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Award winning display and POS printer, SMP Group, was the first company to place an order for Agfa’s new :M-Press LEOPARD, after also being the first in the world to install an :M-Press TIGER. The :M-Press LEOPARD flatbed inkjet press was developed in response to customer demand for economical, low to medium run-length digital printing.

“Around 25% of our work is 50 sheets or less and the Leopard is a production unit that is ideal for these smaller quantities. It provides us with the flexibility to switch from one job to another very quickly as well as changing media. We also have a demand for double-sided display printing and this machine is the best solution I have seen,” explained Mark Turner, Director, SMP Group.

Even in these difficult times, SMP has managed to grow and develop its business by making significant investment in the very latest technology. Due to the fine quality of reproduction of small text, the company prints a great deal of A4 and A3 POS jobs on both its :M-Press machines.    
Another key factor is SMP’s ability to provide consistent results, whether the jobs are printed litho or inkjet, and this is largely due to the fact that all their CtP and digital inkjet printers are managed by Agfa’s :Apogee workflow.

“Both the :M-Press LEOPARD and :M-Press TIGER machines use the same :Anuvia UV ink from Agfa. The machines put down only a thin layer of ink to achieve the desired result. These are major benefits which enable us to deliver the best value digital print per square metre as well as absolute colour consistency,” Turner concludes.

About the :M-Press LEOPARD

The manual loaded :M-Press LEOPARD flatbed inkjet press has been co-developed by Agfa and Thieme to offer high-quality printing on a wide variety of substrates.

The :M-Press LEOPARD is built on a Thieme screen printing press base. It is a robust industrial digital printing press of the highest build quality. The LEOPARD holds a print-shuttle with 64 new variable dot-size Agfa UPH2 grayscale print-heads, using pagewide print array technology and utilising Agfa's own :Anuvia UV ink.

:M-Press TIGER and LEOPARD deliver top quality prints for all indoor and outdoor applications and handle a wide variety of substrates including backlit material, paper, self adhesive vinyl, fluted display board, metal plates, corrugated board, PVC and much more.

[photo shows SMP's Mark Turner alongside the Agfa :M-Press LEOPARD]