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January '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2019 • 13 Roland DG's TrueVIS VG Printer/Cutters Awarded Top BLI Honors Roland DG, a global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announces that its TrueVIS VG series of wide-format printer/cutters have won two prestigious awards from Fairfield, New Jersey-based Buyers Laboratory (BLI) a division of Keypoint Intelli- gence that provides independent testing and analytical information to the global digital imaging industry. Roland's TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540 printer/cutters won in the "Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco Solvent/Latex 54˝/64˝ Printer (7-Color)" and the "Outstanding High Production CMYK Eco-Solvent/ Latex 54˝/64˝ Printer (Dual CMYK)" categories. To determine results, BLI analysts evaluated a variety of inkjets from contenders globally in a number of key performance categories, including image quality, usability and speed. In earning the Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54˝/64˝ Printer (7-Color) award, BLI says the two Roland printers dem- onstrated "very high quality output, even when printing at the most productive speed settings." Ricoh to Acquire LAC Corp. and ColorGate Tokyo-based Ricoh, a manufacturer of commercial inkjet printheads, large format printers and office imag- ing equipment, announces two business acquisitions: Tokyo-based LAC Corp. and Germany's ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions LAC Corp. provides an inkjet technology that supports printing on three-dimensional surfaces such as the sides of cars, trucks, aircraft, tires and glass bottles. Ricoh says the acquisition is aimed at strengthen- Left, Kohei Tanabe, Roland DG's President, digital printing business division, accepts a Buyers Lab award from David Sweetnam, director of research and lab services for Keypoint Intelligence ing Ricoh's industrial printing business, which the company defines as one of three areas it's targeting for growth. Ricoh says that by combining LAC's proprietary inkjet technology and Ricoh's technologies such as imag- ing systems and manufacturing, it will create new value for its customers. In addition, Ricoh also says it's planning to expand LAC's offerings into new overseas markets, using Ricoh's global network. ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions develops workflow and color manage- ment software for the graphics arts industry. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of November. According to Thomas Kirschner, CEO of ColorGATE, his company will continue to be operated as a separate entity within the Ricoh organization and he will continue in his present role. SDG

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