Epson launches 12-color wide format printer

12-color ink set and printheads with up to 800 nozzles

SureColor SC-P9500 12 color wide format printer
SureColor SC-P9500 12 color wide format printer

Epson has announced its first 12-color wide-format printer offering widest ever color gamut with 99% Pantone coverage. The SureColor SC-P7500 (24-inch) and SC-P9500 (44-inch) are ideal for artists and photographers, as they offer reliable reproduction for professional proofing and rapid throughput for high-volume production. The two large format printers are complemented by Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome Pro12 ink set, with K3 technology, which outputs both black inks simultaneously and includes orange, green and violet, providing the user with color accuracy.

These two P-Series models have been developed for a range of applications, including professional photography and fine art production that demand the highest print quality to make art more marketable to the discerning buyer. In addition to the 12-color ink set, the Epson designed advanced printheads use up to 800 nozzles for each color, to produce accurate dot placement and eliminate misprints. They combine high-speed production with quality, owing to the μTFP12 printhead with 300 dpi resolution and 12 channels. It also offers smooth gradations and accurate texture reproduction. Deeper blacks are achieved through black enhancement overcoating technology. The SC-P7500 (24 inches) and SCP9500 (44 inches) support a variety of media, including fine art papers, canvases and photo paper.

With color measurement, checking and correction technologies, packaging and contract proofers can work with more efficiency. An optional SpectroProofer with photospectrometer leads to faster and more accurate color measurement and the in-line proofing color control is fully automated.

Phil McMullin, pro graphics sales manager, Epson UK said, “To produce truly innovative products, we have to listen to what our customers need, and what they don’t need. This allows us to build printers with no superfluous technology – and focus on what matters most to those who are using them, every day. With this in mind, I believe that we’ve achieved something special that offers greater creative freedom and new potential business opportunities to our users. To be able to offer 12-color photo printers is a genuine first for us at Epson. This is further complemented by impressive print speeds, output quality, and a user-friendly interface. Everything is designed to work in perfect harmony as we offer the complete solution – printer, inks, substrates, software, and support.”

The SureColor SC-P7500 and SC-P9500 will be available from December 2019.

The article was first published on Large Format Review.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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