Focused on Finding Solutions for Customers, Komori Embraces Change

Just as its most successful customers have done, Komori (Booth 1251) is undergoing a transformation. “We are committed to change,” said Kosh Miyao, President and COO of Komori America, at a press conference held Saturday night at the Renaissance Chicago. Noting that the leading press manufacturer is celebrating its 90th anniversary in the industry, Komori is “doing what we have to do to be a successful company,” said Mr. Y Komori, President and CEO, Komori Corporation.

This transformation will be in full swing at PRINT 13, which is “Ground Zero” for Komori, said Jacki Hudmon, Sr. VP of Sales, Komori America. Attendees will not only see new products and services, but also experience a “different vibe. We are all about finding solutions for customers,” said Hudmon. It’s not just about selling products; it’s about helping the customer become more efficient.

To that end, Komori has embraced partnerships and expanded its path.

In partnership with Konica Minolta, Komori’s Digital OnDemand Solutions include the bizhub C8000 digital press, which is commercially available, and the KM Impremia IS29 Inkjet Press, being shown at PRINT 13 as a technology preview in Konica’s booth (518). The KM-1/IS29 combines Konica Minolta’s UV inkjet technology with Komori’s expertise in precision manufacturing to provide high-speed output, superior color quality, and reliable digital throughput.

Komori also signed a national dealer agreement with INX International to sell and market the NW140 UV inkjet digital narrow web press. The press produces UV-LED cure single pass output at up to 80 fpm on label stock.

Komori and Colter & Peterson reunited, forming a strategic sales partnership. C&P’s print finishing equipment will be marketed and sold as part of the KomoriKare program in the U.S.

Komori also announced that its partnership with Landa continues, but the results of that partnership, still in development, remain a secret.

At the show, booth visitors can see Komori hybrid workflow in action. An eight-page brochure, run on the six-color Lithrone SX29, Komori’s offset on-demand press, will be personalized and finished on a Konica Minolta bizhub C8000.

The Lithrone SX29, the only working offset press on the show floor, will also be paired with a Colter & Peterson Saber to drive home the reality of the quick turnaround that is possible with the press’ H-UV technology, which allows sheets to come off the press completely dry.

As part of the press conference, several of Komori America’s leading customers manned a panel. The printers included Rick Joutras, President of SG360°in Wheeling, IL, Jim Rowland, President, Epic Litho, Phoenixville, PA, Manny de Torres, Founder and Chairman, Metro Packaging, Wayne, NJ, Charlie Gambino, Owner, Clark Printing, Saddlebrook, NJ, and Barry Burke, President, Burke Printing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

SG360°, a Segerdahl company, purchased its third six-color Komori Lithrone G40 (GL640) offset press in the span of just one year. Along with purchasing Komori press technology, all of these customers, while taking different routes to ensure their company’s success, have something else in common: they didn’t stand still while the marketplace changed around them.

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