SYDNEY, 29 May 2013. Fujifilm Australia has announced a raft of sales successes from PacPrint13 and anticipates further major announcements in the coming weeks.
“It was a remarkable show for us,” says Fujifilm’s General Manager for Graphic Systems, Sturt Eastwood. “Our stand was well-positioned and perpetually busy which translated into real business with confirmed orders so far for four Acuity LED 1600 wide format hybrid printers, a five-metre Uvistar Pro8 grand format printer and a Luxel T-6300 computer-to-plate system.”
With a batch of wide-format orders announced in the weeks before PacPrint including to Just Signs, Qld; Mezographic, Vic and Civic Media, Qld; Fujifilm is rapidly becoming one of the industry’s major vendors to this sector. “With competition so fierce in the flatbed UV and roll-fed superwide format markets, it is encouraging to see our sales graph heading north,” says Eastwood. “Many of our customers order second and third machines, such as a Uvistar Pro8 to go with an Acuity Advance for example.”
Fujifilm has assembled an impressive range of UV-curing wide format printer platforms that covers the 1600mm Acuity hybrid roll/flatbed LED machine, Acuity Advance flatbed series with roll option, the Uvistar Pro8 grand format 3.5 or 5 metre models and the ultra high-productivity Inca Onset S20 and S40i.
“I think customers are attracted to the sheer quality and productivity of our wide-format range,” notes Eastwood. “With inksets up to eight colours, white inks and clear varnish and the environmental credentials of LED UV curing, we have a good story to convey. Payback time is short and colour management is something Fujifilm has lived and breathed long before wide-format UV arrived on the market.”
CTP is also going strongly for Fujifilm in both thermal and violet iterations. The Brillia HD Pro-T3 plate is proving a winner in thermal commercial situations, while violet photopolymer plates are preferred in newspaper and higher volume web applications. A testament to this is the recent announcement that Fairfax Media has committed to Fujifilm plates.
“We will be revealing the customer sites for the confirmed PacPrint orders shortly,” says Eastwood. “I’d like to congratulate both our team and our customers for a very worthwhile and productive PacPrint13.”