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Panpa Bulletin : July 2007
PANPA Bulletin July 2007 13 news Agfa launches new :Anapurna M -- a ordability and lower cost of ownership Agfa Graphics used the Visual Impact Image Expo in Sydney to launch its new Anapurna M low-cost/high print resolution inkjet printer to the local market. It is the latest addition to Agfa's wide format printing workhorse, the :Anapurna range of UV printers, which is now available in Australia and New Zealand. "The :Anapurna M is a wide-format industrial inkjet printer for indoor and outdoor signs and displays," explained Steve Taylor, Agfa's business manager for inkjet products. "Sign shops and photo labs are target markets for this printer, as it offers them vivid colours, very high im- age quality, and smooth tints and images, with no visible 'noise'. The extremely sharp text is positive in all colours down to 4 point, and negative in all colours down to 5 point." "This device offers a higher resolution to that of the existing :Anapurna L and XL models so is better suited to photo- realistic applications. Unlike our existing :Anapurna's, it doesn't have the ability to print white, which is generally not a requirement for this target market. This in turn means that the cost of ownership can be reduced significantly, making the :Anapurna M one of the most affordable high quality high performance UV inkjet engines on the market." The new :Anapurna M prints to 160 centimetres (63 inches) wide and uses state-of-the-art 14 picolitre printheads and Agfa-made UV-curable :Anapurna ink. The sixcolour system includes light cyan and light magenta (plus one flush solution tank) and, like all the :Anapurna range, is capable of both roll-to-roll and rigid substrate printing (for a range of flexible and uncoated rigid media). Print head height is au- tomatically set to the thickness of the substrate up to 50mm thick. A user- definable head gap is possible from 1.0-6.0mm. Print resolutions of 720x1440 dpi are achievable and the device is capable of print speeds up to 15m2/ hr for poster quality (7.5m2/hr for photo/sign quality). It also features borderless printing. Because of its high-resolution printing capabilities, the :Anapurna M is well suited to point-of-purchase materials, displays, posters, banners, fleet displays, exhibition panels, stage graphics, construction an- nouncements, ad panels, etc. New single-width press and building for Davies Brothers By Jack Beverley A $31 million investment in a new state-of-the-art printing press for Davies Brothers Ltd, publisher of Tasmania's biggest selling mastheads, the Mercury and the Sunday Tasmanian, will provide full colour printing on every page up to 80 pages. A new building being erected at Technopark, north of Hobart, will house the single-width tower press, as well as conveying, stacking, product finishing and automated inserting equipment. Additional equipment will offer full trimming, stitching, gluing and fold- ing capabilities. The investment, which replaces the ageing Goss Urbanite in Argyle Street, was acclaimed in the announcement by News Limited to be the "biggest leap for- ward" in the history of Davies Brothers. All other operations of the group will continue to be based in the heart of the city, at 93 Macquarie Street, in its land- mark art-deco headquarters where the company was established more than 150 years ago. "This underlines our commitment to newspaper publishing in Australia, and in particular to the terrific team in Hobart who will be able to produce even finer newspapers in the future," said News Limited chairman and chief execu- tive John Hartigan. Davies Brothers managing director Tony Yianni said the investment was the biggest the company had made in the state and would give a terrific boost to the business. "It will allow us to provide a significant new range of services to readers and ad- vertisers and will dramatically enhance the quality of our publications." Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon congratulated News "on the faith it is showing" in the state. "Ongoing investment in Tasmania, like the Mercury's new printing press, is ex- actly what we need to keep growing our economy and creating new job opportu- nities and prosperity in our state."
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