M Partners Wide, the Surrey-based wide format operation of M Partners, has announced the first UK order for its DGI 3.2 meter wide format printer, which has been placed by KEP Print Group, Tamworth.
The South Korean built DGI Velajet VE 3204D 3.2-meter wide format device provides for up to 120 square meters of production per hour. This will enhance the current large format production facilities at the KEP Tamworth site.
Commenting on the purchase, Mark Plowman, Managing Director of KEP Print Group (pictured above, centre), said: “The DGI product is going to provide us with more flexibility in our already extensive large format digital department – this is a market that we know especially well, given our long and successful history in production of point-of-sale materials.
“The build quality of the DGI machine is excellent: South Korean manufacturing expertise backed by Japanese technology, with Konica Minolta print heads in use on the machine. We believe that this brings together the best of both worlds. The result is a fantastic combination of print quality and speed: two very persuasive arguments for us to purchase the DGI.
The DGI unit has been purchased by The KEP Group to provide new contract work with high quality posters at high throughput speed and excellent economy. It joins a raft of state-of-the-art wide format equipment and multi-million pound lithographic presses.
The Velajet VE-3204D is a four-colour machine, with eight print-heads (2 x CMYK) capable of printing 120sqm/hr in draft mode (720 x 360dpi), 60sqm/hr in production mode (720 x 720dpi), 45sqm/hr in quality mode (720 x 1080dpi), and 30sqm/hr in high quality mode (720 x 1440dpi).
Head of Sales at M Partners Wide, Gary Doman, said: “Naturally we are delighted to have confirmed our first DGI order – the first of many we believe, as this is a large format device with some fantastic features. We believe that it ticks all of the boxes: it prints high quality images at speed and in widths of up to 3.2-meters. Perhaps the biggest sales argument though is that we are able to sell this product as the cost effective solution to people in the large format business: quality print at speed and at a very competitive rate per square metre. That is something that everybody needs and few suppliers can truly offer.”
The installation will provide an ideal reference site for M Partners Wide as it looks to swiftly expand the number of DGI units in the UK. “The central location of KEP in Tamworth makes it an ideal site for visitors from across the country to get to. The signage expertise of the team at KEP is also a significant recommendation for the product: it will be sat in their studio next a number of competitive models, and I am sure that speed and quality comparisons will be drawn by visitors! We are especially pleased to have such a prestigious printer as a reference site for our prospective customers as it will show how DGI product can meet the requirements of any printer,” added Gary Doman.
M Partners Wide is UK distributor for DGI wide format products and a reseller for Canon wide format equipment. The company is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing, technical support, 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. The company recently announced its distribution agreement with Korean manufacturer DGI.
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
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