Posts Tagged ‘HP’

  • Celmac to host HP Latex R rigid Open Week

    The new HP Latex R Series printer for rigid or flexible media will be on show all next week at the Celmac headquarters in Brunswick, Victoria.

    The R series is the first Latex printer to print on rigid media, and it also prints flexibles. Rigid substrates include foamboards, PVC cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminum, wood, and glass.  

    According to Celmac the new HP Latex R Series enables vibrant colour printing on rigid substrates, and marks the introduction of HP Latex White Ink. Like its other water-based Latex inks, HP says the Latex R’s  white ink will maintain the appearance and texture of the substrate when printing on materials like aluminum, acrylics or woods.

    HP also claims that its new white ink will not yellow over time, which can be a problem with some white UV inks. The company has also addressed other white ink issues by including a fluid management technology.

    HP has added an ink recirculation system to keep ink moving both within the ink delivery system and at the printhead. The ink storage system has an automatic ink agitator to prevent settling over time.

    The new printer comes with proactive alerts and preventative services in order to maximise uptime.

    It will be on show all week at the Celmac technology Centre, 6 Syme Street, Brunswick, all print businesses are invited to the event, contact Celmac to arrange a time.

  • Mike Boyle named HP MD for ANZ

    Mike Boyle, the new MD at HP South Pacific.

    Prominent industry figure Mike Boyle has been appointed managing director at HP South Pacific, responsible for business operations in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding islands.

    Boyle takes over from interim boss Paul Gracey who assumed the role in May after former MD Rob Mesaros took up a new position to head the company’s 3D business for Asia Pacific & Japan.

    Boyle, former vice president and GM of HP Graphics Business Solutions Asia Pacific, joined the company from Canon Australia in 2015 and before then was international marketing director at Océ.

    “Mike is an effective leader with broad leadership experience, having spent over 20 years in the industry working in a variety of roles, and living and working across multiple regions including Europe, Asia and South Pacific,” said Richard Bailey, president of HP Asia Pacific and Japan.

    “This global experience has given Mike exposure to a diverse set of operating environments and complex business models. During his three years at HP as the head of our Graphics Solutions Business, he has inspired and engaged his teams, and delivered consistent growth quarter after quarter.

    “Looking ahead, we remain focused on innovation and operational excellence. We will continue to enhance our processes, working hard to earn your business, and deepening our commitment to our valued customers in Australia and New Zealand.”

    Boyle will take up his new role in November, and Gracey will then resume leading HP’s South Pacific printing systems business.

  • Packaging is ‘most important brand billboard’ – LIVE! Opens.

    Lindy Hughson, publisher of Print21 and PKN Packaging News, opens the inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE event.

    Lindy Hughson, Publisher of Print21 and PKN News, opened the inaugural New Frontiers in Packaging Print as the first co-branded event from Yaffa Media’s new magazine stablemates today at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. 

    “This is the first of its kind for our packaging printing community, which is undergoing a transformation brought about in large part by digital printing,” said Hughson in her opening address. A full house of industry professionals from both print and packaging came to hear and share the experiences of the new digital evolution.

    Laura Demasi, Roy Morgan, delivers the keynote address at Print21 + PKN LIVE.

    The keynote address, delivered by Laura Demasi, director of consumer and social trends at Roy Morgan, focused on the ‘rise of the real’ and what it meant for traditional media. While Australians are spending more time on the internet than ever before, areas like catalogues, magazines and books have remained resilient, said Demasi. “It’s really tempting to think that the world is digital, that’s all we do, that’s the end of the story – but that’s not true,” she told the audience. “We spend more time interacting with media than we ever, ever have, and we do it right across the board – in digital and some traditional channels.”

    The event continued with a session on driving consumer engagement, featuring Amber Bonney, head of creative strategy at the Edison Agency, who discussed how printed packaging and POS are enhancing the experience for shoppers; a look at serialisation and coding on packaging, and how it can be used to enhance brand security and consumer engagement from Mark Dingley, CEO of Matthews Australia; and a deep dive into personalisation and versioning, and how they can create opportunities for brands marketing to the ‘me generation’, from Conrad Mendoza, regional marketing manager for brand innovation at HP.

    168 people registered for today’s event, which continues this afternoon with sessions on packaging design trends, game-changing technology, and the ‘future unpacked’.

  • Celmac installs hybrid HP Latex R2000

    The HP Latex R2000.

    Celmac has installed a new HP Latex R2000 printer in its newly refurbished Technology Centre in Melbourne.

    The HP Latex R2000, launched earlier this year at FESPA in Berlin, is HP’s first hybrid printer for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device. It’s designed for a range of applications, can accommodate materials up to 2.5-metres wide and up to 5-cm thick, and features HP Latex Rigid Printing Technology and HP Latex White Ink

    Celmac is inviting wide format printers to visit its centre in Brunswick to see how the new R2000 can increase productivity on rigid substrates, with vibrant colours and the glossiest white ink opening up fresh creative concepts for sign and display.

    The newly refurbished Celmac Technology Centre has been designed to demonstrate the latest hardware as well as workflow solutions from colour management through to print and finishing options, says Celmac sales director, Rob Skene.

    It’s also a training centre for Fogra standard colour with Barbieri tools and RIP’s to enable high level colour management. An Aristo cutting table and vinyl cutters are also part of a comprehensive program to show printers how new technologies can benefit their operations.

    Celmac will also provide the option of private viewing. To arrange a suitable time, email


  • Hits & misses make the most of IGAS

    Tokyo Typhoon Number 12 of the season was a fizzer, a bit of a blow but nothing to bother the printers attending IGAS at Big Site out in the Bay. It came and went within a few hours; rain and wind enough to alarm the woman at the Heidelberg showroom where I was on Saturday afternoon. She urged us to get out quickly to avoid being stranded. Perhaps a little over the top, but …

    So, why was I at the Heidelberg showroom in Tokyo? Well here’s how the second part of my IGAS went.

    IGAS is an international exhibition, although overseas visitors are still only a small part of it. It’s international in that every manufacturer of note exhibits and as is becoming increasingly obvious that means most are Japanese firms. There are the large well known brands, but a walk around IGAS shows clearly the depth of ingenuity and industry in small firms and startups driving the printing equipment industry in Japan.

    With notable exceptions of course – HP is the eight hundred pound US gorilla in the centre of printing. Its digital reach is immense, encompassing every aspect of printing and packaging. In a prime position just inside the entrance in Hall 1 visitors were treated to a display of printed packaging that leaves no doubt that the future is definitely digital. It provided a testament to just how far the technology has been pushed and how this show was mostly about industrial printing mostly packaging.

    Konica Minolta Australian and Japanese colleagues (L to r) David Cascarino, Toshitaka Uemura, Koji Asaka and Anthony ‘AJ’ Jackson.

    Friday afternoon I had an appointment to meet with people from Konica Minolta who took time to talk about the 145-year-old company. Toshitaka Uemura, GM industry print business and Koji Asaka, assistant manager, are fine examples of all that’s best about Japanese corporate life. Dedicated and loyal they not only know the technology, but also are also deeply versed in the ethos and history of the company.

    There’s plenty of disparagement about the supposedly oppressed Japanese ‘salary men’ but they’re a remarkably hardworking and loyal bunch and these two were anything but put upon. Well informed too, as Uemura-san took me through the development of the company, its history as a photo and camera business and its prospects as a manufacturer of leading digital technology.

    There’s no doubt the Accurio KM1 is the flagship, a B2 inkjet press that is the first real contender to HP Indigo’s dominance. But there’s more in the portfolio too. The MGI digital embellishment JetVarnish 30 engine was prominent on the stand.

    Watch for a re-worked version of the Accurio Label press in the next few months, moving away from its BizHub-box appearance while still sticking with toner. It’s the technology the market wants, says Uemura-san, who was part of the planning team. He reckons the inkjet label sector is very well served but there’s a gap in the market where toner works in terms of cost and quality. And he gives every impression of knowing about what he speaks.

    Label specialist, Taishi Motoshige, (left) showed me around the Screen stand and introduced me to Ayaka Sasaki who looks after the CTP.

    Just next door Screen, another iconic Japanese manufacturer had a very busy stand. Based in the imperial city of Kyoto it has successfully reinvented itself as the market for its emblematic platemaking technology dwindled and almost died. But Screen is one of the few in the world still manufacturing CTP machines and lo and behold, there’s a new version released at this IGAS. A stripped-down unit aimed at the replacement market in developing countries, the PlateRite 8600NII can be upgraded with all the latest technology. As with much of Screen’s well-regarded technology, it’s widely rebadged and OEM’d.

    If you think a new CTP verges on the anachronistic, I was astounded to see a new proofing press on the stand, the Proof Jet F780 Mark ll. Who’d have thought sections of the Japanese media and advertising industry still insist on a proof from a proofing press? I mean, what’s the point, when it’s not going to be printed on the proofing press? Still, that’s what they want and Screen is happy to provide it.

    However, don’t let me give you the impression that Screen is caught in a weird time warp. Most of its stand was a model display of high-powered digital printing with two versions of the high-speed Truepress Jet, one for direct marketing production, the other for graphic arts; very impressive results. No sign yet of a cut sheet version.

    Fascinated to see the developments of Screen’s label press, with a new version out for the show, the TruePress L350UV+LM. The LM stands for low-migration; an ink set aiming to avoid any challenges to its suitability for labels on food products. Next to it was an Italian laser die cutter, a Cartes GE361L producing the best results from the technology I’ve seen. The label roll is split as it enters the machine with the printed layer being laser cut from the rear before being reunited with the liner. Clever solution that solves most of the angle cut problems from using lasers.

    Nothing to see here again, I’m afraid.

    One of the disappointments of IGAS was the no show of the Canon Voyager, the much-hyped flagship graphic arts digital press. I saw it at last drupa, but it wasn’t operating. The samples on display were tremendous. Same at IGAS. Lots of fabulous samples behind glass, lots of banners promoting the model, but no actual press. There were no English speaking staff, insofar as I could find, so I’m no wiser as to what’s happening with the Voyager. Perhaps it’s not for the Japanese market.

    There was an Océ Colorado there, promoted as a Canon product.

    David Currie, Australian IGAS-san and still a formidable printing equipment salesman.

    After a couple of days of missed calls, I managed to get in front of David Currie, executive chairman Currie Group, on the Saturday morning. I was keen to meet in Tokyo because David, if anyone, is the Australian IGAS-san. He tells me he’s being coming to the show for 31 years, ever since he hooked up with long-term friend and partner Hori-san, founder and owner of Horizon. (Hori-san… Horizon. Geddit?)

    We forget that at that time in the 1980s there was a sense, much promoted by competitors, that ‘Made in Japan’ was somehow dodgy and inferior. Certainly the trail David Currie blazed at the time was the road less travelled. Of course, nowadays, Japanese technology is the benchmark of quality and innovation.

    Such is the case with the vast range of equipment on the Horizon stand, the largest at IGAS, and not only on the Horizon stand but on others too, such as Ricoh and HP. In fact almost all the digital press manufacturers are using Horizon finishing kit.

    We tried to track Hori-san for a celebratory photo, but he wasn’t to be found. Then true to form, David Currie transformed into a younger version of himself as a Horizon equipment product manager and gave me a pretty comprehensive tour of the stand. Sure, he’s got people to do that for him, but once a printing equipment salesman …

    Anniversary celebrations for Richard Timson, whose 30 years with Heidelberg, man and boy, was commemorated with a gift of saki from Shuya Mizyno, president of Heidelberg Japan and Thomas Frank, head of sales Asia Pacific, who is also a 30-year Heidelberg veteran.

    Saturday afternoon with the typhoon closing in it was time to taxi to the Heidelberg showroom in Shinagawa. (Travel tip: never trust the driver over Google maps.) The German press manufacturer, represented by the redoubtable Thomas Frank, was showing off its Smart Print Shop concept while virtually promoting the new digital Primefire. There was no actual showing of the inkjet (at the Heidelberg IGAS stand visitors donned goggle-style glasses for a virtual tour) but there was a mighty Speedmaster XL 106, which proceeded to print 12 jobs of 150 sheets each (20 waste sheets per job) in 30 minutes, without operator intervention.

    While the printing was underway, the plates changing automatically and the press autonomously adjusting the settings, we were taken on a tour of the full print process, including the Versafire, which produced 26 digital jobs at the same time, again without operator input.

    Heidelberg promotes the concept as digitally controlled printing. Hugely productive to meet the challenge of the digital world, Frank also mentioned the ‘r’ word as in ‘rent a press’ with all the consumables supplied. This is the reality of the ‘subscription printing’ scheme being promoted by the company to drive new sales. It’s attempting to change the concept of how you go about owning productive print. Richard Timson, managing director ANZ says he’s close to getting the first Australian customer signed on.

    Determined to win: Tomomitsu Harada, is new managing director of the Australian company.

    Monday morning saw me heading west out of Tokyo to Tomi, halfway across the main island to visit the Mimaki plant. The aggressive and competitive wide format brand makes no bones about its drive to win market share in Australia and New Zealand. Tomomitsu Harada, the new managing director of the Australian company, unabashedly takes pride in his determined sales drive. At 31 it’s his first overseas managing director’s role and he’s determined to make the most of it. Bringing his family here in September, he’s settling in Chatswood, where else?

    Mimaki has one of the largest ranges of wide format equipment in the sector. With a company goal to double its revenue to $US1 billion within five years it’s the very model of a ‘win at all costs’ Japanese company. Fascinating to hear Harada quote the ‘beat sheet’ used by his salespeople; equipment that’s half the investment cost of rivals, ink that’s always cheaper, service that is aiming to be 100% performed by the company with a few years.

    There’s no doubting the engineering quality of Mimaki, but what makes it stand out for me is its sheer sales drive to win. It’s only been going direct in the local market for four years but expect to hear a lot more from the full-on Harada. He’ll be here in time for Visual Impact in Sydney where he promises to unveil a few surprises.

    The Epson stand, where I missed my walk through with Alastair Bourne, was packed with good gear such as the Surepress L-6034VW. It also provided my first sight of the LX-10000F, the Workforce engine that’s bringing PrecisionCore inkjet technology into the office and small production sectors.

    And that’s it from me in Japan. It was a great show. I messed up with a couple of appointments, notably with Epson on Monday (my apologies Alastair – see photo above). Check out the next issue of Print21 magazine for full IGAS report.

    Now I’m off to Haneda airport for an overnighter to Sydney. See you at the Yaffa LIVE Forum on Friday.


  • Reinvent packaging print at LIVE

    Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print is just two days away, as is your opportunity to learn about new ways to transform your print and add value for your customers.

    The opportunities in adding value to print are well-known to Italian winemaker Mondodelvino. Instead of cutting prices for promotions, the company has turned to digital print to create eye-catching packaging for its products; one campaign, in Christmas 2017, boosted sales by 18 percent over the previous holiday season. Another ongoing campaign has spurred retailers to double the number of wine cases they order, as each set of six cases, when put together, creates a single eye-catching image that vendors want to complete.

    Conrad Mendoza.

    Now, HP’s Conrad Mendoza is coming to Australia to show guests at Print21 + PKN LIVE this Friday how they can do the same for their business. Mendoza is the regional lead for brand owner and agency innovation under HP’s Graphic Solutions Business portfolio for the Asia Pacific-Japan region, and has been involved in the digital printing industry for more than 15 years. He has held various roles in business management, strategic marketing, sales, product management and print application development for some of the most innovative digital printer manufacturers today.

    Based in Singapore, Mendoza works directly with global CPG brands like co-creating with them digitally printed campaigns. He also conducts ideation workshops for brands to help them transition from using conventional to digital print in a unique way. He’ll be attending Print21 + PKN LIVE on Friday August 3, delivering the following presentation:

    Reinventing Brand Experience on Pack

    Discover digitally printed packaging as an the new innovative media for consumer brands

    • Recreate the brand experience both on-line and off-line
    • Adding Packaging in the “Five Ps of Marketing”
    • Is Personalisation or Customisation a fad or a long term trend?

    Friday’s Print21 + PKN LIVE event will feature a number of sessions on consumer engagement with brands and packaging design trends by leading industry experts from Matthews Australasia, Boxer & Co., Australia Post and many more.

    Click here to book your ticket and find out more.

  • Power up: Neopost show back on the road

    (L-R) Karen Kavanagh, Neopost; Michelle Lees, HP; Kellie Northwood, TSA.

    The second series of Neopost’s Power of Print seminars is underway, connecting printers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with industry experts and the latest equipment from the graphic arts supplier.

    The Sydney event held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park featured keynote presentations from Kellie Northwood, executive director of Two Sides Australia, on the future of print and how to add value for clients; and Jeremy Brew, application specialist for large format at HP South Pacific, on the possibilities offered by HP technology with a particular focus on HP Latex. Outside these presentations, guests had the opportunity to visit ‘power stations’ focusing on areas such as workflow software (presented by Matt Murray, GM Tharstern Australia), lamination, binding, interior decor, and signage.

    This series is a followup to the first round of Power of Print seminars in March, and according to Karen Kavanagh, marketing director at Neopost, the turnout at Tuesday’s Sydney seminar was the biggest Neopost had seen yet. “It’s been going very well, which I believe is because we have experts here speaking on topics which are very relevant to our industry today,” she said.

    Embellishment was a big focus for the equipment being demonstrated at the ‘power stations’, with an entire station focusing on print finishing. “We’ve put that focus out there because the latest industry statistics, which show that marketers are now demanding beautiful print – they’re looking for textured finishes, they’re looking for something different,” said Kavanagh.

    The Power of Print Series Two roadshow now moves to Brisbane on Thursday the 19th of July, before finishing up in Melbourne on Tuesday the 24th. Kavanagh encourages printers to attend, whether they’re existing Neopost customers or now. “We’re tapping into experts who can show this industry how to make more money, how to grow your customer base, win back clients you previously lost because of services you were unable to offer. It’s about empowering people with information to help make their business better.”

    Power of Print Series Three is in the planning stages, and expected to be held around three months from now. Registration for Series Two events in Melbourne and Brisbane is open at

  • FESPA Berlin – Nessan Cleary’s in-depth report

    Messe Berlin, site of Fespa 2018.

    Fespa has always been about wide format printing but this year’s show saw high volume printers mixed with industrial textile printers and even corrugated printing.

    Conventional wisdom has it that large format printing is mainly about sign making and display graphics but wide format inkjet technology is pushing beyond this, which was abundantly clear at this year’s main Fespa event in Berlin, Germany. Of course, there was still plenty of sign making in evidence, but there was a renewed focus on taking this to high volume industrial markets, including corrugated printing, and alongside noticeably more clothing and home furnishings solutions.

    There was a growing use of robotics for automated loading and unloading of substrates. Most robots are designed for industrial applications so they offer long life with little maintenance, which makes for a very flexible and cost-effective solution, even taking into account the cost of integrating the control systems to synchronise the loading with the printing. Canon, for example, demonstrated a robot next to an Arizona flatbed loading media to the printer and then unloading it direct to an Océ ProCut cutting table. The system was developed with a Dutch customer, Van Vliet Printing, but is relatively easy to interface with the Arizona.

    This robot on the Canon stand loads media to the Arizona flatbed, and then unloads it to the cutting table.

    Fespa set aside one hall for corrugated printing, with the main attraction being the Fujifilm stand with an Onset X3 complete with robot for automated unloading. Ashley Playford, national sales manager for Fujifilm Australia says that a big advantage of using robots is that they can handle different stack heights regardless of how thick the material is. There’s a choice of robots depending on what each customer is trying to achieve.

    From left: Ashley Playford, national sales manager Fujifilm Australia, and Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist, with the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra.

    Naturally, several vendors used the show to launch new printers, mainly 3.2m wide machines aimed at the production end of the market. Fujifilm showed off its brand new superwide rollfed printer, the Acuity Ultra, with a choice of 3.2m and 5m widths. It can print on up to three rolls simultaneously, with independent spindles so that the rolls can hold different amounts of media. It can produce up to 236 sqm/hr. It uses greyscale Kyocera printheads with 3, 7 and 14 picolitre drop sizes and maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, with the prints on the stand demonstrating exceptional image quality for a superwide printer. Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist for Fujifilm, says: “There’s a lot of high volume machines in the market but the market is becoming more discerning about quality now and just being ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough.”

    It uses conventional UV curing rather than LED, but has an innovative water-cooling system on the vacuum table so that it can still print to heat-sensitive materials. Blackall says that the printer can handle textiles, with soft signage becoming an emerging market, and that it can also print to mesh materials. There are eight colour channels including CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta, as well as two whites. The ink is a new, high-quality, low film weight Uvijet GS Fujifilm ink that is said to be suitable for interior graphic display work.

    EFI introduced its new 3.2m wide Vutek H-series platform. It’s a hybrid designed around a roll to roll chassis and with tables for rigid media. However, there is a new linear drive magnetic carriage that should offer a more precise transport mechanism for boards than the belt and pulley system that most hybrids use. There’s automated table and carriage alignment and fully automated printhead maintenance as well as built-in diagnostic systems for dealing to help with servicing, both remote and on-site.

    There are two versions, both using Ricoh Gen5 printheads with three different drop sizes of 7, 14 and 21 picolitres. The H3 series have three heads per colour and can produce 74 boards per hour, while the H5 have five heads per colour and print 109bph.

    Agfa announced a new hybrid 3.3m wide printer, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, which takes boards up to 3.3 x 2.44m or roll media up to 600mm in diameter. There’s a choice of two inksets: the general purpose Annuvia 1551, and Anuvia 1250, for absorbent media, such as paper and cardboard. Strangely, the company opted to show a tiny lego model rather than the actual printer!

    Mutoh answered customer demands by showing off its first true flatbed printer, the PerformanceJet 2508UF, which takes boards up to 1250 x 2540 mm and can handle media up to 100 mm thick and up to 50 Kg/ sqm in weight. The bed is split into different vacuum zones. This is a UV LED printer that can be configured with either two sets of CMYK or CMYK plus white and varnish. It uses four greyscale printheads but can be field-upgraded to six heads, for dual CMYK plus white and varnish.

    Mutoh also showed off a new 1.62m wide roll-to-roll device, the ValueJet 1638UR. Resolution is up to 1400 x 1400 dpi and it takes Mutoh’s new US11 UV LED ink that’s designed to work with a very wide range of substrates. It prints CMYK plus white and clear ink.

    Latex reinvented

    HP used the Fespa show to launch its first rigid latex printer, the R2000, complete with HP’s first latex white ink. The R2000 is a hybrid device, taking both roll-fed and rigid media up to 2.5m wide media and 50mm thick, and rolls up to 100kg. It has a wide platen, with 14 automatic independent vacuum chambers to hold boards in place. It uses a belt system to pull the media through the printer but has an optical sensor that watches as the media advances and can correct the movement of that media. It can print at up to 88 sqm/hr or 49 sqm/hr in six-pass mode.

    HP launched its R2000 hybrid, capable of printing to rigid materials.

    The latex ink has been completely redesigned to work with rigid materials as well as flexibles. It cures at a lower temperature which allows this printer to work with more heat sensitive materials than HP’s previous latex printers. HP has had to take out the scratch resistance built into its roll-fed inks to improve the jetting so there’s a new Latex Overcoat to help protect prints.

    HP has used the HDNA printheads from its PageWide presses, which have twice the number of nozzles with the extra row of nozzles used to recirculate the ink within the head. This is essential for printing with white ink as the heavier particles can settle in the bottom of the tanks or clog the heads.

    Ricoh is also working on a new latex printer, showing a prototype of a new roll-fed model at Fespa, which should be available towards the end of this year. Unlike Ricoh’s previous latex printer, which was built on a Mimaki chassis, this has been developed entirely by Ricoh. Angelo Mandelli, wide format product manager for Ricoh Europe, says that it can print at 40 sqm/hr in six pass mode on banner materials and at 25 sqm/hr for production quality on vinyl. It prints CMYK plus white for now but Mandelli says that Ricoh will probably add orange and green to expand the colour gamut.

    Ricoh is clearly making a much more decisive play for the wide format market, showing also a new flatbed printer, the Ricoh Pro T7210, which is mainly aimed at industrial printing markets. It takes media up to 2.1 × 3.2 metres, and up to 110mm thick. It’s capable of 50sqm/hr in Standard mode, which doubles to 100 sqm/hr in the high-speed mode. Resolution is 1200 dpi and the ink is Ricoh’s own LED UV-curable ink with a choice of four, five or six colours with the full inkset including CMYK plus white and a clear ink or varnish as well as a primer. 

    Paul Thompson, business development manager ANZ for DTG and visual display solutions at Ricoh Australia, says that much of the print industry, including large format, has become commoditised by focussing on price but that Ricoh is concentrating on adding value. He points out that Ricoh makes its own printheads and supplies heads to many other vendors, adding: “We see that inkjet is the future and that if we get it at the right quality and cost then it will make inroads in other areas.”

    An obvious example of this is the growing textiles market. Ricoh showed off a neat desktop direct to garment printer, the Ri100, which can print various items such as T-shirts, cloth bags, cushion covers and sweatshirts. It prints mainly to cotton, including blends of up to 50 percent cotton. There’s an option to include a separate heat press, the Ricoh Rh 100 Finisher, which has the same 399 x 698 mm footprint so that the printer can be stacked on top of it.

    Ricoh’s Ri100 – note the RH100 finishing unit underneath it.

    EFI Reggiani has developed a new six colour pigment ink with binder with CMYK plus red and blue for its printers, which are mainly used for home furnishing and fashion printing to materials with natural fibres such as cotton and linen. Giorgio Sala, EFI Reggiani’s ink application specialist, says: “We can eliminate the post treatment. In the drier we can fix the ink because the binder is inside the ink.” He adds: “The new ink is designed for Kyocera printheads, which all of our machines have, so we can use it with the existing machines.”

    Mimaki showed off a new version of the Tiger 1800, which was developed by its subsidiary La Meccanica and now gains a number of features typical to Mimaki printers, such as its MAPS nozzle redundancy technology as well as automated maintenance. It’s got Kyocera printheads, with the resolution raised from 600dpi to 1200 dpi.

    In conclusion, there’s a clear trend from this Fespa toward more industrialised printing for volume markets including display graphics as well as garments and home furnishings. There’s more automation, including the use of robots, as well as automatic maintenance to improve productivity, while at the same time most vendors have also improved image quality. The show itself felt extremely busy, with over 20000 visitors crammed into the halls over four days, proof that the market for wide format technology shows no sign of slowing down.

    Next year’s Fespa show takes place in Munich, Germany, from 14 – 17th May.

  • Indigo packs a label punch with new HP package

    HP has announced a new enhancement package for the HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press that is set to improve press performance, which the company says will allow customers to produce more labels with less effort every month.

    Touching all aspects of a label converting shop, the new capabilities improve press productivity and workflow efficiency, while opening new possibilities through an expanded range of high value applications.

    The enhancement package also helps to improve the return on investment of an HP Indigo Digital Press for new customers, and helps protect existing customers’ investments, as the new features are backwards compatible with existing presses.

    These new features build on HP’s strategy of delivering continuous innovation to the market to help customers increase productivity, such as the Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) released last year.

    “Label converters are increasingly taking advantage of the productivity and quality afforded by the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press for medium-run label and packaging printing to meet the brand standards their customers demand,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo Division, HP. “HP is committed to bringing to market new product features and capabilities that allow customers to improve productivity as well as print more jobs.”

    The HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press enhancement package features the new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko, a solution for simplified colour management and automated job preparation. The new offering enables time savings of up to 70 per cent throughout the entire colour management process in addition to enabling up to 20 per cent more jobs per shift.

    Key features include:

    • A new colour engine that transforms existing workflow processes by automating common, time-consuming procedures. The result is quick, accurate colour management with fewer manual workflow steps required for efficient, high-quality printing.

    • New imposition and variable-data tools, including dynamic marks. These tools add flexibility in file preparation, by enabling to run various workflow steps in parallel instead of sequentially, resulting in a faster turnaround.

    • An additional raster image processing (RIP) choice, the Adobe RIP, which was specifically developed and optimized for Esko and Indigo technology. The Adobe RIP has significantly improved processing speeds, by up to 90 per cent.

    The enhancement package also includes software and hardware improvements that help maximise productivity and increase press uptime by up to 10 per cent, including:

    • HP Indigo Print Care 2.0, a comprehensive toolset that offers on-press diagnostic and remote support tools to help press operators maximise overall productivity and minimise press downtime. The new version saves users time by offering a subsystem view that consolidates all tests, diagnostics, troubleshooting and external tools. A scan-and-send capability enables easy sharing of images with remote support.

    • A new set of consumables, including a new charge roller that offers five times the lifespan of the current version, new photo imaging plate (PIP) and PIP underlayer for improved ease and time of installation.

    As part of the enhancement package, HP is introducing the industry’s first dedicated high-slip white ink for production of shrink sleeves, a market that is rapidly growing in terms of print volume and value. The new HP Indigo ElectroInk for WS6000 Series Presses White for Sleeves enables an even shrinking of printed sleeves without adding a high-slip spot varnish. The addition of white ink for shrink sleeves opens new business opportunities and applications for HP Indigo customers.

    In addition, the enhancement package includes a new Advanced Harmonic Topology Screen (HTS 210), which improves colour uniformity and consistency for complicated jobs.

    The enhancement package will be internationally available in September 2013. The HP Indigo range is distributed locally by the Currie Group.

  • Active-Adval claims Australia’s first HP Scitex FB10000

    HP is delivering its two newest print production products to the Australian market, with Victorian signage specialist, ABC Photosigns, taking on the country’s first HP Latex 3000 printer, and point of sale display and signage leader, Active-Adval, signing a deal for Asia Pacific’s first HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press.

    The new orders come only weeks after HP officially launched both new printers at a major media event in China last month, with the company’s CEO and president, Meg Whitman in attendance, along with COO, Bill Veghte.

    Active-Adval, one of Australia’s largest point of sale (POS) display and signage providers, settled on the HP Latex 3000 Printer as its single environment-friendly solution for its various roll-to-roll output devices.

    The new installation is also expected to enable the company to expand its capabilities and offerings to the market. Active-Adval is also claiming the first HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press in Asia Pacific, with the company the first in the region to place an order for the newly available printer.

    “The new HP industrial printing platforms complete our flexible and rigid print offer, delivering cost efficiencies, whilst complementing our environmental sustainability effort,” said Stuart Gittus, operations director, Active-Adval. “The HP Latex 3000 supersedes all other reel to reel presses in our market, giving us the competitive edge in cost, quality, environment and speed to market.

    “Being first to have the HP Scitex FB10000 in Asia Pacific means that we are also the first to address our client’s needs and the market demand for getting retail marketing displays into market super-fast, as well as allowing more time for the creative process,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the country’s first HP Latex 3000 Printer installation is being claimed by ABC Photosigns, a local leading provider of real estate signage. The printer is set to enable ABC to provide its customers with a broader range of higher quality output at a minimum price premium, and at the same time, make a smooth and profitable transition from solvent to HP Latex ink technology.

    New Zealand company, Juggernaut Graphics, is another local player taking on the new Latex 3000, with the company’s managing director, Ross Duffus, saying the new installation opens up a greater product offering to its customers.

    “We saw the clear opportunity of being the first in New Zealand to install the new HP Latex 3000 Printer,” said Duffus. “It opens up greater application possibilities for us particularly in the exhibition and textile market and reaffirms our commitment to supporting customers’ evolving needs with strong technology investments.”

    The HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press, featuring HP Scitex HDR Printing Technology, is expected to be available in the region from November.

  • HP wide format combination at Chinese media event

    HP kicked off its World Tour media event in China this week, launching its Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press and Latex 3000 Printer. Nicholas Pond, Print21’s deputy publisher, is in Beijing as a guest of HP. He sat down with Gido van Praag, HP Asia Pacific Graphics Solutions Business vice president, to find out what it all means.

    The graphics and technology giant’s push into industrial printing was given high priority in the corporate strategy with both Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer, and Bill Veghte, the company’s chief operating officer, making time to attend the event. The technology launches come ahead of this week’s FESPA in London where the machines will actually go on display. But the Chinese market is too big to ignore these days.

    Gido van Praag, HP’s vice president and general manager for Graphics Solutions Business, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Asia Pacific and Japan. 

    The Latex 3000 Printer is expected to be available in the Asia Pacific region by 15 August this year, while the Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press is expected to be available 1 November.

    The company also announced the rebranding of its Designjet and Scitex latex printers and supplies, with the new sub-brand for the product range being changed to HP Latex.

    For Gido van Praag (pictured), HP’s vice president and general manager for Graphics Solutions Business, in the region, the new releases and the Latex rebranding represent an economic advantage for printers trying to make their way in a rapidly-changing market landscape.

    “Industrial printing companies are facing ever shrinking timelines and tighter budgets for projects,” said van Praag. “Increasingly many find themselves taking on more short print runs as buyers look to generate greater marketing impact.

    “The new large-format printing technologies that we are announcing today [24 June] will give our customers a unique advantage to cost-effectively address these challenges and expand on their business with new levels of productivity, quality and application versatility,” he said.

    Meg Whitman (left), HP president and chief executive officer, and Bill Veghte (R), the company’s chief operating officer, attended the second day of the event.

    HP says that the new Scitex FB10000 Press, which features a six-colour HDR (High Dynamic Range) Printing System, delivers high quality and industrial productivity at the same time with dynamic dot size control. Using the HDR printing technology, the Scitex FB10000 combines 16 gray-level printing with the ability to produce 1,000 B1 sheets in less than two hours.

    According to HP, the new press will allow printing companies to meet peak demand with print capacity up to 625 m2/hour and direct-to-board printing. The HP Scitex HDR Printing Technology provides precision control over colour and tone for clarity of image detail. The company says that the HDR technology uses combinations of light and dark inks and three-drop volumes, achieving the quality required for high-impact graphics.

    Although the new Scitex has been given the 10000 name (as did the B2-sized Indigo 10000), van Praag says that there is no deliberate branding link between the two. In fact, he concedes that he doesn’t know why the branding overlap between the two 10000 machines occurred. “I don’t know why they did that, and I don’t really think it’s very clever,” he said.

    Meanwhile, HP said it was redefining the Latex printing category with the new Latex 3000 Printer, which has already seen the company receive early orders from Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand for the new printer.

    HP’s Asia Pacific and Japan team onstage at the event in Beijing.

    HP Latex Printing Technologies were introduced in 2008 as a water-based alternative to solvent ink technologies. Since then, HP has shipped more than 15,000 Latex printers worldwide. HP said its Latex 3000 Printer launch will help drive this growth, allowing a broader range of sign and display customers to shift pages from traditional solvent and UV-curable technologies to HP Latex Printing Technologies.

    Van Praag said the Latex printers were targeted at large format, sign and display users, with Latex comprising roughly 10 per cent of HP’s print business – a figure that looks set to triple over the next three years if van Praag has his way.

    “We have a huge install base of sign and display equipment, as well as the install base of the Indigo,” he said.

    The new printer offers broader media versatility, including heat-sensitive substrates, with the HP Latex Optimizer, while its new ink solution ensures consistent image quality at high speeds as well as efficient curing at lower temperatures and with less energy than previous HP Latex solutions.

    Third-generation HP 881 Latex Inks also provide a scratch resistance comparable to hard-solvent inks on certain substrates,making them ideal for applications including retail displays, outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics and interior décor.

    The printer’s increased production capacity lets high-volume customers meet tight deadlines, producing 77 m2/hr for indoor applicationsand 120 m2/hr for outdoor applications.Standard carbon-fibre, dual-roll spindles also help reduce media loading times and the need for operator intervention.

    HP suggested that the two new digital printing platforms from would ‘further disrupt’ the economics of traditional printing, enable printing companies to improve profitability and take on higher value print applications.


  • HP and Spandex ramp up reseller deal

    Spandex Asia Pacific is ramping up its reseller agreement with HP to include the HP Scitex Industrial flatbed printers, and freshly re-branded HP Latex models following the successful 2012 introduction of the HP Designjet Latex wide-format printers to its range.

    In a bid to keep its product knowledge up to scratch along with its training support, Spandex has installed an HP Scitex FB500 at its Mt. Kuring-gai headquarters, technical centre and warehouse, in Sydney’s northern region.

    The FB500 is a high-resolution (max:1200 x 600dpi) UV-curing flatbed printer that can also print on flexible media with the roll option. The six-colour extended gamut inkset can be boosted by the addition of a white ink option. The maximum width for both rigid and roll media is 1630mm, with 3050mm the maximum length for rigid media and up to 64mm thickness.

    National Hardware & Software Specialist Ryan Warby sets up the HP Scitex FB500 at Spandex’s NSW technical centre.

    “We chose the FB500 as our demonstration machine because it is such a versatile industrial UV printer,” says Alex McClelland, Spandex managing director and vice president, Asia-Pacific . “It prints on virtually any media with excellent ink adhesion, with full bleeds and at resolutions suited to outdoor, indoor or even fine art and photographic applications.”

    Spandex’s extended agreement with HP also includes the wider (2500mm) HP Scitex FB700 printer and the Industrial Latex printers, HP Latex 600 and Latex 850. A new 3200m wide Latex printer, the HP Latex 3000 will be launched worldwide at FESPA, UK on 25 June and will also be included in the extended agreement when available in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    “Since its introduction in 2008, HP Latex technology has taken the sign and display world by storm,” says McClelland, “because it offers an ecologically-safe waterbased alternative to solvent printing.

    “More than 15,000 HP Latex printers have been shipped worldwide and more than 100 million square metres have been printed with HP Latex Inks. HP expects these numbers to triple by 2016, with the amount of latex-printed pages growing rapidly while the area of solvent-printed images simultaneously declines, perhaps by as much as 33 per cent. We are delighted to extend our agreement with HP to cover all Latex models and now flatbed UV,” he says.

  • HP expands its Designjet ePrinter range

    HP is expanding its range of Designjet ePrinters with the release of the Designjet T920 and the T1500 ePrinter series.

    The new web-connected printer range is designed to help busy workgroups complete work efficiently and meet deadlines by printing correctly from the start with true print previews and delivering fast, high-quality prints.

    Additionally, these devices help users on the go to access, view and print projects from the cloud so they can collaborate easily with remote teams.

    HP designed the 36-inch devices based on extensive engagement with users early in the development process. Users proposed designs that addressed the pain points they suffer before, during and after the printing process. From this input, HP identified an output tray and true front-roll media loading as key areas for enhancement.

    The integrated output stacking tray on the devices change the way users collect and organise large-format output, and it is built in on top of the device and delivers flat, collated prints. This new output system improves productivity by reducing time spent searching through and organising printouts, and it eliminates the need for users to bend down to collect prints.

    Additionally, the new industrial design presents a flat surface on top of the devices, creating a media review table for easy, quick checking of printed plans. Built for against-the-wall operation, the true front-roll loading feature allows users to load media easily, even while seated. In addition to these new design features, the HP Designjet T920 and T1500 ePrinters deliver the fastest print speeds in the market.

    “With the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter in-house, we can quickly turn around presentations and work up to the minute a proposal is due,” said Gerardo Salinas, partner, Rojkind Architects. “The printer’s ability to collate prints and organise the queue allows us to print drawings and plans more efficiently; my team has a competitive advantage and our business is faster and better.”

    For small to medium workgroups, the compact HP Designjet T920 ePrinter eliminates output clutter with an integrated stacking tray that collates up to 50 sheets of A4- to A0-size media. True front-roll loading and automatic paper roll alignment make media handling simple. The device operates at speeds up to 21 seconds per A1/D print and is equipped with 32 GB of virtual memory space to process complex files easily and deliver faster prints.

    Ideal for multiuser environments, the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter is equipped with two rolls and features automatic alignment and smart switching capabilities to handle multiple jobs on different media types and sizes. Doubling the processing power over its predecessor, the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter uses a parallel processor with a 320GB hard drive to print multiple files simultaneously.

    The HP Designjet T920 and T1500 ePrinters feature an intuitive, full-colour touch screen that gives users added control with the ability to manage job queues, track print costs and view true print previews. With six Original HP inks and the HP printhead, the new series can produce dark blacks, true neutral grays, vivid colours and sharp lines.

    “Our customers constantly seek more efficient and user-friendly tools to bring their ideas to life,” said Ramon Pastor, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, HP. “More than two decades after the launch of the first Designjet printer, HP continues to bring design, architecture, engineering and construction professionals large-format printing solutions with innovative features, such as the integrated stacking tray and true front-roll loading, that transform the in-house printing process as well as allow users more time for creativity.”

    The HP Designjet ePrinter portfolio features HP Designjet ePrint & Share, a free web service that makes it easy to access, view and print large-format documents using an Android or Apple tablet, a smartphone, a notebook or an ePrinter touch screen.

    Together with HP Designjet ePrint & Share, the web-connected HP Designjet T920 and T1500 ePrinters allow users to automatically save copies of projects to the cloud when printing. Users also can email projects to print by attaching a PDF or other print-ready file to an email. Customers can then send the file to the ePrinter’s dedicated address.

    “The combination of the HP Designjet T920 ePrinter and HP Designjet ePrint & Share allows our firm to collaborate more easily across the globe, designing with partners without regard for geographic borders,” said Muhannad El Midani, project manager, SSH.

  • Bambra Press buys HP Indigo 10000 – 1st at PacPrint

    One of two HP Indigo 10000 presses on the Currie Group stand at PacPrint this week – sold to John Wanless, Bambra Press – is awarded the 1st Print21 HotPick of the show.

    David Currie and Simon Lewis (pictured), HP Indigo, were pleased to accept the Print21 HotPick for the HP Indigo 10000 at PacPrint. The award is for standout technology exhibited and there are few more compelling pieces of kit on display at the show than the first B2 digital press.

    According to Wanless, the HP Indigo is a natural progression for the company, which has used the technology for nine years. “We work in the B2 offset format market, but as more jobs arise that require flexibility we need a machine that enables us to capitalise on those opportunities,” he said.

    Simon Lewis and David Currie accept the Print21 HotPick for the HP Indigo 10000 from publisher Patrick Howard at PacPrint.

    The Currie Group stand is the largest at PacPrint, packed with technology on display, from the first showing of the HP Indigo 10000s to the Scodix, digital embellisher and the newly developed Horizon SmartStacker. At the show’s first press conference, Guido van Pragg, HP Indigo Asia Pacific, revealed that the Currie Group is the company’s second largest channel distributor in the world.

    David Currie recalled the original approach from Andy Lambert, an Indigo employee at PacPrint 2001, where it all began for the Currie Group. Van Pragg described the transformation of Curries as symbolic of the way the industry has moved from offset technology to digital.

    Other HP announcements saw Colorcorp install a HP Scitex FB7600 industrial press while Anitech said it has entered a collaboration with HP to offer the full range of Designjet printers.

  • Cactus Imaging claims gold gong in HP awards

    Cactus Imaging is bolstering Australia’s printing profile internationally after claiming the gold award at the HP Sign & Display Print Excellence Awards in the Innovative Application/Unique Media category.

    The OPUS Group wide format subsidiary was one of a handful of local print industry companies to take home awards from the HP awards, including Sydney’s Carbon8, which was ‘Overall Grand Winner’ for the awards’ HP Indigo category, and Momento Pro in NSW, which was the Grand Winner in the Photo Book Category, HP Indigo.

    Keith Ferrel (pictured), general manager, strategic business development at Cactus Imaging, attributed much of the company’s success in the awards to its Scitex XP5100, which helped it wrap Sydney’s Town Hall.

    “The HP Scitex XP5100 helped us bring the idea to wrap Sydney’s Town Hall – one of the city’s much loved heritage buildings – to life,” said Ferrel. “With just 48 hours to finish and install the massive wrap, we really put the Scitex to the test. The end result was a realistic look with high colour accuracy.

    “Our customer, Scaffad was thrilled. HP technologies have allowed us to take on projects that were never possible before. Cactus Imaging and Scaffad are both incredibly pleased to have been recognised by HP for our work on this particular project,” he said.

    Entries for the HP Sign & Display Awards were judged across the following categories: Transit Graphics, Exhibitions and Events, Outdoor Advertising, Retail Point of Purchase/Point of Sale, Green Digital Printing, and Innovative Application/Unique Media. The award assessment criteria included innovation and creativity, marketing appeal, use of ink and colour, and overall aesthetics.

    Over 55 printing companies across Asia Pacific were recognised for outstanding innovation and creativity in labels and packaging, signage, and commercial printing categories.

    This is the the sixth HP Print Excellence Awards, Asia Pacific and Japan, for HP Indigo, and the fourth for HP Sign and Display were held in conjunction with Dscoop Asia 2013. This year’s regional competition attracted close to 300 entries from PSPs across 14 countries. Applications produced on HP Scitex Industrial Printers and Presses and Indigo Digital Presses were considered for the awards in 25 categories.

    “Printing companies are constantly challenged by customers to deliver creative print-work within short timelines,” said Gido van Praag, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “The HP Print Excellence Awards, Asia Pacific and Japan, provides a platform to share best practices that have helped our customers make a successful impact.”

  • HP strikes local Latex deal with BMG

    HP has struck an Australian licensing deal with Brand Management Group (BMG) that sees the local branch of the global supplier set to distribute selected HP sign and display media for its Latex printers from the beginning of May.

    Under the agreement, which comes into force on 1 May, BMG will source, market and distribute a limited portfolio of HP-branded media while HP continues developing advanced media coatings and treatments. The HP media products available from BMG are limited to those intended for sign and display applications, optimized for HP Latex Inks.

    BMG, in collaboration with HP, will expand the HP portfolio with new media on 3-inch cores, which include: HP Everyday Adhesive Matte Polypropylene, HP Everyday Matte Polypropylene, HP Coated Paper, HP Universal Heavyweight Coated, HP Heavyweight Coated Paper and HP Super Heavyweight Plus Matte.

    The local licensing deal is part of a larger agreement between the two companies that sees BMG, headquartered in Florida, named as the exclusive licensing partner for HP-branded sign and display media for HP Latex Inks, with BMG sourcing, marketing and distributing HP-branded media along with providing service and support to a worldwide distributor network and HP’s tier one and tier two partners.

    “We are excited about the opportunity to represent HP sign and display media around the world, particularly given that HP is recognized as the world’s inkjet printing technology leader,” says Justin Lehman, vice president of sales and marketing, BMG. “Through this partnership, we can bring to market quickly and efficiently the advanced media coatings and treatments HP is developing for printing and imaging professionals.”

    BMG, which is also licensed partner with Kodak, will begin taking orders for HP-branded Sign and Display media for HP Latex Inks worldwide on May 1, 2013.

  • Spandex HP Latex Canberra open house

    Spandex is showing off its newest wide format offering by hosting an open house event in Canberra to showcase its new HP Latex large format printer range, on 20 and 21 February.

    Spandex Asia Pacific signed a local distribution deal with HP Latex Technology South Pacific in November last year, with the supplier appointed as the local reseller of the HP DesignJet Latex wide format printer range, including the DesignJet L26500 and the Superwide DesignJet L28500.

    Now, in a bid to drum up some local interest in its new wide format machines, Spandex is throwing open the doors of its temporary site in Canberra. The open house will feature a demonstration of the HP DesignJet 26500 Latex Printer and a technical presentation of the press range.

    For Nathan Barclay, Spandex marketing manager, Canberra was a market that was ripe for the introduction of the HP Latex range.

    “The business in Canberra for wide format is always good,” says Barclay.  “Our rep goes down there once every few weeks and he’s always had a busy time. We think it’s an open market in Canberra.”

    Certainly, since Spandex took on the HP Latex DesignJet range, the company has seen a positive initial response from the local market.

    “They’re definitely starting to roll off the floor,” says Barclay. “I think we’ve got at least one in each state, which is not bad considering that we were at the end of one year and at the beginning of another when we signed the distribution deal.”

    Once the Canberra open house is done and dusted, Barclay says Spandex will follow it up with more open houses in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. “Hopefully, that will happen before Easter. We want to strike while iron’s hot,” he says.

    The Spandex HP DesignJet Latex Printer Open House will be held at Canberra
Mantra On Northbourne,
84 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra, ACT, on
20 February 2013
4pm to 8pm
and 21 February 2013
9am to 5pm.

    Click here to register.