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Agfa Graphics to debut new inkjet printers at drupa

Monday, March 24, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

March 18, 2008 -- Agfa Graphics announced today that it will debut the newest additions to its family of highly reliable and cost-efficient inkjet printers at drupa 2008, the :Anapurna XLS, the :Anapurna Mv and the :Anapurna M4f. All will be shown at the Agfa stand during the 29 May - 11 June fair in Düsseldorf.
The new :Anapurna XLS is designed to eliminate the need for users to have to compromise between speed and quality as it is specially designed to provide photographic quality at high-production speeds. The XLS comes in a choice of speeds and produces top-quality printing with highly saturated, wide gamut colors in the medium, large and extra-large formats (up to 250 cm). It also allows borderless printing and has the capability for dual board printing.

The printer outputs photo quality images at resolutions of 1440 dpi enabling reproduction of very fine text and line art. The system incorporates many unique design features for advanced operator support, automated maintenance, calibration and remote diagnostics. This printer is built around Agfa's unique Universal Print Head (UPH) technology. The :Anapurna XLS ink is developed for optimum jetting reliability, image quality and adhesion to a wide variety of industry-standard media. The :Anapurna XLS will be available to the market immediately after drupa.

The new :Anapurna Mv and M4f will both also be demonstrated.
The Mv will offer the image quality of the popular :Anapurna M, but can additionally add a spot of flood varnish to further improve printed materials' cosmetic appearance.

The M4f also has the same robust design as the M. It has four CMYK printheads and is positioned as a rigid printer only with roll-to-roll as an option. The M4f is the entry level UV-ink printer of Agfa's :Anapurna range Both the :Anapurna Mv and M4f have a maximum media width of 160 cm. They use state-of-the art 14 picoliter printheads and Agfa-made UV-curable :Anapurna ink to make photo-quality UV technology available to graphic screen printing and sign making shops at an affordable investment cost.

The entire :Anapurna family, including the XLS , Mv and M4f, delivers exceptional results for indoor and outdoor applications on uncoated rigid media, such as corrugated boards, rigid plastics, exhibition panels, stage graphics and advertising panels, as well as roll media such as film, vinyl and paper, canvas and banners.

"The addition of the XLS, Mv and M4f to the :Anapurna family, which includes the L, XL, XL2 and M models, gives Agfa one of the world's widest ranges of wide-format UV printing engines in the professional inkjet marketplace today, and a clear leadership position in inkjet technology," said Willy Van Dromme, Sales & Marketing Manager, Inkjet, Agfa Graphics. "Combined, our industrial inkjet line addresses nearly every possible segment-specific need in the digital press marketplace. Visitors to drupa will see for themselves how Agfa's research and development is taking digital printing to even greater heights."

Agfa's industrial inkjet line includes both the :Anapurna and :Dotrix families, as well as the :M-Press. The :Dotrix range, which will also be shown at drupa, are single-pass high-speed digital presses for promotional, label and package printing. The :M-Press is a revolutionary high-speed flatbed inkjet press that uses Agfa's expertise in digital imaging and inkjet technology and Thieme's expertise in media handling and screen printing. The :M-Press is fully automated, provides very accurate reproduction of full and spot color images, and uses both rigid and flexible substrates.




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Richard Romano

Richard Romano, Section Editor/Senior Analyst
Richard has written about communication, graphics hardware and software trends for the past 15 years.

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