Konica Minolta facilitates a newspaper baron’s foray into digital printing

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Rishaad Mahomed standing next to the AccurioPress C14000.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is the proverbial phrase that prompted community newspaper tycoon Rishaad Mahomed, who always chooses optimism and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Mahomed, CEO and founder of Tabloid Newspapers, KwaZulu-Natal’s largest independent community newspaper publisher with 15 titles, has used the economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 as a springboard to further economic success.

The onset of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions temporarily affected tabloid production and distribution. With the luxury of free time suddenly becoming available, Mahomed decided to diversify the business he had been profitable. run for three decades.

Civil unrest in July 2021 and widespread looting in KwaZulu-Natal made him realize the need to create alternative sources of income. This saw it launch Tabloid Digital, a division specializing in digital advertising and marketing with two new brands – Tabloid TV and Media Master.

Rishaad Mahomed standing next to the AccurioPress C14000.

Rishaad Mahomed standing next to the AccurioPress C14000.

While Tabloid TV is an online television channel, which broadcasts studio infotainment on the YouTube and Facebook platforms, it is in the area of ​​Media Master that Mahomed is experiencing exponential growth in its business, and for this it is grateful for the trust he has placed in Konica Minolta and its high-quality AccurioPress C14000 digital production printers.

While Mahomed has ink in his veins, given that he prints 550,000 community newspapers each week on web offset presses, he has now turned to digital printing and is as excited as a child with a new toy.

When he became the first and only owner of Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 in Africa, he was so impressed with all that the digital printer can do that as soon as it went into production, he placed an order for a second. He is now the proud owner of the only two AccurioPress C14000 printers in Africa and boasts that all the ink toner cartridges for this machine belong to him in this part of the world.

He said the AccurioPress C14000 was selected because it had the following advantages:

  • It allows a business to grow – the device’s new system supports a wide variety of media, from thin to thick paper (up to 450 gsm), embossed paper, envelopes, as well as polyester and sheetfed labels – to name but a few. It prints on long sheets up to 1300mm, or 900mm double-sided.
  • It improves operational efficiency – it’s designed to increase press uptime and print more in less time. New features enable users to produce higher-value print products faster.
  • It maximizes investment – it has dramatically reduced setup time, providing maximum uptime and combines with various inline finishing capabilities.
  • It improves customer loyalty to users – by automatically adjusting print quality on the fly, it always produces exactly the quality customers expect and ensures they come back again and again.

“The AccurioPress C14000 must be the next generation masterpiece. The new flagship model offers unprecedented print quality, incredible media flexibility and the highest degree of automation.

“This marvel of printing technology simply gets the job done, day in and day out – printing with consistency, reliability, ease and efficiency on a wide range of media,” said Mahomed.

He was full of praise for the after-sales support he received from Konica Minolta South Africa, which he said was extremely helpful, getting the digital printer’s commercial work off the ground soon. time after installation.

“The KwaZulu-Natal team were also extremely helpful in introducing us to finishing equipment suppliers and companies that may require our services. Their customer service has given us the knowledge and confidence that we are slowly but surely becoming the digital printing outlet of choice.

“Our customers, including discerning designers, have been very raving about the quality and turnaround time we are able to deliver, which also gives us a leg up on other retail outlets. ‘digital printing.

“This device can produce exactly the quality you expect – from the first page all the way to page 100 or 1,000. Registration is perfectly accurate throughout the entire run because it is constantly monitored and automatically corrected if necessary. Automatic inspection technology ensures that only flawless prints leave the store. So the customers will come back, but not the products,” said Mahomed, who added, “My new print baby” ensures color quality issues are a thing of the past.

Already, Tabloid Group’s Media Master division is seeing its order books fill for everything from business cards and brochures to glossy menus, magazines, catalogs, flyers, banners and books to be printed on the two AccurioPress C14000 printers running tandem.

Mohammed Vachiat, Head of Sales and Innovation at Konica Minolta South Africa, added: “Our next generation of true production systems have been designed to increase your press uptime and print more in less time. Their range of new features allow you to produce higher value print products faster. With the Intelligent Quality Care Unit, you get the print quality you want every time, job by job. And their high productivity and versatile automation help you more effectively meet today’s demands for short-run production and fast turnaround.

“As a division of Bidvest Branded Products, we have over 70 points of presence across the sub-continent enabling us to implement our technology and service driven approach throughout Southern Africa. We continue to drive innovation in the printing industry and create value for our customers by delivering advanced ideas and solutions to their business challenges.

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