Italian converter L’Artegrafica has invested in in Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet B2+ sheetfed UV color inkjet digital press to move into packaging and develop canvas and plastics applications.
Live production started in January for the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 that will replace four machines in the company’s digital division. The new equipment will enable L’Artegrafica to develop applications such as customer loyalty cards for local markets by providing UV printing on standard media as well as special substrates up to 600gr.
Another benefit is the investment is an augmented reality (AR) project, which will open up new markets such as label printing and embellishment. Part of Konica Minolta’s wide-ranging support to the Treviso-based company will include providing membership of Konica Minolta Marketing Services supplier network, as well as commercial and operator training.
‘Rapidly-changing and new markets are increasingly geared to high quality, short-run, personalized printing,’ said the Zaia family, who founded L’Artegrafica in 1989. ‘This investment in the AccurioJet KM-1 gives us the ability to print on more substrates than ever before. It is a key part of our digital strategy and enables us to expand business services to our customers, while reducing costs. We certainly see UV inkjet as the future for digital production as we continue to transfer more jobs from litho production.’
Olaf Lorenz, general manager DX Branding Division at Konica Minolta, added: ‘As we continue to expand our approaches into the high-end commercial print market, it is key that we provide customers such as L’Artegrafica with world-class technology, support and business tools to enable them to capture new market opportunities with UV B2+ inkjet. L’Artegrafica’s investment in the AccurioJet KM-1 followed extensive research of the market. We’re delighted it chose to continue with Konica Minolta as a trusted partner as we continue to accelerate our growth in industrial and print markets.’