Konica Minolta has launched a Professional Print Division in Europe that has Charles Lissenburg in the new role of General Manager. He’ll lead teams that will focus on providing products and solutions for business efficiency and value improvement for commercial and industrial printing customers, said the OEM. This new division, said Konica Minolta, has been created to reflect the growing importance of the industrial and commercial printing sectors as Konica Minolta becomes more customer focused and moves more into marketing, software and cross-media services to take print applications to a new level. Lissenburg was previously at Nuance Communications, where he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Imaging for three years. Prior to that, he was with EFI for 14 years where he was Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales.
“There are huge new opportunities within the industrial and commercial printing markets which we seek to capitalize on,” he added. “As we continue to grow our unique approaches into the high-end commercial print and industrial markets, it’s key that we provide customers with insight and business tools to enable them to capture new market opportunities. The Professional Print Division aims to expand its digital printing business by leveraging its technologies to meet the need for high-mix, small-quantity variable production and short lead times, and by offering solutions to enhance printing operation efficiency.”
Over the past few years, Konica Minolta has made huge moves into industrial markets with the launch of its AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Sheetfed Press and bizhub PRESS C71cf on-demand label printer as well as other important developments in packaging and professional printing sectors. Konica Minolta’s stated goal is to replicate its success in the mid-production colour printing sector to gain leadership in the industrial printing market.
Key industrial applications such as labels and packaging are the focus of Konica Minolta’s research, as evidenced by its development of new printing technologies and partnerships with companies such as MGI Digital Technology.