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  • + Large Format Printer Market worth $11.4 billion by 2025

    The report "Large Format Printer Market by Offering (Printers, RIP software, Services), Printing Technology (Inkjet, Las..

    15 July 2019


    The report "Large Format Printer Market by Offering (Printers, RIP software, Services), Printing Technology (Inkjet, Laser), Ink Type (Aqueous, Solvent, UV Cured, Latex, Dye Sublimation), Print Width, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2025", was worth USD 8.7 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 11.4 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 4% from 2019 to 2025.

    The growing demand for large format printers for home furnishing & decor and vehicle wrap applications, the increasing demand for large format printing from the in-plant market, and the availability of large format printers in different prices and varieties are creating huge growth opportunities for the players in the large format printer market. The growth of the large format printer market can also be attributed to the increasing demand for large format printing in the textile, advertising, and packaging industries; rising adoption of UV-curable inks in outdoor advertising, CAD, and technical printing applications; and growing importance of digital document production in commercial printing applications.

    Market for large format printer hardware expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

    Large format printers are computer-controlled printing devices that support print roll width ranging from 18 inch to 100 inch. Printers that support print roll width of over 100 inch are considered as super-wide or grand format printers. Large format printers are used for various applications, including printing banners, posters, trade show graphics, wallpaper, vehicle image wraps, architectural drawings, construction plans, and backdrops for theatrical and media sets. Manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Canon, provide a variety of large format printers, such as large format printers-color (used in color printing applications that do not strictly require a high print quality), large format printers-black & white (used for black and white printing requirements), and large format printers-graphics (used for indoor and outdoor display graphic applications, such as advertising, banners and posters, billboards, and wall frontage displays, on various paper and plastic materials).

    Ink-based (inkjet) printing technology expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

    One of the major reasons for the higher market for inkjet printers is the increasing use of inkjet large format printers for technical and CAD printing. Traditionally, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry preferred laser printers as these printers used lesser colours and ensured higher printing speed than inkjet printers. However, with time, inkjet printer manufacturers have started providing faster inkjet printers with reduced running costs for large format printing, which has led to the widespread adoption of inkjet printers in this industry.

    The market for solvent ink-based large format printers accounted for the largest share in 2018

    Solvent ink is comparatively cheaper than UV-curable and water-based inks; this ink enable printing on various surfaces, including corrugated boards, paper, flexible packaging materials, metal foils, and plastic materials. This ink is flexible, waterproof, durable, and therefore, does not require special over-coatings. It contains pigments rather than dyes, unlike aqueous ink, which contains water. Solvent ink is suitable for applications such as vehicle graphics, banners, and billboards. Solvent ink-based printers are economical compared with aqueous ink-based and UV-cured ink-based printers. These printers enable printing on flexible, vinyl substrates and are largely used in vehicle graphics, banners, and billboards applications.

    Market for the large format printers with a print width ranging from 24” to 36” is expected to hold the largest share during the forecast period

    These printers are mostly used in custom-apparel and CAD applications. Printers with a print width ranging from 24” to 36” can print pages in quick succession compared with other printers and are good for low-volume environments. These printers have technological features, including inbuilt RAM & storage and web connectivity, along with Wi-Fi certification. Top tier manufacturers such as HP, Roland, Epson, and Canon produce and provides a significant number these printers in the market.

    The market for signage applications expected to hold a major share of the large format printer market in 2019

    Wide varieties and different uses of indoor and outdoor signage, such as warning signs on highways and roads, large corporate emblems, promotional signage, and window displays, contribute to the growth of the large format printer market for signage applications. Signage prints are carried out using wide format printers; the demand for signage applications is expected to grow during the forecast period, thereby driving the demand for large format printers.

    The report profiles key players including Hewlett-Packard (HP) (US), Canon (Japan), Epson (Japan), Mimaki Engineering (Japan), Roland (US), Ricoh (Japan), Durst Phototechnik (Italy), Xerox (US), and Konica Minolta (Japan).





  • + Resolution Imaging choose Epson SureColor high-quality signage printing

    In their words Resolution Imaging has been “home to digital with a difference” since 1996. The company offer..

    10 July 2019


    In their words Resolution Imaging has been “home to digital with a difference” since 1996. The company offers enhanced utility and environmentally responsible retail display solutions and with decades of experience backing them up. Recently the company had a requirement for a high quality large format digital signage printing solution. After a comprehensive assessment process they chose the Epson SureColor S80600.
     
    Resolution Imaging director Darren Watkins explained, “We will bend over backwards to get the job done. Our team integrates extensive graphic arts experience, high adaptability and a genuine sense of fun. The new signage printer had to match all of those qualities and deliver more. So, after a successful trip to Tokyo Sign and having a good look at all of the Japanese solvent printers on their home turf, coming back and buying the Epson S80600 was an easy decision as it stood head and shoulders over the competition.”
     
    The SureColor Solvent 80600 is designed to and enables Resolution Imaging to produce durable high-quality signage quickly, easily and at minimum cost. It suits their variable workflow environment with low to medium production volumes. To add flexibility it can be used with a wide range of media including paper, canvas, film and vinyl.
     
    Resolution Imaging acquired the S80600 complete with software that ensures it can easily take care of their high-value high-impact applications including large format photo imaging, indoor POS and signage, back-lit displays, window decorations, wallpapers, surface finishes and décor.

    Watkins continued, “The Epson S80600 ticked all of the boxes, quality print with a wide colour gamut, an output speed that suited our needs and an ease of use that we still talk about every day.”
     
    The SC-S80600 also incorporates Epson's latest PrecisionCore printhead and UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology. It produces prints that are brighter and glossier than ever before with a wider colour gamut.
     
    Watkins added, “I have to stress that the gamut in particular is a real plus with Pantone colours being reproduced with ease. Our S80600 is also coupled with an Onyx RIP to aid us in maintaining high standards of quality reproduction.”
     
    For Darren Watkins and the team at Resolution Imaging their new Epson SureColor S80600 has not only added value to the company but also efficiency as it produces quality product, using lower pass rates and less ink, with a simpler configuration, easier operation and faster job completion. Prints also dry more quickly to enable same-day job turnaround and the printer itself requires minimum maintenance.
     
    Watkins concluded, The majority of work going through the Epson 80600 is on self-adhesive vinyl and the fast drying inks have also proved invaluable when trying to meet the tight deadlines everyone in the industry faces on a daily basis. Put simply this is an excellent, high quality, high speed, highly efficient large format signage printer with no equal.”





  • + Roland DG Announces Roland DG Engage, A New Way to Connect With Customers

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of..

    10 July 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of a new customer support offering, Roland DG Engage.

    A dedicated installation and training service for customers across Australia, Roland DG Engage delivers knowledge and expertise direct from the manufacturer through fully trained and certified Roland DG installation and software training specialists to enhance the customer experience from the day they receive their device, throughout its lifecycle.

    “More than just selling you a piece of equipment, Roland DG Engage connects customers directly with Roland DG, giving them the tools and skills to get the most out of their equipment” said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. “Installation and training is nothing new, but what Roland DG Engage does is formalise these crucial elements through a dedicated team. This new offering assures customers of a certain level of experience and expertise, something Roland DG prides itself on through other successful industry programs such as Roland Academy and RolandClinic.”

    Engaging with this new service is easy! Customers looking to take advantage of Roland DG Engage can simply request it through their authorised Roland DG dealer, or directly with Roland DG Australia. Roland DG Engage personnel will project manage the complete installation and training, allowing the customer to focus on their business knowing they are in expert hands to maximise their Roland DG experience. 

    Find out more about this unique offering from Roland DG by visiting stand A28 at the upcoming Printex trade show in Sydney, August 13-16. Or go to the Roland DG Engage page on the website: www.rolanddg.com.au/engage.





  • + VASTEX EXPANDS V-1000 ECONOMY PRESS LINE TO 8 STATIONS, 8 COLOURS

    Vastex expanded its V-1000 economy line of manual, commercial-grade screen printing presses with a new eight-station, ei..

    02 July 2019


    Vastex expanded its V-1000 economy line of manual, commercial-grade screen printing presses with a new eight-station, eight-colour V-1000-88 model, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    "The new V-1000-88 is the only eight-colour manual screen printing press in its class, and costs hundreds less than competitive eight-colour presses while offering greater rigidity and a three-year warranty," he says.

    The rear-clamp press features rubber-coated steel pallets and a unique floating head design that allows all-heads-down printing.  With six-way head leveling and tool-free micro registration, it is said to deliver precise multi-colour registration previously limited to machines of significantly higher cost.

    The five-leg frame with interconnecting service pan provides greater structural integrity and tip resistance than four-leg designs, permitting the addition of pallets and accessories too large or heavy for other presses in this price range, according to Mr. Vasilantone.

    Because the design is modular, the frame can be ordered with any number of print heads and pallet arms, allowing smaller shops to minimise initial cost, and add stations and colours when needs increase. 

    "The V-1000-88 is the first press of its kind for shops on a budget to reduce up-front investment without the risk of out-growing the equipment when high capacity, production flexibility or special effects are required," explains Mr. Vasilantone.

    A fully expanded Model V-1000-88 press with eight stations and eight heads can be set up to boost output on a single job, or to print multiple jobs simultaneously.  It accepts over 50 Vastex pallets including oversized pallets to 50 x 60 cm for over-sized prints, and heavyweight vacuum pallets for transfers, signage and flat stock.

    Strength of the frame and print heads enables the press to support screens up to 60 x 80 cm as well as the company's clamp-on DiGiT™ Athletic Numbering System that uses two screens with five numbers each for one-colour numbers, or four screens for two-colour numbers.

    The company also manufacture high-capacity, V-2000HD industrial-grade presses, V-100 entry level presses, infrared conveyor dryers for both DTG printing and screen printing,  flash cure units, exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete equipment packages.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1-610-625-2702, www.vastex.com





  • + EFI and Memjet Establish Partnership for Fast, High-Quality Digital Production

    EFI and Memjet® have established a new partnership, bringing ultra-fast, high-quality EFI™ Fiery® digital ..

    02 July 2019


    EFI and Memjet® have established a new partnership, bringing ultra-fast, high-quality EFI™ Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) to the growing portfolio of Memjet DuraLink™ digital inkjet production solutions. EFI’s development of Fiery DFE solutions for printers featuring DuraLink technology means Memjet OEM customers will have access to one of the world’s most successful and reliable print servers for production-class digital colour printing.
     
    “We have installed a Fiery DFE to drive a 7-colour digital press in Memjet’s headquarters demo centre, and both our team and our partners are impressed with the way the Fiery DFE enables superior colour and image control. It also offers customers advanced job management and the ability to produce versioned and variable print runs at engine-rated speed,” said Eric Owen, General Manager of Commercial Press for Memjet. “Fiery technology, combined with DuraLink’s speed, image quality and reliability, bring tremendous added value to Memjet’s DuraLink partners.”
     
    Top-of-the-line, integrated DFE technologies for digital print production
     
    EFI is offering Fiery DFEs for digital printing presses that incorporate DuraLink printheads. The new solution being developed for DuraLink devices captures the advantages of EFI’s most advanced digital production software platform, Fiery FS350 Pro, to deliver the best capabilities in areas print customers care about most: colour and imaging, productivity, management tools and connectivity.
     
    Users will be able to meet demanding customer requirements for brand colours and extended-gamut applications featuring extended ink sets. Plus, the Fiery DFEs for Memjet DuraLink presses will give users the power to make on-the-fly corrections and late-stage colour edits at the DFE for uninterrupted production.
     
    The DFEs will also include EFI Fiery Colour Profiler Suite software, which provides some of the most advanced colour management tools available for profile creation, inspection, editing and colour quality assurance. Fiery Colour Profiler Suite also features G7® System Certification for fast, accurate re-calibration, correct tonality and grey balance, and higher saturated colours.
     
    The Fiery XB hardware configuration for the new DFEs is a scalable architecture that keeps engines running at rated speeds to meet demanding production requirements. Fiery XB consumes all variable-data formats and languages, including PDF and PDF/VT and, for high-volume transactional print applications, it complies with native intelligent printer data stream (IPDS) workflows and is certified IS/3 compliant.
     
    Users will also have the advantage of using the proven, leading EFI Fiery Command WorkStation® interface – print management software that provides continuity across all Fiery Driven™ digital equipment, including cut-sheet and continuous-feed devices and wide- and superwide-format display graphics printers. The new Fiery DFEs will also give DuraLink device users expanded workflow management efficiencies through automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.
     
    Fiery technology: more growth opportunities for Memjet customers
     
    “We are pleased to be working with Memjet to give its DuraLink OEM partners a new competitive advantage with the Fiery DFEs’ proven strengths in driving high-value personalisation, boosting productivity and providing superior colour quality,” said John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “This partnership will bring our most-advanced technologies to an even broader base of print service providers, packaging companies and industrial manufacturers that see the tremendous opportunity for growth in high-end digital colour print.”
     
    For more information about Memjet and its DuraLink modular digital inkjet systems, visit www.memjet.com. For more information about digital production printing using EFI Fiery DFEs, visit www.efi.com.





  • + SAi Increases Business Down Under with New Division in Australia

    SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has a..

    25 June 2019


     SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced that it has established a new business entity in Australia. SA International Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, New South Wales, will support the company’s growing network of resellers and customers across both Australia and New Zealand.

    Currently already supporting around 30 resellers that serve an increasing number of customers across Australasia, the facility will strengthen SAi’s ability to meet its expanding operations, while demonstrating its commitment to customers’ growth and success.
     
    The introduction of a local team will also further facilitate training opportunities with product specialists for both new and existing customers, as well as resellers, ensuring that Flexi and EnRoute users make the most of their software.
     
    “Australia is a growing market for our software solutions, particularly in the woodworking and kitchen cabinet segments,” explains Sarit Tichon, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, SAi. “Strategically, it makes sense for us to open a new business division here.”
     
    The resident Director of SA International Pty Ltd will be Gregory Will from Penguin Management, an Australian-based company which specializes in the management of local business operations for overseas companies.
     
    “I am delighted to be working with a company that provides its customers with such revolutionary solutions and expert advice,” comments Will. “I look forward to helping SAi establish its Australian division and anticipate a very exciting time ahead as SA International Pty Ltd goes from strength-to-strength.”
     
    SAi is headquartered in the United States and has other offices in Belgium, Brazil, China and Japan.





  • + Xante' Announces EnVite: New Digital Press For Stationery Printing

    Xante' has announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demandin..

    25 June 2019


    Xante' has announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demanding stationery and specialty printing markets. Stationery stores serve customers who have very high standards and so does Xante', said Robert Ross, President and CEO. The EnVite delivers extremely high-quality, fast and fully automated prints on specialty media and does so at a very affordable price.”

    The EnVite produces stunning 4800 dpi colour quality on an extensive range of media types and sizes. Well-suited to fast production of invitations, envelopes, stationery, business cards and greeting cards, EnVite boasts speeds of up to 3,500 full-colour, fully-addressed A7-size envelopes per hour and media sizes from 3.5x3.5 up to 13x49. The digital press includes the Enterprise SP, a radical new design high-speed feed system that fits comfortably in the limited floor space of stationery stores. With the EnVite, stationery stores will be able to print on a wide range of media including vellum, linen, sueded, pearlised, and foil-lined envelopes. EnVite print markets include small poster printing, menus, postcards and so much more.

    Powered by Xante's iQueue workflow software, the EnVite provides stationery stores with rich personalisation and customisation tools to satisfy any requirement.

    We designed a product that greatly expands the capability of the typical stationery shop, said Mark Priede, Xante's Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing. The extensive variable data printing tools included at no extra charge in iQueue make each print job unique and personalised. Customers can bring their own designs or use any of iQueue's more that 1,000 free design templates and specialty fonts. EnVite and our iQueue workflow software make outstanding personalised print jobs incredibly easy.”

    The Xante' EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press is available immediately direct from Xante' or its reseller partners around the globe.





  • + Be quick .... Alfex Laser End of Financial Year Sale

    Alfex Laser has announced their EOFY 2019 specials. And when you see the deals you'll realise there's never been a bette..

    17 June 2019


    Alfex Laser has announced their EOFY 2019 specials. And when you see the deals you'll realise there's never been a better time to invest in state-of-the-art laser engraving technology. 





    Simply click on the link below to take advantage of incredible savings on the leading range of Laser engravers in the market. Why not chat with the team at Alfex Laser to learn about the amazing opportunities that exist with laser engraving technology. 

    Alfex Laser EOFY 2019





  • + swissQprint Karibu Wins EDP Award

    The first swissQprint roll to roll printer premièred at Fespa 2019 and was at the same time honoured by the EDP A..

    04 June 2019


    The first swissQprint roll to roll printer premièred at Fespa 2019 and was at the same time honoured by the EDP Awards jury in the "roll to roll printer >320 cm" category.

    Only just unveiled, and swissQprint's first roll to roll printer is already a prizewinner: Karibu is the recipient of an EDP Award in the "roll to roll printer >320 cm" category. The award ceremony took place on the periphery of the Fespa 2019 trade fair in Munich, where Karibu celebrated its world première. The jury praised the Swiss product's overall concept as well as specific details.

    Jury verdict
    The summary assessment from the jury's concluding report: "The machine convinces overall with its concept, but also because of the many well thought-out details. Especially impressive are the new and odourless inks, which have been specially developed for web printing. They are extremely flexible and can be used on many materials."





  • + Océ Australia Open State-of-the-Art Customer Experience Centre

    Well over 100 guests were treated to an outstanding experience last night when they became the first in the country to e..

    04 June 2019


    Well over 100 guests were treated to an outstanding experience last night when they became the first in the country to explore Océ Australia’s expansive new Customer Experience Centre at its head office facility in Clayton.

    The impressive facility, which the company says has been designed to ‘inspire the world of print, to print the world’, takes up most of the ground floor of the building which has been transformed to showcase an inspirational product range while providing a ‘best in class’ customer experience.





    Craig Nethercott, Océ Australia’s Managing Director, was clearly delighted with the realisation of his vision as he welcomed guests to the new facility, saying the launch event represented the culmination of a long and exciting period of planning and development, and a company-wide commitment to building stronger customer relationships.
    The result of these endeavours is an open, welcoming and innovative space that reinforces the Australian arm of the Netherlands-based print leader at the forefront of its global network – but was designed with just one person in mind: the Océ customer.

    “Océ’s vision is to ‘inspire the world of print, to print the world’ – and in this Customer Experience Centre we are bringing the very best print technology to our world-leading print service providers right here in Australia, so that they can explore the possibilities for their own businesses,” Nethercott said.





    Using a range of flexible and rigid media, the team illustrated the versatility and superiority of their products, producing a diverse array of applications on the spot, while more were on show in what Nethercott calls the ‘Ideas Lab’ – a space packed full of inspirational applications designed to get print service providers thinking ‘outside the box’.

    “In an increasingly competitive market, innovation is important for two reasons,” he said. “Firstly, it gives you a point of difference – something to take to new prospects and a reason to go back to your existing customers. Secondly, it adds value, allowing you to improve profitability with higher-margin products.”

    Those high-value products are very much in evidence in the new Centre. The glass entry doors feature printed decals and lead directly into the Ideas Lab’s, which is dominated by a floor-to-ceiling, seductively tactile, faux-brick wall created using Océ’s dimensional Touchstone print technology.





    Available only on Océ Arizona printers, this technology has made a major impression recently at local and international shows, including winning a prestigious European Digital Press Association (EDP) Award at FESPA recently.

    Printed coffee cup holders and ceramic tile coasters adorn a range of print-topped tables and even a printed canvas ottoman, bathed in the glow from a lamp with a printed shade. Vibrant posters produced on the Océ ColorWave printer using a number of different media provide a practical illustration of the different effects which can be achieved.
    The unrivalled media versatility of Océ’s printer range is further demonstrated in the CEC’s showpiece – a multi-media printed wall featuring everything from acrylics and MDF, to glass and ceramic tiles, display boards and corrugated iron. The company has even printed a pair of thongs and an electric guitar to demonstrate the potential.
    And it’s not all about wide-format. Océ’s innovative continuous feed and sheet fed inkjet presses haven’t been forgotten, with plenty of applications created on these devices also showcased at the facility.

    “The Ideas Lab is central to the concept of this Customer Experience Centre – it demonstrates in practice how ideas and inspiration can be translated into a profitable reality using Océ technology,” Nethercott says.

    “Here, our technical experts will push our products to the limit to create exciting new applications, and our customers can come to gather ideas, see our technology in action, and talk to product specialists about how it can create new opportunities for their businesses.”

    In an adjacent, glass-panelled area, vistors could see the company’s range of market-leading machines from both the Display Graphics (DG) and Technical Document Systems (TDS) ranges in action – and what a line up it was.

    Headed by the flagship Océ Colorado 1640 roll-to-roll printer featuring the company’s revolutionary UVgel technology and an Océ Arizona 1380 model from its recently-released 1300 range it also features a ProCut digital cutting system – all powered by ONYX end-to-end PDF workflow software and ProCut digital workflow and cut preparation software, and integrated Océ Arizona Xpert self-learning technology. ColorWave and PlotWave printers, for both display graphics and architectural, engineering and construction applications, were also on show.





    Importantly, visitors to the CEC can also see straight into the company’s new, open plan office area where the full Océ Australia team is on hand to meet, greet and support customers – something Nethercott says is vital to building the kind of strong, long-term partnerships on which the company prides itself.

    “This new CEC is at the heart of our headquarters, providing us with an unique opportunity to connect with our customers,” he says, indicating that the team is planning regular events and is also keen to welcome customers and prospects to meet there at any time by appointment, for what he calls the ‘full Océ experience’.

    “We believe Océ is quite unique in the market, in that we understand that it’s not just about the product – it’s about what our brand means, the experience we create for and with our customers, and the vision we share, for our business and for theirs.

    “Above all, it’s about the relationships we build. We want our customers to come here and explore new opportunities, but also to connect with as many of our people as possible, from operations and logistics, to our service personnel, the customer service team who are our first point of contact for sales and service calls, to our marketing team, finance and HR experts.





    “We want our customers to get to know us – all of us – just as we like to get to know them, and their businesses, so that we can genuinely partner with them in their future success.”





  • + Epson ventures into AI with Cross Compass

    Epson has purchased shares in venture company Cross Compass Ltd. and has begun a partnership focusing on artificial inte..

    04 June 2019


    Epson has purchased shares in venture company Cross Compass Ltd. and has begun a partnership focusing on artificial intelligence (AI).

    Cross Compass, established in 2015, sees artificial intelligence as a next-generation core technology. It uses deep learning techniques to analyse data, provide AI consulting services, and develops and provides algorithms and neural networks. Cross Compass has earned a particularly strong reputation among its customers in the manufacturing industry.

    Cross Compass also provides Manufacturing-IX (M-IX), an integrated development environment (IDE) for the manufacturing industry that enables easy implementation of AI without requiring AI expertise.

    Epson, as stated in its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, seeks to transform the future of manufacturing by strengthening its business infrastructure as a manufacturing company, driving advances and efficiency improvements in manufacturing and production control, and innovating manufacturing processes. The development, application, and implementation of AI are seen as critical for achieving this vision.
    By forging capital and business ties with Cross Compass, Epson seeks to combine the unique technologies of both companies to achieve business synergies that will drive manufacturing process innovations and advances in product intelligence.
     
    Follow Epson on social media:
    Facebook: @EpsonAustralia
    Twitter: @EpsonAust
    Instagram: @EpsonAust





  • + Media release: Konica Minolta launches Prokom user group in Australia

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the launch of Prokom, Konica Minolta’s independent global community of comm..

    28 May 2019


    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the launch of Prokom, Konica Minolta’s independent global community of commercial print users, to its Australian customers. 

    Prokom offers market research, information and practical tools to help commercial printers be more productive and more profitable. The Prokom program provides its members with the opportunity to share ideas, develop and grow efficient digital communication services, as well as express their own voices and cross-pollinate with others in the industry. Prokom has Konica Minolta customers from Europe, United States, and many other countries, as members. 

    Prokom also provides opportunities for members to connect, learn and grow through networking events. They can actively engage with Konica Minolta’s senior management about their priorities for future design, functionality, technology and services while building profitable long-lasting relationships. 

    Sue Threlfo, General Manager, Production and Industrial Print, Konica Minolta said, “Konica Minolta Australia’s decision to support Prokom locally demonstrates our continued investment in our customers, and the wider industry. Our aim is to build an environment for our customers to transform through education, networking and shared experience. Each month, the Prokom team identify a relevant topic that is designed to support our customers to grow or ideas for effective management their business.  Konica Minolta also sees it as a way to aid in the development of cutting-edge industry relevant solutions.” 

    There are significant management and operational benefits from being a member of Prokom including:

    - make better-informed decisions based on the latest industry information and reviews
    - network with other business leaders
    - use resources better with business planning and project management tools
    - create new business opportunities by improving sales and marketing activity
    - run a better business with help and advice on managing cashflow, recruitment and operational improvement
    - improve through e-learning courses
    - save time and money by viewing the latest tips and tricks videos
    - get advice from a global network of other Konica Minolta users
    - acquire valuable insights and knowledge from product reviews and user forums.

    To become a Prokom member, Konica Minolta customers are invited to register here. A valid Konica Minolta serial number is required upon registration. 





  • + HP PageWide Web Press T370HD chosen to drive Blue Star Direct growth

    Two T370HDs will expand the company’s high-quality, faster-to-market, personalised direct mail offering HP ha..

    24 May 2019


    Two T370HDs will expand the company’s high-quality, faster-to-market, personalised direct mail offering

    HP has today announced that IVE Group (ASX: IGL) subsidiary Blue Star Direct has chosen to expand and upgrade its digital fleet in Sydney with a new HP PageWide Web Press T370HD, in response to increasing demand for agile and high-quality digital printing.

    Blue Star’s previous HP PageWide Web Press T300 has been relocated from Sydney to its Clayton facility in Melbourne, where the press was upgraded to a T370HD. The upgrade process is unique to HP’s PageWide Web Press series, and enables 80 per cent of the parts and materials to be reused while increasing the lifespan of the press.

    The acquisition and upgrade has equipped Blue Star with HP’s High-Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology, while expanding Blue Star’s HP PageWide Web Press capability to Melbourne, allowing the company to expand its service offering and customer base, which already includes many of Australia’s leading financial and retail organisations.

    The HP PageWide Web Press T370HD’s HDNA technology empowers Blue Star to close the gap between conventional commercial printing and traditional inkjet production capability. Supported by a complete commercial printing production line, inclusive of inline priming, post coating and automated sheeting, the HDNA technology enables Blue Star to print on a wide variety of uncoated and coated substrates with top-of-class productivity and efficiency.

    The acquisition comes eight years after the company became a pioneer HP inkjet customer in Australia, with its 2011 purchase of the HP PageWide Web Press T300. It says the decision to continue its long standing partnership with HP came down to quality, speed, and unique differentiation.

    “Since 2011, we have used the high-quality output of HP PageWide technology, and its 30-inch print format, as a point of difference in the market, and we have enjoyed a lot of success as a result,” said David Veness, Group General Manager, Blue Star Direct. “This upgrade will deliver even greater print speeds, higher quality printing, and better performance through a combination of hardware and software upgrades.”

    This collaboration has enabled Blue Star to become a market leader in direct mail – a marketing channel the company says has experienced a resurgence in popularity, with a 2018 Roy Morgan Research report finding that close to 70% of Australians read catalogues.

    “The wealth of customer data now available to businesses, in conjunction with advancements in digital printing technologies, has fostered a renaissance in direct mail marketing,” said Veness. “With HP PageWide technology, we can create highly personalised and targeted marketing campaigns, which deliver a far greater return on our customers’ marketing investment.”

    Digital printing is increasingly being utilised for print jobs traditionally dominated by offset printing, like direct mail, for its flexibility and customisability. In North America, 60 per cent of direct mail is forecast to be produced by digital printing by 2020, up from just 45 per cent in 2015.

    “As direct marketing continues to trend towards data-driven personalisation, printing service providers require presses that offer mass customisation at a competitive cost, and on a variety of media options,” said Michael Gillis, Country Manager, HP Indigo and PageWide Industrial, HP South Pacific. “The HP PageWide Web Press T370HD delivers on each of these demands, while also offering outstanding image quality and enhanced productivity.”

    HP’s PageWide Web Press solutions are ideal for personalised direct mail campaigns, but are also being utilised around the world for high-volume commercial printing, publishing, and corrugated packaging applications.

    About HP

    HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.





  • + New Roland TrueVIS VG2 Leads the Print and Cut Field with EDP Award

    Roland DG is delighted to announce that the new TrueVIS VG2 series eco-solvent printer cutter has won 'Best Print & ..

    23 May 2019


    Roland DG is delighted to announce that the new TrueVIS VG2 series eco-solvent printer cutter has won 'Best Print & Cut Solution' in the prestigious EDP (European Digital Press Association) Awards. The TrueVIS VG2 was launched in March this year and drew large crowds on the Roland DG booth (Hall A5 Booth H10) at FESPA 2019 in Munich, Germany.

    The winners of the EDP Awards are decided by an independent panel of judges from Europe's 21 leading trade publications, who evaluate the most exciting technical launches from the past twelve months based on their 'achievement, quality and cost efficiency'. When judging the Roland TrueVIS VG2, the panel said, 'Roland DG has not adhered to existing concepts, but has redefined product development'. The judges were particularly impressed by the system's breadth of colour gamut, optimised colour accuracy and colour reproduction capability, plus a host of technological advancements to deliver high-precision print and cut performance. 

    Building on Roland DG's 35 years of manufacturing expertise, 16 generations of print and cut innovation and feedback from thousands of experienced users across the world, the TrueVIS VG2 wide format inkjet printer cutter has been engineered to meet, then exceed, the quality and production needs of today's most demanding print professionals. 

    First, answering the need for faster turnaround times, the VG2’s stunning quality prints are ready to laminate and then immediately finish in just six hours* for true same day installation. Setting the new standard in head-turning print quality, the TrueVIS VG2 offers new Orange ink that expands the colour gamut even further, delivers incredibly realistic colour reproduction and enables accurate matching of corporate brand colours. The new TrueVIS TR2 ink offers optimised colour reproduction and greater realism to printed images, plus outstanding performance in terms of stretch, adhesion, rub resistance and outdoor durability.

    The VG2 solution is also certified by some of the industry’s leading media suppliers: VG2 with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results under the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. Plus, VG2 with TR2 ink is certified by the Avery Dennison™ ICS™ Performance Guarantee. TR2 ink is also certified GREENGUARD Gold for low chemical emissions and is safe for indoor graphic applications.

    In addition, the VG2 is powered by feature-packed VersaWorks 6 RIP software that delivers an optimised workflow for efficient production. VersaWorks 6 fully supports PDF 2.0 and enables complex files to be processed directly in the RIP. 





    All this, plus more than 40 intelligent and intuitive enhancements over the previous award-winning generation and unwavering reliability, backed by Roland DG's industry-renowned service and support. "We're absolutely thrilled to have won the EDP Award for ‘Best Print & Cut Solution’ with the new TrueVIS VG2," comments Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing Roland DG EMEA. "When we launched the VG2 just a few months ago we were ready to show the industry something special, a solution that could genuinely change print professionals' working lives in terms of colour quality, turnaround speeds, reliability, longevity of their output and much more. The EDP Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards for the digital print business in Europe so the title of 'Best Print & Cut Solution' absolutely reflects how incredible this machine is."

    Despite only launching in March this year, the TrueVIS VG2’s outstanding performance has already gained global industry recognition, having also been awarded the 2019 ISA Sign Expo® Innovation Award in the “Printer” category.

    For further information on the award-winning TrueVIS VG2 series printer cutters, visit: www.rolanddg.com.au/vg2





  • + Fujifilm wins legal battle over ink patent infringements

    Successful legal suit filed against Nazdar and its German distributor Zaro, shows that FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems L..

    23 April 2019


    Successful legal suit filed against Nazdar and its German distributor Zaro, shows that FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Ltd takes the protection of its intellectual property extremely seriously.

    Commenting on the ruling handed down by the Regional Court in Düsseldorf, Germany, Rob Fassam, R&D Director at FSIS said: "This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of infringing our intellectual property. We will continue to protect our investment by filing patents that cover our technology and we will take appropriate action against those who infringe.

    "I am delighted that the Regional Court in Düsseldorf has ruled in our favour. We invest significant time and resource developing new and exciting technology that benefits the inkjet industry."

    In 2017 FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Ltd (FSIS) filed suit against Nazdar Co., US and Nazdar Limited, UK as well as its German distributor Zaro GmbH before the competent Regional Court Düsseldorf (docket nos. 4b O 22/17 and 107/17). FSIS claimed Nazdar had infringed its UV ink patents EP 1 803 784 B3 and EP 2 383 314 B3 in Germany by offering its 702 & 703 Series UV inkjet inks and declaring them to be chemically compatible with the original inks designed for Fujifilm's Acuity range of flatbed UV printers.

    The patents on these inks protect specific inkjet ink compositions providing a range of properties including improved flexibility, jetting performance and adhesion.

    In reaction to the infringement actions, Nazdar filed nullity actions against the patents in Germany before the German Federal Patents Court and asked the Regional Court Düsseldorf to stay the infringement proceedings. Furthermore, Nazdar contested infringement, but did also, in reaction to FSIS' patent claims, change the chemical composition of its UV inkjet inks. However, despite redesigning the inks, Nazdar continued to market its UV inkjet inks as 702 & 703 Series and failed to indicate to customers the change in chemical composition in a way that FSIS considered necessary to avoid patent infringement.

    With its judgements, the Regional Court in Düsseldorf has now confirmed infringement, injuncted Nazdar and Zaro from offering, bringing to market and any further use of patent infringing UV inkjet inks. It has also sentenced them to pay damages and render account. The Court also approved FSIS's position that the change in chemical composition of the 702 & 703 Series is not sufficient to avoid infringement because Nazdar continues to market their UV inkjets inks as 702 & 703 Series without sufficient indication of the product change.

    Finally, while without prejudice of the nullity proceedings at the Federal Patents Court in Munich, the Regional Court in Düsseldorf did not follow Nazdar's invalidity arguments and therefore also rejected the stay motion.

    Nazdar/Zaro have filed appeals against the judgements. Irrespectively, the judgements remain provisionally enforceable under the condition that FSIS will provide sufficient enforcement security. A date for the appeal hearing has been set for 7th November 2019. A date for a hearing in the nullity proceedings has not yet been set.

    FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Limited is the Technology Centre of Excellence for UV curable ink within the FUJIFILM Inkjet Business Division. Its core skills are the development and manufacture of high performance UV curing inks that are used in many of the world's leading printers.





  • + Epson Large Format Printers Win First Red Dot Best of the Best Award

    Epson has won its first "Red Dot: Best of the Best" award for its large format printers in the Product Design c..

    16 April 2019





    Epson has won its first "Red Dot: Best of the Best" award for its large format printers in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019). In addition, five inkjet printers, one scanner and one projector model received Red Dot Awards. This year marks the third successive year that Epson products have been recognised in the Red Dot Award.

    Details of the Epson products recognised with the Best of the Best award
    SC-T5450/ SC-T3450/ SC-T3450N/ SC-T3400/ SC-T3400N/ SC-T5400 inkjet printers
     
    These are high-speed, high-resolution large format printers (LFP) for printing drawings in official bureaus and architect studios or PoP printing in retail shops. We redesigned the LFP, conventionally used for special applications, with a UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office. It provides intuitive operation and maintains a clean office atmosphere. The large touch panel, warning LEDs, and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use. We also strived to cut assembly time, streamlining work by developing new legs assembled in three steps.
     
    Created in 1955 in Germany, the Red Dot Design Award is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen design centre and is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability.
     
    Manabu Kawahara, general manager of the P Design Department in Epson's Printing Solutions Operations Division, says, "I am thrilled. This award is the culmination of a true team effort to achieve product value that exceeds customer expectations. Moving forward, we will continue to provide our customers with designs that delight."
     
    Details of Epson products recognised with the Red Dot Award
    ET-M1100/ ET-M1120/ ET-M1108/ ET-M1128 inkjet printers





    These are A4-sized monochrome inkjet printer that achieve unprecedented compact size by directly embedding the high-capacity EcoTank in the carriage. The totally new EcoTank design puts a single slit on a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. Low cost, it also lets you print easily as you go about your daily work.

    ET-M1140/ ET-M1180/ ET-M2140/ ET-M3140/ ET-M3170 inkjet printers

    These are A4-sized monochrome inkjets with a high-capacity EcoTank that enables up to 6,000 sheets on a single ink refill. The new eco tank design puts a single slit through a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. While low cost, it lets you easily perform various printing tasks and reduces downtime and waste.

    ET-2710/ ET-4700/ L1110/L3100/ L3110/L3150/ L5190 inkjet printers

    These are A4-sized colour inkjets with a high capacity EcoTank that lets you easily perform various printing tasks at low cost. We focused on operability to eliminate hassle and concerns about stains when refilling ink. Not only did we improve front access and the visibility of the remaining ink, we also used a unique shape for the bottle tip and inlet of each colour to prevent filling mistakes. The protruding shape expresses the performance of the high capacity eco tank, and the simple, round design around the tank gives an approachable and familiar feeling.
     
    WF-M5799/WF-C5710/WF-C5790/WF-C5210/WF-C5290/WF-M5299/WF-M5298/WF-C579R/WF-C529R inkjet printers

    These are A4-sized office inkjet printers that provide high ink capacity while saving space. Boasting a clean design that fits any office, the high capacity ink pack has been built into the unit to achieve a compact size that fits in narrow spaces. The change from conventional ink cartridges to high-capacity ink packs cuts the number of ink replacements and the environmental impact. We focused on operability and streamlining office work, giving the ink packs a simple connection shape for the handle and tray and including a sturdy ejection tray and a tilt panel with high retention and easy operation.
     
    SC-T5150/ SC-T5150N/ SC-T3150/ SC-T3150N/ SC-T3100/ SC-T3100N/ SC-T5100/ SC-T5100N inkjet printers

    These are full-colour large format printers (LFP) among the smallest in the world for use in offices, architect studios, schools, and retail shops. LFPs are conventionally used for special applications, but with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office, we designed printers that make it easy for customers to buy their first LFP. For schools in particular we prioritised safety, reducing the outlet port to ten mm so that children cannot fit their fingers inside. The large touch panel and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and gives guidance for easy use.
     
    ES-50/ ES-60W scanner

    This is an A4-sized sheet-feed scanner. As more companies move away from paper, demand is increasing for mobile scanners that can easily digitalise various documents including photos or receipts both inside and outside the office.
    With that in mind, we worked with engineers, improving portability to aim for the lightest weight and smallest size in the class to bring more customers a comfortable experience.

    The final product helps prevent operating errors during transport, improves portability for easy use, boasts simple functionality, as well as boasting an attractive design.
     
    EV-100/ EV-105 projectors

    These projectors are to be used for lighting or video performances of products or exhibits in shopping centers or museums. To better show off the appeal of the product or exhibit, we focused on a simple design that melts into the surroundings. We removed all holes and wiring from the unit sides, which customers notice, for a clean design. The vents, which any projector requires, were hidden in the design as slits with identical patterns on the unit's front and rear. The cylindrical design, made to resemble a spotlight, enables you to install it on the ceiling without negatively affecting the atmosphere.

    Please refer to www.epson.com.au and www.epson.co.nz for details of products and services available in Australia and New Zealand.





  • + Instant Asset Write-Off Increased to $30K!

    Effective immediately, the small business Instant Asset Write-Off for new or used assets has increased to $30,000! ..

    16 April 2019


    Effective immediately, the small business Instant Asset Write-Off for new or used assets has increased to $30,000!

    Businesses with an annual turnover of up to $50 million can now instantly write-off a piece of equipment that costs up to $30,000 excluding GST, if acquired between 2 April 2019 and 30 June 2020.

    The Best Time to Purchase a New Roland

    If you purchase and install a new Roland DG machine before June 30 2019, you can instantly write it off in your 2018/2019 tax return. This is great news for the recently released TrueVIS VG2-540 and VG2-640 Printer Cutters, that come in under $30,000. 

    Awarded the 2019 ISA Sign Expo Innovation Award in the "Printer" category, judges were impressed with the technological advancements, comprehensive colour choices, improved machine efficiency and increased print-and-cut accuracy of the VG2 Series. 





  • + PSP is now New Zealand's exclusive supplier of Metamark's range of self-adhesive SignVinyl, digital media and speciality materials.

    With Metamark products as instantly recognisable and widely varied as glass films, wall graphics and commercial vehicle ..

    16 April 2019


    With Metamark products as instantly recognisable and widely varied as glass films, wall graphics and commercial vehicle and even V8 Supercar skins, Metamark is a well trusted name in self-adhesive vinyl that has more recently become something of a global vinyl manufacturer and distribution phenomenon. Our products have been available in Australia since 2004, and we have had high growth in the markets across Asia pacific, Europe and North America. We have products sold in more than 55 countries worldwide. 

    Head of Metamark’s Asia Pacific region is Melbourne-based Paul Coniglio, who has worked in the signage and display industry for more than 15 years. He says “We offer a huge selection of self-adhesive films. We have a strong focus on high quality polymeric films for faster, trouble-free application of larger areas on flat or slightly curved surfaces, and so much more. And we take great care to work with our customers so they get the best possible product for their application.” Describing our product range as ‘immense’, Coniglio says that the key to the company’s success has been how Metamark and its partners help customers to select the right product for each application. “We always start with the application, for use in commercial fleets, boat signage, wall graphics or window graphics, for retail, events or promotional markets - and so much more.” 

    Coniglio says he sees a tremendous opportunity in New Zealand for Metamark in partnership with PSP. “As part of our global growth strategy we’ve been keen to find the best partner possible to help us hit the ground running in New Zealand. When Dean Stuart rang me and told me he was joining PSP, I was pretty excited because he has so much experience in the industry. He can help build a modern supply business to suit the changing signage and print market. 

    “The location of PSP’s facilities, their people and their passion for signage is what really stood out. Having Metamark available all across the country, matched with a detailed training programme, will ensure a new level of choice for New Zealand customers.”

    This is backed up by Dean Stuart, who says that the link-up with Metamark takes PSP one step further to offering a complete service across the world of rigid, flexible and vinyl products. “When I joined PSP it was part of a drive to ensure that customers only needed to make one phone call to get the best range of rigid, flexible and vinyl products, save time and realise efficiencies. 

    “For us, it’s all about bringing the parts together to match and work seamlessly as one, which we do with PSP substrates and Metamark vinyls. Furthermore, we have the machines to ensure that whatever your size requirements, we can meet them to the metre. Our link-up with Metamark is exciting for us because it means our customers get even more benefits. We’re a great match.”

    For information, please visit www.psp.co.nz





  • + EFI Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired for Approximately $1.7B

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), a world leader in customer focused digital printing innovation, today announced tha..

    16 April 2019


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), a world leader in customer focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the "Agreement") to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group, LLC ("Siris") in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion. Siris is a leading private equity firm focused on investing and driving value creation in technology companies that provide mission critical solutions and are facing technology transitions.

    Under the terms of the Agreement, which has been unanimously approved by EFI's Board of Directors, an affiliate of Siris will acquire all the outstanding common stock of EFI for $37.00 per share in cash. The purchase price represents an approximately 45% premium over EFI's 90 day volume weighted average price ended on April 12, 2019.

    EFI may solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties during a "go-shop" period over the next 45 calendar days. EFI will have the right to terminate the Agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement. There is no guarantee that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the Agreement provides Siris with a customary right to attempt to match a superior proposal. EFI does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required.

    "We believe this transaction delivers superior and immediate value to our shareholders while providing us with a partner that can add strategic and operational expertise to our business," said Bill Muir, Chief Executive Officer of EFI. "We are excited to partner with Siris' highly experienced team on this next phase of growth for EFI."
    Commenting on the transaction, Frank Baker, a Siris Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said, "EFI is at the forefront of the digital transition in the imaging and print industry, underpinned by a strong software heritage and culture of innovation. We believe that, by partnering with Siris, EFI will be well positioned to capture this transformational opportunity associated with increased digital inkjet penetration, industrial automation and software enablement. We are eager to partner with management to help the Company achieve its strategic objectives."

    Commenting on the transaction, Al Zollar, a Siris Executive Partner, said, "EFI has a 30 year legacy of leadership in the digital imaging market, with strong brand equity and a rich history of pioneering innovative solutions for its customers. The Company's portfolio of mission critical products and services are united by a common thread of impressive technological enablement and software integration. I look forward to supporting EFI's strong team to help the Company anticipate evolving customer needs and drive new opportunities for innovation and growth."

    EFI's Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that its shareholders adopt the Agreement with Siris. Subject to the go-shop, a special meeting of EFI's shareholders will be held as soon as practicable following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and subsequent mailing to shareholders.

    Subject to the go-shop, the proposed transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2019 and is subject to approval by EFI's shareholders, along with the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including antitrust regulatory approvals. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. Upon completion of the acquisition, EFI will become wholly owned by an affiliate of Siris.

    EFI will file its quarterly report on Form 10Q reporting its first quarter financial results but does not intend to host a quarterly earnings call. EFI currently expects Q1 2019 revenue to be between $220 million and $225 million.

    Equity financing will be provided by investment funds affiliated with Siris. Siris secured committed debt financing for the transaction from RBC Capital Markets, KKR Capital Markets LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Barclays, Credit Suisse, and Macquarie Capital.

    Sidley Austin LLP is serving as corporate counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as financing counsel, and RBC Capital Markets is serving as M&A advisor to Siris in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. and Greenhill & Co., LLC are serving as financial advisors to EFI, and O'Melveny & Myers is serving as its legal counsel.

    For further information regarding the terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see EFI's Current Report on Form 8K, which will be filed in connection with this transaction.





  • + HP Expands PrintOS Marketplace to Help PSPs Innovate, Automate and Grow

    At Dscoop Edge 2019, HP Inc. announced the expansion of HP PrintOS Marketplace, opening an ideas store to inspire HP pri..

    02 April 2019


    At Dscoop Edge 2019, HP Inc. announced the expansion of HP PrintOS Marketplace, opening an ideas store to inspire HP print service providers (PSPs) to collaborate, innovate and grow, while implementing Industry 4.0 for automated printing of thousands of jobs a day.

    New apps in the marketplace from HP and solution partners can also help HP print service providers increase productivity, streamline workflow and develop new digital print applications.

    “PrintOS Marketplace is an open platform designed to spread innovation and help customers adapt faster to the complexities of the changing print market,” said Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “HP PrintOS is empowering PSPs to be more productive, manage higher print volume, and automate and streamline workflow.” PrintOS gives PSPs control over print operations virtually anywhere at any time, simplifies and automates print production processes, and provides a scalable architecture of production-ready tools to grow digital business. Today, the cloud-based PrintOS has grown to more than 20,000 users since launching at drupa 2016. Users include owners of HP Indigo, HP PageWide and Scitex presses and HP Latex and HP DesignJet printers.

    UK-based ProCo is printing thousands of profitable jobs a day with PrintOS. “Marketplace is going to be a game changer in how people are able to produce work in a digital print environment. Access to other print providers' applications means I don't have to reinvent the wheel for every project. And fundamentally, we're going to have access to thousands of partner apps in a cost-effective and quick way,” said Jon Bailey,  CEO, Proco.

    Projects in a box

    Resources in the new PrintOS Marketplace ideas store include projects-in-a-box for labels and packaging, commercial and photo printing.





    More than 50 free projects and design tools are now available for download exclusively for HP PSPs using PrintOS. Ready-to-go projects include HP Mosaic and HP Collage packaging templates, seed patterns, sample files, and royalty-free images and icons. PrintOS members are also invited to share or sell their print ideas in the store, with the goal of housing hundreds and even thousands of items by drupa 2020.

    New print production apps

    An additional PrintOS Marketplace store for Applications features monthly, subscription-based apps from HP and solutions partners. The apps help HP customers win more business, increase press output, automate production, manage higher print volume, better control costs, and expand print offerings. The App store is expanding with new offerings from HP and solutions partners, including:

    - Locr – a GEO services batch tool to easily generate personalised maps for adding the value of location to printed communications.

    - MindFire - a marketing automation tool to help PSPs promote business with targeted campaigns.

    - OneFlow - The AutoFlow solution automates manual prepress operations including artwork fetching, checking, fixing and manipulation.

    - HYBRID Software - PACKZilizer is an intuitive and easy-to-use cloud-based application to prepare packaging files for production.

    - PrintOS Jobs API: Enables streamlining of production-status and job-costing data such as substrate usage and time invested, from an HP Indigo digital press to a management system (MIS or ERP), to understand the true cost of completed jobs for more accurate quoting.

    - PrintOS Composer: Helps printers save time by easily and efficiently composing variable data jobs, including HP Mosaic and Collage, of any size.

    - PrintOS OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness): Helps PSPs uncover opportunities for improving operations, reducing overtime, and saving costs, while increasing press utilisation.

    - PrintOS Colour Beat cuts colour control time down to minutes per job, helps ensure colour consistency across presses and sites, and track colour performance from anywhere.

    - PrintOS Site Flow: Enables to efficiently manage hundreds and thousands of jobs per day, all the way from automated order submission to pre-press, shop-floor management and shipping integration.

    PrintOS Marketplace is also now launching a new Licenses Store for easy self-service download and licensing of off-the-shelf software solutions from HP solutions partners integrated with PrintOS. Solutions licenses available for purchase include:

    - HP SmartStream Designer: a powerful, easy-to-use variable data printing (VDP) tool for users of HP Indigo, HP Latex, and HP PageWide technologies.

    - Esko: DeskPack Essentials and ArtPro+, powerful tools that shorten pre-press of labels and packaging jobs.

    - Memador: A photo enhancement solution that optimises and automates photo book creation with algorithms for face grouping, face detection and more.

    - Hybrid Software: PACKz, the powerful PDF editor and CloudFlow, Hybrid Software’s prepress workflow solution.

    - Tilia Labs: includes a bundle of Phoenix & Imposition AI workflow and imposition tools for labels and packaging, available later this year.