Momentum of HP’s entire digital press portfolio continues, with more than 6 000 HP Indigo presses and 100 HP inkjet web presses now installed worldwide.
Since the introduction of the HP inkjet web press in 2009, many printers have adopted multiple presses to drive business transformation.
Widespread adoption of these solutions, including explosive growth in the Asia Pacific and Japan region (APJ), has driven the analogue-to-digital transformation in the graphics industry and contributed to the strong growth of high-value digital pages.
At China Print, HP also announced a series of new solutions and product upgrades for its digital press portfolio, enabling PSPs to expand capabilities and help increase profitability.
‘PSPs are facing pressure to expand their services and add new capabilities to remain competitive in the marketplace,’ explains Stephen Nigro, HP’s senior VP, Graphics Solutions Business. ‘Our expanded graphics portfolio, introduced at drupa 2012, is fuelling transformation from analogue to digital printing by helping our customers expand their range of applications, go after high-value pages and grow their businesses.’
Capturing new applications
To help customers protect their investments and produce a broader range of high-value applications, HP is introducing new features for its best-selling HP Indigo digital presses.
At China Print, the company demonstrated a new red-fluorescing invisible ink for the HP Indigo 7000, 7500 and 7600 digital presses. Currently available on the HP Indigo 5600, HP Indigo ElectroInk UV Red is valuable for tracking and anti-counterfeiting features. It is expected to be available worldwide in September.
HP also demonstrated 600µm one-shot printing for the HP Indigo 5600 that enables PSPs to produce high-margin synthetic applications such as mono-core cards and signs. This capability is expected to be available worldwide in October.
Both features build on the capabilities HP introduced last year for the industry-leading HP Indigo 5X00 and 7X00 series to offer PSPs greater application versatility, increased productivity and improved automation.
HP also introduced Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) for the HP Indigo 3550. EPM, introduced on all other HP Indigo presses last year, gives customers a competitive edge by reducing turnaround times and production costs. With EPM, colour jobs use only three inks instead of four, without compromising print quality. This capability is expected to be available worldwide in June 2013.
Also at China Print, HP featured the HP Indigo W7250 and WS6600 digital presses, as well as its wide range of workflow solutions, including HP SmartStream Production Center, designed to help PSPs increase productivity and efficiency.