Canon has launched a new series of 7-colour ImagePrograf GP large format printers for both commercial and in-house print service providers.

Mathew Faulkner, EMEA director, Canon Europe, commented, ‘With the launch of the new ImagePrograf GP series, we’re addressing the needs of the high-end, premium poster market.’

The new series comprises three models: the 1524mm ImagePrograf GP-6600S, 1118mm GP-4600S, and the 610mm GP-2600S.

Combined with a new pigment ink set, Lucia Pro II, the new series can print A0 size posters on uncoated paper in as little as 48 seconds and is claimed to provide an expanded gamut of vibrant and accurately reproduced colours, together with greater image durability.

The additional colours include orange, which reproduces more vivid, eye-catching colours, and grey, which smoothly reproduces skin tones. Mr Faulkner stated the ImagePrograf Pro delivers ‘outstanding Pantone coverage for more accurate corporate colour reproducibility,’ and according to Canon the series accurately hits 96% of the Pantone formula guide sample book.

Canon has also looked to become more environmentally friendly. It explains that the new ImagePrograf GP series uses nearly 90% less polystyrene foam for the GP-4600S than its predecessor along with reduced power consumption using 94W or less during operation.

While the dual roll capability allows the user to automatically switch from printing on matte to gloss paper without interrupting the workflow.

Mr Faulkner also stated, ‘any output printed on the new ImagePrograf GP devices will be both very scratch and light-resistant, helping to preserve its longevity and value.

‘And with the improved media handling and increased automation of the series, we’ve also made it more productive and easier to use.’