Fujifilm has announced that the installation of the world’s first Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED got underway at Echo House in Surbiton, UK, on 27 January 2023. The design and sustainable creative production company has a long history of partnering with Fujifilm – having installed an Acuity Select flatbed press in 2014 and, more recently, the world’s first Acuity Ultra in 2018.
The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED was Fujifilm’s big reveal at Fespa 2022 – the latest development in its ‘new blueprint for wide format’ concept that introduced an all-new Acuity range redesigned from the ground up for maximum ease of use and ROI.
A 3.3m high-end printer offering good print quality and performance on both rigid and flexible substrates, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED prints at speeds of up to 218 m2/hr (RTR), and delivers a print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. The company says it is unique in being able to combine ultra-high quality and a competitive return on investment, for both rigid and flexible applications, all in one platform.
The machine features a range of intelligent design features to ensure unrivaled ease of use and overall performance. Fujifilm has also created an entirely new ink range, Uvijet UH, especially for the new machine, with six colors (CMYK, Lm, Lc) available as standard and white ink available as an optional extra. The new ink range has both Greenguard Gold and AgBB certification.
Peter Onyskiw, director of Operations at Echo House, said: “We’ve built a collaborative and trusting relationship with Fujifilm over the many years we have worked with them – that’s what led us to be the first company in the world to install a 5m Acuity Ultra back in 2018. That machine is still going strong – though we did have to move it to a new spot to make room for the new one. We are excited to be first again. We work in a rapidly innovative and highly creative sector, serving some of the largest companies in the world, with brands that set extremely high expectations for us. The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED combines exceptional quality with greater flexibility through its hybrid capability – giving us even more creative potential to continue to meet, and exceed, our customer’s expectations. The technological efficiencies, flexibility, and reliability further extend our sustainable credentials to boot.”
David Burton, director, Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems says: “We’ve had a long and successful partnership with Echo House over many years – they are never afraid to be first – so they were a natural fit to be the first to trial the latest press in our all-new Acuity range.
“We’re delighted to be starting a new chapter in our journey with them – and we look forward to working with them as they look to harness the considerable potential of this hybrid press to target new business opportunities.”