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EFI Wins DPI Grand Format UV and Solvent Awards at SGIA


EFI’s breakthrough superwide format products garnered two key awards at SGIA, held in Orlando, FL. The revolutionary new VUTEk QS3200r and eco-friendly VUTEk 3360 with BioVu Inks earned recognition during the exposition.
“The launch of the QS3200r at SGIA was a huge success for us and continues to demonstrate QS product family leadership in the UV market,” said Chuck Dourlet, vice president of marketing, EFI VUTEk. “Not only did we have great reception from attendees to this breakout product, but it was also recognized as the DPI Grand Format UV Product of the Year for 2007.”
The QS3200r is a high quality, high-speed roll-to-roll UV printer that produces images up to 3.2 meters wide with High Definition Print (HDP) at 1,080 dpi, and achieves speeds of up to 1,850 square feet per hour.  The QS3200r uses specially developed VUTEk QS Series r UV inks ideally suited for roll-to-roll applications. The inks are available in eight colors.
The new VUTEk QS Series r inks have unique properties that allow printing on fabric, backlit materials, banners, adhesive backed vinyl, static cling and a variety of different substrates. In addition, the VUTEk QS Series r inks are designed to be flexible, making them especially suitable for projects with complex curves, such as kiosks, vehicle wraps and more.

EFI was also recognized for its VUTEk 3360 with BioVu inks, which was named the Grand Format Solvent Product of the Year.  The 3360 with BioVu inks is the only superwide format printer that offers a truly bio-friendly solvent ink, made largely of corn.

DuPont Digital Printing Expands Sales of Digital Textile Inks to OEMs

DuPont Digital Printing has announced that, effective early 2008, DuPont Artistri digital ink technology, previously available only as part of the DuPont Artistri digital textile printing system, will be available broadly through select OEM partners and others.
The move will enhance the company’s digital ink offering and position DuPont Digital Printing to participate more effectively in the rapidly growing digital textile printing market.  
As part of its expanded focus on digital inks, DuPont Digital Printing is exploring other equipment solutions that would take full advantage of its high-value ink products. Consistent with this new direction, the company will continue to sell Artistri and Cromaprint equipment until early 2008.
DuPont Digital Printing will continue to provide uninterrupted equipment service and support to the Artistri and Cromaprint customer base. In addition, the company will continue to provide digital inks for textiles and UV graphics to the installed customer base while expanding its digital ink development and sales.
“We have developed world-class industrial digital ink technologies that allow our customers to produce color any way they want it on a wide variety of substrates, including textiles and rigid and flexible signage substrates,” said Michael Moore, global business manager, industrial inks. “Our global installed base of more than 250 DuPont Artistri systems has demonstrated the outstanding performance and quality of our digital textile ink technology. We believe the digital textile market will have significant value for these well-proven ink sets and we are excited about expanding upon our 20 years of core digital ink science and expertise to benefit the textile industry more broadly.”   
The digital textile ink offering includes the aqueous-based Artistri 700 series – disperse, acid, reactive, pigment and Solar Brite ink sets, for medium viscosity printheads. For lower viscosity print heads the Artistri 500 series acid dye and reactive dye inks will be offered. DuPont Digital Printing will continue to seek out opportunities in the direct-to-garment digital printing marketplace with their P5000 series ink set.  
“Our commitment to best in class service and support to our customers will remain a priority,” said Frank Dotterer, global business manager – Digital Printing Systems.