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Fespa Live Day 2: Mutoh reorients to meet market

Thursday, 16 May 2019
By Wayne Robinson

General manager of Mutoh Australia Russell Cavenagh says Fespa marks a new phase in the renowned Japanese engineering company, as it focuses on becoming a market driven operation.

Cavenagh said that Mutoh is looking at where markets are opening and developing solutions. “From Mutoh, UV is now available in small format, roll to roll and large format flatbed. It has no VOC, no odour, and is good to work with,” he said.

Mutoh is also offering a new resin based ink, MP31, which for a water-based ink offers long outdoor life, two phrases that Russell said “did not usually go together”, but in this case do. MP31 shows the characteristic of the substrate.

In textile printing, Mutoh has both direct to garment and dye sublimation systems, with its ValueJet 1948WX on show able to print 125sqm an hour of dye sub paper. Mutoh is also showing its ValueJet 1938TX DTG printer. Cavenagh said, “Textiles is a growth opportunity, and Mutoh has solutions for whatever appraoch a printer wants to take.”

Launched on the stand at Fespa is the new flatbed UV PerformanceJet, the name marking a departure for Mutoh from its standard ValueJet moniker. The new flatbed comes with a 2540x1250mm bed, its four heads scalable up to six. It is able to print 30sqm an hour, with text sizes as low as 5pt.

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