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Wave of B2+ HP Indigos to change printing landscape in ANZ

Friday, 11 May 2012
By Patrick Howard

At least four and up to ten HP Indigo 10000 digital presses are headed this way following an impressive sign up by local printers for the new digital engines. Currie Group is expecting a bumper number of presses to go into Australia and NZ as soon as they become available in 2013.

The high-capacity presses have captured the imagination of the HP Indigo community as well as engaging commercial printers attracted by the commercial printing standard B2 size. Competition to be the first with the new press has generated intense interest and speculation.

Phil Rennell, sales director, would not be drawn on who is likely to be the first HP Indigo 10000 printer, only to confirm that there were quite a number in the running. The unprecedented sign up and expressions of interest suggest the new press will likely surpass success of the previous models.

When David Currie arrived at the drupa show on Wednesday (pictured on home page) he confirmed the scope of the numbers and said there will likely be even more. A lot of the inquiries are coming from commercial printers who are now recognising the mainstream potential of the new size presses.

With a paper size of 29.5 (74.9 cm) x 20.9 inches (53.1cm) and a monthly duty cycle of 2.2 million sheets, the HP Indigo has been hailed as one of the most impressive new technologies at this drupa. It is due to start shipping in the first quarter 2013, but already Australian printers are signing firm orders in order to have a chance to be first in line.

Currie Group is also enjoying a good drupa on the Horizon stand, where Bernie Robinson, managing director, confirmed the sale of three AFC-566FG Cross Folders as well as two Stitchliners by the halfway mark of the show. He said printers are responding to the changing market conditions for shorter runs and more variable output. They are investing across the range of the new generation of Horizon finishing equipment such as the new HT Variable Trimmer and the CRF -362 Crease and Folder.

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