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Oce and Gandinnovations Announce US Agreement

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At the SGIA show in Minneapolis, Oce announced that it will provide exclusive sales and service support in the US for Gandinnovations' JETi 3300 grand-format printer. Other Gandi printers may be added to the agreement at a later time.

"The JETi 3300 complements our existing product line by adding a grandformat size printer for producing oversize, outdoor-durable graphics," says Joyce Virnich, vice president of marketing for Oce's Wide Format Printing Systems Division in North America. "This enables us to offer the broadest product por tfol io in the industry"?from low- to high-end, including solvent, UV-curable, and photo-laser technologies, across roll-based, flatbed, and hybrid platforms."

The agreement allows Gandi to make the JETi 3300 more widely available. "Oce's extensive infrastructure of sales, service, and support will help us take the JETi product line to the next level and enable our future growth," says Hary Gandy, managing director of Gandinnvoations.

The JETi 3300, introduced at the 2002 SGIA show, is a 10.5-ft wide, solventbased inkjet printer that can print to a variety of substrates. Oce has been selling the printer in the United Kingdom and France for the past year.

In addition, Oce has teamed with South African signmaker Sign-Tronic to perfect a vacuum-forming sign application. Using its Arizona T220 solvent flatbed, graphics are printed onto a rigid media such as PVC, acrylic, or polystyrene sheets. Then, using Sign-Tronic's vacuumforming machine, the panels are shaped and ready for installation.

This digital process significantly decreases the time and cost of traditional vacuum-formed signs"?which may be made with hand-cut vinyl or via screen printing, Oce reports. By using the T220, the digital graphic quality is higher, costs (of either hand-cutting vinyl or screenprinting setup) are reduced, and turnaround time is improved. (Oce: www.oceusa.com; Gandinnovations: www.gandinnovations.com Sign-tronic:www.sign-tronic.co.za)

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