Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

Hesston Builds Upon Success of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C7000 with KIP C7800

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) has announced that Hesston Prestige Printing (Hesston) has further enhanced its print operations with the addition of the KIP C7800 to complement the bizhub PRESS C7000 Color Digital Press from Konica Minolta. A year after purchasing one of Konica Minolta’s next-generation digital presses, Hesston has doubled their print volume, drastically reduced downtime and broadened its customer portfolio. With the purchase of the KIP C7800 Wide Format Color Printer in March 2012, Hesston plans to take the business in another strategic direction by targeting overflow work from local print shops with the added ability to manage large volumes of high-quality color output.

Hesston initially installed a bizhub PRESS C7000 in 2011 as part of an initiative to offer yearbook printing to schools in the Kansas area. Delivering fast, high-quality output with a variety of finishing options, Hesston has not only broadened its services portfolio with the color digital press, but also realized time and cost savings for the company. Print volume has doubled with the help of the bizhub PRESS C7000 and the new capabilities have allowed them to expand the business in another new direction - absorbing overflow work from nearby print shops. With most competitive local print shops running on inkjet devices, the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C7000 and the new wide-format color KIP C7800 allow Hesston to offer fast, high-quality color output with a variety of finishing options and flexible media handling. Handling everything from architectural and construction documents to posters and signs, the KIP C7800 also allows Hesston to further expand their capabilities with speed, quality and accuracy so as to offer even more functionality than competitive print houses in the area.

“The bizhub PRESS C7000 has changed our business in more ways than we anticipated. We have improved the overall quality of our color work and can offer an exceptional yearbook print to customers at an extremely competitive price,” said Norman Critchfield, managing partner, Hesston Prestige Printing. “More importantly, we have drastically grown our output volumes with the digital press and we are more competitive than ever before in our market. With the addition of the KIP C7800, we are now able to offer the the fastest wide-format, dry toner printing in our area and continue to expand as a result of this growing demand with the help of Konica Minolta.”

“As one of the early adopters of a bizhub PRESS C7000, Hesston is a great example of how our color digital presses can not only enhance overall production capabilities, but also allow a print shop to remain competitive and meet the demands of today’s customers,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “By adding the KIP C7800 to their print shop, Hesston continues to build upon their longstanding partnership with Konica Minolta and serve as a testimonial to why customers can count on Konica Minolta the innovative solutions that grow with their business.”

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