Mimaki UJV100-160 awarded best roll-to-roll printer by EDP

Printing solution immediately available for the UK and Irish markets

Mimaki UJV100-160 Awarded Best Roll-to-Roll Printer by EDP

Mimaki has announced that the European Digital Press Association (EDP) has presented the ‘Best Roll-to-Roll printer up to 170cm’ award to Mimaki for its UJV100-160 LED-UV inkjet printer.

Confirmation of the prestigious award coincides with the high-quality, high-productivity printing solution being imminently available for the UK and Irish market. Many of the features that make the UJV100-160 printer cost-effective, reliable, and easy-to-use were noted as key factors that contributed to the EDP judges choosing this printer for the award.

EDP’s Technical Committee states, Mimaki offers a price breaking device with UV printing speeds up to 23 square meter per hour. This printer offers not only CMYK but also has the option to install white and clear inks, and the new innovative system helps to maintain the quality because of the control of dot placement and media feeding, one of the most common errors in inkjet printing. The UJV100-160 is certainly an excellent entry-level printer, including many features of Mimaki’s advanced UV technology at an affordable price.”

Commenting on the award, Brett Newman; managing director at Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, notes, “The features recognized by the EDP Technical Committee are precisely what makes the new UJV100-160 such a powerful offering for companies looking to invest in all the many benefits of Mimaki’s proven LED UV cured print technology. The response to the new printer has been extremely positive, and it’s satisfying to see it recognized so highly.”

The UJV100-160 is compatible with a wide variety of media, including metallic foil, fabric, and uncoated materials, enabling sign makers to produce a diverse range of high-value applications, such as posters, point of sale, soft signage, stickers, and window decoration. The printer features two newly developed printheads and the new DAS (Dot Adjustment System) feature. DAS automates conventional dot placement (dot position and feeding correction) for maximum image quality, saving operators time, and reducing manual errors.

Mimaki EDP Award

Packing so much tech into such a competitively priced printer is nothing short of remarkable,” Newman continues. “Demand for such a solution is substantial, and we’re looking forward to starting the new year on a high by introducing the UJV100-160 to the UK and Irish market.”

Delivering further time efficiencies, the UJV100-160 prints at a maximum of 23 square meter per hour with VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals)-free UV-curable ink. This environmentally conscious ink cures instantly after printing, eliminating the drying time that water-based or solvent ink requires. Post-processing, finishing, and application are therefore possible immediately after printing, reducing production time and enabling printers to deliver products to short deadlines.

The UJV100-160 is a versatile, robust, and efficient solution for sign makers looking to delve into UV-printing and diversify their offerings,” says Ronald van den Broek, general sales manager at Mimaki Europe. “We’re extremely proud that the quality and productivity of this printer has been recognized by the EDP and are excited to bring it to market this month, providing our customers with another innovative solution designed to help them increase their competitive edge.”

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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