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Consolidated Graphics Expands Its Investment in Grand-Format Printing

August 31, 2011
HOUSTON—August 31, 2011—With marketplace demand increasing for high-quality, large/grand-format inkjet printing, Consolidated Graphics has purchased a variety of new printing equipment from EFI and HP. The printers have been installed in several of Consolidated Graphics’ owned printing companies across the United States. This new equipment includes the EFI VUTEk GS5000r and GS3200 grand-format devices, as well as the HP Scitex FB500 and Scitex LX800 large/grand-format equipment.

“Consolidated Graphics always thinks of our customers’ needs first when investing in new technology,“ said Ric Davis, executive vice president, purchasing and operations for Consolidated Graphics. Our customers have found that grand format printed material is an effective and increasingly popular way to make a big impression and build awareness for their brands at the national, regional and local levels.”

“Very few companies can offer what CGX can in color consistency at multiple locations across the U.S. We can print a customer’s product simultaneously in multiple locations and can get the product to market faster, while reducing shipping costs,” added Davis.

The new large/grand format technology recently purchased and installed by Consolidated Graphics includes:

• EFI VUTEk GS5000r – True 600 dpi and true 1000 dpi dual resolution capability for HD point-of-purchase and commercial graphics. Features double-sided printing, white and crisp four-point text capabilities. Co-branded EFI and 3M flexible ink comes standard to increase application range and enable printing on a wider range of substrates.

• EFI VUTEk GS3200 – Accommodates jobs in a variety of applications: exhibition graphics, photographic reproductions and point-of-purchase displays. Equipped with true 600 dpi and true 1,000 dpi dual resolution, eight-color, white, Fast-5, roll-to-roll and rigid substrate capabilities.

• HP Scitex LX800 – Features latex inks that are environmentally friendly and odorless, which are perfect for sensitive in-door environments. Accommodates high quality production in a variety of applications: point-of-purchase, sports banners, light boxes, bus shelters and customized wallpapers. Color print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.

• HP Scitex FB500 – Image quality of up to 1,200 x 600 optimized dpi, accommodating both rigid and/or flexible substrate. Also features flexible print speed to match for best quality product.

Currently Consolidated Graphics has nine large/grand format printing installations across the country. These locations share best practices with each other, creating a uniform consistency throughout all large/grand format-printing projects. By having multiple locations across the nation that adhere to strict and consistent quality practices, Consolidated Graphics can meet all customer needs effectively and efficiently, no matter the location.

Consolidated Graphics companies currently equipped with grand format production capabilities:
  • Anderson/LA, Los Angeles, CA
  • CDS Publications,Medford, OR
  • Courier Printing,Smyrna, TN
  • Garner Company, Des Moines, IA
  • The Hennegan Co., Florence, KY
  • McKay Press, Midland, MI
  • Orange County Printing, Irvine, CA
  • Tursack, Inc., Morgantown, PA
  • Wetzel Brothers, Cudahy, WI

About Consolidated Graphics
Consolidated Graphics, Inc., headquartered in Houston, is one of North America’s leading general commercial printing companies. With 70 printing businesses strategically located across 27 states, Toronto, and Prague, and a presence in Asia, CGX offers an unmatched geographic footprint, unsurpassed capabilities, and unparalleled levels of convenience, efficiency and service. With locations in or near virtually every major U.S. market, CGX provides the service and responsiveness of a local printer enhanced by the economic, geographic and technological advantages of a large national organization.

Consolidated Graphics’ vast and technologically advanced sheetfed and web printing capabilities are complemented by the world’s largest integrated digital footprint. By coupling North America’s most comprehensive printing capabilities with strategically located fulfillment centers and industry-leading technology, CGX delivers end-to-end print production and management solutions that are based on the needs of our customers to improve their results.

Source: CGX.
 

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