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Konica Minolta Celebrates Print Panther’s Big Win at the 2018 FSEA-IADD Joint Conference Gold Leaf Awards

Innovative Digital Finishing Technology is Changing the Game for Canadian Print, Packaging, and Related Industries

MISSISSAUGA, ON. (April 16, 2018) - Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leader in Graphic Communications Industry, is pleased to announce Print Panther's debut and winning entries at the 25th Annual Foil and Special Effects Association Gold Leaf Award in Nashville, Tennessee.

Each year, the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) receives hundreds of entries from all over the world that demonstrate the best in foil stamping, embossing and other specialty effects.  Print Panther was awarded with two Golds and a Silver for the most creative use of foil and embossing labels, the best use of holographic foil, and the best use of digital spot UV and foil during last week's industry event.

Print Panther, based in Oakville, Ontario, was the first in Canada to install Konica Minolta's innovative MGI JETvarnish 3DS and iFOIL system. This ground-breaking technology takes advanced finishing to the next level and offers the Canadian print industry an exciting range of new market opportunities.

According to Norm Bussolaro, Sr. Director of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd., "Print Panther is a true visionary and leader in the digital foil and varnish market.  With some of the spectacular work they've produced, we knew it wouldn't take long for them to start gaining North American-wide industry recognitions.  They have strong digital and specialty printing expertise and we are looking forward to seeing more exciting and new applications to come from Print Panther."

According to Christine Yardley, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Print Panther, "our vision to foresee the potential and embrace the power of the MGI technology has allowed us to differentiate our offerings and build out a different kind of printshop.  The custom finishing, we do in-house, truly sets us apart.  We can now manage complex projects flexibly, more efficiently, and in less time. Our digital focus is really giving us an edge in the marketplace." 

Konica Minolta's MGI technology is genuinely disruptive and has been featured recently on the covers of several industry publications. In fact, the list of applications for Konica Minolta's MGI JETvarnish 3DS and iFoil technology will grow exponentially as the analogue foil and varnish market converts to digital.

Basically, the MGI JETvarnish takes advanced finishing to the next level by providing digital spot UV coating in plain 2D and 3D formats, plus embossed and foil textured effects – all in a single pass. Moreover, the digital spot UV coating is 100% variable-data capable – including barcode reader options enabling custom spot varnished prints with unique graphics, text and numeric data for runs from one to thousands of sheets.

FSEA Gold Leaf Awards
Picture from left to right.  Jeff Peterson, Executive Director, FSEA and Managing Editor of PostPress Magazine, Christine Yardley, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Print Panther, Gayla Peterson, Sales Director, FSEA

For more information about Konica Minolta Canada and its industrial print product portfolio, please visit www.konicaminolta.ca or call 1-866-890-6600.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.ca). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta's IT services division IT Weapons offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eleven consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.konicaminolta.ca and follow Konica Minolta on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter @KonicaMinoltaCA.

About Print Panther

Print Panther prides itself on developing unique, creative print and finishing solutions. With deep industry expertise, they continually push the boundaries of the printed page offering clients the highest quality and hands-on creative support from inception to completion. Founded in 1997, the business began as Binders Galore, manufacturing eco-friendly presentation materials. For more information, please visit: http://printpanther.ca/ and follow Print Panther on LinkedIn.

About the MGI Group

Founded in 1982, the MGI Group is a public company with offices around the world and is registered on the Euronext/Alternext stock exchange (ALMDG). The MGI Group is a global digital printing technology leader composed of MGI Digital Technology, headquartered in Paris (Fresnes), France and KÖRA-PACKMAT, located in Villingendorf, Germany and CERADROP, located in Limoges, France.  MGI USA, based in Melbourne, Florida, is a fully-owned subsidiary of the MGI Group that supports the North & South American, Caribbean and Asia Pacific markets. For more information, please visit www.mgiusa.com.

Press Contacts:

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.
Rebekah Fougere, Vice President, Client Services
Think2Grow Marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.

Print Panther
Christine Yardley, 
VP Sales & Marketing 

Kevin Abergel
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
+1 321 751-6755