Strong local interest in HP Indigo V12 flagship narrow-web printer

HP Australia and New Zealand country manager for HP Indigo, Craig Walmsley, has confirmed interest has been shown in the flagship Indigo V12.

HP’s flagship narrow-web printer, the V12, was first released in September 2022 at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago and ProPack was the only local publisher at the event to cover the launch.

The 15-metre press utilises LEPX technology that the company claims will be ‘industry-altering’ – delivering 120 linear metres per minute with 12 HP ElectroInk stations and 1600dpi image resolution.

The LEPX multi-imaging architecture incorporates six imaging engines – each making its own colour separation on the blanket belt simultaneously. The new LEPX writing heads feature thousands of LEDs to compose an image as an electrostatic field at 1600 dpi.

Walmsley told Sprinter, there have been strong enquiries from local printers looking at potentially purchasing the HP Indigo V12.

“We have seen some incredible results from the HP Indigo V12 beta sites globally and we have received very early interest in Australia and New Zealand.”

The HP Indigo V12 will be “officially launched” to the global printing community at Drupa in Dusseldorf in May and June.

“We have been very impressed with its ability to produce a high volume, high quality print at high speed. The output is exceeding our expectations on the new platform using the new LEPX technology,” said Walmsley.

Mark Daws, director labels & packaging ANZ, Currie Group, said the company is excited to introduce the HP Indigo V12 into the local market and has seen an increasing interest in the technology.

 “We really believe this changes the paradigm in how printing is delivered, with the V12 allowing a digital first mindset to converters,” Daws told Sprinter.

“The power of HP Indigo, its quality and versatility now shines through into mainstream production runs, delivering even faster turnaround times with the agility and speed to market that HP offers our customers.

“Already more than 90 per cent of the beta sites have installed the ABG non-stop unwinder/reminders which reaffirms the V12’s place in the medium to higher volume print runs.”

The V12 technology has already been purchased by All4Labels and Eshuis in Europe and Brooke and Whittle in the US, as they aim to enhance their printing and converting operations.

A B Graphic International (ABG) announced in August 2023 it has teamed up with HP Indigo to develop non-stop winding technology, providing a significant enhancement in the automation capabilities of the V12 Digital Press. The new non-stop unwind and rewinding system from ABG integrates into the V12 production line as a single platform.

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