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Konica Minolta platemaking purchase not for local market

Thursday, 18 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

American Litho manufactures offset printing plates for the newspaper and commercial markets, and the US division of Konica Minolta expects the deal to close before the end of August. However, this will have little impact on the local market, with the Australian division of Konica Minolta currently having no plans to distribute American Litho’s printing plates.

Frank Mellish, general manager of sales and marketing for Konica Minolta Australia, claims his company is not currently set up to address this market. “Who know what may happen in the future, but there are no plans at this stage to bring the printing plates to Australia.”

While the involvement of Konica Minolta’s US division with printing plates extends over several years, the company claims it reached a point where a manufacturing facility in the US was required to support the local market. This was the primary motivation behind the purchase of American Litho, which recently tripled its manufacturing capacity with the opening of a new plant.

Steve Schuster, president of Konica Minolta’s graphic imaging division in the US, claims that while it has made a late entry into plate manufacturing, the acquisition will provide it with the resources to close the gap. “We will utilize the Konica Minolta core competencies in chemical formulations and coating technologies to produce a broad range of CTP products,” he says.

Konica Minolta USA will continue to produce American Litho’s current product line, and will add its own product line, which includes new upcoming Violet, YAG, and Thermal CTP technologies.

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