Press Release: 06 May 2009

Spenaprint Orders UK's first HP Scitex FB7500 and HP Scitex TJ8350 Printers

LONDON, England, 06 May 2009 - HP today announced that Spenaprint has ordered the UK's first HP Scitex FB7500 Printer and HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer to revolutionise its business model and offer its screen printing customers a digital service.

Spenaprint, based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, was originally established as screen and lithographic printer, NSL. In 2009 the company came under new management and decided to investigate the digital opportunities available for businesses looking to develop from traditional print shops to become Print Service Providers. (PSPs)

With the current market trends for short-run, variable data printing within increasingly short turnaround times, the company decided to not invest in traditional analogue equipment and purchased two HP digital machines; an HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer and an HP Scitex FB7500 Printer.

The HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer is one of the fastest wide-format solvent printers available (480m2 per hour), delivering up to 80 full sheets (3.6m x 1.6m) per hour. The new printer offers a choice of three different kinds of printer-dedicated pigmented solvent-based inks, available in six colours; the HP Scitex TJ100 Supreme Ink; the HP Scitex TJ100 and finally the HP Scitex TJ110 Speciality Solvent Ink to deliver an option that produces zero HAPs(1) and reduces impact on the environment without compromising on quality.

Designed for screen printers, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer offers users the highest productivity of equipment in its price class(2), with the ability to produce 105 (1.2 x 2.4m) sheets or 95 full beds (3.6m x 1.6m) per hour. The machine uses a six-colour process to maximise print-quality and enhance applications. Spenaprint will use the combination of productivity and high performance provided by its new equipment, to meet the demands of the market, and offer existing screen customers new digital services.

"The printer enables PSPs to implement new business plans centred around value added services. It can offer customers a cost-effective, high-quality service with very fast turnarounds which helps to build long term relationships with customers," said Nancy Janes, UK and Ireland Large Format Country Manager, HP.

With the ability to print on both flexible and rigid media the HP Scitex FB7500 has a range of features to maximise throughput and increase versatility. Using three quarter automation and a highly accurate and intuitive loading mechanism provides the productivity and adaptability needed for large format applications. The machine offers a choice of different printing modes, allowing Spenaprint to select the most efficient mode of production according to the application type.

"The decision to purchase our new printers was based on our confidence in HP's technology and the business advantages of transferring work from analogue to digital production," said Paul Dowell, director, Spenaprint. "Versatility and the ability to meet customers' requirements are vital for success in this industry. We can produce anything from posters, billboards, POS and POP items to vehicle livery and outdoor signage, using almost any type of media. We can now offer each customer a bespoke service, based on their requirements."

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1 Based on third-party testing conducted in August 2008 that found no detectable Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Method 311. HAPs are air pollutants which are not covered by ambient air quality standards but which, as defined in the Clean Air Act, may present a threat of adverse human health effects or adverse environmental effects. Such pollutants include asbestos, beryllium, mercury, benzene, coke oven emissions, radionuclides and vinyl chloride.

2 Based on published manufacturer specification as of July 2008.

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