Variable Data & Digital printing

Shutterfly and HP Indigo help customers personalize and print what they love

HP Inc recently announced an historic deal with Shutterfly, the world’s leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, adding a second phase of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses and naming HP as its preferred digital press provider as they expand their lead as the world’s leading digital print service provider. The announcement comes just a year after Shutterfly acquired a first phase of 25 HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses, making its combined order the largest deal by far for HP Indigo. 

“We are seeing an incredible renaissance in digital printing. People click what they like, but print what they love. The power of HP’s digital print technologies opens new markets, applications and possibilities for our top customers like Shutterfly,” said Enrique Lores, president, Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc. “We are seeing enormous momentum in our digital printing and graphics business as more companies discover the power of print to reinvent connections. Shutterfly leads the market in high-quality photo based printed products and we are incredibly pleased to be part of that success.”

Shutterfly will use its new fleet of digital presses to produce a range of high-quality, personalized products and gifts including photo books, calendars, custom stationery, cards and keepsakes. The 29-inch format HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press enables production of these products through offset matching digital color with true photo quality, high productivity, and wide versatility on an unmatched range of media including synthetic, metalized and canvas applications. The new HP Indigo presses will be installed in time to help Shutterfly manage the annual boom of photo-based gift giving for the holiday season.

The deal also marks the biggest-ever competitive win for HP Indigo, with Shutterfly’s decision to make HP its preferred digital press provider and replace presses from an existing vendor.

“At Shutterfly, our mission is to help people share life’s joy.  Our customers trust us with their most treasured memories, and count on us to deliver the best quality in the industry,” said Dwayne Black, senior vice president, chief operations officer, Shutterfly, Inc.

Shutterfly will also use HP PrintOS capabilities for its full HP Indigo fleet to seamlessly harness and print its products.

HP launches learning academy in Singapore

Digital printing machinery manufacturer HP Inc has unveiled a new multimillion-dollar Graphics Solutions Service (GSS) Learning Academy dedicated to providing enhanced professional development and training to accelerate the digital transformation of the printing industry across Asia Pacific and Japan.

Official opening of the new HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy in SingaporeAt a time when printing is rapidly evolving from analog to digital, training and development on the latest digital transformation technologies are vital for print services providers and professionals in the print industry. The HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy will provide a highly effective learning experience for over 1000 customers, production managers, engineers and operators from across the region, over the next 12 months.

Pee Beng Kong, director of electronics, Singapore Economic Development Board said, “We are pleased that HP has chosen Singapore to set up its Learning Academy. The Learning Academy will help to upskill and equip our workforce with capabilities in digital printing.”

The HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy will develop production managers, operators, service engineers and application engineers through a blended learning model. The curriculum of over 50 courses includes on-site hands-on-training, self-paced modular eLearning, instructor-led webinars and online assessment tools. Participants in the Academy will have the opportunity to attend general training courses that create a deeper awareness about the enormous potential of digital printing and how it can empower businesses to do more, as well as product training courses such as HP Indigo operator level 1, level 2 and color management.

The training facility includes the latest HP Indigo Digital Presses for hands-on training workshopsThe 1,700 square-metre training facility at the HP Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Tuas has been renovated and includes seven training classrooms, hands-on Digital Printing Press workshops, remote monitoring and diagnostic command centre, and a next-generation product and solution training room. The facility also showcases the latest printing solutions including HP Indigo Digital Presses, HP Sign & Display Presses and HP DesignJet Printers.

“As we work to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere, we recognise that we are at the threshold of a huge digital transformation,” said Michael Boyle, general manager, Graphic Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific & Japan. “HP is committed to providing the necessary skills, development and support that will empower businesses, brands and print service providers across Asia Pacific and Japan to take advantage of the growth in digital printing market.”

HP is committed to leading the analog-to-digital transformation across Asia Pacific and Japan by reinventing not only the approach to print but also providing critical skills development and knowledge transfer.

Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C1085 witnesses seven deployments in Eastern India in 2016-17

Konica Minolta has witnessed record seven deployments of its industry leading bizhub PRESS C1085 digital industrial printing solution in Eastern India in 2016-17. Bizhub PRESS C1085 is compatible with latest global standards and supports numerous industry standards as well as high quality colour management. With JDF support, APPE, Pantone, industry-standard Fiery and Konica Minolta controller, it comes as a state-of-the-art model for the printing industry.

Complimenting Konica Minolta for its cutting edge printing solutions Barun Maiti from HS Laxmi Graphics Innovation, Kolkata comments, “bizhub PRESS C1085 has helped us garner a host of new clients with varied time requirements. The quality and efficiency of the printing solution is definitely one among the best in the market.''

While, Mohit Sarda from Print Ask, Siliguri added, ''It’s truly a holistic solution which caters to end to end requirements of a printing business. Its deployment has not only helped us to serve our clients better, but has also helped our in-house team gain more proficiency in its work.''

Sudhir Singhal from Systematic Designers and Printers Pvt Ltd from Siliguri, commented, “I highly recommend this machine to all the printing SMEs as the quality and efficiency of the printing solution and one of the best in the digital printing market. I highly recommend this machine to printing businesses who are looking forward to strengthen their production.”

Another happy customer Deepak Basak of Eastern Publication House, Dimapur commented, “We are very happy with bizhub PRESS C1085 its print results, high quality, productivity and ability to perform high volume operations and helped us garner a host of new clients with different time bounds.”

Konica Minolta’s Bizhub PRESS C1060 witnesses record deployment in Eastern India

Strengthening its legacy to offer cutting edge printing solutions to businesses, Konica Minolta has registered another milestone in the year 2016 -17, with the deployment of twenty bizhub PRESS C1060 Digital Press solutions in Eastern India.

The customers in printing businesses which preferred KM’s bizhub Press C1060 among a host of other business printing solutions in the market include: Deepak Pareek Print Factory, Kolkata; Haraparbati Graphics, Bhubaneswar; Express Vision, Ranchi; Polestar Communication, Kolkata; Rainbow Communication, Kolkata; Colour Stroke Print Solutions, Kolkata; Zoom Xerox, Dimapur; Speedo Print, Ranchi; Susri Computers and Consultancy Pvt Limited, Bhubaneshwar; SMCTP Zone, Siliguri; RK Digital Printers, Ranchi; Innomedia Creations, Kolkata; Kumaresh Graphics, Cuttack; IG Traders, Kolkata; Mansi Incorporation, Kolkata; Nukkad Printers, Kolkata; Diya Digital Print, Kolkata; The Free Press Group, Imphal East; Sanjib, Chandan Nagar; and Rumi Jumi Enterprise, Guwahati.

Aurangabad’s Top Today’s Magic Photo Lab witnesses significant business expansion

Konica Minolta's industry leading bizhub series has received another testimonial from its Aurangabad based customer, Top Today's Magic Photo Lab which, post the installation of the company's bizhub C71hc solution observed a significant growth in its productivity as well as output quality.

The company started as a Passport Photo studio and wholesalers in photo goods and accessories in the year 1995 and subsequently expanded to a Photo Color Lab. At present the company is primarily engaged in manufacturing of photo book albums catering services to Marathwada, Vidharbha and Khandesh area.

''Konica Minolta products are enhancing our business growth with its crystal clear print quality. I highly recommend this machine as the quality and efficiency of the printing solution is the best available in the market. I am delighted with the performance of the machine and wish to continue this business relationship for a long time,” said Sanjay Jadhav, managing director, Top Today's Magic Photo Lab.

The wide colour gamut toner leveraged by bizhub C71hc utilises colour materials featuring greater saturation and brightness than conventional CMYK toners, enabling realisation of smooth skin tones with reduced skin texture roughness and less graininess, making it ideal for studio photograph and photo book printing. In addition, high-quality prints can also be supplied for items such as small-lot cosmetics or apparel catalogues.

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