Ricoh Europe has formalised a relationship with Flora Digital, a Chinese flatbed and large format digital inkjet manufacturer, with a strategic partnership agreement that will expand and diversify Ricoh Europe’s product portfolio with large format systems for the graphics arts, interior décor and industrial markets.

Eef de Ridder, vice president, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, explains, ‘We have been listening to our clients. Following the positive feedback and orders of Ricoh’s UV flatbed series, and the continuing market demand for flexible UV hybrid devices for sign and graphics applications, we wanted to explore how Ricoh technology could be combined with Flora’s manufacturing expertise to create responsive, versatile solutions that meets today’s market demands. We look forward to expanding our offering with systems that combine both parties’ technical knowledge and expertise to support clients as they evolve their large format capabilities.’

Work is currently underway on the first new printer to be developed under the new agreement. This is a compact flatbed hybrid printer that will use Ricoh printheads, ColorGate Rip software and ICC profiles. The new printer will be able to run rigid and flexible media up to 2m wide on substrates ranging from PVC banners to vinyl and rigid boards, using linear motor technology for accuracy and productivity. Support for the printer will be provided by Ricoh’s EMEA sales and service network.

New systems developed jointly by Ricoh and Flora will join Ricoh’s existing portfolio that includes the Pro T7210 and  Pro TF6251 UV flatbed printers, and Pro L5160e and Pro L5130e roll-fed latex printers.