Konica Minolta’s MGI JETvarnish Technology Helps Kester Imaging

Industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions provider Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), Ramsey, New Jersey, has announced the first installation of its MGI JETvarnish 3D One, a digital embellishment press. Kester Imaging (KI), Arkansas City, Kansas – which also owns an MGI JETvarnish 3DS digital press – recently purchased the second MGI device to expand its digital embellishment line of business.

KI, a family owned commercial printer, purchased its MGI JETvarnish 3DS digital press in September 2017. At the time, KI had seven Konica Minolta digital presses producing the vast majority of its print output. The ability to offer flexible, decorative, print enhancement solutions with service and support from the same business partner was a key factor in the decision to invest in the MGI press.

Since the purchase of its MGI JETvarnish 3DS digital press two and a half years ago, the creative design and decorative print enhancement outsourcing services KI has been able to offer as a trade printing business partner have benefited both their peers in the graphic arts industry and the corporate brands that those printers serve. Although KI commercially prints its own work, more and more printers are outsourcing projects to them, and owner Richard Kester realized the business required a second embellishment press.

The device expanded KI’s business focus beyond CMYK to offer 3D textured UV and high-value, sculpted foil to clients, representing a brand new product line and new profit center for the company. New customers such as manufacturing and retail consumer product companies, schools and non-profit organizations came on board seeking to highlight their brands and messaging with printed communications in different ways that online or conventional print campaigns could not provide.

The MGI JETvarnish 3D One digital print embellishment press brings digital 2D and tactile 3D spot-UV enhancements to the mainstream for commercial printing, finishing and packaging. The new Spot UV finishing device includes key components of MGI JETvarnish technology – including the intelligent, adaptive AIS (Artificial Intelligence SmartScanner) registration system – and is a compact, cost-effective, entry-level solution. The small footprint offers a full production and prototyping print embellishment system without screens or plates. The universal patented varnish formula allows flat 2D Spot UV highlighting and sculptured 3D raised special effects on virtually any digital printing methodology on a wide range of substrates.

For more information, visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.