Maugein Imprimeurs opts for Kodak Nexpress system Dec 07, 2011 09:00 by Mike Derges
French commercial printing firm Maugein Imprimeurs has invested in a new device from printer ink manufacturer Kodak. The print service provider has opted for a Nexpress SE2500 Digital Production Color Press in a bid to target the short-run market, saying it has previously not been able to make the most of this area.
“We knew we were missing out on the short-run print market, from a few dozen to a hundred or so copies,” said Jean-Paul Maugein, director of the French firm’s Malemort site. “We’d been aware of the issue for three or four years. Yet we couldn’t consider investing in digital while the technology couldn’t rival offset.”
The Nexpress Press was chosen, he explained, because “it rivals offset quality and exceeds the inline options and applications”. The decision was also influenced by the firm’s past experience of Kodak, he added.
Maugein Imprimeurs’ Nexpress SE2500 Press now prints on more than 700 qualified substrates that range from standard offset substrates to synthetics, magnets, foils, textured stocks, and photo and specialty stocks, continued Mr Maugein. He went on to say that there was no hassle training the operator for the new system, though he confessed that the “mindset” for digital printing is very different to that for offset.
According to Kodak, the standard colour gamut of Nexpress Digital Production Color Presses is 20 per cent greater than that of standard offset four-colour printing. The Nexpress Intelligent Color Solution adds a red, green, or blue dry printer ink, increasing this by an additional 16 to 22 per cent.
Kodak says this results in “more accurate reproduction of Pantone Colours or other custom colours in brand elements as well as better reproduction of previously difficult-to-match wide gamut colours”.
The Nexpress SX Digital Production Color Platform won the Most Innovative Technology (Gold Award) in the Printing category at the recent German Printing Industry Innovation Awards.
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