The last few years have been tough for the graphics industry’s traditional leaders. This is due in no small part to the shift towards short run direct output, away from conventional long run printing processes and the consumables associated with them.
However, as giants such as Agfa Graphics have focused on the new reality and worked hard to turn themselves around, reinvention and new focus have brought fresh revenue opportunities. The job isn’t done yet. Much depends on how markets respond to Agfa’s innovations in both analogue and digital arenas, particularly for environmentally sustainable solutions. So far the signs are good.
Wide format futures
One of the most important developments for wide format digital printing has been to use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to cure UV inks, instead of doing so with high energy mercury arc lamps. The trend has been underway since 2011 when EFI introduced its first version of LED curing technology. As LED technology has advanced and improved, the shift to LED curing has gained momentum. Today’s LEDs are more precise and durable, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. They are also kinder to sensitive substrates and require much less energy, an important consideration for the environment’s sustainability and for that of the business.