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Solopress becomes first UK customer to use Konica Minolta’s new Motioncutter 23 digital high speed laser system

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that Solopress is its first UK customer to receive and use the new Motioncutter 23. Able to cut, kiss cut, engrave, perforate, crease, and personalise in a single pass, processing up to 45 metres/minute, Solopress’s new Motioncutter 23 enables the company to deliver expert bespoke products quickly and efficiently, with minimum wastage.

With pre-pandemic turnover of over £30m, Solopress is a Southend-on-Sea based expert trade print and B2B printer, selling around £1m of bespoke labels and stickers a year. The company was enjoying growth in demand and was looking to expand its production capabilities, by investing in a suitable professional laser cutting solution. Beforehand the company had used pre-kiss cut and fixed sized labels to print on, but this had proven to be time-consuming to prepare and limited production flexibility and efficiency, making it more of a challenge to react quickly to customer demands.

Solopress was convinced by the practical and cost-saving benefits of the Motioncutter 23, as Managing Director Simon Cooper commented, “Having seen the impressive results and the potential for big material cost savings, we felt the Motioncutter 23 was a no-brainer for us. We estimate that the CapEx costs of the machine will be offset within just 18 months, whilst the operational benefits will be realised right away. Having had a productive year in 2021 we were keen to invest this back into the business right away, so we were delighted that Konica Minolta was able to deliver on its promises so quickly.”

The bespoke abilities of the Motioncutter 23 have reduced Solopress’s stock management needs and associated costs, whilst enabling it to rapidly cater for virtually any shape, size, or quantity of bespoke stickers/labels. By stocking a selection of popular print materials (including coated/uncoated papers and clear/white polypropylenes), Solopress can now rapidly deliver virtually any product to customers with rapid turnaround.

This flexibility is ideal for a range of clients, as Grahame Megilley, Industrial Print Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) added, “Solopress can supply high quality labels/stickers to a broad range of customers, from printers and resellers to graphic design businesses and (significantly) smaller microbusinesses and home-based businesses that produce very bespoke individual products that require short runs of labels/stickers – something which is often lacking in the market but in high demand post-pandemic. For example, it is the perfect solution for the needs of artisan food and drink producers that need highly bespoke labels, often with very short lead-times.”

Sold exclusively in the UK and Europe through Konica Minolta, the Motioncutter 23 now provides Solopress with a highly automated solution featuring barcode job recognition, camera positioning, and software-controlled waste separation. Simon Cooper commented, “We can now reduce our stock whilst at the same time delivering our customers more options and choice. This really is the perfect solution for our ever-evolving business.”

About Solopress

Established in 1999, Solopress is one of the top five trade print and B2B printers in the UK, with pre-pandemic turnover of over £30m. The company has an impressive track-record of investing in new and cutting-edge technology including being the first UK company to invest in a Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3DS in 2019. It was acquired by OnlinePrinters Gmbh in Germany in 2017, which has three production sites with a combined floor space of 39,300 sqm, serving over 1million customers across 30 EU countries.

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster and better. As a leading Smart Data and Digital IT Services company, we meet the changing needs of customers with our Digital Print, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality solutions.

As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta also delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with intelligent workflow automation, and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments.

Konica Minolta’s solutions are proven to improve quality, reduce cost, eradicate risk, increase accuracy and streamline business processes. Recognising there are no two businesses the same, we pride ourselves on our customer partnerships and tailor our solutions to our customer needs, giving them the competitive edge they need to remain at the forefront of their markets.

Combining our market leading, award winning and easy to integrate technological platforms, with our strategic partnerships, business solutions and services portfolio, Konica Minolta is continually improving quality, reducing cost, eradicating risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining business processes for our customers. Our strategy has our customers at its core. With strong and mutually beneficial customer partnerships, our aim is to achieve mutual sustainable growth through technological innovation – giving shape to our customers’ ideas. We bring flexible solutions that not only meet our customer expectations, but exceed them, time after time.

Part of the global Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is headquartered in Basildon, Essex and operates out of 10 offices across the UK, employing over 750 people.

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