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Fujifilm previews latest innovations in Ratingen

In its third Peak Performance Print event, Fujifilm has demonstrated a range of its latest innovations

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Over 100 members of the press and Fujifilm partners gathered at the Print Experience Centre in Ratingen on Tuesday 30th January to see the latest from the manufacturer.

The day began with a series of briefings starting with a welcome and digital business overview from Taku Ueno, senior vice president of FUJIFILM Graphic Communications Europe. Acknowledging the company’s 90th anniversary, Ueno expressed his gratitude to all past and current customers, partners, and employees for their support throughout the company’s long history.

Taku Ueno, senior vice president of FUJIFILM Graphic Communications Europe welcomed attendees

In September 2022 at Fujifilm’s previous Peak Performance Print, the company set out its goal to lead the transformation to digital. Since this event, the manufacturer has launched a number of new technologies for the commercial print and packaging markets. The most notable, according to Ueno, was the JetPress FP790 digital press for flexible packaging.

Jet Press FP790 Beta Site Success 

Northampton-based Eco Flexibles was revealed as the now signed off beta site for this press with the move to digital flexible packaging production a huge leap for the company. 

Founded by Matt Francklow and Simon Buswell, Eco Flexibles was set up a few years ago with a desire to be a disruptor in the market for flexible packaging. Sustainability is at the heart of the company and the owners made the decision around seven years ago to remove all the solvents from platemaking and the company has been making water wash plates for over 12 years now.

[L to R] Simon Buswell and Matt Francklow owners of Eco Flexibles which was revealed as the now signed off beta site for the new JetPress FP790 

“Our first foray with Fujifilm was two years ago when we engaged with them about the Flenex flexo plates which are 100% water washable due to sustainability, but also quality. Really, that’s been the mainstay of our business since then,” explains Francklow. 

Following a tour with Fujifilm to promote the Flenex plates, Eco Flexibles was approached to become the beta testing site for the new JetPress FP790 which Francklow describes as “the route we wanted to go down”. 

Reflecting on the move to digital press production, Francklow says: “It was a complete sea change. We’d never been manufacturers before so it wasn’t just a case of dropping a press into an existing factory. We had to buy a new factory, refurbish the factory, buy ancillary equipment as well. So it’s been a big journey.”

The FP790 features water-based ink also including a unique double white option, is capable of printing on film and paper, and has a 790mm-wide capacity

Eco Flexibles was the beta site for six months where the company tested the machine and “put it through its paces”. Happy with the machine’s performance, the business went live with the press in the new year.

Also highlighted was the latest model in Fujifilm’s flagship inkjet press range, the JetPress 750S High Speed Model of which German company, Printec Solutions is the most recent company to invest in.

Fujifilm also teased that a new roll-to-roll inkjet press will be introduced at drupa 2024.

Storming Ahead with Toner 

The headline of the day however was the introduction of Fujifilm's new B2+ dry toner press, the Revoria Press GC12500, with the official launch being penned for spring 2024. 

With a 60-year history in toner research, development, and manufacture, Fujifilm is no stranger to this technology. However, in the past two years the company has invested heavily in this area of the market with a range of solutions having been launched in the Revoria range.

The sheet-fed digital press uses Super EA-Eco toner which offers the smallest particles in the world. Using this toner, Fujifilm has developed new toner transfer optimisation technology in the form of a finer magnetic brush to ensure uniformity in the print quality. 

The press can also print double-sided on paper up to 750 x 662mm which is the largest B2 size for a digital press in the industry. This means the user can print six A4 pages per sheet and handle a variety of paper weights from 64 to 450gsm. 

The headline news of the day was a preview of the new B2+ dry toner press, the GC12500 

Taro Aoki, Head of Digital Press Solutions, Fujifilm Graphic Communications Europe, comments: “The introduction of the Revoria Press GC12500 marks a significant milestone for Fujifilm. It’s the market’s first B2, sheet-fed digital press using dry toner technology, and is the end result of years of R&D and accumulated technological expertise.

“Building on the combined success of the Revoria series and the Jet Press 750S High Speed Model, it is the perfect addition to our growing range of digital presses to meet a wide variety of market demands, allowing us to offer the best of both toner and inkjet technology.”

Also introduced at the Peak Performance Print event was the new 46kUV Inkjet Printbar System. This product is a new, integrated print solution for industrial production for labels and packaging and features a drop-on-demand design to streamline workflow with fast, industry-leading printing speeds of up to 150 metres per minute.

Utilising Fujifilm’s proprietary SAMBA printhead technology, the system has a native resolution of 1200dpi and can cover a range of label needs including printing individually unique QR codes as well as fonts as small as 2 point.

Fujifilm also announced the launch of its Innovation Print Awards 2024 which give users of Fujifilm technology the opportunity to showcase their creativity. Having started out as an internal competition 17 years ago in the Asia-Pacific region, the Awards are now going global.

Free to enter for anyone using Fujifilm’s technology, there are 13 print application categories that span a range of topics from books, brochures and packaging, to wide-format, and direct mail. The winners will be revealed at drupa 2024.

Mark Stephenson, product manager at Fujifilm Europe

Speaking to Print Monthly at the event, Mark Stephenson, product manager at Fujifilm Europe, reflected on the first day of Peak Performance Print 2024: “This is our third Peak Performance Print and it tends to be an annual thing but we’ve let the schedule slip a little this time because we wanted to wait to introduce our new toner B2+-size press the GC12500 along with lots of other technologies as well. 

“So we’ve had this morning five new announcements about either products, or installations, or initiatives, so there’s lots of news and that’s what Peak Performance Print is all about.”

Fujifilm has marked its 90th anniversary with a new company purpose: to give our world more smiles

Also reflecting on the company’s impressive 90-year legacy and history within the industry, Stephenson introduced Fujifilm’s new official company purpose: Giving our World More Smiles.  “What we’ve found is that companies that have a purpose are more highly regarded than companies that just have a mission statement that’s very grand and doesn’t really mean anything. 

“Here you’ll see in our Print Experience Centre we’ve got photo divisions, we’ve got the office printing for example as well, and if at the end of the day what we deliver to our customers, if it makes them smile then that’s a good thing to do!”

We will be publishing our video coverage of the event over on our Print7 YouTube Channel. Get up to date with our latest video coverage here.

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