Ramsey, NJ, (September 14, 2021) Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce a project produced on its print production equipment by client and partner Print Panther in Ontario, Canada has been recognized by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) as part of its 28th Annual Gold Leaf Awards.
From direct mail to packaging, the future of print has changed for the better as a result of the pandemic. After more than a year of a basically touchless life, the embellishment print market has become more important than ever as consumers crave a tactile experience with their brands. As we emerge from a digitally saturated period of history, meaningful and impactful print will take a greater role in branding, keeping embellished print at the forefront for the unforeseeable future.
This annual Gold Leaf Awards competition comprises an exciting assembly of color, dimension and eye-catching effects representing the most exquisite works throughout the graphic arts industry. Entries are judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in over 35 different categories with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category. A Best of Show award is selected from among all of the Gold Award winners. The program has grown, with entries submitted from around the world by finishers and binders that want to compete against the best in the industry. New technologies have also fueled growth, with expanded award categories in areas such as digital foil and other specialty UV coatings. This year, FSEA received 237 entries from all over the world.
In the Category of Best Foil/Coatings Selection Guide, Print Panther was awarded the Gold Award for the Konica Minolta Extreme Digital Guide – Capturing the Feel of Creativity, a labor of love for Christine Yardley, President, Print Panther, and her production team. As FSEA reviewed the Gold Award recipients for the Best in Show award, this year’s high competition left the organization with two strong standouts and a difficult decision, leading to a Best in Show Honorable Mention, awarded to Print Panther.
The guide was produced using a variety of Konica Minolta equipment. In addition to the Konica Minolta MGI Jet Varnish 3DS with iFoil S, Print Panther used the AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV Inkjet Press, described by Print Panther as a “phenomenal inkjet press” that allowed for a lot of texture, embossed papers and unusual substrates, with incredible registration. The project also utilized an AccurioPress digital color press and the AccurioWide 160 hybrid UV LED wide format inkjet printer.
“The world is going to be looking for new ideas when we emerge from this, and print can tell a story like nothing else can,” said Yardley. “Konica Minolta handed us the reigns for creative license on the guide, and wholeheartedly embraced the concept and design. The guide became my savior during the pandemic, giving me a much- needed creative outlet with my designer.”
“Print Panther is an amazing partner and we are so proud of the fantastic work they did on the Extreme Digital Guide,” said Bill Troxil, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Konica Minolta. “As a vendor it is truly satisfying to see our clients push the envelope and get recognized for their expertise.”
PostPress Magazine, The Official Publication of the FSEA, also featured Yardley on its September cover, where she donned a gold holographic foil dress with boa she made herself with the used rolls off her MGI. Yardley also contributed an article to the issue, sharing her deep passion for foil embellishment complete with additional photos including a silver holographic foil skirt.
“The boa was quite a complex undertaking,” added Yardley. “It took ten hours to thread the foil through.”
Print Panther took home two other awards, a silver award for Best Use of Foil Embossing – Softback Book Cover or Jacket (Most Creative) for Cal Poly’s Compilation of Student Work, Spring 2020, and a bronze award for Best Use of Foil Embossing – Greeting Card (Difficult) for The Kennedy Sisters Real Estate Team Christmas Card.
The JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL S can turn regular print jobs into high-margin spot UV jobs, or even higher margin 3D embossed jobs. The device offers high speed and high productivity, with production speeds up to 3,000 sheets per hour based on 30-micron coating thickness. With the ability to varnish up to 232 microns for 3D raised effects and tactile finishes, the JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL can transform 2D flat surfaces into textured sensory experiences.
The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e is a 29-inch sheet-fed LED UV inkjet press. The KM-1e can produce up to 3,000 sheets per hour on a wide range of paper thickness, from 40 lb offset to 24 point board. The KM-1e prints on the widest ranges of substrate types in the industry including clear film, pvc, styrene, rigid vinyl, teslin, metallic media, canvas and embossed paper.
The AccurioWide 160 boasts superior image quality and high productivity for outdoor and indoor job applications will impress even the most challenging, quality-minded customers. The printer is equipped with UV LED lamps that allow users to print on a wider range of media — while simultaneously saving energy, time and costs. The end result is a versatile printer that helps increase job applications — and grow business.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™. The company guides and supports its customers’ digital transformation through its expansive office technology portfolio, including IT Services (All Covered), content services, managed print services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been included on CRN’s MSP 500 list nine times and The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for fourteen consecutive years, and received Keypoint Intelligence’s BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award and BLI 2021-2023 Most Color Consistent A3 Brand Award for its bizhub i-Series. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for nine consecutive years and has spent four years on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. Konica Minolta partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and works to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit us online and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Print Panther
Print Panther Direct is an award-winning commercial print shop. Providing a truly integrated creative solution for high-end embellished print, Print Panther has a rich history of being innovators, embracing embellishment, specialty inks and finishes. Contact us to learn more about our digital printing, digital foil and varnish, large format printing, bindery & finishing. President Christine Yardley is also the Founder of eatprintlove.com, a resource hub for designers, printers, and anyone else interested in the design and production of print media.
The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) is the industry resource for the finishing and decorating of printed materials and helps strengthen the industry through educational seminars, statistical surveys, reference and design tools, and technical conferences and events. To learn more, visit www.fsea.com.
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