Hama is the first company to install the newly introduced LED-UV inkjet system from Konica Minolta.
The globally oriented German accessories company Hama is Europe’s first customer of the newly introduced AccurioJet KM-1e LED-UV inkjet printing system from Konica Minolta. The installation was completed during the lockdown and enables the specialist in mobile, PC and photo accessories to print in high quality on almost any substrate. The company thus meets the increasing demands of brands and retailers for a better “product experience”, which is achieved through packaging with high added value.
Konica Minolta’s partnership approach and its experienced service organization were decisive factors in Hama’s decision. To replace two digital machines, the AccurioJet KM-1e digital LED-UV inkjet sheet system was installed at the company’s headquarters in Monheim, Bavaria.
The investment opens up new creative possibilities for blister and lightweight packaging for special products in short runs for Hama, a company with a turnover of 550 million euros and 2,500 employees at 20 locations and 18,000 product lines. High volume production of blister packs will be an important application for the AccurioJet KM-1e.
The main advantages of the AccurioJet KM-1e for Hama include the consistent quality and scratch resistance of the print. The substrates can range from thin 70 g paper for catalogues and brochures to a thickness of up to 0.6 mm for production used by folding boxes. The system has no downtime and runs in two shifts.
Manuel Eder, Deputy Head of Packaging at Hama explains: “As one of the world’s leading distributors of accessories, we work at top speed to ensure fast deliveries and optimal stocks. Packaging is becoming increasingly important for the “product experience ” for consumers. That is one of the many reasons the AccurioJet KM-1e represents a significant step forward for our business. Digital production is now also extremely reliable. We also plan to partner with Konica Minolta to implement new applications such as spot and Flood paint.”
He adds: “We really appreciated the advisory and professional approach of Konica Minolta, as well as the service support. In addition, working together to increase the volume on the machine justified the investment even more. This is the beginning of a partnership, which we know will have many advantages for both sides.”
Oliver Becker, Head of Professional Printing, Direct Sales at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH, says: “The successful installation by experienced teams was completed during the coronavirus lockdown. It is another example of how we provide expertise and work closely with customers.”
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