Fujifilm used drupa 2016 to showcase its industry-leading inkjet technologies and gave a glimpse of the future of automation in print
If you didn’t make it to drupa, catch up on the highlights of Fujifilm’s stand where the company showcased its portfolio of world-class inkjet technologies and traditional printing solutions. Visitors were welcomed to a Japanese themed reception, highlighting the value that Fujifilm's Japanese philosophy brings to the print industry.
At the heart of the stand was Fujifilm’s Inkjet Technology zone, demonstrating how cutting edge UV and water-based ink technologies, leading printheads and integration expertise are being used to deliver today’s inkjet printing solutions and create the printing applications of the future.
Still the only commercially available B2 inkjet press offering true offset quality, the Jet Press 720S proved beyond doubt at drupa 2016 that it has truly come of age as a proven and affordable solution for printers looking to transform their businesses today and transition towards digital becoming a more mainstream and central part of their core production. Hundreds attended live presentations each day of the show and multiple sales were made.
Fujifilm also used drupa 2016 to reaffirm its commitment to helping offset printers save time and money in order to improve profitability. SUPERIA, Fujifilm’s resource-saving product portfolio for offset printers, occupied a large section of the Fujifilm stand, and a team of experts was busy throughout the show advising printers how they could save time, minimise resources and save money using Fujifilm’s SUPERIA products. Fujifilm also announced the launch of a new processless plate, SUPERIA ZD, during the show, which attracted a lot of attention, and will be available as part of Fujifilm's SUPERIA portfolio following drupa 2016.
Fujifilm showcased the ultra-high productivity Onset X series, running in its impressive fully automatic configuration on board at over 1000m2/hr. Also, a range of printers from the Acuity series including the Acuity F, Acuity LED 1600 II and a technology preview of the Acuity LED 3200R, and the Uvistar Hybrid 320.
Announced at the show, Fujifilm’s exciting new partnership with EPAC Technologies will help to bring Fujifilm’s “5D Printing” strategy to market, offering unprecedented automation to high volume book printers, and giving a glimpse of the future possibilities of industrial automation across the commercial print industry. EPAC has pioneered a revolutionary digital printing solution, E2, which combines the best printing technology from Fujifilm and the best bindery equipment in a multi-dimensional, fully automated, system – producing runs of any length more efficiently and profitably than ever before.
Fujifilm’s XMF workflow products – all now falling under the new XMF Ensemble brand name – were also very popular. These included XMF Controller, a new solution that sits in front of Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow designed to streamline print production.
Fujifilm’s growing portfolio of products for the packaging and flexo markets were introduced at drupa. These included the technology announcement of Fujifilm’s new ‘MJP20W’ inkjet press - powered by EUCON technology - and a new water based ink, both developed for flexible packaging applications. The Flenex FW water-washable plate solution, also attracted considerable interest. In particular, a number of multi-year contracts for Fujifilm’s Flenex FW plate were concluded at the show, highlighting how this plate solution is now starting to transform flexo plate production.