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Xerox has initiated the beta user rollout of its new High Fusion Inks (HFI) for its Trivor digital inkjet press.
Speaking to PrintWeek on day two of Xerox’s inaugural Inkjet-setters Summit conference in Marseille, Xerox Inkjet chief technology officer Paul Morgavi named one “early adopter” as Belgium-based VPrint, while the other has not been named. Phased commercial availability is due to start by the end of the year.
First discussed at Drupa, Xerox’s High Fusion Inks allow for inkjet printing on traditional offset coated stocks, eliminating the need for pre or post treatment and supporting a range of matt, silk and gloss-coated stocks.
Morgavi said: “These are going to be a gamechanger for us. It’s a really strong opportunity to open the market for commercial print with offset coated paper, which is a big demand that we have from the market.
“HFI is opening a new door to applications and new pages – this is very important, it is not replacing the pages we have today but it is a complementary application in order to increase the number of pages we are able to print on using inkjet technology.”
The HFI inks are compatible with Xerox’s Drupa-launched Trivor 2400, which currently uses pigment-based High Density (HD) or High Density 2 (HD2) inks. Owners can retrofit existing Trivor machines with HFI and new buyers will have the choice between HD or HFI. Morgavi gave updates on the new products’ performance, stating that VPrint, which also has a range of offset presses, had quickly adopted use of the inks.
“This is the first application where HFI makes a difference on the market,” he added.
Earlier this year, Xerox completed the separation of its business into two standalone companies, one handling document technology and the other, Conduent, focusing on Business Process Outsourcing. It was rumoured to be purchasing Kodak’s Prosper and Ultrastream inkjet businesses in March but Kodak chose to retain the businesses.