Konica Minolta has developed AccurioLabel 400, a new toner-based digital press intended to accelerate its presence in digital label and packaging printing, and embellishment.

Having commenced hardware sales in the narrow web market in early 2016, Konica Minolta has already claimed a 28% market share in Europe during 2021, making it the region’s, ‘market leader in digital label presses.’ This new generation of press is intended to take the company further by targeting mid- to high-volume label converters with affordable top-quality digital printing.

Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 400 is available as a five-colour press following the addition of white, and prints at up to 39.9m/min. With a main scan capability at 1200dpi – equivalent to 3600dpi – the press prints on paper widths of 250mm or 330mm. It has been developed in partnership with GM. Proprietary Intelligent Quality Care and IQ-520 options increase usability and automation with AccurioLabel 400. For example, Intelligent Quality Care enables real time control of white toner opacity, colour stability control, as well as automatic calibration, density adjustments and profile creation.

Carsten Bamberg, business development manager, Professional Printing Group at Konica Minolta Europe, said, ‘AccurioLabel 400 adds to our broad range of innovative print solutions to enable digital transformation that also include workflow, software and process automation, and Cloud solutions as part of the drive to the smart factory. The digitisation of the label industry will continue to accelerate with double-digit predicted growth annually. Opportunity is everywhere. It just takes a spark to make it happen.’

He added, ‘With an estimated 7000-plus label converters in the mid- and high-volume markets, we feel confident of capturing significant market share with our AccurioLabel 400 that will have an extremely competitive total cost of ownership.’

Existing AccurioLabel 230 customers will also be able to upgrade to the new press platform.

Jon Hiscock, head of production and industrial print at Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK), commented, ‘The UK is one of the larger label markets in Europe and there’s lots of opportunities for this product as digital label production continues to grow. The AccurioLabel 400 gives us a massive opportunity to speak to existing customers about the benefits it offers, as well as speaking to new customers as we continue to grow our professional print business here in the UK.’