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EFI's 800th sale of superwide VUTEk Q5r printer 

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has installed the 800th 5.2-metre wide EFI VUTEk Q5r roll-to-roll LED printer at Paris print business DécoAder. Melbourne’s Billboard Media last year installed two VUTEk Q5R printers at its facility in Oakleigh South.


“We have never seen a printer with such technological development on the market before, and it far exceeds the capabilities of those already in use,” said DécoAder CEO Thierry Borrat. “The VUTEk Q5r will help to meet the company’s customers’ needs in a variety of markets, but especially those within the event and vehicular print sectors.”

Founded in 1972, DécoAder is a leading large-format print business in France and employs 75 people. It already houses four EFI VUTEk UV LED printers on its 3,000 sqm shop floor.

“The selection of the Q5r guarantees us high productivity and a capacity to print significant volumes quickly,” said Borrat. “It allows us to meet the expectations of our customers, who approach us with very tight deadlines, especially in the events sector. The Q5r provides the necessary flexibility and comfort to respond to higher-volume markets.”

The EFI VUTEk Q5r printer is the fastest roll-to-roll display graphics printer in its class, capable of running at speeds of up to 672 square metres per hour. It’s available with four colours plus optional light colours, white, and a new UltraClear Coat for even more design and application possibilities. It features EFI UltraDrop Technology with native 7-picolitre printheads and multi-drop addressability for high-definition quality. Benefits include smoothness in shadows, gradients, and transitions, as well as precise and sharp four-point sized text with a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch.

The unique horizontal roll-to-sheet cutter system integrated into the printer enables automatic media cutting on the X-axis on the fly, without delaying printing. At DécoAder, this will streamline and minimise the manual handling process for vehicle fleet prints.

"The economic model of our trade is changing,” said Borrat. “There are lots of challenges, but they are essentially based on pricing and the environment. The option of coating and cutting in-line enables us to once again compete in markets where there is a lot of fierce competition."

In December 2021, Melbourne wide format business Billboard Media installed two superwide EFI VUTEk Q5R roll-to-roll LED printers at its production facility in Oakleigh South.

The EFI VUTEk Q5r roll-to-roll LED printer was recognized in the European Digital Press (EDP) Awards in 2021, receiving the award in the large/wide-format printing systems category for printers above 350 centimetres wide.