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Duggal Visual Solutions Adds HP Scitex Printer and HP Indigo Press

April 14, 2011
PALO ALTO, CA—April 13, 2011—New York City-based Duggal Visual Solutions (DVS) has added a latex ink HP Scitex LX800 large-format printer and an HP Indigo press 5500 to its operations, offering customers a range of new applications, such as wallpaper, vehicle graphics, fashion “look books,” art catalogs, cosmetic swatches and photo portfolios. A leading supplier of printing, computer imaging, wide-format graphics and display services, DVS continuously seeks to expand its arsenal of imaging technologies to satisfy emerging client needs.

For more than 45 years, Baldev Duggal, chairman of DVS, has been a pioneer in the use of new technologies within the imaging business. As a result, the company has become renowned for quality as well as for solutions that help retailers, museums and artists effectively market their brands.

“The HP Latex Ink printer and Indigo press are enabling us to do things that no one else is doing from a versatility, quality and environmental standpoint,” said Duggal. “Some of our printing is for the fashion and cosmetics industries, which deal with beauty, and when you can make them rave over the quality of your work, you know you're doing things right. It makes a powerful statement about HP technology, about the people we have here, and about Duggal Visual Solutions.”

Transitioning a solvent workflow to UV and Latex technologies
In 2005, DVS began transitioning its large-format portfolio from solvent to UV inks to mitigate the negative effects of solvent technology on the environment and workplace. With a focus on sustainability, DVS initially became a beta site for the HP Designjet L25500 Printer. After the successful implementation, the company decided to add an HP Scitex LX800 printer to its portfolio for increased throughput, cost-effective production and high quality output that meets customers' growing needs for quick turnaround print jobs on a wide variety of applications.

The 126-inch HP Scitex LX800 printer sets a new image-quality standard for the industrial large-format market. It is the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, operating at speeds up to 947 sq.ft./hr. for outdoor billboards and up to 484 sq.ft./hr. for indoor applications. The printer also features roll-to-free fall, roll-to-collector and dual-roll capabilities.

The HP Latex Inks used with the HP Scitex LX800 Printer offer a wide color gamut and scratch, smudge and water resistance comparable to low-solvent ink technology, while reducing the impact of printing on the environment. The inks allow customers like Duggal to attract environmentally conscious customers with odorless prints—a clear advantage over prints produced with low-solvent inks. Water-based HP Latex Inks have no hazard warning labels, no hazardous air pollutants, and are non-flammable and non-combustible.

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