NZ printer installs region’s first B2 inkjet press

The B2 inkjet press will be installed at Benefitz in late May or early June and sit alongside the firm's Xerox iGen4 and Color 1000 printers and two Komori offset presses.

It marks another vote of confidence in the vendor's inkjet equipment from the Kiwis – the first customer in this region for Screen's web-fed Truepress 520 was installed in Wellington in 2010.

The JetSX offers a sheet size of 740x530mm and can print on standard coated or uncoated offset papers and board up to 0.6mm thick.

Managing director Aidan Bennett said B2 inkjet was the future. "Our new Screen Truepress JetSX will close the gap between digital and offset printing even further, and offer real advantages for our customers.

"As well as advantages in the sheet size, the new Truepress JetSX will enable us to print very thick card, so it opens up opportunities in the short-run packaging market with variable data or personalised packaging, as every sheet can be different."

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Fellow director Dallas Bennett said the 80-staff firm positioned itself as a market leader by being an early adopter of technology.

"We have grown as a business during tough economic times, largely due to our innovation and future thinking, so we are confident that this will continue that trend," he said.

"The neat thing is, every time we introduce new technologies such as the JetSX, we improve our environmental performance as well, which is very important to our customers."

Screen Australia managing director Peter Scott said he was looking forward to seeing the first jobs roll off the press in June.

"To say we are delighted that the first JetSX in ANZ is going into such a progressive business as Benefitz is an understatement," he said.

"Their entire operation is a shining example of how a modern business should be run with a combination of offset, digital, wide format, display and signage, design, web development, email marketing and social media services."

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