Mimaki unveils 330 series and new entry-level cutting plotters

Mimaki JV330-160 globally available from April

Peter Keijzer, Arjen Evertse, Danna Drion and Mark Sollman at the press event

Mimaki Europe announced a slew of new launches during the virtual press event held on 1 March 2022. The event was hosted by Peter Keijzer, Arjen Evertse, general manager sales EMEA, Danna Drion, general manager marketing and Mark Sollman, product manager EMEA from Mimaki Europe headquarters. 

The company announced the brand-new large format inkjet printer 330 Series, including the JV330-160, CJV330-160 and TS330-1600, as well as a new range of CG-AR cutting plotters. “We are very proud to introduce the 330 series. To cater to the demand for high quality and production, we have made the series in a totally new design. The machines are made to save man power,” said Sollman. 

Following on from the success of the 100 and 300 Plus Series, the 330 Series was developed to offer mid- to high-end printer models, focusing on high image quality and productivity. The series is made for the sign graphics and textile industries.

The eco-solvent JV330-160 and CJV330-160 inkjet printers, are for the indoor and outdoor sign graphics market through the new ‘Deep Color Natural’ input profile. With printing speeds of 21.0 square meters an hour in the standard mode while using four colors, this printer is meant for print jobs that require quick delivery. The in-built cleaning mechanisms and monitoring features ensure an efficient workflow and allow for longer running times.

Both models feature a newly designed unwinding system that allows three rolls of media to be loaded simultaneously, greatly reducing the time and manpower required to change print media. One operator can bring the desired media into position simply by turning the media changer. Another standard feature is an XY slitter – a cutting technology, which provides in-line X-axis and Y-axis sheet-fed cutting. This eliminates the unwinding and rough cutting from the workflow, helping printers to significantly speed up and streamline the post-process, with less interference needed.

“The roll change system really helps reduce the operator time needed to change the media. The XY inline slitter also saves a lot of time,” said Evertse. The print-only model JV330-160 as well as the integrated printer and cutter CJV330-160 will be available globally in April 2022.

Sublimation transfer inkjet printer

In addition to the sign graphics solutions, Mimaki has also released the TS330-1600, a sublimation transfer inkjet printer, for the textile industry. The TS330-1600 can achieve a printing speed of 69 square meters an hour in draft mode (600 x 600 dp, 2 pass) with a 4-colour ink set. For the JV330-130/160 the printing speed is 21 square meters an hour in standard mode with 4 colors, and 13.2 square meters an hour with 8 colors.

The newest cleaning mechanism applies a cloth wiper that removes unwanted ink from the nozzle surface, reducing ink splatter and improving the overall upkeep of the machine. 

The Mimaki TS330-1600, also has optional add-ons to further increase efficiency, including the 10 kilogram ink tank supply unit, which reduces cost per cc compared to the standard 2 liter ink pack and allows for longer continuous printing. A mini jumbo roll unit can also be added to load long transfer paper and further reduce running costs.

CG-AR cutting plotters

Along with the 330 Series and the TS330-1600, Mimaki also introduced the CG-AR Series cutting plotters. The series offers users new workflow enhancing, entry-level cutting plotter technologies available in three sizes. 

Balancing online and offline engagements

In the last two years, most of the events in the print industry have been online. Now, Mimaki is looking to bring the balance between online and offline engagements. “We plan to bring the balance back between offline and online. We will not do everything online and will go back to doing offline events. We began that by going to Fespa Amsterdam, which was a great success. Everyone was very happy to see each other after a long time. Now, we will be back bigger and better at Fespa Berlin,” said Drion. 

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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