Jun 20, 2016
I’d already been briefed on a lot of drupa 2016 news before I left home so I wasn’t really expecting much to surprise me when I arrived in Germany. I was wrong. I’ll name four announcements or technology demonstrations that truly surprised me. I’d argue that each of these was strategically designed to make a simple statement to the effect of: “Hey everybody, we can do this.” These types of developments are what make a mega-show like drupa so special.
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Jan 27, 2014
This week, Konica Minolta announced that it will take a 10% minority shareholder position in MGI Group. This investment is valued at â‚¬13.7 million. Konica Minolta’s technologies in this area include office MFP devices, an upcoming B2 digital printer under its own brand, and a wide range of commercial and industrial printers for textiles, woods, and materials. According to Konica Minolta, the relationship with MGI is one step of many in a growth strategy that involves investing in technologies and companies that can advance its market penetration into digital printing. This alliance is also beneficial for the MGI Group, whose growth strategy is to expand its range of digital printing solutions for commercial printing environments into digital printing for industrial environments. The MGI Group already offers a wide range of products, including:
- Digital color printers (e.g., the Meteor DP8700S XL)
- Print enhancement tools (e.g., the JETvarnish 3D)
- A variety of finishing products for card, punch, and envelope that are integrated with its printers
Figure 1: Meteor DP8700 XL
Figure 2: JETvarnish 3D
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Oct 1, 2013
Recently, MGI, a French company known for its digital printing & finishing technologies, announced that it was going to acquire Ceradrop, a French company specializing in the printing of electronics and 3D microelectronic components. With this acquisition, MGI now enters the printed electronics market.
Founded by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) as a spin-off project in 2006, the first Cera printer was sold in 2008. Since then, Ceradrop has developed ceramic and organic printed electronic materials in 2D and 3D. Many of the printed electronics that are produced using Ceradrop technology become parts of products such as flexible solar cells (OPV), OLED displays, smart cards, and antennas. Ceradrop currently serves aerospace, defense, energy and medical industries.
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