HP and Ranpath Group reinvent digital printing in Sri Lanka with HP Indigo 12000 digital press

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HP Inc, the market leader in digital printing, has installed the first HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press at Ranpath Group, a leading printing solution provider in South-East Asia. An early adopter of technology, Ranpath Group has installed the HP Indigo 12000 at its Colombo facility. The new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press produces the widest range of commercial applications with breakthrough print quality, high productivity, and broad versatility. It delivers a new level of printing capabilities that open unique, high-value opportunities for the digital printing business.

Enabled by HP Indigo’s Liquid ElectroInk technology and unique digital offset process, prints produced on the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press are of very high quality. Using the breakthrough LEP technology, the press delivers the smoothest and sharpest prints in the industry, matching 100% offset print quality. HP Indigo ElectroInk has an extensive digital color gamut, reaching up to 97% of PANTONE colors and using up to seven ink stations on the press.

A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and PageWide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India & Sri Lanka said, “The focus of offering high-quality printing solutions revolves around smooth and supreme commercial offset printing quality. The HP Indigo 12000 can enable new growth opportunities to businesses through higher value and print margins, along with the productivity and automation. Our association with Ranpath Group is proof of our continued commitment for excellence and innovation. With the latest installation of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, we will be revolutionizing the Sri Lankan commercial print industry in a big way. We will look forward to further strengthening our relationship and help them drive greater business growth and efficiency to fulfill their customer needs.”

A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and PageWide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India & Sri Lanka
A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and PageWide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India & Sri Lanka

As per Oran Sokol, director, HP Indigo and PWI, APJ, “At HP our focus is to provide technologies that are not only advanced and cutting edge, but also relevant to the market requirements. The Indigo 12000 Digital Press sustains commercial printers in evolving the strong-growth, high-value print markets among commercial printers which are becoming the base for a future of fully demand-customized print communications.”

Commenting on the installation, Niroon Buddhasiri, chief executive officer of Ranpath Group said, “We are excited to be among the early adopters of HP Indigo digital press. By leveraging the capabilities of the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, we will revolutionize the commercial printing industry in Sri Lanka. With this new technology, we will empower the brands to be more creative and drive more impactful engagement with their consumers.”

HP Indigo offers a suite of integrated solutions that simplify and automate color management and enable businesses to save time and costs with fewer color adjustments and reprints.

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The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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