Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced a partnership with Amiga Engineering to supply 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer and provide support, which will propel the company into the future.
The changing landscape of Australian industry means that engineering, machine shops, and jobbing workshops have been under increasing pressure to survive.
Michael Bourchier, general manager, Amiga Engineering, said, “Traditional industry, such as automotive, has moved offshore while the mining boom has faded. The country’s resources are being dug and pumped by large overseas corporations who no longer make capital investment here to have machinery or platforms made. Rather, they ship or float this equipment from Singapore or other locations around the world that are more competitive. Australians are left with being the maintenance crews of offshore-supplied equipment.”
Bourchier suggests that is a barrier to Australian creativity and innovation with Australia’s creative side is slipping to the lowest it has ever been.
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Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has launched the Innovators Series, a sequence of videos with high-profile innovators from Australian businesses sharing their insights into what is driving innovation.
Konica Minolta was curious to discover the many ways that innovation is understood and applied across the country. Through this video series, it aims to give innovation in Australia a voice to help other businesses learn from shared experiences and the challenges and opportunities other businesses have faced.
To do this, Konica Minolta has gone to the front line of some of Australia’s most exciting businesses to speak to professionals that champion positive change, for themselves, for their team and for their communities, every day. The result is a series of inspirational interviews, with some genuinely practical advice on how anyone can move great concepts into reality.
The video series will be rolled out commencing in November 2017, and will feature:
- Ben Sorenson, Business Development, CSIRO’s Data 61
Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has been named a recipient of an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award in recognition of its commitment to helping combat exploitation through corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethical sourcing.
The Freedom Awards raise awareness of all forms of slavery and human trafficking, and promote the positive difference individuals and organisations can make to the lives of trafficked and enslaved people.
Konica Minolta was nominated because of its contribution to anti-slavery and human trafficking initiatives through the company’s CSR and ethical sourcing initiatives. The nominations were evaluated by an independent expert committee of specialists in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, and labour exploitation.
Konica Minolta’s human rights framework is built on three core documents: an ethical sourcing roadmap; supplier code of conduct; and human rights position statement. Its efforts are aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This year, Konica Minolta has continued to work with suppliers to better understand where and how their goods and services are procured. Joining other corporate voices, Konica Minolta has also been an active voice in consultations on a proposed legislation for a modern slavery reporting requirement for large Australian organisations.
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Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced a partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU) to build digital manufacturing capabilities for WSU research staff and students, and the Western Sydney community.
Many manufacturers are looking at digital manufacturing as a way to remain competitive and meet changing customer expectations; 3D printing is an important part of the process.
Konica Minolta will support WSU’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics as it explores the possibilities of cutting-edge digital manufacturing capabilities with the commissioning of the 3D SYSTEMS ProX 300 DMP Metal Printer.
3D metal printing opens up new and significant opportunities to not only explore faster, more reliable, precise metal manufacturing, previously impossible, for engineers, researchers and businesses, but also the ability transform their business operations and reach new markets.
The ProX DMP 300 is a high-performance, high-quality metal 3D printed part manufacturing system, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set up times, very dense metal parts, and the ability to produce complex assemblies as a single part.
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Sydney, Australia – With the launch of the Accurio Press C6100 series, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia introduces two new presses for the mid to high-volume production print market. These print systems have been developed to deliver reliable efficient operation, while producing consistent image and colour quality, which is demanded by print professionals.
As a successor of the flagship bizhub PRESS C1100_C1085 series, the brand-new Accurio Press C6100 series combines the high-quality and performance of the previousmodels with additional capabilities, all designed to increase customer print and profitability.
Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501)
In addition to these two new models, Konica Minolta is introducing the new IQ-501, which embodies a fully-automated, closed-loop quality management system that results in superior colour consistency and accurate front-to-back registration. This new combination yields a comprehensive, automated process management system that delivers the precise colour and image quality print customers demand, yet with one-touch ease-of-use yields higher productivity and can assist in dramatically reducing set up time and labour costs.
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Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that entries are now open for its 2017 National Specialised Print Awards. The awards recognise customers that achieve excellence in print with the help of a Konica Minolta digital press system.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in November 2017. All Konica Minolta customers with a Konica Minolta digital press are invited to submit their very best work in the below categories:
- Digital Flat sheet Colour Output
- Digital Finished Output
- Digital Print with Embellishment
- Digital Print on Label Media.
Anthony Lewis, general manager – Specialised Print, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta started the National Specialised Print Awards to give customers a point of differentiation in the market to help them win more business in an increasingly competitive environment. We received an extraordinary selection of entries in the 2016 inaugural year and we are looking forward to seeing how entrants push the boundaries with a Konica Minolta digital press this year.”
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Konica Minolta has been recognised for its commitment to producing products that meet exacting environmental standards throughout their lifecycle, becoming the only company of its kind to achieve the highest possible certification from the world’s foremost environmental accreditation body for electrical products.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system rates electronic products against a range of environmental performance criteria. Products must meet all required criteria to be registered in EPEAT at the Bronze level. They may then be registered as Silver or Gold based on the percentage of optional criteria they meet above that baseline.
Konica Minolta has been awarded Gold Status for meeting strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials reduction to product longevity and end-of-life management.
EPEAT is a free source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that support organisations’ IT and sustainability goals. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT currently tracks more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries, and is the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics. Read more ❯
Konica Minolta Australia has reaffirmed its ongoing partnership with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) through sponsorship of the 2016 Pink Lady luncheon series across Australia.
The BCNA Pink Lady luncheon series provides an opportunity to support Australians affected by breast cancer, and is held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day (13 October). The series is the charity’s largest annual fundraiser.
Speakers at this year’s luncheons include former Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, and former NSW Treasurer, The Honourable Nick Greiner AC. Nick Greiner, a breast cancer survivor, will be a speaker at the Sydney event.
Konica Minolta Australia is proud of its ongoing partnership with BCNA, which began in 2011. In that time, as part of its corporate social responsibility program, Konica Minolta Australia has given employees the opportunity to volunteer with the charity. In addition, it has also donated equipment for printing done within BCNA.
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Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to support its Bytes4Health Program. The program offers health tech startups the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations to leading healthcare and medical research experts. By working directly with these experts, selected companies will develop their innovations with clinical end user input and scientific validation thereby distinguishing themselves from many competitors and increasing the value of their companies.
As a Bytes4Health Foundation Partner, Konica Minolta will sit on the selection panel that reviews the program applicants and decides the finalists. Konica Minolta has also contributed $25,000 towards the program and will also provide business mentoring to finalists, nurturing the development of new healthcare technology in Australia.
Vickie Edwards, Business Development Manager, Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Bytes4Health is an exciting program that speaks to Konica Minolta’s core values regarding creating new value for society. Konica Minolta is delighted to be involved and sees this as an important way to bridge the gap between those developing technology products and services for the healthcare industry, and their end users. Konica Minolta is committed to driving healthcare innovation and this partnership is an important way to demonstrate that.”
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Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia has appointed 3D printing expert Ben Darling to the role of 3D Printing and Wide Format Sales Specialist for Australia’s southern region. His appointment will help drive the expansion of its rapidly-growing 3D printing business in the local market.
With a background in 3D printing that spans half a decade, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to Konica Minolta’s 3D printing business. In his new role, he will help meet the needs of Konica Minolta’s 3D printing customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Ben Darling explained, “As the Additive Manufacturing industry continues to use 3D printing for production of end use parts, especially in the areas of medical and low volume high value manufacturing, 3D printers are increasingly becoming a mission critical part of organisations that have invested in the technology. This means that service response times have never been more important to the success of our customers. With a national footprint of service technicians Konica Minolta is able to maintain a minimum response to have a technician onsite. There is currently not another 3D Printer supplier in Australia that can match Konica Minolta service.”
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