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Agfa scores hat-trick in EDP Awards

Agfa scores hat-trick in EDP Awards
The European Digital Press Association rewarded no less than three of the Agfa innovations that were introduced in 2021. They are the Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED hybrid large-format printing press, the InterioJet water-based decor paper printing press for laminate surfaces and the Alussa leather printing system.

It is the eleventh consecutive time that Agfa has been recognised for its innovative power by the European Digital Press Association (EDP). Each year, the experts of its member magazines review products that are new to the European market, evaluating them in terms of quality, value to the user, support and service before granting awards to the most groundbreaking innovations.

“We are very proud to have our inkjet printing solutions rewarded once again with this mark of quality and innovation,” said Vincent Wille, Agfa’s President of Digital Print & Chemicals. “We are committed sign and print companies to grow profitably. The EDP Awards granted to our solutions bear witness to the added value we provide to our customers.”

The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED was the winner in the category ‘Large and wide-format printing – flatbed/hybrid printers with a printing speed of over 250 m²/h’.

The latest ‘ultra-high-speed’ version of Agfa’s flagship inkjet press, is a 3.3 m heavy-duty workhorse for sign and display production as well as corrugated printing applications, thus combining extreme quality with a production speed of up to 600 m²/h and cutting-edge automation.

The EDP jury stated: “With the UHS, Agfa has taken the Jeti Tauro platform to the next level, bringing more volume applications within reach. A high-speed loader with a double gantry ensures that the high printing speed gets used to its full potential.“

The InterioJet 3300 won in the category ‘Industrial Print & Finishing Solutions’. The InterioJet 3300 is a multi-pass inkjet system that uses Agfa’s eco-friendly, water-based inks for short to medium production runs of décor paper for laminate surfaces. With its brilliant and consistent print quality, its speedy start-up and a high degree of versatility, it meets the interior decoration market’s demand for fast market introductions and customised designs. As a digital printing system, the InterioJet surpasses the limitations of gravure printing, since it is not limited by cylinder length or ink kitchen, and thus enables the printing of fully customised, non-repetitive patterns for every single order.

The EDP commended Agfa thus: Agfa has demonstrated how to change an existing print engine so it can be successfully combined with a new ink specifically aimed at the industrial market for printing laminate patterns onto decor paper. By doing so, it is contributing to the transition from analogue to digital printing and enabling a faster response to market needs.”

The Alussa leather printing ink scored in the category ‘Industrial Inks’. This offers cutting-edge inkjet printing technology for the creation of stunning designs on leather for a variety of markets, such as interior decoration, fashion, automotive and more and meets the ever-increasing need of brands to differentiate and personalise products. As the Alussa system, consisting of the Alussa eTU printer, Alussa iUL10 inks and workflow software, is effectively integrated into the leather production process – with perfectly tuned inks and coatings – it is the only digital leather printing solution that warrants superior and lasting quality.

The EDP praised the Alussa ink, which it said: “Makes it possible to print on leather on an industrial scale. Printing is done in full colour plus white, which gives a reliable result even on coloured leather. In combination with the coatings for leather developed together with TFL, this creates a hardwearing colourfast print that can be called unique.“

 For further information on EDP, visit: www.edp-awards.com

For further information on Agfa, visit: www.agfa.com

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