Ricoh announce strategic global wide format distribution partnership with EFI
Ricoh has declared its intention to move further into the wide format sector by adding EFI VUTEk flatbed printers to its offering. The announcement made during Drupa 2016 means that Ricoh’s graphic arts offering is expanded further and is now a complementary product range encompassing flatbed, large format, continuous feed, cut sheet, software and consultancy services.
Benoit Chatelard, Vice President, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe, says: “This is a natural progression for Ricoh for two reasons. First, we have a long-standing relationship with EFI, who provide EFI Fiery as a digital front end for our cut sheet products. Secondly, we have already had a successful roll-fed large format offering in our portfolio (Ricoh’s AR Latex roll-to-roll Ricoh ProTM L4100); and the addition of UV flatbed options broadens the market possibilities our print service providers can embrace. We have been receiving client requests to expand our portfolio, and we are delighted to be able to do that with a long-time partner that is so well-respected in the industry. With this exciting announcement, we are again making clear our commitment to providing print service providers with a broad and comprehensive, integrated solution set.”
Among the VUTEk flatbed printers included is the EFI H1625 LED Hybrid roll/flatbed UV printer, featuring four colour print plus white with single pass and multilayer capabilities. Variable droplet sizes provide eight levels of grayscale. The 1.65m-wide printer also enables fast changeovers between rigid and flexible materials for optimum operational efficiency.
“LED curing is a tremendous benefit since inks are cured using EFI’s Cool Cure technology,” says Chatelard. “This means that thinner substrates can be used, reducing material, shipping and energy. This makes it one of the most environmentally friendly flatbed printers in the market, which we believe will be important to our clients in making their buying decisions.”
“The agreement continues Ricoh’s commitment to offering print service providers the opportunity to evolve into a one stop shop fully supported by tried and trusted solutions and services. Adding these outstanding printers gives our clients a wider range of choices while still taking advantage of Ricoh’s territory reach to support them fully no matter where they are located geographically,” he concludes.
This global agreement with EFI is set to kick off with availability through Europe and Latin America, with North America and Asia Pacific to follow.
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