lenouvelr Group targets further photobook growth with Konica Minolta investment

Langenhagen, Germany | 11 April 2023

The lenouvelr Group is accelerating its transition to digital production, ensuring greater flexibility in production between its various sites, and offering its customers more application possibilities, following major investments in Konica Minolta technologies.

The AccurioJet KM-1e HD LED UV inkjet digital production press and MOTIONCUTTER digital high-speed laser sheetfed system from Konica Minolta have been successfully installed at Imprimerie Connivence in Ange, western France, which is one of the 10 companies within the lenouvelr Group. More than half of Imprimerie Connivence’s business is in commercial production, but it also has a substantial presence in wide format and packaging markets.
Packaging and photobook applications are two growth areas for the lenouvelr Group, which sees the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e HD as a natural successor to offset technology. With print quality equivalent to or better than offset, lenouvelr Group sees photobooks as a market to be developed in the future. And the MOTIONCUTTER from Konica Minolta will play a key role in custom printing and many other business applications.
Both investments by the lenouvelr Group are part of a strategic plan to reduce waste and further capitalise on a shift to web-to-print operations. This business area has seen a 30% uplift since its Conniweb online platform was created just over three years ago where responsiveness and speed of delivery are crucial. The site enables customers to find all the communication media they need in just a few clicks.
The lenouvelr Group already has Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000/C12000 and AccurioPrint C6100 and AccurioLabel 190 toner machines, plus a JETVarnish 3DS digital finishing system MGI Digital Technology.

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Within the lenouvelr Group we believe that there is strength in numbers, which is why we represent 10 expert companies that pool their skills and know-how to offer customers 360-degree communication solutions. These additional investments in Konica Minolta technology will provide us with new creative and printing possibilities and mark another important step in the growth of our digital and web-to-print business.

Dominique Bouchard

President of the lenouvelr Group

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The growth of e-commerce is clearly a key driver for the continued growth of digital packaging and label production in the coming years. This trend will have a major impact on commercial printers. In particular, they need to be able to react quickly and develop specific e-business solutions, such as the Conniweb platform that is now an integral part of Connivence Printing.

Hidetoshi Omo

Head of Center of Competence, KM-1 at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

He continues: "All these trends explain the success of digital printing, which is now the technology of choice for a large number of different applications and in a wide range of markets. This technology will continue to gain ground over traditional offset - and our proven systems offer a natural transition to digital. With dedicated́ and locally available support around the world, we work closely with our customers and brands in a partnership approach and continue to help them rethink the possibilities of printing."

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2024.

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With more than 8,800 employees (as of April 2024), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.13 billion in financial year 2023/2024.

Worldwide, the company has over 40,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

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Silke Ehmann-Cotichini

Team Manager Brand Positioning & Architecture, Content Strategy & Development

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH


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