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Konica Minolta, a provider of business transformation solutions and technologies, together with its partner Almana recently unveiled its latest offering in the digital label market to Qatar.  

The company stated: “With the introduction of its new printing press, the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 provides label converters with an efficient answer to the rapidly changing nature of print requests. In the past few years, producers of consumer and industrial goods have modified their approach towards labelling, avoiding the stocking of labels. Today, about 60% of converters’ print jobs are less than a run length of 10,000.”

The company statement added, “The AccurioLabel 190 is a smart answer to this transformation process, as it produces short to mid runs on-demand at a competitive price, provides a quick turnaround time and is easy to use. The machine uses a dry toner electro-photographic imaging engine and will print roll-to-roll CMYK at 13.5m/min at a native solution of 1200x1200 dpi/8 bit. Maximum unwind/rewind diameter is 500mm (20in). The continuous feed printing system is capable of printing a wide range of self-adhesive and non-adhesive material, including coated and uncoated paper, polypropylene and synthetic paper.”

The main application areas are labels for beverages, industrial goods, household products, fashion, pharmaceutical, automobile especially lubricant, and food, according to Konica Minolta.

Growth market survey reported that digital continues to conquer the label printing market.

“According to recent surveys, more than 25% of new narrow web label presses installed worldwide are digital. At the same time, growth in all digital packaging and label markets is booming,” the press statement added.

 The label sector continues to be a growing market and was forecast by Smithers Pira to be worth a total of $36.98 billion in 2017. Smithers Pira also predicted that the growth will continue at an average rate of 4.1% per year up to 2022, making labels a $45.22 billion market by then.