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Konica Minolta Debuts Continuous Feed Inkjet Solution

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  
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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) has unveiled the latest offerings in its line of production printing devices for the commercial print industry – the WEBjet 200D and WEBjet100D continuous feed inkjet presses. The new additions to the Konica Minolta line will be officially launched later in the spring of 2018.

Manufactured by Super Web and powered by Memjet printhead technology, both continuous feed inkjet printers deliver high quality, high speed and high volume to the transaction, direct mail, publishing and in-plant business sectors. The WEBJet line will complement Konica Minolta's existing cut sheet toner and inkjet products, and provide customers with a proven technology that has best-in-class features at an extremely attractive acquisition cost. With the highest-measured true resolution in the market and a compact design that comes standard with rollstand and stacker, the WEBjet was built to perform in today's extremely competitive business environment.

"We are excited to enter into this agreement to extend the reach of our solutions to many more customers through Konica Minolta and its world-class service team – which will support WEBJet in the field," said Paul Schwartz, president, Super Web. "As we developed the WEBJet product line, we worked closely with both partners and customers. Our focus was to build reliable products that were operator-serviceable to maximize uptime and minimize costs."

Through machine engineering born out of years of offset lithography experience, the WEBJet gives medium-size companies a simple and affordable way to step up to high-quality, variable-data color. With a volume capacity of up to 20 million duplex color letter-size pages per month, the WEBJet is the right choice for shifting page volume from offset to digital, or moving color toner volume to a more affordable platform. A single operator can manage the WEBJet's large volume continuous feed — matching or exceeding the productivity of multiple cut-sheet digital machines and operators.

"We're very pleased with this new strategic alliance because, first and foremost, it will truly benefit the marketplace," said Dino Pagliarello, vice president of product management and planning, Konica Minolta. "All in all, it's a mutually favorable arrangement for everyone. The addition of the WEBjet 200D and 100D fills a gap in our product portfolio we wanted to address. And, it gives Super Web, the manufacturer, and, by extension, Memjet, the digital technology provider, a suite of marketing and servicing capabilities to address a wider customer base. This is a unique, win-win partnership."

In other news, Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that it has once again been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: U.S. Smart Multifunction Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment. This IDC MarketScape analyzes the smart multifunction printer ecosystem for hardcopy vendors that provide MFPs in the United States.

According to the study, Konica Minolta continues to grow and is successfully balancing core market wins with emerging services and new technology business. More importantly, it appears further along than most with a vision of the office and has started assembling a set of new product technologies to adapt to evolving digital transformation technologies.

"One of the report's main takeaways is that print is a people-based relationship business, and that a positive sales and/or customer service experience that goes above and beyond expectation is usually a clincher in a new deal or critical for a renewal," said Dino Pagliarello, vice president of product management and planning, Konica Minolta.

"Konica Minolta is recognized as a leader in the IDC MarketScape for U.S. Smart MFP Providers," said Keith Kmetz, vice president of imaging, printing and document solutions, IDC. "When copy/print solutions are needed, this is a vendor with a wide range of hardware offerings that are enhanced by an array of software and services. More importantly, Konica Minolta appears further along than most with a vision of the office of the future, and has started assembling a set of new product technologies to adapt to evolving digital transformation technologies."

The IDC MarketScape report also includes advice for technology buyers based on actual customer interviews. One nonprofit customer highlighted a $25-million cost savings over five years, as well a 30-percent reduction in paper printing as a result of Konica Minolta's MFP products, services and capabilities.

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