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Starleaton Digital Solutions is continuing its expansion in the wide-format digital printing sector with its biggest ever exhibition stand (P10).
Starleaton Digital Solutions is continuing its expansion in the wide-format digital printing sector with its biggest ever exhibition stand (P10), three new distribution agencies and capital equipment deals that take full advantage of the Government 30% Investment Allowance, whilst delivering a repayment ‘holiday’ on some equipment to help customers upgrade painlessly.
“At 160 square meters, the Starleaton stand at Pacprint is not just our largest-ever exhibition presence, but also the largest exhibit by an exclusively-wide format independent distributor,” says managing director Peter Eaton. “Our stand area is only five square metres smaller than or supply partner Epson’s for example. This is our commitment to the industry and to Pacprint. In good or not so good times, we are with wide-format digital customers from start to finish.”
Eaton continues; “Whilst wide-format media, laminates and ink consumables are the mainstay of Starleaton’s business, we recognize that the signage and display printers who will win in the long run are the ones with the latest, productive and automated equipment. We firmly believe that, with the 30% investment allowance for new equipment orders placed before June 30th, there has never been a better time to upgrade and increase productivity and/or quality. Customers have until June 30th 2010 to install equipment ordered by the end of this financial year, and with our delayed payment scheme, the financial requirement is spread over many months, reducing the burden on our customers’ cash flow.”
Hardware includes Agfa UV roll and flatbed printers
In addition to its strong position in aqueous wide-format printers from HP, Epson and Canon, SDS has announced a distribution agreement with Agfa for its entire range of :Anapurna UV machines. On the SDS stand at Pacprint will be the entry-level :Anapurna M4, with other models viewable on the Agfa stand itself. Agfa roll/flatbed UV machines are engineered for both feed methods from the ground-up; the roll feed is not merely a ‘bolt-on’ option.
Lamination has long been a Starleaton strength by virtue of its exclusive distribution of SEAL and NESCHEN brand laminators and consumables. At Pacprint, SEAL models 62 Base (cold only) and 62 Pro (hot and cold) will be displayed, plus our broad range of laminates in both SEAL and SDS brands.
Epson and HP get the award-winning Colorgate upgrade
As a major dealer for both Epson and HP wide-format printers, Starleaton will be demonstrating the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 low-solvent printer for both indoor and outdoor signage and displays up to 64” (1626mm) wide. From HP, the 60” (1524mm) Designjet Z6100 with Vivera pigmented ink will be running. The big SDS difference is that both will be driven by the latest ColorGATE Productionserver v5 Rip software.
“ColorGATE Productionserver 5 comes in three levels; Pro, Select and Ultimate,” says SDS director Gary Smith. “The software is continuously upgradable and therefore future-proof. As a business grows, we can gradually upgrade their weide-format workflow to Ultimate which can handle four Rip processes in parallel and has 20 hotfolders. Version 5 of ColorGATE Productionserver Rips PDFs much faster and has moved from 8 to 16-bit colour rendering. The improved file management is superb and you can open, move and Rip several print jobs at the same time. It really adds unique features to the already great printers from HP and Epson.”
It is worth noting that ColorGATE Productionserver was voted ‘Best Rip solution for wide format’ at the European Digital Press Awards last month.
New agency is a cut above
Starleaton has signed an exclusive distribution deal with USA manufacturer Fletcher-Terry, for its range of GEMINI rail-style cutters and trimmers. Also included is the new FSC powered substrate cutter, ideal for rigid boards, composites, plastics and other media, with a motorized cut length up to 2500mm. Accuracy is ensured by a laser sight guide. It can be wall or floor mounted, and is also available as a non-powered cut model.
Fletcher GEMINI cutters and trimmers are transportable around the workshop and come in models up to 5 metres in cut width. Standard GEMINIS are guaranteed accurate to within 1.0mm over the entire cut length, while the Pro range is laser-aligned and guaranteed accurate to within 0.2mm over its entire cut length.
“The build and accuracy of Fletcher cutters has to be experienced to be believed,” says Smith, “combining switchable wheel and blade cutting saves having two units for cutting and trimming, lowers costs and saves space in the finishing room.”
Greenest sign material now available
The other new distribution agency Starleaton has taken over and will launch at Pacprint is the French Dickson Coatings ‘Evergreen’ range of inkjet printable fabrics that are 100% ‘Green.’ They are free from PVC, Phosphates, Formaldehyde, Glycol-ether and Phthalates, use half of the raw materials required for comparable PVC and are manufactured in a process that boasts zero VOC (Volatile Organic Carbons) emissions.
“Dickson Coatings’ JetTex range is Evergreen in both name and nature,” says SDS director Ben Eaton. “Sign and display printers using Evergreen Fabrics will be able to satisfy even the most stringent environmental demands of major brand advertisers and they will discover brilliance of colour from solvent, eco-solvent or UV printing, no curling and ease of handling that puts PVC in the shade. At Pacprint, we will have samples in 200, 260 and 300 grammages and can offer widths up to 3.05 metres.”
The final word goes to Managing Director Peter Eaton: “This is our biggest ever investment at a trade show and our theme is ‘We Promise…’ We don’t take this lightly. As primarily a consumable supply chain company, our customers depend on us to have the right stock at the right time. We are not infallible, but we do go to great lengths to keep our promise to be with our customers, from start to finish.”
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