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New IPEX entrant to digital production colour here this year

Thursday, 13 April 2006
By Print21

David Proctor, product manager, at the IPEX show, said the company is leveraging its experience in black and white production to make sure the launch of its colour production system is seamless. “I don’t want to rush this. With the introduction of our bizbub pro 1050 we have not had one machine come back. That‘s because we have the service and support facilities in place. I want to make sure the C6500 is the same.”

A relatively new entrant into the digital colour production arena, Konica Minolta was showing the C6500 to great effect in Birmingham. Although only printing single sided at the behest of the Japanese engineers in charge Proctor says he has seen the machine do perfecting on a recent visit to Japan. He said he has taken one order at the show, even though he cannot look at delivery until nearly Christmas.

While not making any over the top claims of quality or production values he believes the machine has a sweet spot in the market, being very attractive to inhouse printers. It is especially strong in its finishing capabilities with Konica Minolta developing its own inline perfect binding for the 1050, able to produce books up to 200 pages.

With a production cycle of 200,000 per month and a price in the lower $100ks it is a robust solution from the company that makes almost half of the world’s toner.

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