and is particularly suitable for finishing print products in short and medium runs. MGI's entry-level model ideally complements Konica Minolta's production printing systems, such as the AccurioPress C3080, C6100 or C12000. In addition, the portfolio includes UV spot coating as well as digital hot foil stamping. This offers companies great opportunities to integrate into their own companies the value added that was previously outsourced to finishing companies - and at interesting conditions. With systems up to A1+ size, the portfolio also offers finishing applications for other printing technologies such as offset printing. The patented high precision of the systems is a unique selling point that reduces waste and production costs and maximizes productivity.
Against this backdrop, Konica Minolta, as a long-time market leader in production printing and one of the leading providers in the field of inkjet, finishing, and label printing, accompanies its customers with the latest technology, software, and the latest innovations in the areas of printing and applications with forward-looking know-how and a high level of consulting competence in the development of new business opportunities.




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