Epson Enters New Markets as Inkjet Comes of Age

drupa 2008 to see launch of new commercial, production-oriented solutions alongside leading traditional large format printers
Press Release

At
drupa 2008, Epson, together with its industry partners, will showcase
new technologies that will enable it to move into new, vertical sectors
whilst maintaining its leading position in the traditional large format
printer market.

On stand
A01 in hall 5, a range of new Epson solutions will show how a
combination of quality, flexibility, reliability and productivity can
deliver high-quality inkjet digital print solutions that address the
challenges of the printing industry.

Epson’s
award-winning development of UltraChrome ink and its knowledge and
expertise in its core Micro Piezo print head technology have brought
inkjet to such a high standard of quality and reliability that it can
now be used for a variety of commercial production-oriented printing
applications including print-for-pay (PfP), label printing,
print-on-demand, exhibition graphics, signage and photo and fine-art
reproduction.

Solutions
for all these sectors will be shown on the stand at drupa where there
will be demonstrations of high-quality output combined with fast
turnaround that is required by these demanding markets.

“drupa
2008 is already being talked about as the show that will see inkjet
become mainstream. Visitors to the Epson stand will see for themselves
how Micro Piezo inkjet technology has developed to such a high standard
that we are now able to broaden its use into commercial,
production-oriented applications,” says Duncan Ferguson, Director of Pro-Graphics and New Business Development at Epson Europe.

New product – Epson Stylus Pro GS 6000

Epson
is launching the Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64″ large format printer with an
8-colour ink set, offering the widest colour gamut to date in a printer
designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. The new ink set
allows production of high-impact, high-quality and durable prints
enabling printers, copy-shops and sign shops to extend their business
into higher quality demanding applications such as airport and
exhibition graphics, as well as art-reproduction.

Integral
to the quality and durability of print output is the new Epson
UltraChrome GS, an 8-colour eco-solvent type ink set (C,M,Y,K,LC,LM,+
O,G) with an exceptionally wide colour palette. This ink set also
addresses commonly used spot colours and is available in efficient
950ml cartridges. Importantly for operators, Epson UltraChrome GS ink
is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the
need for a hazard symbol. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000
user-friendly. Additional ventilation isn’t required and Epson focused
on significantly reducing the need for time-consuming daily operator
maintenance thus increasing available production time.

The
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 has a resolution of up to 1440×1440 dpi and a
3.7 picolitre droplet. Production speeds are up to 25m2/hour using
Epson’s Variable-sized Ink Droplet and MicroWeave half-toning
Technologies delivering fast-drying, scratch-resistant prints.

News update on vertical market solutions

Epson
will also be demonstrating the next generation of the Epson label
printer concept which was first launched at LabelExpo 2007. In addition
there will be demonstrations of Epson’s new Micro Piezo print head
technology, including a new product with a Micro Piezo TFP (Thin-Film
Piezo) print head.

Furthermore
Epson will showcase innovative applications it has developed with its
partners based on Epson’s market leading inkjet technology, such as
remote proofing, textile printing and inkjet CtP.

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