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Echo House uses the Acuity Ultra printer to get ahead

Echo House uses the Acuity Ultra printer to get ahead

Founded in 1994, Echo House, based in south-west London offers a full end-to-end service, from design to production and installation. For this, it is able to call upon a full spectrum of in-house production facilities, from the finest large format print equipment, to stunning multi-media fabrication capabilities.

Recently, the company has enjoyed great success with its new five-metre, super-wide format Acuity Ultra printer since its installation in June 2018, which has led to it agreeing to a new phase of its partnership with Fujifilm, which will include the installation of a brand new machine.

The new printer, which is still in development, will form a new addition to the Acuity Ultra range. With precise specifications still to be confirmed, this smaller format model is set to offer the same print carriage configuration and deliver the same level of quality at comparable speeds to the five and 3.2 metre models currently available on the market. The new model will be installed at Echo House in January 2019.

Hideaki Kawai, Senior Manager, Wide Format Inkjet Systems at Fujifilm Graphic Systems’ global headquarters in Tokyo visited Echo House in October 2018 to see first-hand how its Acuity Ultra is operating and to confirm the agreement for the installation of the new development-phase model.

He commented: “Fujifilm has a long history with Echo House as it has been operating an Acuity Select flatbed since 2014 and had been a Fujifilm ink customer for some time before that. Now, as the site of the first Acuity Ultra installation globally, Echo House has become an even more important partner to Fujifilm. The feedback it has provided during the time that we have worked with it to ensure it’s getting the best out of the machine and using it to its full potential, has been invaluable. We’re excited to be involving it  in the development phase of this new project.”

Mark Cardwell, Chairman at Echo House, has declared himself as being very impressed with the Acuity Ultra. He said: “Since it was installed, we’ve been pushing it to its limits. Our customers include some of the best-known luxury goods, retail and cosmetics brands in the world. They’re hugely demanding customers who know what they want and won’t settle for anything less. They expect the very best quality, as well as rapid turnaround times and excellent value for money. To retain customers like these and ensure that they are getting the best possible value for their money, we have to offer highly advanced technical capabilities.

“The Fujifilm Acuity Ultra has proven itself to be the perfect new addition to our machine line-up We’re using it to print a huge range of quality general signage and POS work, taking full advantage of the five- metre width to print super-wide substrates, and to print to multiple rolls simultaneously as the occasion demands. In addition, the ability to print white ink has also been a fantastic plus when producing ultra-high quality backlit applications.

“We’ve seen a significant overall boost in productivity and we have no doubt that this investment has put us in a stronger position to retain our high-value client accounts and win new work in a very competitive marketplace.”

Mark Cardwell concluded: “We have a successful relationship with Fujifilm that goes back more than a decade and it was this partnership that led us to become the first in the world to install the Acuity Ultra. We never stand still, we’re always looking to the future, and in our experience, Fujifilm has exactly the same attitude. The opportunity to directly feed into the development process for this new machine is hugely exciting and gives us the chance to provide even more value to our customers.”

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