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Konica Minolta's Development and Application of Polymerized Toner

Nearly every model, whether monochrome or color, uses polymerized toner

Early on, Konica Minolta focused on the potential of toner made through chemical reaction that could enable high-quality printing and save energy, and thus began research and development of an emulsion polymerization method*. The Group began to manufacture its original polymerized toner, Simitri toner, in December 2000, and became the first in the world to introduce polymerized toner for use in a monochrome MFP.
Konica Minolta has always led the way in the advancement of polymerized toners. In 2006 the Group began manufacturing its second-generation polymerized toner, Simitri HD toner, which improved performance in low-temperature fusing; and in 2010, it released Simitri HD+ toner, which represents a further advance in toner technology.
Capitalizing on its development capabilities, Konica Minolta has adopted polymerized toner in nearly all Konica Minolta printing products, from entry-level models to high-speed production printing machines, whether monochrome or color. Today, 99.6% of Konica Minolta's color toners and 96.5% of its monochrome toners are polymerized-the highest rates in the industry.

*
Emulsion polymerization method: A method of chemically combining a resin base, a color pigment and wax by dispersing them in an aqueous surfactant solution.


Source: The estimated toner production for 2009 from the 2009 Toner Market Directory by Data Supply Inc.

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*1
Paper per minute. All print speeds are for monochrome, letter or A4 landscape format continuous print.
*2
A toner that extends the range of color reproduction by redesigning the granular structure of the color pigment. Produces broad chromatic spectrum and clarity.

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