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16th September 2014 – Epson is pleased to announce the commercial launch of the SureLab D7 Studio which will be shown at Photokina, 16th-21st September (Stand B11, Hall 2.2, Koelnmesse). This scalable and flexible solution can be tailored to suit users’ needs, and used either on the shop floor as a self-service order terminal or – by adding the SureLab D700 printer – as a production microlab behind-the-counter. Read the rest of this entry »

Building on the success of the Perfection V700 range, the new models’ professional quality, speed and productivity raise the bar once again

16th September 2014 – Epson announces the launch of two outstanding film and photo flatbed scanners: the Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo, for converting back catalogues and collections of photo film and prints into professional-quality digital images. Thanks to the quality of their optics, the size of their scanning area, their wide range of supported film formats and advanced options for dust and scratch removal, they lead the market in this segment. Read the rest of this entry »

16th September 2014 – Epson is embarking on a strategy to energise and transform High-Street retail and professional production photo imaging with a range of “smart” production systems, the company announces today at Photokina in Germany, the world’s leading imaging exhibition.

“We are seeing the beginnings of a ‘Second Retail Wave’ of innovation in the imaging industry,” says Duncan Ferguson, Director of Professional Graphics for Epson Europe.  “It is opening up exciting opportunities for High-Street retailers and imaging professionals to explore new business ideas and revenue streams built on producing a huge variety of added-value personalised products. These innovators need short-run production solutions that are affordable, easy-to-use, flexible and reliable — and we believe no one is better placed than Epson to meet these demands.”

Epson identifies two principal factors that will shape the future of the imaging industry:  the enormous and growing volume of digital images being created and captured (Yahoo estimates that over 880 billion photographs will be taken in 2014) and people’s desires to do more with images than ever before.

Ability to image multiple materials heralds ‘Second Wave’

New figures from Futuresource Consulting confirm that the consumer photo imaging market is moving away from paper-based prints to more creative applications.  Between 2012 and 2015, the retail value of digital prints fell by over 20%, while the  rate of increase of canvas prints also rose by 21% (source: Lightwords) driven by an increased desire to display our best photographs, and the ability that digital printing has to reproduce them on this media.

Epson now heralds a ‘Second Wave’ driven by the ability of advanced digital imaging technologies to print onto a considerable variety of materials in addition to paper – such as metal, textile, wall coverings, wood, plastic, laminates, rubber and ceramics. This capability enables people to personalise more and more aspects of their environment.

Says Duncan Ferguson: “For Epson, the ‘First Wave’ started with Photo and Fine Art canvasses and also encompassed paper-based applications of photo-merchandising, such as photobooks, calendars, and cards.  But in the ‘Second Wave’ people have much greater ambitions.  They don’t just want to order or print their own photos, or share them via social networks, they also want to be very creative with their images.  Because the world is increasingly personalised, they want to use images to personalise their possessions and create bespoke surroundings and gifts — everything from flip-flops to T-Shirts and other clothing, bags to aluminium panels, upholstery to table tops, smartphone cases to wallcoverings.  These desires translate into a huge opportunity for High Street retailers and imaging professionals to expand the range of added-value bespoke, personalised products they offer — provided they have the right production solutions, at the right price, to deliver a rapid return on investment.”

The Epson solutions designed to meet the needs of this ‘Second Wave’ include:

  • The SureLab range of compact mini and scalable microlabs provide retailers with a choice of production systems. The range is extended today with the commercial launch of the SureLab D7 Studio. This scalable solution can be used as a self-service order terminal or as a production ‘behind-the-counter’ microlab for the production of a wide range of photo products including leporellos, panoramics, greetings cards and leaflets.
  • The SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment T-Shirt printer which enables users to start a profitable T-shirt printing service with minimal outlay.
  • The versatile SureColor SC-F6000 and SC-F7100 dye sublimation printers which enable the production of a wide variety of printed products such as promotional merchandise, personalised products and gifts, clothing and furnishings.
  • The SureColor SC-S range of large-format printers which enable retailers and photo professionals to offer a premium customised canvas print and wall covering service. These are ideal too for studios wishing to print their own studio backgrounds onsite to create bespoke photo shoot environments.

Strong imaging heritage

Each day Epson invests $1.34 million on R&D to continue driving innovation.  Epson’s strong heritage in the imaging industry means the company is best placed to drive the future of production imaging technologies and is developing more imaging products than ever before – encompassing print, projection and sensing technologies.

“We provide solutions to produce a broad spectrum of imaging applications for 360 degrees of the imaging world – from photo enthusiasts to professional photographers and High-Street retailers. The imaging market is evolving rapidly and Epson is committed to driving the business of imaging in all its forms by developing products that are designed to energise and inspire”, says Duncan Ferguson.

 

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Notes to Editor: Click on images to download high res jpegs or request from debbie@splashpr.co.uk

 

About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce and industry.  Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
http://global.epson.com/

 

About Epson Europe
Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe, Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1700 employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2013 were 1,517 million Euros. http://www.epson.eu

Environmental Vision 2050
http://eco.epson.com/

For further press information:
Leonie Davis, PR & Social Media Manager, Epson (UK) Limited, Direct Tel: (0)1442 227246, Email: ldavis@epson.co.uk
Ruth Clark/Melinda Williams, Splash!PR, Tel: (0)1580 241177, Email: melinda@splashpr.co.uk

 

First firms to invest in Screen’s new Truepress Jet 3200UV HS printer choose Caldera’s GrandRIP+ to take full advantage of its high-productivity

Those visiting FESPA Digital in May this year in search of a high-performing flat-bed to add to their wide-format printer stable were right to identify the Screen Truepress Jet 3200UV HS as a valuable addition. Five companies placed orders for the machine immediately at its début in Munich – and each specified Caldera as the RIP to drive it.

The Truepress Jet 3200UV HS, featuring six colours plus white, is manufactured by Screen subsidiary Inca Digital. The company’s experience in engineering outstanding productivity solutions for a wide range of interior and exterior applications, including retail, signage and décor, is reflected in this High Speed (HS) model, which uses original Truepress inks to guarantee a broad colour gamut, even on heat-sensitive and other tricky media. For British wide-format house Lexon Group, these features were key to help sustain its 40 percent growth over the last three years; its 150sq m/hour top print speed will complement two existing Truepress Jet 2500UV to expand its output capabilities and retain profitability. Read the rest of this entry »

15 images printed by Epson and signed by Sir Alex Ferguson raise money for Manchester United’s unique charity partnership

 

10th September 2014:  The Manchester United Foundation’s ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership yesterday launched a new fundraising drive with the support of Epson Europe.

Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium was the venue for an exclusive “for-one-day-only” photography exhibition celebrating 15 years of United for UNICEF.  To mark the occasion, Sir Alex Ferguson unveiled his personal selection of 15 photographs highlighting memorable events during the partnership’s 15 years.  A selection of these images — signed by Sir Alex after being printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 large-format printer — are now being auctioned online to raise money for United for UNICEF’s programme supporting vulnerable children in Vietnam.  The 508 mm x 768 mm images, printed on 300 gsm media, can be viewed and bid for at www.united4unicef.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 9th September 2014 Visitors to Labelexpo Americas (9-11th September 2014, Rosemont, Illinois) will see the impressive performance capabilities of the next-generation Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead chosen by the industry’s leading digital label press manufacturers.

The Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead is popular with top inkjet label press manufacturers because it combines superb quality with unrivalled industrial reliability and low cost of ownership. Featuring1000 Optimised Geometry nozzles the printhead delivers precise drop placement to produce exceptional high resolution images and text. A key feature of the Xaar 1002 GS6 is its ability to print heavily-pigmented high opacity white inks and high viscosity varnishes extremely reliably in one pass using a single printbar, enabled by Xaar’s patented ink recirculation technology, TF Technology™.

During the show Durst, EFI, FFEI, INX and SPG will all demonstrate their latest Xaar 1002-enabled digital UV presses printing a variety of label types. These range from stand-alone, entry-level presses to fully-integrated systems with in-line printing and finishing:

  • Durst (Booth 5901) shows the new high-definition print mode Tau 330 high speed UV inkjet label press.  With a very high print resolution of 720 x 1260 dpi it achieves very good, pin sharp reproduction of text, finest graphic detail as well as clear gradients and soft skin tones. This modular, seven-colour press features in-line digital laser finishing and low-migration UV inks for food, healthcare and pharmaceutical applications.
  • EFI (Booth 6423) shows the latest four-colour EFI Jetrion 4950LX LED single-pass press printing high-quality labels at 720 x 720 dpi with vibrant images and fine text at print speeds of up to 157 ft/min.  This efficient, modular press can be configured to suit specific needs and combines excellent quality with lowest cost per label.
  • FFEI (Booth 5621) demonstrates a complete hybrid Graphium UV inkjet press with pre- and post- digital flexo stations, a cold foiling station and die cutter at the show. In addition to the ability to print a high opacity, high adhesion under white, a range of new features are unveiled,  including over-white printing and the capability to now support substrates of 40-600 µm allowing the thinnest liners to heavy duty vinyl to be used.
  • INX (Booth 6411) shows the new five-colour Komori NW210 UV digital narrow web press with LED curing and inline laser cutter. Powered by the JetINX™ printhead drive and ink recirculation system, the NW210 incorporates 15 Xaar 1002 printheads to ensure high-quality, high-speed label printing at up to 80 ft/min on any label stock up to 210 mm wide.
  • SPGPrints (Booth 530) shows the modular DSI® UV inkjet label printer which can be configured as a stand-alone digital printer or a complete solution with in-line converting and in widths from 135 mm-530 mm. The versatile DSI features four printbars with Xaar 1002 printheads  as standard, and an additional six printbars can be added to enable options such as digital white, digital primer and an extended colour gamut by adding orange and violet.

“The choice of digital presses has never been greater and Labelexpo is a superb showcase for the latest technologies,” says Mark Ritchie. “But choosing the right digital press can be a daunting prospect so we have produced two White Papers to explain and clarify two important aspects of inkjet label printing – quality and white ink performance.

“Because quality is not simply a matter of selecting the highest dots/inch or lines/inch in ‘Print quality – the whole picture’ (www.xaar.com/en/MediaDocuments/Print-quality-white-paper.pdf we show you how to take into account multiple interacting elements. Plus, a high performance, opaque white capability is a key measure of UV inkjet label presses today. But it can be difficult to evaluate, so in ‘UV white inkjet inks for single-pass label applications’ www.xaar.com/en/MediaDocuments/UV-inks-white-paper.pdf we explore the challenges of jetting highly pigmented white inks to achieve high-quality opaque results and provide advice on what you need to consider.”

In addition, Xaar is delighted to be sponsoring The Inkjet Trail during the show where visitors can compare the same food, personal care and industrial labels printed on identical substrates but printed on different digital label presses. On the trail EFI and Durst are demonstrating the superb label printing capabilities of their Xaar 1002-enabled machines. Go to www.labelexpo-americas.com/inkjet-trail for details and daily demonstration times.

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Xaar 1002 printhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Xaar
Xaar is the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and systems components to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at www.xaar.com

Contacts:
Xaar:
Charlotte Baile T: +44 1223 437273 E: charlotte.baile@xaar.com
Ruth Clark, Splash!PR T: +44 1580 241177 E: ruth@splashpr.co.uk

Stand GB3, 30th September – 1st October, Design Centre, Islington, London

September 4th 2014 –GMG Color is teaming up with leading innovative technology company Epson and specialist packaging design graphics studio Studio404 at Packaging Innovations (stand GB3).

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Global debut at Photokina 2014: Top-of-the-range Epson A3 photo printer with new UltraChrome HD ink delivers excellent quality prints

3rd September 2014Epson announces the launch of the SureColor SC-P600, a fast, flexible and easy-to-use printer which produces professional high-quality photo prints in sizes up to A3+.

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Screen will highlight the on-demand, variable data capabilities of the Truepress Jet 520 inkjet web press at the inaugural Kern Open House (8th–11th September, Munsingen, Switzerland).

Screen will be one of more than 20 partner companies at the event demonstrating products that complement Kern’s extensive portfolio of mailroom hardware and software solutions for inserting, pre- and post-processing. Read the rest of this entry »

Screen is pleased to announce the appointment of Pantoon NV (www.pantoon.be) as its distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg for the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV wide-format printer.

The partnership with Screen marks Pantoon’s entry into the mid-range UV digital printing market and completes its portfolio of versatile inkjet products to meet a broad spectrum of applications and customer requirements.

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