Norprint the first in Central Canada to acquire MGI Meteor DP8700 XL+
July 5, 2019 By PrintAction Staff
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. has announced that Norprint Corp., a trade-only commercial printer based in Oakville, Ont., has acquired an MGI Meteor DP8700 XL+ digital press. Equipped with inline digital hot foiling capabilities, the new device will allow the company to offer custom foil finishing for a number of applications including paper, plastics, envelopes, and more.
Since acquiring the company in 2009, Cesar Cabrera, President and CEO, has built Norprint into a recognized producer of magnetic and plastic specialty product printing.
Cabrera set out to expand and modernize Norprint’s IT infrastructure, e-commerce presence, and product offerings. Today, the company offers all its products and services online which is said to have dramatically reduced turnaround time while improving customer service. Norprint has five major divisions: custom magnet printing, custom plastic printing, roll label printing, cardstock and coupon printing, and affixing services. Now equipped with the MGI Meteor DP8700 XL+’s foiling technology, the company plans to expand into the U.S. market starting this September.
The new press was installed at Norprint’s facility in Oakville in May 2019.
“Norprint is committed to technological innovation, so working with a company that understands and shares this commitment to continual product innovation is an absolute must for us,” says Cabrera. “Konica Minolta has been a tremendous partner for us over the 10-plus years that we have been using their digital print technology, and now with the MGI Meteor DP8700 XL+ we’ll be able to offer our customers an even greater breadth of services. With this press, we can scale up from a few hundred impressions to thousands of impressions per day, and the value-add and retention of a printed piece increases dramatically through the addition of a custom finish. To achieve stable and consistent growth in this industry you need to remain competitive, and we’re doing just that by offering our clients niche print and finishing options.”
The MGI Meteor DP8700 XL+ is a digital press that can print on substrates of up to 330 x 1,200 mm in size and with weights of up to 400 gsm. The DP8700 XL+ is equipped with an intelligent substrate management system designed to automatically adjust print settings to optimize for each kind of printable-substrate, including paper (e.g., coated matte or glossy, card stock, standard offset, and more), plastics/synthetics (e.g., polycarbonate, polyester, vinyl, and more), and envelopes. Most notably for Norprint’s purposes, the DP8700 XL+ offers inline digital hot foiling with a virtually unlimited number of colour options, Konica Minolta Canada explains. The press achieves this effect through the blending of an initial foil layer – which can have coloured metallic, glitter, or holographic qualities – with a second layer of CMYK toner, creating a metallic effect that only requires digital files, rather than plates.
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