Macart launches its UVision flat-bed printer at Media Expo 2018

Atul Gandhi

Established in the year 2000, Pune-based Macart Equipment launched its UV LED flat-bed printer- UVision FB48 at the recently concluded Media Expo 2018, held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Interestingly, apart from attracting a satisfactory footfall, the company sold its new product to Hyderabad-based Siyaram Door & Enterprises at the expo.

The new launch comes in tune with the industry moving towards UV printing due to its environment-friendly printing capabilities proved by the scientific organizations across the globe. The newly launched UV printer comes with 6 pico liter Konica Minolta print-heads that produce stunning details and sharp text. The UVision FB48 can handle rigid as well as other media up to 50 mm thickness and can adjust heads automatically. It can handle media size of 1220 x 2439 mm and print at speeds up to 400 sq. ft. per hour on production mode. The printer comes bundled with StarRip for ripping.
Atul Gandhi, director, Macart Equipment, stated, “Siyaram Door & Enterprises had booked a machine already and we have received quite a good number of inquiries. The client was impressed due to UVision’s printing applications like acrylic, ceramic tile and aluminium sheet, flexibles and wood.”
Speaking about Macart’s new endeavors, Gandhi said, “We have developed a hybrid machine to stay ahead of the competition in market. It features a number of possible options in keeping with current market trends. It is a UV machine capable of handling roll-to-roll.”

Though regulations for flex have become stringent due to its low eco-friendly profile, Macart still enjoys a good hold over its solvent printing business. It also has plans to enter the fabric printing segment in near future as flex is under regulatory surveillance. “We will also come up with soft-fabric printers keeping the trend in mind, as and when the industry experiences a shift from flex to fabric,” informed Gandhi. Speaking about the business this year, he said, “We are hopeful to get more business as GST is getting streamlined and the industry is now accepting the changes and overcoming initial setbacks.”

The company has two manufacturing facilities in Pune and a dedicated R&D centre and lab for developing customized solutions, where printers can experience and test the products. Apart from the wide format operations, the company also manufactures solutions for coding and marking based upon the application.

Speaking about the turnout at Media Expo 2018, he said, “We are happy with the footfall this year. We received great footfall at our stand, especially during the last two days. We found a lot of interested printers seeking for our UVision. There were also many queries for our solvent printers. This clearly shows that the solvent printing segment will be around for some time.”

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