PRINT 01 WRAP-UP -- Lasting Impressions
"Indigo is not going to disappear into Hewlett-Packard," promised Benny Landa, Indigo's founder, chairman and CEO. "The Indigo name will live on."
"We think it's exactly the right technology," added Bill McGlynn, HP's vice president and general manager for commercial printing solutions. "Indigo is at the center of our strategy."
HP was not alone; a number of other business arrangements were made public during PRINT 01:
Just prior to the show, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. announced it would acquire PrimeSource Corp., Heartland Imaging and Graphic Systems—the largest Fujifilm dealers—and create one new, independent national distribution company.
Barco and Purup-Eskofot revealed they would merge into a new company, temporarily named BPE. The new firm, management announced, will be Europe's largest digital prepress supplier. Some consolidation of the product lines is expected.
MAN Roland entered into a strategic alliance with Océ Printing Systems USA. Océ will support the DICO line of digital color printing systems in the U.S. with installation, training and service.
The combination of the Fuji/PrimeSource and HP/Indigo deals turned up the heat on digital press manufacturer Xeikon. At its press conference, the Belgian firm expressed confidence, saying added competition will increase awareness of digital technology, which will benefit everyone. With PrimeSource's acquisition leading to the dissolution of the companies' Canopy LLC venture, which had been the leading Xeikon distributor in North America, the company also announced it will henceforth be handling sales and support of its products directly.
The cluster printing concept got a boost at PRINT 01, with both Xerox and Canon making deals in this arena. Canon and T/R Systems formed a deal to create connectivity between the MicroPress server and Canon imageRUNNER and Color Laser Copier (CLC) devices, such as the CLC 5000.
Xerox and Electronics for Imaging introduced the DocuColor Cluster powered by EFI Velocity, a workflow management product that manages multiple print engines, dividing large documents between multiple printers.