Epson and GMG strengthen ties in proofing market

Following is a media release about Epson’s continuing work with proofing industry partners including GMG to greatly enhance the functionality and productivity of its new range of wide format printers with Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta.
Press Release

Epson will keep working closely with its partners in the proofing industry to greatly enhance the functionality and productivity of its new range of wide format printers with Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta, according to Epson’s Business Solutions, Business Unit Manager, Craig Heckenberg.
“Our new 64 inch wide format printer is a revolutionary combination of a cost effective, 8 colour ink set with expanded colour gamut. The Stylus Pro 11880 is now getting even better with strong support from the leaders in the proofing industry,” Mr Heckenberg said.

Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) has been working with GMG to create a means for printing various levels of proofs with accurate, consistent, and wide colour gamut using the Epson Stylus Pro 880 series printers. The result is the new GMG ColorProof 4.5.
This feature dramatically extends colour gamut as well as accuracy and consistency by taking full advantage of Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta technology.
Epson Stylus Pro printers have long been supported by GMG ColorProof. Now the new GMG ColorProof 4.5 brings this support to a new level with the following features:
·        First time calibrated spot colours in GMG ColorProof. If the user decides to save a spot colour as a calibrated set, it will reproduce very closely on any calibrated printer of the same printer family.
·        Sharpening for proofing profiles, with a number of options including unsharp masking for amount, radius, and threshold.
·        Missing dot simulation of gravure printing processes. Press profile parameters of frequency, intensity (size), and start and end of dot percent can be edited.
·        Support for new printers, Vivid Magenta ink Epson printers (SP 4880-7880-9880), updated four-color Epson printers with matte black (4450-7450-9450), and the new 64″ Epson large format printer (SP 11880).
·        Support of new HKS and Pantone Goe spot colour sets with new spot colour databases for Epson printers.
Robert Gatto, Sales and Marketing Director of Kayell Australia said: “We are very much looking forward to installing the new Epson printers with GMG ColorProof 4.5. We already have the best proofing solutions based on Epson technology, and the next generation of product offers real improvements for our customers. 
“Kayell Australia is proud of its leading partnership with Epson Australia, and this has been achieved by offering our customers the best available service with their printer purchase.  We remain a leading Epson authorised large format partner and we are pleased to bring additional products to the market for our customers. The addition of the 64 inch Stylus Pro 11880 printer offers Kayell Australia and GMG exciting growth opportunities.”
Epson Stylus Pro printers are known for their ability to provide outstanding print quality that satisfies real professional’s needs. Demanding users in the proofing community, as well as those in industries such as photography, fine art, and print production, have come to expect the superior quality that Stylus Pro printers provide.
The GMG ColorProof 4.5 supports the Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880, and 11880 printers, which use the new Epson UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta technology for excellent image quality and colour gamut, along with Epson’s original Micro Piezo print heads.

“GMG is proud of the productive and successful relationship with Epson to the benefit of the graphic arts industry,” comments Jawdatt Mawassii, VP Strategy and Business Development of GMG. “The new Epson printers with Vivid Magenta ink technology will be supported in our new version released at GraphExpo and the certification for all kinds of standard are available for proofing customers.”
Epson Customer Hotline: 1300 131 928
About Epson Australia
Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
About the Epson Group
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
Epson is a network of 87,626 employees in 117 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1416 billion yen in fiscal 2006.
About GMG
GMG is a leading developer of high-end colour management solutions with more than 7,000 systems in use across the industry spectrum by ad-agencies, prepress houses, offset printers and international gravure printers.
About Kayell Australia
For close to forty years Kayell has been a success story in the extremely competitive Imaging industry. Kayell has maintained this success through times that have seen many of the industry’s respected names disappear. It has managed to do this by not just keeping up with the industry but evolving ahead of the market, recognizing openings or gaps within the imaging business that required solutions and providing the answers in combination with some of the best suppliers of products, whether they be hardware or software, to be found anywhere in the world.

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