New Digital Printing Machine Inca Onset X2
In 2014 the Inca Onset from Fujicolor, a high-performance large-format digital printing machine capable of handling 3.20 x 1.60 m sheet sizes, was installed in STI Group's Gillingham plant in Kent, England. This year, STI Group is upgrading its German display plant in Grebenhain, Hessen with an Inca Onset X2 from Fujicolor, creating a local competency centre for digital printing. With the same large format print area as its UK cousin, the new arrival can print up to 900 m2 of cardboard or corrugated board per hour.
"Speeds like this mean we no longer need to limit this new technology to small batches; it makes digital printing very attractive even for medium-sized production runs," says STI Group Managing Director Aleksandar Stojanovic. "The market served by our customers – manufacturers of branded goods from all over Europe – has changed. Being able to drive sales by rapidly translating new ideas into creative promotional campaigns is critical to their success. While online campaigns can be created and changed up until the last minute, traditionally it has taken several weeks for the POS industry to implement a physical campaign. Until now, that is. Our evolving workflows and highly efficient finishing mean that our latest investment in digital will enable us to give our customers a real competitive advantage."
Representing an investment of over one million Euros, the new digital machine will be put into service as early as March 2016. STI Group Managing Director Michael Apel points out that this is being accompanied by further investment in finishing.