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Agfa claims to be taking on large-format litho with the print quality delivered by the latest additions to its range of UV-cured flatbeds.

"Our quality benchmark is litho; screen has been losing out at the top end of the market for several years," said Agfa Graphics inkjet systems vice-president Richard Barham. "We're going after work produced on the KBA 205. Greyscale printing on the M-Press and the Jeti 3020 Titan allow us to do that."

At SGIA in Las Vegas the firm launched the Jeti 3020 Titan, its first totally new Jeti, and an upgrade to the M-Press Tiger, which both deliver greyscale print quality and high productivity.

Like the M-Press Tiger, the 3020 Titan uses a modular design, which users can upgrade with new features rather than investing in a new machine.

"It allows firms to start with a basic machine and upgrade the chassis, rather than changing the whole engine," said Barham.

The 3020 Titan, a 3x2m flatbed, replaces the Jeti 3150 and 3020 Continental.

The throughput of the 16-head machine is 113m2/hour; with additional heads that rises to 226m2/hour.

It bridges the gap between the rest of Agfa's portfolio and the M-Press, and competes with Durst's Rho 800, EFI Vutek's GS3200, HP's FB7500 and Inca's Spyder V and Onset S20.

Prices will range from £272,000 (€310,000) for the basic, 16-head machine, up to £410,000.

The upgrade for the M-Press Tiger improves image quality for cosmetics and fashion applications. To take advantage of the new capability the firm has introduced a fine-art print mode.

It has also increased the throughput of the Tiger to 1,267m2/hour, which, the firm claimed, made it the fastest machine on the market.