SpeedPro partners with EFI to add wide-format technology

Boris Katsnelson (left), President of SpeedPro Imaging, with Frank Mallozzi, EFI's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.
Boris Katsnelson (left), President of SpeedPro Imaging, with Frank Mallozzi, EFI’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Through a new agreement between EFI and national graphics franchise SpeedPro Imaging, EFI will bring advanced inkjet imaging capabilities to SpeedPro Imaging studios, initially providing its H1625 65” LED wide-format inkjet printer to SpeedPro’s 120-location network across Canada. SpeedPro recently completed an extensive testing and validation process with the printer, qualifying it as a superior graphics production offering for the variety of wide-format graphics jobs its franchisees produce. The national franchise provides digital graphics for tradeshow displays and exhibits, retail signage, building wraps, vehicle wraps and more. It has several locations throughout Canada, the majority of which are in British Columbia and Alberta.

“We’re delighted to partner with a strong industry leader like EFI,” said Boris Katsnelson, President, SpeedPro Imaging. “This dovetails our company strategy of partnering with proven technology leaders that enable our SpeedPro studios to exploit their competitive edge by providing the highest quality and exceptional value to customers. Our national network of studios is clearly very excited about integrating EFI’s high-quality, profitable and productive print solutions.”

EFI H1625 LED Printer.
EFI H1625 LED wide-format inkjet printer.

With the new agreement, SpeedPro studios can purchase a range of advanced inkjet printing products, including hybrid roll/flatbed printers that handle rigid, sheet and roll-to-roll substrates, and include white ink as standard. EFI’s Professional Services organization will also help individual studios attain G7 standards on EFI printers, ensuring superior and consistent imaging quality and service for the many renowned corporate brands SpeedPro serves.

Several SpeedPro studios will be installing the 65-inch EFI Wide Format LED H1625 inkjet hybrid printer this year. Launched at the 2014 International Sign Expo, the printer also received a 2014 Must See’Ems Award at Graph Expo. The hybrid roll/flatbed printer features eight-level, variable-drop grayscale imaging and EFI’s industry-leading “cool cure” LED technology – which enables printing on a broad range of substrates, including media that cannot withstand the high-heat drying or curing methods used in other inkjet platforms. LED also is a greener production solution, printing with virtually no VOCs while using less energy compared to traditional UV-curing methods and latex inkjet printers.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.