Fujifilm reports growth in industrial market

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fujifilm has emphasised its commitment to the industrial market and said it is a growing business area for the manufacturer.

The business showcased a range of technologies for industrial and package printing applications at the InPrint 2015 show, which took place in Munich last week.

Fujifilm Europe Graphic Division marketing manager Jon Harper Smith said: “In inkjet we’re quite well known for the wide-format graphics printing systems that we supply but at InPrint we showed the technology that sits inside these systems and other types of digital printers.”

He added that the company engaged primarily with three different types of customers at the show; wide-format printers looking to dip their toes into the industrial print market, digital inkjet integration companies that build digital print engines and manufacturers from non-print sectors looking to take advantage of the benefits of inkjet printing.

“We are seeing growth in the industrial print area and spoke to people at the show that we wouldn’t normally see as being customers,” said Harper Smith.

The manufacturer’s main draw at the event was the Fujifilm Dimatix Samba industrial inkjet printhead, which the firm showed in combination with a Fujifilm water-based ink, to print onto decor papers for laminate flooring.

Fujifilm Dimatix also showed its Merlin DCE modular inkjet print engine, which has been developed as a manufacturing tool to be used for product decoration and materials deposition.

Meanwhile, Fujifilm’s new wide-format LED UV hybrid inkjet printer, the Acuity LED 1600 II, was also demonstrated at the event and displayed in a special configuration to create proofing samples for packaging applications.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems industrial inkjet marketing manager Gary Barnes said the manufacturer's InPrint stand demonstrated how inkjet technologies can successfully contribute to the growth of the industrial market.

“We are committed to raise the awareness of Fujifilm’s inkjet technologies outside of our traditional printing sectors,” said Barnes.

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