Horseshoe Press becomes the first in Western Canada to acquire Konica Minolta’s Flagship MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. ( Konica Minolta), a leader in the Graphic Communications industry, in partnership with Focus Pre-Press Systems Ltd., is pleased to announce the first order in Western Canada for its flagship MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution at Horseshoe Press Inc. in Burnaby, British Columbia.  The unique capabilities of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution promise to create significant growth and differentiation in the marketplace for the award-winning commercial printer.

MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution
MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution

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The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution is the world’s first B1+ scalable sheetfed digital enhancement press. It has been specially designed to help digital and offset printers extend the life of their investments with a seamless upgrade path to manage a full range of production and post-press applications. End-users benefit from print and packaging work that is more engaging, differentiated and visually appealing. Other key product highlights include the following:

  • Eliminates the need for films, dies, screens and make-readies for quick and easy production of foil stamping jobs from one to thousands of sheets
  • Ability to run fully personalized short, medium and long runs in a cost-efficient manner for complex packaging applications
  • Artificial Intelligence SmartScanner (AIS) provides precision accuracy by using AI to automate varnish and hot foil registration for inkjet heads over the pre-printed sheet
  • Digital foiling and an upgradeable inkjet expansion system with three substrate size options ranging from 52x120cm / 20x47” to 64x120cm / 25x47” and 75x120cm / 29x47”
  • Unique blend of digitally-embellished images, text, data and brand designs using spot varnish, 3D raised varnish and digitally embossed foil in a single pass

According to Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd., “Having recently delivered our first MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution in Ontario, we are excited to see the adoption of this innovative technology gaining momentum across Canada. By delivering shorter-run, personalized and high-impact printed material, Horseshoe Press has a premium print offering that will delight their customers and grow their business profitably.”

“Innovation and market leadership have always been our guiding principle at Horseshoe Press,” commented Mr. Dickey Tam, President and Owner of Horseshoe Press.  “Working with an experienced team from Focus Pre-Press and Konica Minolta helped us recognise the opportunity to rapidly grow our business.  We are excited to expand our offering and bring differentiated products and services to our clients at price-points that simply cannot be matched with traditional finishing methods. With the continued support of both companies, we are confident that this will prove to be a wise investment for Horseshoe Press.”

Paul Kiendl, President of Focus Pre-Press Systems Ltd. stated, "Horseshoe Press has always had a vision towards the future of print, looking for equipment and software that will enhance their operations and propel them to become an industry leader in the digital special effects finishing sector. The innovative technology of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution will allow Horseshoe Press to offer their customers 3D and foiling opportunities that enhance all aspects of the finished printed product.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ ( With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta's IT services division  IT Weapons offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the  #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 10 consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: and follow Konica Minolta on  LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter @KonicaMinoltaCA.

About Horsehoe Press
Since 1988, Horseshoe Press has been a Canadian family-owned and operated business proud to operate in Vancouver, BC. We invest heavily in community improvement both at home and around the world. Our mission is to deliver the best printing experience possible. By continually upgrading our technologies, expertise, and processes, we strive to stay at the forefront of printing and publishing innovation. We are environmentally responsible, taking all necessary steps to make ongoing improvements in how we manage our operation, always acting with sustainability in mind. As a corporate citizen, we also play a proud and active role in our community.

About Focus Pre-Press Systems
Focus Pre-Press Systems was created in 1992, originally to provide sales and repairs of Pre-Press equipment including Film/Platesetters, Newspaper Systems and Processing equipment. We quickly expanded to offer Consumables, Workflow Software, Colour Management, Digital Presses, Roll/Flatbed inkjet Systems and Finishing Equipment. We serve commercial sheet-fed operations, newspaper printing facilities and the print sign market. We pride ourselves in offering unique local service and in bringing exciting new products to our customers. We are one of the largest independent suppliers of pre-press equipment in Western Canada. We invite you to visit us at

Press Contact: 

Rebekah Fougere, Vice President, Client Services
Think2Grow Marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.

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