Another technology that is expected to take a big step forward at FESPA is the single-pass wide format inkjet printers that utilize Memjet technology. One such announcement was made by Xerox, which is launching the IJP2000. The early info on the Xerox model is that it will print up to 4,500 square feet per hour using water-based inkjet ink. Last year this product was a technology demonstrations, and here in London it’s available and on display at Xerox’s FESPA booth. The key differentiator of this printer is speed – at over 4,500 sq. feet per hour the Xerox IJP2000 is expected to sell for less than 150,000Euro. With output intended only for indoor use the IJP2000 has a niche where shops responding to demand for fast turnaround of larger jobs without interrupting the flow of production on their high-end or outdoor printers.
By the way, if you are attending FESPA please come catch my “TrendSpotting” presentation on Thursday morning. In this presentation I’ll examine this year’s version of The InfoTrends/FESPA Worldwide Survey 4. I’ll be comparing this year’s version to last years and highlight some of the market directions on topics including end user demand trends, what new services are being offered, spending, and the analog to digital transition.
Finally, we’re launching The Ultimate Guide to Wide Format during FESPA, an extension of the popular Ultimate Guide platform that we have for a number of other hardware and software technologies. If you’re interested please have a look at the new Ultimate Guide to Wide Format.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where Ron and I will cover announcements from vendors such as Canon, EFI, Durst, InkTec, and Screen.