As everyone in the printing world will know that Drupa is fast approaching. Drupa is held every four years for print manufacturers to showcase their new technologies. printed.com will be present at this year’s Drupa in the form of:
• Paul Duffy - Product Manager
• Julie Carney - Head of Creative
• Ian Gordon - Operations Director
• David Duncan - Production Manager
• Erik Coleman - Digital Print Manager
• Bernard O’Connor - Group Procurement Manager
While going to Drupa is an opportunity not to be missed, printed.com were presented with another opportunity which was just as unmissable. We were invited to HP Indigo pre-Drupa 2012 event in Israel, so we sent Paul and Ian to go and preview the technologies that will be released at Drupa.
Before Drupa, HP Indigo invites their clients from all over the world to exclusively preview the technologies that they plan to release at Drupa. HP Indigo also gives a full tour of two of the facilities as well as a guided tour of Jerusalem, walking through 2000-3000 year-old ruins of this historical site. The trip to Israel then finishes with dinner in the ancient Tzidkiyiahu Cave.
During day one they travelled to Kiryat Gat, interestingly ‘gat’ in Hebrew means ‘press’. In Kiryat Gat they visited the manufacturing facility, where amongst other things they were introduced to the new addition to the HP Indigo family: The HP Indigo 10000, which is HP Indigos first venture into the B2B market, traditionally owned by lithographic presses.
The second day they went to the Ness Zione facility which is located on the Israeli coastal plain, for a ‘deep dive’ in to the new technologies and also got to tour the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press lab.
Needless to say, they were all very impressed with the HP Indigo 10000 technology. The machine is capable of printing 3450 single sided sheets an hour and is compatible with several thousands of substrates, including metallic and speciality materials. This is definitely an exciting time in the world of digital printing, if you are that way inclined!
Paul and Ian’s trip to Israel was a success as they came back with a wealth of knowledge about HP Indigo, its processes and its people, who it has to be said, are exceptionally talented.