Komori expands into inkjet and postpress
If you happened to visit the Komori booth at the latest IGAS printing show in Tokyo you could be drawn to the conclusion that the company is still very much an offset press manufacturer.
Its central attraction were two impressive Lithrone sheetfed presses, an eight colour GX40RP and a six colour G40 together with an impressive press management towers but in one of its corners Komori was showing something quite different, the Impremia IS29, its very first inkjet press. Co-developed with Konica-Minolta, it is a B2 format machine which uses Konica-Minolta inkjet printing heads and which has a printing speed of 3000 sph, or half that in perfecting mode. The Impremia IS29 was first shown at the last Drupa but only as a concept.
Even though other press manufacturers, namely Heidelberg, are quite ahead of Komori in this area, it is the strongest sign yet of Komori’s commitment to become a “solutions provider”. The digital printing area, however, is not the only one other than traditional printing where Komori is investing. The company is also developing a range of postpress equipments under the Apressia brand and which could include guillotines, folding machines, book finishing equipment and others. For a company which for decades was just involved in traditional printing machinery, that is quite a feat.
Source: Komori Corporation