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Canon launches new imagePROGRAF printers

The manufacturer has designed a series of large-format printers for the graphic arts sectors

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The new printers will be showcased live at drupa 2024 on the Canon stand in Hall 8A

Canon has launched two new series of large-format printers: the 7-colour imagePROGRAF GP series and the 12-colour imagePROGRAF PRO series both made for use in high-end production.

The imagePROGRAF GP series is designed for high-quality posters and graphic arts for both commercial and in-house service providers, while the imagePROGRAF PRO is designed for use in the photography and fine art markets.  

The GP series comprises of three models: the 60”/1524mm imagePROGRAF GP-6600s, the 44”/1118mm GP-4600S, and the 24”/610mm GP-2600S.

The printers use a new pigment ink set called LUCIA PRO II which can print on A0 size posters on uncoated paper within 48 seconds with an expanded gamut of vibrant and accurately reproduced colours.

The new ink set includes orange and grey which can reproduce more vivid and eye-catching colours along with more accurate skin tones. The colour gamut reproducible by the imagePROGRAF GP series can accurately hit 96% of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated sample book, making it fitting for printing corporate colours.

Mathew Faulkner, EMEA director of Marketing and Innovation, Wide Format Printing Group, Canon Europe, comments: “With the launch of the new imagePROGRAF GP series, we’re addressing the needs of the high-end, premium poster market…”

“With image durability also very important for the high-end poster market, any output printed on the new imagePROGRAF GP devices will be both very scratch- and light-resistant, helping to preserve its longevity and value. And with the improved media handling and increased automation of the series, we’ve also made it more productive and easier to use.”

The imagePROGRAF PRO series includes the 60”/1524mm imagePROGRAF PRO-6600, the 44”/1118mm PRO-4600, and the 24”/610mm PRO-2600.

Canon is launching a new enhanced series of its highly successful 12-colour imagePROGRAF PRO large format printers

Canon states the launch has been triggered by a need for greater image durability and light resistance to help increase long-term print storage and environmental benefits.

Already known for its vivid colours and picture detail, the 12-colour imagePROGRAF PRO utilises the matte black ink in the new LUCIA PRO II ink with a newly designed colour matching table to improve the reproduction of darker shades and black density on fine art papers.

The printer series has also been developed to boost productivity by offering its ink ejection status monitoring system, simplified settings, and easier media handling via its dual roll capacity which can switch between matte and gloss paper without interrupting the workflow.

Faulkner says: “The new imagePROGRAF PRO series takes the resounding success of our current range and makes it even better, with new design and performance features added in response to feedback from our customers. 

“We’ve raised the bar for print quality as well as significantly increasing image robustness in terms of light and abrasion resistance, which is crucial for fine art printers and professional photographers.”

Faulkner also adds: “The new imagePROGRAF PRO series makes an attractive proposition for our customers. Professional photographers can invest in technology that allows them to further commercialise their work through print while maintaining full control of the output and quality of their work.”

Both series will be available from March 2024 across EMEA and will also be showcased at drupa 2024 from May 28th to June 7th.

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