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Konica Minolta launches Professional Print Division

Charles Lissenburg will head the new division as General Manager.

Konica Minolta launched a Professional Print Division in Europe. Charles Lissenburg will be at the helm of the teams that will focus on providing products and solutions leading to business efficiency and value improvement for commercial and industrial printing customers.

This new division 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 on to a new level.

Lissenburg has moved from Nuance Communications where he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, 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 industrial and commercial printing markets, which we seek to capitalize on,” Lissenburg says. “As we continue to grow our unique approaches into the high-end commercial print and industrial markets, it is 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 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 has a stated aim of replicating its success in the mid-production color printing sector to gain leadership in the industrial printing market. Key industrial applications such as label and packaging are the focus of Konica Minolta’s research, as evidenced by its development of new printing technology and partnerships with companies such as MGI Digital Technology.

“Given Konica Minolta’s heritage of being a world leader in Industrial Printing based on our outstanding inkjet technology which make us No. 1 in the textile market as well as a leading manufacturer for inkjet heads, we are now further expanding into industrial printing solutions for our professional print business in Europe,” says Indy Nakagawa, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. “The new division has been established to further support these with dedicated knowledge, expertise and leading-edge solutions. We welcome Charles as he brings his considerable industry expertise to what is an exciting new opportunity in a fast-moving market.”

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