HP Indigo transforms high‐definition print experiences

September 09, 2019

HP have announced growing adoption of the flagship HP Indigo 12000 HD digital printing technology, with more than 100 presses chosen by print service providers worldwide to deliver breakthrough digital print quality for commercial and professional photography, further accelerating the digital print transformation.

HP print providers around the world can benefit from the HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press, opening new digital business opportunities in professional and wedding photo printing, as well as upscale commercial and gallery applications using the industry’s widest range of print applications, substrates and inks.

“The HP Indigo 12000 HD offers new growth opportunities through higher value, higher margin prints, along with the productivity and automation needed for customers to streamline operations and stay competitive,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “HP Indigo digital printing allows for customers to also help reduce their environmental footprint and reduce waste with on-demand printing and shorter runs for print applications.”

The B2 sheetfed HP Indigo 12000 HD digital press achieves outstanding smoothness and sharpness using the HP Indigo HD Imaging System, a high-definition writing head that doubles print resolution and surpasses offset quality with an extended array of screening capabilities. More than 750 units of Indigo’s B2 sheet-fed platform are already installed, including the Indigo 10000, Indigo 12000 and now Indigo 12000 HD.

Any HP Indigo 12000 digital press can upgrade to HD technology offering a range of LPI screens – 220LPI, 250LPI and 290LPI. The HDFM screen mode, available on the HP Indigo 12000 HD, uses randomly-placed, smaller printing dots to create a new level of sharpness, ideal for applications with detailed images.

HP remains the clear leader in commercial printer-friendly B2 format production digital printing systems for commercial print,” said Mark Hanley, president of IT Strategies. “The Indigo 12000 HD system sustains commercial printers in evolving the strong-growth high-value print markets among commercial printers which are becoming the base for a future of fully demand-customized print communications. Indigo’s print performance parity with offset print continues to set the digital standard.”

Customers expand possibilities with HP Indigo 12000 HD

Global print service providers include District Photo, Druckverlag Kettler, Duggal Visual Solutions, Jinan Double 100 Photo, Pureprint, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD), and Suvi Color Lab.

District Photo of the US has an extensive fleet of HP Indigo digital printing presses, including the HP Indigo 12000 HD, has made the brand one of the largest digital print companies in the world. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the quality of our solutions, and investing in state-of-the-art equipment like the HP Indigo 12000 HD has allowed us to print beautiful quality work at a massive scale,” said Benjamin Lamparter, vide president of operations at District Photo.

Druckverlag Kettler of Germany purchased an HP Indigo 12000 HD for book production, due to increasing demand for high quality, but smaller and economical print runs. "Thanks to the higher-resolution HD print head, we can now deliver even better quality to our customers while meeting demand,” said Gunnar Kettler, managing director Druckverlag Kettler GmbH.

Duggal Visual Solutions of New York bought an HP Indigo 12000 and upgraded to the HP Indigo HD. Now it is moving some of its gallery-quality prints from wide format machines to the HP 12000 HD B2 format, expanding opportunities for new applications. Duggal recently printed the world’s first sustainably printed fashion magazine through HP’s partnership with Elle Magazine.

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Jinan Double 100 Photo of China, active in photo book printing, recently upgraded its press with HD. “Our high-end photo customers have recognized the unique color and applications available since we adopted the HP indigo 12000 HD Press, which is growing our business,” said Chang Mingwang, CEO.

Pureprint of the UK won a Dscoop Edge Inkspiration award for the HP Indigo 120000 HD printing of Brian Clarke’s Art of Light, published by Hurtwood Press. Produced on a tight deadline for an exhibition, the book printed on uncoated paper in stunning color.

RRD was the first print provider in the US to adopt the new technology a year ago. “We were early adopters of the HP Indigo 12000 HD press because we saw an opportunity to put new print technology directly into the hands of our clients," said Craig Roberton, President, RRD Commercial Print. "Since adding six HP Indigo presses to our platform, we have helped our clients improve the efficiency of their print communications programs while also providing them with a broader range of creative execution possibilities. Through this and other investments, we are enhancing the ability of our clients to better connect with their customers through personalized communications, delivered at scale."

Suvi Color Lab of India, one of the leaders in photo printing industry, installed the press at its plant in Changanacherry, Kerala. “The innovations in the photo printing segment at HP were key considerations when we bought the HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press, setting a new benchmark for our business in the entire Kerala,” said E.M. Wilson, CEO. “We always look forward to innovating our products for our customers using the state-of-the-art technology from HP.”

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