At PacPrint, the Currie Group not only had the largest stand, but also contributed to a significant share of the $50 million of sales made at the show. Among these were four HP Indigo 6K digital label presses, a sign of growing demand from food and beverage brand owners for the benefits of digital print: high quality, short run, high impact graphics and fast speed to market.
Two of the sales went to New Zealand companies: Soar Communications Group and Lightning Labels, while local purchasers were Ultra Labels & FlexPack and CMYKhub. The latter is making its first foray into the label market and complemented the purchase with the compact, easy-to-use ABG Digicon Series 3, which can operate in-line or as a stand-alone unit to provide versatile solutions including foiling, varnishing, slitting, scoring and sheeting.
No stranger to HP Indigo presses CMYKhub’s stable already includes two HP Indigo 100K digital presses, two HP Indigo 7r digital presses, and a HP Indigo 7800 digital press.
CMYKhub also added to its wide-format capabilities with an investment in a new hybrid 3.2 metre wide EFI VUTEk h5 hybrid roll-to-roll and flatbed printer, while Allclear Print + Signs purchased an EFI Pro 30h wide-format print system off the Currie stand to consolidate all its current flatbed and roll-to-roll production. ANZ real estate signage specialist ABC Photo Signs invested in its first EFI system – a roll-to-roll EFI Pro 32r+.
Southern Impact continued its decade-long relationship with HP Indigo by placing an order for the first HP Indigo 15K HD in ANZ to be installed in September.
For the finishing sector, the Currie Group showed a number of Horizon innovations including the new BQ-500 iCE perfect binder which produces 1000 perfectly bound and trimmed books an hour. It uses both EVA and PUR glue technology and it is easy to swap between the two glue types.
Also on show was the latest rotary die-cutter from Horizon, the RD-N4055, which has a magnetic plate to assist in the die-cutting process for anything from presentation folders to business cards. The other new release from Horizon was the BQ-270 V which is a smaller version of the BQ-500.