EFI printers will be taking centre stage at CMYUK’s upcoming Printer Production Open House.

CMYUK’s new Vutek FabriVU 340i+ will be making its UK debut alongside the company’s EFI Pro 30h 3.2m UV LED printer at the open house, which is taking place on 18 and 19 May at CMYUK’s demonstration and training centre in Shrewsbury. Technology from Mimaki, Canon, Epson, Klieverik, Kongsberg and Trotec will also be on display.

The 340i+ has been developed to help businesses expand into new soft signage and textile markets. It has eight Kyocera printheads, compared to its predecessor’s four, meaning that it can print at 600dpi rather than 300dpi, with PoP production up to 48% faster. It offers both direct-to-substrate and transfer paper sublimation printing.

‘There’s a great deal of interest around the FabriVU 340i+,’ said Brett Platt, CMYUK, textiles business manager. ‘It offers a real opportunity for customers to expand their business offerings. The integrated fixation capability is perfect for companies that don’t have the floor space or capex spend for an additional stand-alone heat press. It represents a host of advantages that we are excited to share with new and existing customers. CMYUK has long been a hub for digital textile printing, and these days it’s almost unthinkable for sign and display businesses not to offer soft signage solutions including TFS, murals, SEG Backlights, event backdrops, hanging banners, retail fixture wraps, front light PoP, promo tents and divisional graphics.’

Meanwhile the 3.2m Pro 30h 3.2m hybrid UV LED printer, available for £164,995 including delivery, warranty and installation, uses technology from EFI’s Reggiani textile printers, the Vutek high-speed h-series and Nozomi single-pass printers.

CMYUK sales director Sue Hayward commented, ‘The Pro 30h is a stunning piece of equipment that combines hugely successful elements of EFI technology packaged in one printer. It’s a very impressive proposition and customers are buzzing over its feature set. We anticipate that it will be a very strong contender in the market.’

The company has also announced that Cardiff-based 3 Sixty has installed a FabriVu 340i+ to support growth in its textile printing capabilities, using a range of eco-textile materials also supplied by CMYUK. The materials, which will come to market this autumn, are currently being tested, and are expected to play an important role in the growth of textile printing from 40% to 60% of 3 Sixty’s output.