Second milestone for Konica Minolta: Belmont Press to install first MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution in Canada

Paul Schaeffer (L) President of Belmont Press, with son Jamie and wife Kathy.
Paul Schaeffer (left), President of Belmont Press, with son Jamie and wife Kathy.

After installing the first MGI JETvarnish 3DS and iFoil System in Canada at Oakville, Ontario’s Print Panther last summer, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) announced at the Graphics Canada tradeshow April 7, that the first Canadian installation for its new MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution Digital Finishing System will take place at Belmont Press Limited, headquartered in Markham, Ontario. This groundbreaking technology delivers high-volume productivity and performance for the most demanding and fastest-growing applications in the printing and packaging industry.

The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution has been specially designed to offer digital and offset printers a scalable upgrade path for a full range of production environments and postpress applications. End-users benefit with print and packaging work that’s much more compelling, differentiated and visually appealing. Key system highlights include:

  • World’s first B1+ scalable sheetfed Digital Enhancement Press with a modular and field-upgradeable architecture.
  • Eliminates the need for films, dies, screens and makereadies. This allows quick and easy production of foil stamping jobs from one to thousands of sheets.
  • Ability to run fully personalized short, medium and long runs in a cost-efficient manner for packaging applications.
  • MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution Digital Finishing system.
    The “groundbreaking” MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution Digital Finishing System.

    Digital foiling and an upgradeable inkjet expansion system with three available substrate size options ranging from 52x120cm (20″x47’’) to 64x120cm (25″x47’’) and 75×120 cm (29″x47’’).

  • Unique blend of digitally-embellished images, text, data and brand designs using spot varnish, 3D raised varnish and digitally embossed foil – all in one pass.

“We knew the time was right to make a heavy transition into digital finishing,” said Paul Schaeffer, President of Belmont Press. “Our clients are demanding shorter runs, more personalization and innovative applications. After comparing the relevant products and vendors in the marketplace, we found Konica Minolta to be head and shoulders above the rest. Adding the JETvarnish 3D Evolution to our portfolio will increase the value we provide to our customers and open up new opportunities to expand our business.”

Chris Dewart.
Chris Dewart.

Chris Dewart, President and CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada), added: “We’ve made great strides in the industrial print market with our exciting line-up of MGI products and the AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet press. Forging a partnership with a recognized market leader like Belmont Press adds further credibility to our reputation as a strong player in Canada’s industrial print market.”

Belmont Press has provided specialized finishing services since it was established in 1952. The company began with a one-cylinder press in a garage on Dupont Street in Toronto specializing in creasing, embossing and die cutting. Since the 1991 acquisition of Celloglas (a company producing film lamination and UV coating), Belmont Press has purchased a 40″ Bobst computerized foil stamper, a 50″ Bobst stamper, 2 Bobst gluers, 3 Steinemann spot coaters, a Steinemann overall coater – and now Konica Minolta’s MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution.



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.