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Konica Minolta’s strategic approach leads to AccurioJet KM-1 deal

Long-standing customer United Colors Team strengthens links with trusted partner to maintain top supplier position   

A strategic and long-lasting partnership between Konica Minolta and United Colors Team has been further strengthened with an investment in new equipment and software. This includes the AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet sheetfed digital B2+ production press, known as the “Swiss army knife” of printing because it has so many uses.

United Colors Team in Romania owns a fleet of Konica Minolta state-of-the-art equipment and production systems, including an AccurioPress C14000installed in September  2020, as well as Konica Minolta-supplied finishing systems, software and comprehensive service support.

With severe coronavirus restrictions in place, United Colors Team executives viewed online demonstrations on the AccurioJet KM-1 at Konica Minolta’s strategic printing centre, Digital Imaging Centre, in Bratislava, Slovakia, that is focused on high quality demo prints for production and industrial printing. Test files were printed on the B2+ sheetfed UV colour inkjet production press in the showroom.

Knowing it wanted to replace outdated digital equipment, United Team Colors decided to invest in the AccurioJet KM-1 in October 2020. As part of a strategic, collaborative, all-encompassing approach, the company has also installed a Konica Minolta Workplace Hub sophisticated IT solution. This will support production flows, unify software and act as a print server. Konica Minolta’s AccurioFlux software will drive the development of an online web-shop for the company.

United Colors Team, which is headquartered in Bucharest and serves local and international market, has traditionally worked in advertising production and provides a complete range of services and products. The company makes various materials, from business cards and an entire portfolio of branded materials to roll-ups and stickers, banners and other outdoor prints. It also offers prepress services, product development, full production and advertising campaigns, including complete delivery services. Other markets it serves include construction, healthcare and pharmaceutical.

The partnership between United Colors Team and Konica Minolta Romania is a strategic and long-lasting one,” said Petrică Paraschiv, General Manager of United Colors Team. “Through the state-of-the-art technology offered by our partners, we have maintained our position as a top supplier both in terms of services and as a manufacturer of highest quality materials. We strive to offer everything to fully satisfy all our clients, traditional or new.

“Konica Minolta is trusted, has global expertise and has been very flexible in its approach, which is even more important in the current working conditions when things may take longer. It’s providing us with a complete solution from start to finish, including comprehensive software, service and ink usage. The AccurioJet KM-1 is the latest important step forward. We are delighted.”

Sorin Sumanaru, Team Leader Industrial and Production Printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Romania, said: This project involved a great transfer of trust between United Colors Team and Konica Minolta, based on technology, expertise and the quality of services delivered by us. The level of complexity of the client’s needs offered us the opportunity to work in a significant business consultancy role for United Colors Team and to create together a complex architecture through which to integrate in production the latest generation of hardware and software solutions.”

He added: The objectives of this project were to offer added value to the clients’ business and also provide possibilities for a quick return on investment based on the highest quality of prints and services.”

Hidetoshi Omo, Head of Centre of Competence KM-1, Konica Minolta

Business Solutions Europe, said: “Our mission is to support the transformation of our customers by sector and industry, predicting potential challenges and creating solutions together. United Colors Team is a perfect example of how we work in a collaborative, partnership approach. We are determined to continue helping them to carry out their current activities, in normal conditions and by providing high standards recognized in the market, no matter how long this economic and health situation will last, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.

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