Exhibitor Previews Offer Tidbits and Bytes
Tim Taylor, marketing manager for Screen Europe, said a major portion of the company’s display space at Drupa will be given over to POD solutions. “We need to make a big impression to get recognition in that market,” he explained.
The Truepress Jet2500UV was previewed at the FESPA exhibition, but will be Screen’s key introduction in Germany as the product enters full commercial release. It is a combination flatbed and rollfed UV ink-jet printing system with a maximum 1,200 dpi output resolution on media with a maximum width of 98.4˝ and thickness of 1.96˝. The unit prints in CMYK, with the option of adding light cyan and magenta or white ink.
Screen’s management believes the CTP hardware market will peak in 2008 and considers this aggressive move into digital printing to be a logical conclusion of the company’s product developments to date. It can leverage its experience with workflow solutions, precision movement of imaging heads and flatbeds, exacting manufacturing processes and color knowledge, Taylor asserted.
Worldwide, Screen reports selling 40 to 50 Truepress 344 presses annually, primarily in Europe and the Far East. It is exploring further development of the product.
Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI, sees the industry and his company’s product development being driven by the “Big Five” factors. These include industry consolidation, the power of information in running a profitable business, digital printing, industrial printing and going green.
Addressing the five in order, Gecht said he is surprised that there hasn’t been more discussion of the significant consolidation that is occurring and how to compete with merged companies. EFI plans to show new things on every front—including MIS—at Drupa, but Gecht declined to go into specifics.
In the digital printing arena, MultiCopy, based in Amsterdam, was recognized for purchasing the landmark 500,000th Fiery unit shipped to a European customer. It is driving a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP color press. EFI also announced the release of the Fiery XF for driving wide- and superwide-format printers.