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Cestrian takes UK's first Agfa M-Press Tiger

Cestrian takes UK's first Agfa M-Press Tiger

Cestrian Imaging has taken delivery of the UK's first Agfa M-Press Tiger launched at Fespa Digital in May. The Cheadle-based company expects the machine, supplied by Thieme KPX, to undertake work previously done using screen and litho methods.
Cestrian operations director Phil Reynolds, said: "The low ink consumption and high production speeds mean that we can now print longer digital print runs than have been economically possible before, and at a quality that competes with litho in the POP/POS market. We anticipate that the Tiger will produce work that was previously done using screen, litho and slower digital systems, but with much faster turnarounds."

One of the advantages of the M-Press Tiger is its ability to handle all the substrates currently used in the company's screen printing presses.  Substrate sizes from 700 x 1000mm up to 1660 x 2660mm can be handled with weights ranging from 120gsm to 3000gsm.

Paul Whitehurst, Cestrian director, added: "We chose the M-Press Tiger because it offered a clear cost advantage when compared with every other digital solution we looked at. The Agfa UV ink was also a good fit with our corporate policy of reducing our carbon footprint whilst increasing our green credentials."

The machine can apply gloss, semi-gloss or printing, with its 64 dual colour printheads applying droplets accurately and in thin layers to give a quality finish without excess waste or cost. Sheet registration is extremely accurate so overprinting the process colours with spot or special inks is quick and easy. 

The M-Press Tiger is significantly faster and prints at a higher quality than the original M-Press. The Cestrian installation takes place at the same time as a number of existing M-Press installations are being upgraded to the Tiger specification.


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