Heidelberg premiers first Scodix Ultra 1000s Series Press

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Heidelberg premiers first Scodix Ultra 1000s Series Press

Scodix recently announced the world’s first installation from its Ultra 1000’s series of digital enhancement presses at the Heidelberg Italy digital experience center. The inauguration of the Scodix Ultra 2000 press was celebrated with an exclusive Heidelberg Italy VIP open house event in late October.

We are thrilled to be the first to install the newly launched Scodix Ultra 2000 press and to have had the opportunity to show off the outstanding capabilities of the press at our Discover The Unexpected event. Guests simply could not get enough of watching the press produce such a variety of quality applications on one press,” states Rinaldo Mattera, Heidelberg Italia Digital Business manager.

The Scodix Ultra 2000 digital enhancement press fuses new levels of flexibility, quality, and productivity, generating unprecedented value for commercial PSPs, publishers, tag producers, trade finishers, and other specialty printing providers. Offering all Scodix enhancement applications on one platform and including automatic polymer switching for superior productivity, the Ultra 2000 press provides the largest array of enhancement capabilities in the print industry today. Producing unmatched quality – on time and on budget – in a single platform replaces the need for a multitude of separate systems on the production floor.

Mauro Luini, Scodix South Europe & MEA sales manager, states, “It was wonderful to see the Scodix Ultra 2000 press in action and visitors lining up to see. Especially during this time of the pandemic, it was a welcome break to have a live event that was productive but also safely managed for all attendees.”

The Scodix Ultra 1000’s series consists of six digital enhancement presses, each targeting a specific market requirement, including commercial printing, packaging printing, web2print, and web2pack.

The series also gives users the freedom to enhance the largest variety of substrates, with over 100 qualified substrates including offset papers, digital papers, laminated/non-laminated, coated/uncoated, plastics, PVC, and carton, with no need for additional, complex set-up. Enhancing material weights from 135-675 gsm / 6-30 points and material thickness up to 0.7 millimeter / 700 microns, each press is also compatible with various CMYK print processes including offset, HP Indigo Electroink, inkjet, and toner, up to B1 format.

Products enriched by Scodix enhancements include business/greeting cards, folders, book covers, brochures, labels, retail tags, packaging, and more.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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