Konica Minolta and Creo Color Services Print President Obama’s Inauguration Ball Invitations

03 Feb 2009

bizhub PRO C6501, driven by IC-304 Plus Print Controller, a CREO Color Server, Instrumental in Printing Invites Ramsey N.J. and Chicago, Ill. –

When 500 guests to President Barack Obama’s exclusive inaugural ball opened their formal invites, they saw a crisp high-quality invitation, thanks to Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. Konica Minolta and CREO Branded Products. Konica Minolta, a leading provider of advance imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, and CREO Branded Products, today announced the bizhub PRO C6501 colour digital presses from Konica Minolta and driven by the IC-304 Plus Print Controller, a CREO Color Server, were instrumental in printing the formal invitations to President Barack Obama’s prestigious inaugural dinner and dance ball.

The presidential ball, which took place on inauguration evening, relied on Richard’s Printing in Chicago, Ill., a long-time customer of Konica Minolta, for the highly visible digital print job. The invitations were the print shop’s first run on the printing facility’s newly purchased bizhub® PRO C6501 system. An innovative, fast and reliable production print system, the bizhub PRO C6501 system offers powerful front-end RIP options and color prints at 65 pages per minute.

“The finished product provided a great first impression to the esteemed guests of this historic event,” said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Our friends at Richard’s Printing utilized the award-winning CREO Color Server and the powerful printing technology developed by Konica Minolta which can always be counted on to deliver, whether it’s for a well-planned presidential inauguration or a color print job that needs to be quickly turned around.”

The invitations were printed on a card stock with a special texture to it. The media was off-white and the printing was done in black and white with a golden border. Thanks to the project’s smooth production, the invitations were sent out on ahead of schedule, with CREO Color Servers Regional Sales Manager, Jon Zink, providing assistance on this special project. “We are always happy to be a part of challenging print-production processes, let it be due to the complexity of the job, pressing time constraints, or advanced color requirements,” says Bart Leferink, Director of Worldwide Sales, CREO Branded Products. “Needless to say, we are proud to have been involved in this project.”