Posts Tagged ‘Cooke’

  • Colour accuracy from Konica Minolta – Print21 PacPrint HotPick

    Konica Minolta launched its brand new FD-5BT Spectro-densitometer in Melbourne  at PacPrint13, heralding the company’s new focus on easy to achieve and maintain colour consistency. The FD-5BT Spectro is a completely new, high quality, colour-measurement device, designed for colour critical printing businesses .

    “PacPrint is the perfect opportunity for Konica Minolta to introduce the new device to customers and print industry experts, providing them with a first look in person,” says David Procter, general Mmnager at Production Printing.

    Gordon Fogarty, National Colour Management Specialist, says: “By combining Color Care software with the FD5-BT, customers will be able to seamlessly adapt to the constantly evolving digital production printing standards, ensuring a solution not only for today but also for tomorrow.”

    New colour direction for Konica Minolta; David Procter and David Cooke at the show with the FD-5BT

    The FD-5BT is able to measure in three modes of colour – the CIE illuminant A, CIE illuminant D50 and illumination with UV cut. This enables users to enhance the measurement of printed colours, going beyond what is possible with Konica Minolta’s EFI ES-2000. Another unique feature of the FD-5BT is its flexibility – its ability to spot measure without being connected to a PC (i.e. without a cable).

    The Spectro was on show all this week at Konica Minolta’s PacPrint stand #2218, along with the company’s range of new KIP equipment.

    Konica Minolta is showcasing the KIP C7800 and KIP 700m for the first time at PacPrint  to demonstrate their leading capabilities to the print industry. KIP High Definition Print Technology is a new approach that offers a speedy alternative to inkjet printing, delivering outstanding quality with high definition and detail at a more affordable cost.

    Both the KIP C7800 High Speed Colour Printer and the KIP 700M monotone printer provide high quality, high speed, efficient, wide-format printing using dry toner. Konica Minolta says they are able to produce high volumes at great quality, faster and at a lower cost than other ink-jet wide format systems on the market.

    “We’re pleased to be able to demonstrate these top products at PacPrint so customers understand not only their performance features but also the benefits they offer for the environment. We expect both products will open up new markets among customers who print wide-format documents and turnaround large volume print jobs,” says Procter.

    The toner-based devices are said to be more environmentally friendly than ink products because the toner can be fully recycled, making them 100 per cent efficient; their other components are 97 per cent recyclable.

    Dr David Cooke (pictured o left with David Procter) sttended the show in his capacity as Konica Minolta new local MD – a role he took on at the beginning of May. Cooke was executive general manager for seven years before he ascended to his new role.

    “PacPrint is an exciting and unique opportunity and one that Konica Minolta greatly values. It allows us to showcase our technology, and the way we tailor solutions,” says Cooke. “We understand that listening to our customers and being able to tailor a solution that meets their needs is what makes a real difference and this is what we’re committed to at Konica Minolta.

    “Not only do we have technology that offers excellence in quality and reliability, we have a vast range of software solutions and services to address the ever changing needs of our customers – and their customers,” he says.

    On the future direction of the company, Cooke says: “This year we are presenting our complete colour package to the market, showcasing our full range of production presses and business solutions at stand 2218. Our continual innovations help us meet the high demands of the commercial print industry, where we are already renowned for image quality and colour reliability.

    “Konica Minolta is moving towards a horizontal organisational structure. We are driven by a desire to do business in an ethical manner and to become an ever more ethical, and responsible organization – responsible to the environment and to the communities in which we work,” he says.

  • Julie Rapp curates Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

    Prominent Aussie artist, Julie Rapp, will curate this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize and exhibition, to be presented at the National Art School in Sydney from 3rd May until 1st June 2013.

    “We are delighted to welcome Julie Rrap to the role of curator of the 2013 Prize. Julie follows in the footsteps of an impressive alumni of previous curators including Imants Tillers and most recently Lindy Lee,” said Dr Peter Lennox, Principal of Redlands School.

    In 2013, the Prize also welcomes new sponsors for each category, increasing the total prize pool to $35,000. Longstanding supporter Konica Minolta, previously sponsor of the emerging award, will sponsor the main artist award whilst increasing prize money to $25,000.

    Konica Minolta’s executive general manager and incoming managing director, David Cooke (pictured) said: “We are delighted to grow our support to become the principal sponsor in 2013 and to increase the prize money for the main award to $25,000.  We have a long relationship with the Prize, having sponsored the Emerging Artist Prize since 2008 and look forward to another dynamic exhibition this year.”

    The Prize has a unique model requiring the curator to select a group of established contemporary artists from Australia or New Zealand. Each of the selected established artists are then required to invite one emerging artist to participate alongside them in the Prize and exhibition. The Prize seeks to foster mentoring relationships between older and younger generations of visual artists.

    Edmund Capon, respected curator and former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, has been announced as the guest judge for the 2013 Prize. Mr Capon will be joined on the judging panel by National Art School Curator Katie Dyer and Redlands Visual Arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne.

    Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize has a rich history of working with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most acclaimed artists including Arthur Boyd, Tim Maguire, Tim Storrier, Garry Shead, Guan Wei, Dorothy Napangardi, Gloria Petyarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Imants Tillers and Ray Crooke.

    The 2013 winning artists in both established and emerging prize categories will have their works automatically acquired into the permanent collection of Redlands. With the exception of those works acquired by Redlands School, all works exhibited in the Prize will be available for purchase.

    The Prize places no limitations on artistic mediums and attracts a diverse range of painting, photography, installation, sculpture and new media works.