Konica Minolta has 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
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