Southend-on-Sea based Solopress has installed two Agfa Anapurna H2500i LED 2.5m hybrid printers to meet growing demand for wide-format products, its first investment with the Belgian-headquartered supplier. 

Managing director Simon Cooper, who joined earlier in 2019 said that the wide-format part of the business is currently growing at 35-40% per annum. The hybrid Agfa machines will allow printing of rigid substrates to complement existing roll-fed products and have been running 24 hours a day six days a week, since they were installed in May. They are reported to operate at twice the speed of those they replaced, while halving the cost of ink through Agfa’s thin ink layer technology.

‘We were looking at the next step on our wide format journey and the Agfa Anapurna is quite uniquely positioned as a quality hybrid at the right price point, enabling us to buy two machines for failover and massively increasing our capacity.  It may be early days, but the quality of the machines has surpassed our expectations and the sleek installation and training meant we were up and running in just a few days. We have been very impressed with both the service from Agfa and the product performance. It’s been a positive experience so far from a new supplier to the business,’ Mr Cooper said.

Solopress has been part of the German onlineprinters group for just over two years and is largely focused on fast turnaround e-commerce. The Agfa printers brings the company’s wide-format arsenal to five machines, complemented by eight offset and nine other digital presses.