Konica Minolta Simitri Toner – Still Leading Sustainability 10 Years On
Konica Minolta is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Simitri toner with biomass; the company’s polymerised toner which combines high image quality with reduced impact on the environment through the use of plant-based resources as part of its ingredients.
Konica Minolta as been focusing on reducing environmental impact through the research and development of emulsion polymerised technology. In 2000 production of the Simitri black toner began with its sales starting in 2001, along with production for all four colours in 2002. This was followed with the more advanced Simitri HD toner in 2006, and this year the new Simitri HD+ toner is launching for use with the bizhub PRESS C8000 production printing machine.
Simitri toner reduces the impact on the environment with less energy consumption during production compared to pulverised toner production methods, less energy consumption during use, and through the use of plant-based resources and reduction of petroleum-based resources. Simitri HD and Simitri HD+ toners go even further, reducing power consumption while enhancing productivity at the same time.
Konica Minolta is currently the industry leader** with the highest rate of polymerised toner production and is committed to further reducing environmental impact throughout its business activities. More than 99% of all colour toners and more than 96% of monochrome toners produced are polymerised toners. The industry average is 57.2% for colour toners and 13.3% for monochrome toners. Konica Minolta’s digital printing systems, both colour and black and white, in office as well as in production printing, operate with polymerised toners.
** The estimated toner production for 2009 from the 2009 Toner Market Directory by Data Supply Inc.