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Fujifilm Sericol Introduces The World's Fastest Flatbed Digital Printer

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

(Kansas City, Kan.)…August 12, 2008 – Today, Fujifilm brought together several of its top partners to introduce the revolutionary Inca Onset…the world's fastest flatbed digital printer… and unveil their new Inkjet Solutions Center which houses some of the industry's most innovative digital printers.  Onset's high speed inkjet capability comes from a massive array of 576 printheads that deliver an amazing three billion ink drops per second, producing exceptional quality prints at an astounding 100+ beds per hour. 

National business and industry media heard from the following speakers:
•    Ed Carhart, Chief Executive, FUJIFILM Sericol International
•    Mitch Bode, Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM Sericol U.S.A, Inc.
•    Bill Baxter, CEO, Inca Digital Printers Ltd.
•    Howard Baldwin, Vice President-Sales, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
•    Tony Karg, Sr. Director-- Bus. Development & Marketing, FUJIFILM Canada, Inc.
•    Steve Bennett, Vice President, Wide Format and Marketing, FUJIFILM
Graphic Systems U.S.A, Inc.

During a tour of Fujifilm Sericol's facility in Kansas City, Kansas, guests viewed a demonstration of the Onset as well as state-of-the-art inkjet development labs and digital demonstration center.  They also took part in a Q&A session with two Onset customers:  Mike Korth and David Manning from C2 Media (Englewood, CO), and Scott Crosby from Holland and Crosby (Mississauga, Ontario).

From August through October, printing professionals from around the country will be able to sign up for Onset demonstrations at the Inkjet Solutions Center.  Fujifilm expects to produce nearly 10,000 full bed 5 foot-by-10 foot printed sheets of material during its three months of Onset demonstrations.  Most of the prints will be shipped back to each customer.  However, some of the images printed to demonstrate the speed and quality of Onset will be donated to KVC Behavior Health Center, a Kansas City, Kansas organization that finds foster and adoptive homes for children.  KVC will use the donated materials to build awareness and help find homes for the children.

Key Messages from Press Event Speakers:

"Inca Onset is just one example of how Fujifilm chooses key integration partners and co-funds product development to build best-in-class digital platform solutions.  Fujifilm has always been a global leader in helping the printing, imaging, graphics, and POP industries navigate the challenging analog-to-digital transition. Fujifilm is committed to providing its customers with digital printing solutions that meet the increasing demands of today's print buyers."
-- Ed Carhart, Chief Executive, FUJIFILM Sericol International

"Fujifilm Sericol's UV ink optimizes the performance of the Onset.  With 50 years of formulation experience under our belt, we continue to innovate ink technology to provide high print quality along with unmatched speed and reliability."
--Mitch Bode, Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM Sericol U.S.A., Inc.

"The Onset's design draws on all our experience of flatbed design, and is based on core technologies developed for previous Inca flatbed printers. It is a step change in the productivity of inkjet printing, at dramatically lower production costs. I believe that it will transform the graphics industry."
-- Bill Baxter, CEO, Inca Digital Printers Ltd.

"We are proud that our technology leadership in the designing and engineering ink jet printheads has contributed to the development of the Inca Onset.  The 576 Fujifilm Dimatix heads jet 3 billion droplets of ink per second, allowing the Onset to produce in excess of 100 beds of commercial quality print an hour." 
-- Howard Baldwin, Vice President-Sales, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.

"Today's commercial printers have several key needs: decreasing their costs while increasing productivity, meeting environmental compliance, and developing new revenue streams. Fujifilm leads the way in delivering on these core needs with our innovative technologies, partnerships, and sales and support staff. 
-- Tony Karg, Sr. Director-Business Development & Marketing, FUJIFILM Canada, Inc.

"Fujifilm understands that print buyers require an integrated solutions provider that can fulfill all of their printing needs (POP and display graphics, offset, and variable) AND maintain consistent color and quality across all platforms. We empower print buyers to increase their diversification, growth and profitability through our marketing campaign focus."

-- Steve Bennett, Vice Pres.- Wide Format and Marketing,
 FUJIFILM Graphic Systems USA, Inc.




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