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bizhub Press C70HC replaced with C71HC Digital Production Printer by Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta has improved upon its already existing bizhub Press C70HC with bizhub Press C71HC digital production printer. The new inclusion in Konica Minolta’s press portfolio is expected to help expand the manufacturer’s photo merchandising market footprint.
The new bizhub Press C71HC digital production printer is designed to provide better and more vibrant colours in the corporate and marketing collateral market. The new digital production printer will be using Konica Minolta’s high croma toner.
Konica Minolta’s high croma toner has the potential to generate an even wider array of shades within the sRGB colour space. The high croma toner from Konica Minolta is based on and derived from its already popular Simitri HD E toner technology.
Because of the toner that the new digital production printer uses, it will be capable of generating prints at up to 1200 dots per inch resolution. The speed of the new digital production printer is also special as it can produce up to 71 A4 pages per minute. The new digital production printer is different from the previous bizhub Press C70HC digital production printer as it can generate vivid shades of colours such as pinks, purples, green, and blue.
The difference in prints between a normal CMYK printer and Konica Minolta’s new digital production printer is distinct as the latter displays colours that are much more vibrant than a standard printer’s output.
This makes Konica Minolta’s new digital production printer the only printer in the world that is not restricted by the inherent limitations of standard toners. Essentially, the CMYK colour gamut that normal toners utilise is much smaller than the sRGB colour space.
Konica Minolta’s high croma toner functions in the sRGB colour space which increases the range of colours and shades it can produce. This also helps the new digital production printer create images that are much clearer and sharper.
The greater colour and shade output of the digital production printer is expected to make it very valuable for applications that require high quality, photographic pinks since the intended colour range of photographers can be reproduced in print form. In addition, according to Konica Minolta, the new digital production printer will be valuable to not only the photography world but also fabric, marketing, and other similar industries where colours matter most.
The load times of the new digital production printer are also good. It can print the first colour page in a matter of 7 seconds while a monochrome print will take even less time at 6 seconds. The digital production printer can hold a standard of 500 sheets but optional additions are possible with the maximum capacity being 2,500 sheets.
The Konica Minolta bizhub C71HC digital production printer also comes with other features such as simplex printing on materials up to 1,200 mm and automatic duplex printing up to 300 gsm.
Other add-ons include the FS – 532 which is a finisher, SD – 506 which is a saddle stitcher, FS – 531 or FS – 612 which are stapling finishers, FD – 503 which is a multi-folding unit, and PB – 503 which is a perfect binder.
WTO Members Agree To New Tech Tariff Deal Involving Printer Cartridges
The global printer cartridges can be expected to see some changes in pricing benchmarks in the near future. It is likely that the prices of printer cartridges all over the world will become more competitive now that an “in principle” deal has been struck by the high and mighty member countries of the World Trade Organisation.
Led by the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, member countries came to a tentative agreement for completely removing trade tariffs on a number of information technology products. The discussions and the final tentative agreement came through in Geneva’s European Union embassy where ambassadors from various countries met. The discussions came to fruition on July 18, 2015.
The tentative agreement is a crucial step to the final decision and only its formalisation is left. According to Azevedo at the time, the final confirmation of the deal was only a week away. As per the tariff cutting deal, tariffs on a slew of technological products would be reduced to zero.
Apart from printer cartridges, the list also includes a number of other products such as video game consoles, global positioning system devices, magnetic resonance imaging machines, and even semiconductors. The combined value of all the products included in the list amounts to $1 trillion in terms of global commerce.
This tariff cutting deal is important because it is the first such deal for almost two decades. The last such tariff cutting agreement at WTO occurred 18 years ago! Initially, the deal had run into choppy waters owing to opposition from some of the WTO member on certain products.
For instance, China and Taiwan had contested the inclusion of LCD screens into the list, while the European Union had a request pertaining to car radios. In addition, the South Korean delegation was opposed to the extended format of the agreement. However, all oppositions and hindrances were swept aside for the deal that will add a whopping $190 billion to the global GDP.
One of the primary beneficiaries of this deal will be the United States of America as it will open up overseas markets to American technology companies. More importantly, this deal will also end up supporting no less than 60,000 American jobs.
This is possibly a reason why the office of US Trade Representative called this deal a “major breakthrough”. In terms of specific companies, the major beneficiaries will be Texas Instruments Inc., Sandisk Corp., Samsung Electronics Corp., and Intel Corp.
The new “in principle” deal is being mooted to be a part of the Information Technology Agreement. The Information Technology Agreement is also known as the Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA).
The ITA was made at the end of the year of 1996 following the Singapore Ministerial Conference. The Singapore Ministerial Conference saw ministers from 29 countries as participants. However, that number has now grown to 81. These countries account for approximately 97 percent of the global trade in information technology products.