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HP Completes HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press Beta Testing

June 4, 2010

Optimum print quality

Using HP ElectroInk and a digital printing process that emulates conventional printing, the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press is able to deliver unmatched print quality. With its advanced automation of ink charging, the new HP Indigo press breaks new ground in color consistency and uniformity.

HP Indigo offers four-, six- and seven-color printing, plus print service providers (PSPs) can use special spot colors that are either ordered or mixed on-site with the HP IndiChrome Ink Mixing System. This ensures that PSPs can meet their customers' most exacting branding requirements, accurately matching up to 97 percent of PANTONE® Colors. Users can produce professional photo prints using HP Indigo's six-color photo imaging process featuring Light Cyan and Light Magenta inks, ensuring accurate replication of shadow detail as well as smoothed and enhanced skin tones.

Maximum versatility for a wide range of applications

A wide selection of applications is possible on the new, highly flexible HP Indigo press, including marketing collateral, photo-specialty printing, direct mail, transpromotional statements, books and magazines.

The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press supports a wide range of substrates, more than 1,000 of which meet environmental standards. The press can run coated, uncoated, synthetic, transparent, colored or adhesive media, in thicknesses from 70 to 400 microns. The optional thick substrate kit extends this range up to 460 microns/18 points to enable printing on paperboard for point-of-purchase applications and folding cartons.

Using the new HP ElectroInk White facilitates full-color printing on transparent, metallic and colored media for high-value applications.

Early reactions from the beta test sites

Grandville Printing Co.
Grandville Printing Co. was founded in 1956 as a newspaper printer. Today, the Grandville, MI-based company offers end-to-end print communications solutions, from design and database management through distribution and fulfilment.

In addition to running a beta test HP Indigo 7500 unit, the company has a range of HP Indigo equipment including two HP Indigo press 3050s and two HP Indigo press 5000s.

"In our opinion, the quality of print and the high speeds offered by the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press are exceptional," said Chris Nunez, director of digital printing, Grandville Printing Company. "The productivity and reliability of this new HP Indigo press has helped us to streamline our operations and enabled us to transition to the highest possible level of digital printing."

Precision Printing
Precision Printing is based in Barking, UK, and is a successful commercial printing business with more than 40 years' experience of delivering innovative and professional print services to an impressive portfolio of businesses. In 2009, Precision won the British Printing Industries Federation- and PrintWeek magazine-sponsored Excellence Award for customer service teams.

The company has been operating the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press alongside its HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press and two HP Indigo press 5000s. In addition to its digital presses, it has traditional litho presses. Precision specializes in producing a variety of collateral including business stationery, leaflets, direct mail, brochures, reports welcome packs and photo specialty items.

"The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press allows us to print on thick substrates, up to 460 microns, making the production of on-demand packaging a possibility for us and the addition of the new white ink ensures that our products really stand out," said Gary Peeling, managing director, Precision Printing. "We believe that the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press provides the highest quality digital printing in the marketplace."

ProCo
ProCo, of Sheffield, UK, has been an HP Indigo customer since 2001, when it installed a six-colour HP Indigo press 3000 (since upgraded to an HP Indigo press 3050). Established as The Production Company in 1996, it quickly moved into direct mail, data management and fulfillment. By 2004, the company, now called ProCo, was a fully integrated litho, digital, direct mail and distribution provider, with a commitment to investing in market leading technological solutions.

Today ProCo occupies a state-of-the-art 50,000 ft2 facility with 95 full-time staff and operates 24/7. The company became a beta test site for the HP Indigo press 5000, the HP Indigo press 5500 and has also put the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press through its paces.

"Since we have been utilizing the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, we have been amazed at the speed in which we are able to fulfill jobs – it creates another dimension to digital printing," said Jon Bailey, sales director, ProCo. "For example, a variable-data job that previously took two and a half hours to RIP was sent to the new press in six minutes and produced in a single shift, rather than two. From a business angle, the fast production times combined with the lower running costs add a lot to our bottom line."

More information about HP Indigo presses is available at www.hp.com/go/gsb and through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

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