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Game-changing digital press solutions

Article - July 12, 2023

For both digital and conventional presses, providing sustainable solutions is Miyakoshi's specialty. This unique machine builder in Japan has made inroads into the global flexible packaging and labels market.


Innovation often involves taking a traditional industry and revamping it for the modern age. One of the companies pushing its sector forwards with its holistic approach is Japanese printing machinery firm Miyakoshi Printing Machinery.

Printing in Japan dates back centuries and the country was the first in Asia to adopt the Gutenberg press. Miyakoshi, founded in 1946, taps into the industry’s tradition of monozukuri with its machinery for printing and post-printing processes. The company was Japan’s first to develop digital inkjet printers and it has continued this forward-thinking approach with its custom-made label printing presses that come equipped in line with post-printing processing, along with its data printing solutions.

Sustainability is of great concern in the printing industry, especially with labels and flexible packaging printing, and company president Toru Miyakoshi reveals his firm is focusing on providing eco-friendly solutions. Miyakoshi is developing presses based on water-based ink and drying technologies such as its MJP30AXF inkjet printer for flexible packaging. These water-based ink presses drastically reduce carbon emissions.

The company is also embracing the AI revolution with its “Yaless AI” system and offset label press MLP13M. As Mr. Miyakoshi details: “This system assists inexperienced operators to sustain good print quality and at the same time reduces label stock wastage by more than 30%.” Miyakoshi’s growth has enabled it to create a European subsidiary based in Spain, and the two arms of the company worked together to develop its compact and cost-effective MEL13A label printing machine. By producing 80 percent of its mechanical parts in-house, Miyakoshi both reduces costs and ensures quality.

The company is targeting further growth in Europe and China, with an eye on potential development in Southeast Asia, but Mr. Miyakoshi stressed that expansion must be made with a guarantee that quality standards can be maintained.