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Award-Winning Print Shop, Print Panther, First in Canada to Acquire Konica Minolta’s AccurioWide 160 Wide Format Printer

Ground-breaking hybrid technology will allow Print Panther to take their business to the next level

Mississauga, ON – April 25, 2019 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leader in the Graphic Communications industry, is pleased to announce the first Canadian acquisition of its flagship wide format offering, the AccurioWide 160, by Print Panther (the Company) in Oakville, Ontario. The unique capabilities of the AccurioWide 160 will allow the Company to expand its service offerings to further address the needs of its clientele.

Image of the AccurioWide 160

“From a technical perspective the AccurioWide 160 is one of the top-performing wide format devices on the market,” said Alan Dryburgh, Operations Director and co-founder of Print Panther. “Konica Minolta’s 1024i print heads are world-class, offering deeper ink pigments and outstanding overall print quality, and the AccurioWide’s ability to print on nearly any form of media is hugely beneficial as it allows us to grow new kinds of business. And, as an early-adopter, we feel confident knowing that we are backed by Konica Minolta’s exceptional service team.”

“We considered a number of wide format devices, but ultimately we chose the AccurioWide 160 because it sets us apart from our competitors,” added Christine Yardley, President and co-founder of Print Panther. “We’re excited to be the first print shop in Canada to install the new AccurioWide 160, and we can’t wait to try out new and profitable applications using this technology.”

The AccurioWide 160 launched in Canada in December 2018 and is the first-ever Konica Minolta-branded wide format offering. The device is equipped with Konica Minolta KM1024i print heads (with 2 channels of white, allowing for fast inline white printing applications), and utilizes UV ink technology that incorporates more colour pigment per droplet, reducing ink consumption compared to other printers on the market. Outstanding print quality, with a large colour gamut and outstanding colour vibrancy, is achieved by printing up to 1440 x 720 dpi print resolutions. For print production savings, a combination of air-cooled ultraviolet light (UV) and LED curing lamps speed up ink drying times, and, in most cases, the LEDs will last the life of the printer.

Image of Print Panther and Konica Minolta people
From left to right: Doug McLean, Norm Bussolaro of Konica Minolta Canada, Christine Yardley, Alan Dryburgh of Print Panther, and Mike Wildbore, Peter Maione of Konica Minolta Canada.

“We’re excited to announce the first commercial installation of the AccurioWide 160 in Canada, and even more thrilled that it’s with such a well-known, award-winning, and respected print shop”, said Mike Wildbore, National Wide Format Business Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. “Print Panther consistently puts out amazing work, so it’s no wonder they have received widespread industry recognition and praise. Now equipped with our game-changing wide format technology, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

The AccurioWide 160 was displayed for the first time in Canada at Graphics Canada 2019 earlier this month. During the show, the sale of the unit to Print Panther was officially announced. Visit printpanther.ca to learn more.

For more information about Konica Minolta Canada, please visit www.konicaminolta.ca or call 1-866-890-6600.

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: printpanther.ca or email hello@printpanther.ca.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is a leader in the Graphic Communications Industry. With our comprehensive portfolio, we provide award-winning production, industrial print and inkjet solutions. Konica Minolta's IT Services Division offers a range of IT strategy, support and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized by Brand Keys as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier market for 12 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, YouTubeFacebook and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaCA).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Think2Grow Marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. 
Brendan Hills, Director of Communications
+1 855-599-3650
PR@think2grow.com