Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e Press wins BLI 2021-2022 PaceSetter Award from Keypoint Intelligence

Konica Minolta is proud to announce it has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021-2022 PaceSetter in Production Print Applications: Output Variety award from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading and independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services.

Based on research conducted in the North American market, these accolades celebrate those original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that best support their customers in reducing costs and/or increasing business based on different printing applications. Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV Inkjet Press was specifically recognised for its ability to print on a wide variety of substrates.

Being able to print on a larger variety of substrates increases the number of applications that a print service provider (PSP) can produce and sell. And according to feedback from Keypoint Intelligence, the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e with UV inks lets users print on an array of media that other cut-sheet technologies cannot, while greeting cards, gift cards, hotel room keys, and even ID badges can be printed on texture film or PVC. Other applications could be printed on synthetics, PET adhesive, polypropylene, and polyethylene.

German Sacristan, director of on demand printing, Keypoint Intelligence, said, “Art applications printed on canvas sizes up to 23″x29.5″ can be output on the KM-1e. Additionally, the KM-1e has an offline laser-cutting system specifically built for the B2+ sheet size that is capable of producing different types of sleek finishes. Also important is that Konica Minolta supports its customers’ success with business development and a customised professional service program.”

Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “The AccurioJet KM-1e plays a key role in helping customers grow their business and maximise workflow efficiency with the ultimate goal of higher, sustainable long-term profits. Konica Minolta is proud to receive this honour from Keypoint Intelligence, reaffirming the AccurioJet KM-1e’s leadership position in LED UV inkjet technology and finishing.”

Launched in Australia and New Zealand in late 2020, and inheriting excellence from the AccurioJet KM-1, the AccurioJet KM-1e embodies infinite business expansion possibilities from current business fields to more profitable businesses. The device amplified benefits of the LED UV inkjet technology to maximise quality and printing capability on various types of media such as plastics, backlit signage, transparent film, foiled paper, metallic media, canvas, and synthetic substrates. The AccurioJet KM-1e continues to help customers pursue high value-added products where high-quality production, extensive media compatibility, and personalisation are required.

Keypoint Intelligence’s Pacesetter Awards in Production Print Applications are aimed at finding the digital print manufacturing vendors that best support their customers in terms of driving applications to success. The companies recognised help buyers communicate more effectively via print, which ultimately contributes to the growth of digital printing.

About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through diversity and inclusion, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

About Konica Minolta New Zealand
Konica Minolta New Zealand Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of proven print technology and solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, commercial print and manufacturing. It is committed to the Konica Minolta global philosophy of delivering customer value and driving digital transformation.

Konica Minolta New Zealand helps organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today. Konica Minolta New Zealand offers a broad range of office and production print products and services with efficient client support and service. It also has a number of strategic relationships to deliver software and solutions which include print and document management and data migration.

Konica Minolta New Zealand is part of one of the world’s most sustainable companies with a strong commitment to creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which it operates.
For more information visit: konicaminolta.co.nz/home

NP Fulfilment achieves operational efficiencies and improved safety with MiR autonomous industrial robots and Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Australia is working with NP Fulfilment to achieve operational efficiencies and improved safety in its smart warehouse in Sydney with the implementation of MiR autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

NP Fulfilment is an industry leader in order fulfilment for businesses nationally and internationally with hundreds of online retailers, direct sellers, and e-commerce organisations trusting it to pick, pack, and ship their orders every day. Using the world’s smartest technology, NP Fulfilment guarantees that orders are picked, packed, and ready to ship within two hours of receipt.

Jey Kanagaratnam, CIO, NP Fulfilment, said, “To achieve this, NP Fulfilment has transformed warehousing by accelerating and using the most advanced technology in the logistics industry including our propriety 3PL warehouse management system that we have built from the ground up. With a rapid increase in online shopping, NP Fulfilment needed to look at ways to further speed up picking at the Sydney warehouse while giving our employees peace of mind that they are safe and can focus on the task at hand. Turning to technology was a no-brainer. It was also important for NP Fulfilment to work with organisations that have an innovation mindset.”

NP Fulfilment purchased two MiR200 AMRs through Konica Minolta. An existing Konica Minolta customer, there was already a trusted partnership between the two organisations. The MiR200 is a safe, cost-effective mobile robot that quickly automates internal transportation and logistics. The robots optimise workflows to free up staff, increasing productivity and reducing operational costs. Konica Minolta also developed a latching module for the MiR200, giving it the capability to latch onto NP Fulfilment’s shelving systems with wheels. Once full, the MiR200 takes the shelving system to where it needs to go, picks up an empty one while it is there, and then parks the empty trolley in an available spot on the way back to pick up the next full trolley.

Matthew Hunter, innovation product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is seeing rapid growth in robotics, particularly in the warehouse and logistics sector as the industry moves to smart warehousing. The MiR200s minimise unnecessary movement around NP Fulfilment’s warehouse, saving time and reducing workers’ step count. With the MiR200s handling the movement of trolleys, workers are kept in a focused area of the warehouse where they can add the most value rather than travelling back and forth to move trolleys. Less movement also means lower risk of accidents, which is critical for NP Fulfilment in meeting its safety requirements.”

Jey Kanagaratnam said, “In addition to speeding up the process, the MiR200s enhance NP Fulfilment’s ability to capture the movement of the product at each stage in the logistics lifecycle including how long it’s at each stage and how long it takes to get from one stage to another. This means key performance indicators can be monitored at each and every level, providing insight to make improvements that can be passed on to NP Fulfilment’s customers.” 

About NP Fulfilment

Established in 2002, NP Fulfilment has gained the enviable reputation of being a world-leading order fulfilment business. NP Fulfilment has successfully partnered with hundreds of businesses (Australian and international) to provide customised fulfilment solutions through best practices.

About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders, and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through diversity and inclusion, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Konica Minolta Australia launches AccurioPress C4080 Series

High-speed digital press serves as all-in-one print factory 

Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new line of versatile colour digital production presses. The AccurioPress C4080 Series high-speed digital press offers robust and user-friendly production. It’s the perfect fit for businesses looking to expand their production capabilities with advanced automation and ease of use for various applications. The AccurioPress C4080 Series will help power business growth through intelligent automation, outstanding image quality, and print application diversity. It supersedes the C3080 Series and also includes the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, lighter version of the C4080 that can bridge the gap between an office and production printer with the same image quality at a more affordable price point.   

The AccurioPress C4080 Series is built on the same engine as the AccurioPress C14000 Series launched last year. It is highly versatile, delivers outstanding quality and performance, and is packed with an array of advanced automation features to boost productivity and expand capability.  

The AccurioPress C4080 runs at 81 ppm (A4) colour while the AccurioPress C4070 runs at 71 ppm (A4) colour, and the AccurioPrint C4065 runs at 66 ppm (A4) colour.  

Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “The C4080 Series is another important step in enhancing Konica Minolta’s line of colour production printers, providing an easy transition into digital printing with inline finishing options allowing prints to be boxed and shipped right off the press. The advanced automation, high quality and productivity, and a myriad of finishing options provide endless opportunities for printers to expand into new markets and develop new revenue streams.” 

Outstanding media versatility for ready-made print products means the C4080 Series can print on thin to thick stocks (62 to 360 gsm), banner stocks up to 1300mm (simplex) and up to 900mm (duplex) at full rated speed. The AccurioPress C4080 expands application possibilities and offers envelope printing without the need for an additional fuser. It also offers an array of  versatile inline finishing options for unmatched productivity.,  

One of these options is the unique, TU-510 Inline Trimmer Unit, which can trim, crease, and perforate inline. With this Inline trimmer Unit, it is now possible to produce fully finished output inline with additional options for inline creasing, business cards (up to 130 business cards per minute), postcard cutting and perforation (vertical and horizontal).  

Other inline finishing options enable booklet making, perfect binding, punching, stapling, inline trimming, and stacking to meet customers’ needs and tap into new revenue streams. 

The AccurioPress C4080 Series can be equipped with Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser option. This is a fully automated, closed-loop quality management tool that performs automatic density correction and front-to-back registration prior to printing.  

New to the AccurioPress C4080 Series is the external media detection sensor, an optional sensor for measuring and identifying media, ensuring the correct media settings are selected. Together, the Inline Trimmer Unit, external media detection sensor, and Intelligent Quality Optimiser make it possible to produce fully finished, high-quality, ready-to-be-boxed output quickly and easily without the need for skilled operators. For customers, this means increased uptime, productivity, quality, and ultimately profit. 

The AccurioPress C4080 provides outstanding image quality with 3600 (equivalent) x 2400 dpi resolution. The Line Stacker option supports long sheet bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running. 

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home   

Konica Minolta Australia signs partnership with Kirra Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has signed a partnership with Kirra Services, which will see Kirra Services resell Konica Minolta Australia’printing and document management solutions, bridging a gap in Kirra Services offering to the government sector. 

Established in 2017, Kirra Services is a majority-owned and Supply Nation-certified Indigenous information technology service provider. Supply Nation is an organisation that provides First Nations businesses with tender opportunities through a nationwide directory, as well as help, support and training resources designed specifically for First Nations businesses.  

Brad Nagle, founder and managing director, Kirra Services, said, “Kirra Services identified a need to be able to deliver printing and document services. After speaking with the team at Konica Minolta Australia, it was obvious that it was the right partner for Kirra Services to round out our portfolio. For government organisations that Kirra Services works with, it means we can extend our current offering and bring more to the table in terms of potential new contracts. Currently, Kirra Services is positioning the solutions as part of government tenders with Konica Minolta Australia providing the ongoing service and support; however, Kirra Services is exploring other opportunities with Konica Minolta Australia as well.” 

“Kirra Services’ mission, and Konica Minolta Australia’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, means that we can also work together beyond the traditional vendor-partner relationship. We are currently collaborating to establish a trainee program for First Nations candidates to learn how to service the printers. It’s important for Kirra Services, as a Supply Nation business, to align with other organisations that have a similar mission. We look forward to exploring and evolving our relationship with Konica Minolta Australia into the future.” 

Viraj Meena, national manager – partnership development, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Part of Konica Minolta Australia’s growth strategy is around attracting new partners, particularly in the IT services space, and in key verticals such as government. Both the business opportunity and the cultural alignment with Kirra Services made it a great fit.” 

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home   

Rotacaster accelerates innovation and speed-to-market with 3D printing solution from Konica Minolta

Australian manufacturer Rotacaster has accelerated innovation and speed-to-market with a Markforged 3D printer supported by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia). 

Located in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Rotacaster designs, develops, manufactures, and exports a special type of wheel, known as the omni wheel and associated products. 

Although the company had been using 3D printing for a number of years, it needed a new solution for better functional testing and production of early-stage end-use parts. For this, Rotacaster invested in a Markforged Mark Two, a cost-effective, powerful, professional, continuous, carbon fibre 3D printer for aluminium-strength parts, supplied and supported by Konica Minolta. 

Peter McKinnon, managing director, Rotacaster, said, “Rotacaster chose the Mark Two because of its ability to produce parts that could be tested from a functional perspective, for the parts’ strength and robustness, as well as its ability to let us produce short-run production parts that can stand up to the rigour of real-life use.” 

Rotacaster is using Mark Two for rapid prototyping, design iterations, functional testing, and initial phase production. 

Peter McKinnon said, “The Mark Two has really let Rotacaster get products to market faster and iterate design easily before contemplating high-volume tooling, which is expensive and resource-intensive.   

“Most recently, it launched its Omni-Sense cane tip for the vision-impaired, which introduces omni-wheel technology to white canes. Rotacaster printed the mount component to enable use of its wheels with a number of cane types. Printing with the Markforged let Rotacaster iterate the design based on feedback during the field trials and expedite the product to market. 

“Rotacaster expects that a lot of its components will follow this route, with 3D printing becoming a key element in its production capability. It gives Rotacaster the ability to produce parts that we never would have been able to even contemplate before.” 

Matthew Hunter, innovation product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “A key trend in manufacturing is the requirement for shorter product runs with faster turnaround. When used to manufacture end-use parts, 3D printing offers speed and versatility, which is now being realised by Rotacaster through the Mark Two.” 

With supply chains in question and local organisations reluctant to continue to rely on overseas supply, there is a real opportunity for local manufacturers to step up. 

Peter McKinnon said, “Locally, there are not a lot of tool makers and, even then, they often send their tooling work overseas. This is no longer necessary, with 3D printing providing a viable option for getting products up and running quickly without substantial tooling costs upfront. 3D printing will play a key role in helping manufacturers get products to market without being subject to supply chains that may not be as dependable as they once were.” 

Local support was also key to the purchasing decision for Rotacaster. With the Mark Two supplied and supported by Konica Minolta, Rotacaster was assured that it would have access to local expertise. 

Peter McKinnon said, “With Konica Minolta taking on the Mark Two, the investment was a much safer investment because we knew we had local support should we need it.” 

Matthew Hunter said, “3D printing can help offset supply chain risk putting control back in the hands of manufacturers and assisting them in getting their innovations into market faster, increasing their competitiveness.” 

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About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Konica Minolta wins 12 BLI Awards for its bizhub i-Series, including ‘A3 Line of the Year’

Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta’s devices stand out for reliability, quality and usability 

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has received 12 Buyers Lab (BLI) Awards from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software and services. All devices acknowledged are from Konica Minolta’s new bizhub i-Series, underlining the successful relaunch of the company’s multi-functional print devices (MFP) range. In addition to 10 BLI 2021 Pick Awards for its bizhub A3 MFPs, Konica Minolta secured the BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award. Based on long-term comprehensive testing, Konica Minolta was further acknowledged with the BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award. 

Companies demand consistent quality, reliability and the highest levels of usability from their office printers; it is in exactly these areas that Konica Minolta’s A3 bizhub i-Series range impressed the testers from Keypoint Intelligence. Twelve Konica Minolta bizhub A3 MFPs received the highly recommended overall rating for outstanding performance in Keypoint Intelligence lab testing. Ten of those models earned Pick Awards in their respective segments: bizhub C250i; C300i; C450i; C550i; C650i; 300i; 360i; 450i; 550i; and 750i. This earned Konica Minolta the ‘BLI 2021 A3 Line of the Year’ award. 

Mark Brown, general manager – marketing, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to receive this acknowledgment and the awards are testament to the success of Konica Minolta’s newest generation of bizhub i-Series A3 MFP devices.”  

Mark Brown said, “With smart MFPs like the bizhub i-Series, Konica Minolta continues to strengthen its position as a reliable partner for intelligent office printing with the needs of the customer at the centre of every device and service Konica Minolta creates.”  

The BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award further demonstrates that Konica Minolta’s MFPs can deliver repeatable high-quality printing results. For this award, Keypoint Intelligence analysed colour consistency for more than 20 years and included the last five years of results in this evaluation. Technicians print IT8 colour charts at specific test points throughout a device’s reliability test, which are then measured using Xrite i1Profiler software together with the i1Pro2 spectrophotometer/iO table combination.  

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: https://www.konicaminolta.com.au/products/office-printing/office-multifunction-printers 

Konica Minolta named worldwide leader by IDC MarketScape for Print Transformation

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity.

The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta’s product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.”

Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.”

The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.”

These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility.

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About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta partners with Edith Cowan University to boost local manufacturing capability

Perth, Australia – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has partnered with Edith Cowan University (ECU) to boost the university’s capability to meeting the growing needs for advanced manufacturing facilities in Western Australia (WA).

ECU took delivery of three Konica Minolta advanced 3D printers worth more than $400,000 earlier this year as the first step to developing an advanced additive manufacturing hub for local industry.

This included the ProJet 660Pro, the Mark Two desktop composite printer and the Markforged Metal X, which can produce fully functional complex metal parts from design to production within 72 hours.

The Markforged Metal X has the unique capability to build honeycomb structures to make parts lighter and has the potential to produce commercial grade parts, helping industry to explore applications of mass customisation.

Professor Daryoush Habibi, executive dean – School of Engineering, ECU, said, “Partnering with Konica Minolta is a positive move for ECU because of its global connections and strong support for the development of local additive manufacturing capabilities.

“ECU would like to see local companies, particularly in the mining and health sectors, be supported by a thriving manufacturing industry in WA and nationally. This year has particularly reinforced the need for local manufacturing capabilities and ECU is exploring the innovative applications for 3D printing to transform this industry.”

ECU VC Research Fellow, Dr Ana Vafadar, is using the Markforged Metal X for the design and manufacture of innovative heat exchangers.

Dr Vafadar said, “This advanced manufacturing method has significant potential to facilitate the development of high-efficiency heat exchangers due to the complex, geometric freedom this manufacturing technique offers.”

Matthew Hunter, innovation product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “COVID-19 has highlighted the need for manufacturing processes to be brought back onshore and 3D printing has a significant role to play in boosting local manufacturing and supply.

“Helping ECU build its hub by providing 3D printing equipment, as well as collaborating on training and engagement days, will assist Konica Minolta in demonstrating the value that additive manufacturing has in the local market. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing, and some equipment and material is better for some applications than others, so creating a hub equipped with multiple machines ensures the best experience.

“The hub will help the industry in multiple ways with students gaining access to real-world experience and applications, which will ultimately further advance the industry when these students enter the workforce. In addition, manufacturers in WA will be able to access the equipment as well as the engineering expertise inside ECU, to test their proofs of concept before committing to investing in 3D printing equipment of their own. Ultimately, this partnership with ECU will help drive the adoption of 3D technology in the local market.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta selects artist for its first Reconciliation Action Plan

During a NAIDOC Week webinar held for employees, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) announced the artist and revealed the artwork selected for the design of its first ever Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 

Konica Minolta Australia launched its RAP taskforce made up of committed representatives from its 500-strong workforce during Reconciliation Week in June 2020. The taskforce is charged with driving work in this area and will publish its first RAP later this year. 

Konica Minolta was looking for an artwork that reflected the business and its vision, and the caring and collaborative culture of the organisationto integrate into the design of its first RAP. 

Jasmine Sarina proud Kamilaroi and Jerringa woman from NSW, was chosen for her beautiful and dynamic artworkTransient – Part 1, which is part of a graphic artwork series that Jasmine created in 2018 to depict the way people move and connect through the various technological landscapes of our daily environment. It symbolises Konica Minolta’s visual commitment towards reconciliation. 

Jasmine is a self-taught visual artist and graphic designer. Her artwork tells the story of her experiences growing up and her ongoing journey in this world.  

Jasmine’s work appealed to Konica Minolta because of the natural colours and networking themes in her work as well as Jasmine’s philosophy of bringing contemporary methods and concepts to the oldest culture on earth.  

Yohei Konaka, Chairman and Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “At Konica Minolta, creating value for customers and society is at the core of our philosophy and I am pleased that we are now formalising our commitment to reconciliation. This is a natural extension of Konica Minolta’s work and commitment to equality and creating opportunities for employees, customers, and the society in which we operate through our many diversity and inclusion initiatives.  

Transient – Part 1 is a reflection of Konica Minolta Australia ‘giving shape’ to its commitment to reconciliation. We are all very excited about the opportunity to work together closely to explore the creative possibilities of combining Konica Minolta’s innovative layering print technologies with Jasmine’s cultural influences, creativity and vision.  

Konica Minolta is committed to acting as a business to contribute to the reconciliation journey between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other people in the community, to help improve life outcomes and opportunities and to create a better future for society at large. Konica Minolta has a deep commitment to respecting human rights and, in 2018, was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Business Award. 

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 About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Konica Minolta submits its first modern slavery statement

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has submitted its first Modern Slavery Statement for FY2019-2020, which sets out the actions it has taken to address modern slavery risks in the business and supply chain for the financial year ending 31 March 2020.

Konica Minolta Australia advocates for the eradication of all forms of Modern Slavery and played a role in the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), in Australia through evidence given to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

The statement represents another significant milestone in Konica Minolta Australia’s advocacy and leadership in this area, demonstrating the work it has undertaken and its ongoing commitment to action and awareness.

The journey began in 2015 with the publication of the Ethical Sourcing Roadmap, followed by Konica Minolta Australia’s Human Rights Position Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct in 2016, all of which culminated in Konica Minolta Australia receiving the Anti Slavery Australia Freedom Award in 2017 and the Australian Human Rights Award for Business in 2018.

The statement also includes a number of case studies of how Konica Minolta has worked and aims to continue working with its suppliers, old and new, from the tender process for its new sensitive freight logistics supplier, which incorporated ethical sourcing requirements, to the engagement with its uniform supplier at their premises in Sydney.

Yohei Konaka, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia recognises the significant human cost of modern slavery, which involves serious crimes and grave forms of human rights abuses. We are committed to providing support to victims of modern slavery and related harms and amplifying their voices and lived experiences through our engagement with community partners and multi-stakeholder initiatives.”

Konica Minolta has identified three broad categories within its supply chain and conducts ongoing human rights due diligence across these areas, to identify and address the risks of modern slavery:

  1. Offices, operations and service providers. This includes logistics and warehousing, cleaning, professional services and its offshore customer support call centre.
  2. Goods and services it sells. This includes KMI manufactured products and third party products including 3D printers and wide format printers.
  3. Goods it doesn’t sell. This includes brand-affiliated merchandise and uniforms.

Konica Minolta Australia assesses the effectiveness of its actions through a constant focus on the purpose of the legislation and its program of action, which

is to build, implement and manage a program of continuous improvement that delivers on Konica Minolta Australia’s commitment to ethical sourcing

and protecting human rights in its operations and supply chains and combatting modern slavery.

Yohei Konaka said, “Konica Minolta Australia is committed to working with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure it has a positive social impact on those within its sphere of influence and has for many years both in Australia, and globally, been working to protect and support human rights within its business, supply chain and community.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home