Epson launches A4 size dye-sublimation printer

Epson SC-F130 apt for producing promotional, personalized, and bespoke products

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Epson's A4 size genuine dye-sublimation Inkjet printer
Epson's A4 size genuine dye-sublimation Inkjet printer

Epson, a global enterprise in digital imaging and printing solutions, recently announced the launch of SC-F130, the company’s first A4 size genuine dye-sublimation Inkjet printer based on the business inkjet platform. The all-new printer comes with a low total cost of ownership (TCO). It is ideal for small-scale photoshop small businesses and start-ups looking to expand their product offering into the promotional goods segment.

The Epson SC-F130 supports large volume ink bottles and is designed for rigid and textile substrates with genuine dye-sublimation ink, producing the highest print quality. Its 140-milliliter ink bottle provides a low-cost alternative to cartridge-based inks enabling businesses to run longer, reducing downtime, and increasing productivity.

Various applications of Epson SC-F130 inkjet printer

The SC-F130 is best suited for promotional goods like mugs, key chains, phone covers, and other small merchandise items. The user can also customize garments to create bespoke products such as tote bags, scarfs, caps, aprons, lanyards, and small cushion covers. The dye-sublimation printer features a tilting 2.4-inch LCD screen, Wi-Fi printing, and front-feeding, easy-to-change paper functionality (150 sheets).

Vasudevan LK, general manager – LFP/IE, Epson India, said, “At Epson, we are excited to expand our award-winning product line with the addition of the SC-F130. Our commitment has always been to drive the digital printing market, and we are confident that this product will enable more businesses to expand into the increasingly popular promotional goods market.”

“The SC-F130 perfectly addresses the market need for small size businesses wanting to enter the business with low investment in an easy-to-use dye-sublimation printer that will allow them to create personalized promotional products, fashion apparel, and home décor and furnishing. One of the most feature-rich dye-sublimation printers in the market today, the SC-F130 is convenient to use and delivers high image quality consistently,” he added.

Priced at Rs 39,099, the SC-F130 is a turnkey solution and forms part of Epson’s complete end-to-end Dye-Sublimation printing solution, including inks, driver, and paper, all designed to work together seamlessly. 

Epson’s PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead and a lookup table (LUT) designed for promotional goods and gifts and rigid substrate allow the new printer to achieve optimum quality and consistency levels. With a warranty of 1 year or 6,000 (whichever comes first), the SC-F130 printer assures further peace of mind for users.

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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