Roland DG announces addition of Green TR2 ink for TureVIS VG2

The odorless Greenguard Gold certified TR2 ink

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TrueVIS VG2 - 640 printer

Roland DG, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, announced the addition of newly developed Green TR2 ink for its TrueVIS VG2 series 64” and 54” wide-format inkjet printer/cutters. Kevin Shigenoya, vice president, Digital Printing Business Division, Roland DG, said the VG2 series have been updated with new features that strengthen its ‘Power to Excite’. When combined with vibrant orange ink as process colors and the ‘Multi-Process Color function’, the new Green ink provides greatly increased gamut expansion and richer visual expression. And with the True Rich Color preset, you can combine neutral grays, smooth gradations, and natural skin tones to produce breathtaking graphics with stunning realism. “Users can now reproduce corporate colors that have traditionally been considered difficult to reproduce if not impossible and create lifelike sign graphics that serve as highly effective communication tools and leave a lasting impression.”

Greenguard Gold certified TR2 ink is virtually odorless and requires no special ventilation or environmental equipment. It’s also durable, scratch-resistant, and offers low running-cost production without sacrificing color or image quality. Convenient 500 ml pouches fit neatly into reusable ink trays, sliding into a hidden bay for clean operation and less waste. In addition, the 3M MCS Warranty and Avery Dennison ICS Warranty Program offer certified coverage for graphics printed onto their materials with TR2 ink and TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutters.*

Released in March of 2019, the TrueVIS VG2-640 and 540 represent Roland DG’s flagship models of wide-format inkjet printer/cutters for producing advertising, sign, and other durable graphics. The printers were engineered by applying new technologies and attention to detail down to the finest level across every aspect—including print quality, ease-of-use, and reliability. “With the addition of Green ink,” Shigenoya said, “our printers are further enhanced by their capability of delivering beautifully printed graphics with unmatched quality as recognized not only by customers but also by key industry organizations, as well as the world’s leading independent provider of testing and analysis for the document imaging industry. We are committed to developing products that meet the creative quest of our customers by pursuing Roland DG standards of excellence.”

The TrueVIS series won seven awards in 2019, including the ‘Innovation Award’ at the 2019 ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas, ‘Best Print & Cut Solution’ in the EDP (European Digital Press Association) Awards, SGIA ‘Product of the Year’ Awards in the ‘Roll-to-Roll/Solvent/Latex (under 80 inches)’ and ‘Digital Inks – Eco-Solvent/Solvent/Latex’ categories, Keypoint Intelligence’s Buyers Laboratory ‘Buyers Lab 2020 Pick Awards’ in the ‘Outstanding Gamut Expansion Eco-Solvent/Latex 54″/64″ Printer category’, ‘Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54″/64″ Printer category’, and ‘Outstanding Entry-Level CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54″/64″ Printer category’.

*TrueVIS TR2 inks including CMYKLcLmLk are certified.

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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