GSW Teams Up With Fujifilm Graphic Systems And Fujifilm SA

Graphix Supply World has announced a new partnership with Fujifilm Graphic Systems. As a key supplier to the wide format industry, with a long heritage and unparalleled expertise in ink manufacture for large format print, Fujifilm is dedicated to developing the inkjet systems for the future. ‘Our relationship with Fujifilm will provide our customers across South Africa and the African continent, the opportunity to experience the distinctive benefits of the Fujifilm technology combined with their expertise in digital print solutions and graphic systems,’ said Managing Director of Graphix Supply World, Robert Franco. ‘We anticipate broad interest in the Fujifilm technology, with a mutual, shared vision of entering new markets with the diverse range of products from Fujifilm. We believe this will be a great catalyst for growth and expansion for both companies, and will bring benefits for our customers too, in this strategic new partnership, where cost efficiency and quality excellence is key to having the competitive edge.’ The Acuity LED 1600 large format hybrid UV printer fully incorporates the cutting-edge technologies of the Fujifilm group, from the uniquely designed LED lamp unit to the high-precision /high-speed inkjet print-head, high-sensitivity UV ink, and many others. At the heart of the Acuity LED 1600 lie ink, print-heads and LED-curing systems that were designed for each other. They are accurately tuned to give brilliant images, at speed, even on traditionally difficult to print media. The combination of technology is clever enough to allow the Acuity LED 1600 to print colour, white or varnish simultaneously in one pass without re-rolling. It’s a state-of-the-art technology made possible by Fujifilm’s commitment to research and development. The result is an outstanding printer, which is flexible and reliable with minimal environmental impact. Keys to Acuity LED 1600 performance are class-leading productivity of 20sqm/hr, high-quality from a wide colour gamut and smooth tonal gradations, and the flexibility to print to a broad range of media up to 13mm thick. These give you the ability to produce high value-added promotional tools, thus providing powerful support for expanding your business into new markets. The Uvistar UV printer is packed with features to print on flexible materials such as PE for billboard applications. The low ink build required to achieve strong colours achieves a very low ink cost-in-use, beating competition and easily justifying the switch from slower, high-cost solvent printers to high-speed UV prints. With expertise in the areas of inkjet inks, print systems, and industrial print-heads Fujifilm has built a capability in inkjet technology that is second to none. The Acuity Series of wide format printers brings a range of true flatbed UV print solutions optimised for quality, speed, and production. The Acuity Advance platform, with the same ultra-high print quality, but adds a number of new features that improve production efficiencies and extend the versatility of this platform, allowing it to be used for a much wider range of applications. One of the most important trends which signage and graphix companies here in Africa and South Africa will face over the next couple of years is the move away from solvent inks. These alternatives include aqueous inks and UV curable inks, hailed as the ink of the future. The drawback of aqueous inks is their durability. UV ink on the other hand has superior durability properties, in comparison with conventional solvent inks. UV inks are also much more environmentally friendly, with minimal odour in comparison. The UV ink adhesion properties allow direct print onto rigid substrates, thereby reducing production costs of printing onto vinyl, application onto substrate and time. UV is one of the most cost effective inks, using LED-curing technology, like Fujifilm and Mimaki of Japan, which have been developed over the past couple of years. Fujifilm technology and its diverse product offerings, are able to offer a solution to meet the growing demand for increased print quality, higher production speeds and a lower cost of production in order for the machines to be used in a wider range of applications. Darryl Braithwaite, Sales Director of Graphix Supply World, added, ‘With the recent sale of the first Fujifilm Onset and Uvistar in Africa already, we are able to offer our clients the full solution unlike any other distributors, as we offer any customer, big or small, an affordable solution that will grow their business and maximize their profits.’ For more information or to arrange a demo, contact: GSW CT: (021) 511 5340; Johannesburg: (011) 444 9288 Durban: (031) 502 6128 or our 24/hr line: (082) 455 6333 Alternatively visit: www.gsw.co.za or email: marketing@gsw.co.za