HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, U.K. (June 13, 2005) – Fujifilm’s 1,000th violet CTP system has just rolled off of the production line, only three years since its launch at Ipex 2002. The sale of the 1000th machine, a Fujifilm Saber Luxel V-6 CTP B2 platesetter to be installed into UK-based Kingfisher Press, marks a significant achievement and highlights the success and rapid take-up of violet photopolymer CTP.
“Fujifilm is very proud to have manufactured its 1,000th violet machine. Violet CTP has taken the market by storm, and is now the first choice for many printers and repro-houses. We believe the winning combination of low cost of ownership, high quality and productivity, and environmental friendliness is unmatched by any other technology,” said Andy Cook, managing director of FUJIFILM Electronic Imaging Ltd., manufacturers of the Saber Luxel V-6 CTP.
This is the first move to CTP for Kingfisher Press, who provides print to many high-caliber customers, including the world famous Harrods department store. The company chose violet CTP as it plans to increase the amount of repro it undertakes in-house, which will reduce operational costs and increase productivity.
Richard Stiff, production manager, Kingfisher Press, comments: “We chose the Fuji Saber Luxel V-6 as we believe violet technology provides a reduced cost of ownership and is more environmentally friendly. Fujifilm’s products offer better value for money in comparison to its competitors, and we liked the fact that we could buy consumables from them as well. We will be using Fujifilm Brillia LP-NV plates, which will enable us to achieve a greater throughput of plates, with the vast majority now being made in-house.
“Fujifilm’s Brillia LP-NV plates have an excellent reputation – they are of the highest quality and are made using a specially developed, patented coating, giving us cleaner and more accurate plates. The plates, combined with violet technology and Fuji Workflow, will reduce downtime on press, save on waste, reduce production time and will help us provide our customers with a higher level of service.”
Kingfisher Press will install a fully automated version of the Saber Luxel V-6. Plate loading will be automatic, with only one person operating the workflow and platesetter at a time, resulting in significantly improved productivity.
Richard concludes: “With the installation of our Saber Luxel V-6 we will be able to offer a more complete range of services to our customers. Following an investment in bindery equipment last year, the V-6 engine and Fuji Workflow are the final links in our production chain and we aim to maintain the steady growth Kingfisher Press has enjoyed since the company was established in 1991.”
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