M Partners, the Surrey-based business specialising in the distribution of product focused on the printing industry, has announced the launch of a stand-alone division to concentrate on the growth market of wide format printers: M Partners Wide. As part of the announcement the company has detailed its first distribution contract: a deal signed with South Korean manufacturing company DGI.
The equipment line-up from DGI features the Velajet VE-3204D printer, a product focused on the 3.2m wide format market. This cost-effective high-speed product is designed and built in South Korea, but features Japanese printing heads from Konica Minolta. Throughput of up to 120 square meters per hour (720x360dpi) is accompanied by bulk ink tanks for on-the-fly refilling, and automated cleaning and end-capping. Image resolution of up 1440dpi and a Wasatch RIP make this low-running-cost unit suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications as well as vehicle wrap work. The machine is suited to running odour free eco solvent inks from DGI.
Commenting the launch of M Partners Wide, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of M Partners, said: “This is a sector that we have been monitoring for some while. It is no great secret that much of the printing equipment market right now is static at best. Wide format continues to grow. However, we didn’t want to enter the market with a “me too” product.
“We believe that the impressive build quality of DGI equipment gives us several important points of difference with which to announce our arrival in this market: it is extremely well designed, and built with the best of South Korean know-how and technology, combined with Japanese quality. The use of Konica Minolta’s KM1024MN heads ensures that the products will be taken very seriously in a market that is keen to seek cost-effective solutions, but only so long as the quality of the output meets the highest of standards.”
Commenting further on DGI, Mark Stribley added: “They have an impressive installed base across Western Europe, and a continually expanding product range. We were very impressed by the DGI headquarters in Seoul on our visit, where we were given a lot more background into the company’s extensive track record in innovation in this market, amongst other things.”
M Partners Wide is now the exclusive UK distributor for the DGI wide format products and is activity seeking specialist resellers for these products in the fabric and soft-sign markets.
The Velajet VE-3204D is a four-colour machine, with eight printheads (2xCMYK) capable of printing 120sqm/hr in draft mode (720x360dpi), 60sqm/hr in production mode (720x720dpi), 45sqm/hr in quality mode (720x1080dpi), and 30sqm/hr in high quality mode (720x1440dpi).
The company is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing and a unique finance package. Keep in touch with developments at M Partners Wide by following the business on Twitter @MPartnersWide
The creation of the M Partners Wide division is the latest development from M Partners, as the company seeks to bring its unique distribution format to the wide format market. In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. In 2011 the business expanded into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.
M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.
The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.