Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) has announced the first Canadian acquisition of an EFI Pro 32r Plus Wide-Format printer by Intergraphics Decal Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Konica Minolta recently signed a national distribution agreement with EFI (Electronics For Imaging) to market, service and support the entire EFI line of wide-format and VUTEk print solutions in Canada. With this single installation, Intergraphics expects to triple its current output capacity of large-format printed materials. Intergraphics is one of the largest decal and product-marketing companies in Canada, and was founded in 1969 by Conrad Desender, who still serves as its President and CEO today. From humble beginnings operating out of a 1,000 square-foot facility, the company has grown to become a national leader in decal and product marketing. Today, it operates out of a 45,000 square-foot facility equipped with both silkscreen and digital printing capabilities, and employs over 80 people.
The company specializes in large-scale orders for various sectors including public transportation systems – creating custom vehicle wraps for fleet of buses and trains, sports advertising with rink-board graphics (for the Winter Olympics, NHL and OHL), and custom-made graphics for consumer products and manufactured components. As an industry leader, Intergraphics continues to experience sustained growth across both North America and Europe.
“Investing in state-of-the-art technology has contributed greatly to our success over the years,” Conrad Desender added. “We’re always looking for ways to go above and beyond for our clients, which requires us to stay on top of the latest developments in silkscreen and digital printing. In the digital printing space, the EFI Pro 32r Plus’ wide colour gamut is second to none. We’re impressed with its ability to accurately hit precise corporate colours. The capabilities of the machine will now allow us to deliver the most accurate colour possible for our customers in a shorter amount of time than other wide-format machines we have assessed in the marketplace.”
The EFI Pro 32r Plus is a 3.2-metre (10.5-foot) roll-to-roll LED printer that can accommodate a variety of flexible substrates, including textiles and double-sided applications. It offers exceptional levels of productivity, reaching print speeds of up to 256 sq.m./hr (2,756 sq.ft./hr) with quick and easy media loading. Using EFI’s UltraDrop technology which employs native 7pL printheads with multi-drop addressability, the EFI Pro 32r Plus achieves a true resolution of 847 dpi. This produces “outstanding smoothness in the final print’s shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as text quality in both standard and knockout. All this with lower running costs due to more efficient ink consumption and lower power bills,” said EFI.
“The EFI Pro 32r Plus is truly an impressive machine and, equipped with it, I have no doubt it will help Intergraphics achieve even more success,” said Mike Wildbore, National Wide Format Business Director at Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Limited. “With the capability to produce everything from banners, billboards and wall graphics, to vehicle and building wraps, the EFI Pro directly addresses the needs of Intergraphics and its clientele. Intergraphics has come so far and achieved so much in the last 50 years in business, and if they continue to make these kinds of investments in technology, I can’t wait to see what the next 50 holds for them.”