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  • Innovators strike gold in Ballarat

    Konica Minolta guests visited Ballarat’s Revolution Print.

    Printers from around Australia flew into Melbourne last week for an exclusive Konica Minolta innovators event on Thursday, August 9, capped off by a visit to Revolution Print in Ballarat.

    The event featured a keynote address from Andrew Grant, CEO of Tirian and author of The Innovation Race, who spoke about the tension between ‘explorers’, who are driven to constantly find new ideas, and ‘preservers’, who seek to keep existing structures intact. “Don’t let this tension tear your organisation apart,” he told guests. “Use it to pull yourselves forward.”

    Konica Minolta customers Andrew Cester of Whirlwind, and Leon Wilson of Revolution Print, shared their experiences with Konica Minolta digital technology before the group boarded a coach to Ballarat for a live demonstration of Revolution’s AccurioJet KM-1 B2 inkjet press, the second installed in Australia.

    (L-R) Leon Wilson, Revolution; Sue Threlfo, Konica Minolta; John Schreenan, Revolution; and David Procter, Konica Minolta.

    At Revolution’s high-tech plant in Ballarat, Wilson and fellow director John Schreenan showed off the custom vinyl-wrapped KM-1’s capabilities, including its high speed and print quality, and fielded questions from attendees. Samples were also on display, demonstrating the range of the press’s output.

    Sue Threlfo, general manager of production and industrial print at Konica Minolta, hailed the event as a big success. “We’d never tried something like this before, but with innovation in our industry being so important, we wanted to have some of our key customers and potential customers really think about how they could embrace innovation and change their practices for the future,” she said. “It’s been very successful – people are now talking about how they can change the way they do business for the better.”

    Threlfo believes more innovation days like this may be on the cards. “We were oversubscribed to this event,” she said. “Even before the day, we were considering another event prior to Christmas.

    “It’s all been positive feedback, and lots of it,” she said.