Komori and Screen have signed a distribution deal that covers their European operations, mirroring the existing cooperation between the two companies in North America.
Thus Komori Europe will become the sole distributor of Screen’s Truepress Jet520HD inkjet press in the Belgian, French, German, Italian, Dutch and British markets. The press will continue to be badged as a Screen machine. It’s worth noting that Screen developed this press jointly with Ricoh, which continues to sell its version as the VC60000.
The press itself is a 520mm wide webfed machine that uses Ricoh greyscale printheads and boasts resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. It can run at up to 120 mpm though a more reasonable speed would be 75mpm at 1200 x 600 dpi, which delivers excellent image quality, easily good enough for many commercial and book printing applications.
This means that Komori now has a reasonably well-rounded inkjet portfolio. It also sells its own version of the KM1 B2 sheetfed printer, and will be offering its own Nanographic press, having collaborated with both Konica Minolta and Landa respectively in developing these presses.
Presumably this arrangement with Screen means that Komori has abandoned the Impremia iW20 inkjet webfed prototype that it showed at the last drupa. This had similar specifications to the Jet520HD, being a four colour device with a print width of 508mm able to print at 75 mpm at 1200 dpi or at 150 mpm at 600 dpi.