Currie Group sells two EFIs off the stand at PacPrint

Currie Group has sold two EFI wide format printers on day two of PacPrint.

The first sale was of the EFI Pro 30h hybrid LED printer, which is currently on the Currie Group stand, to long-established Currie Group customer and Queensland-based, Allclear Print + Signs.

The second marked new ground for Currie Group with A/NZ real estate signage specialist, ABC Photo Signs, investing in its first ever piece of EFI kit – the dedicated roll-to-roll EFI Pro 32r+.

ABC Photo Signs managing director Joel Fisher confirmed this was his first purchase of EFI equipment and said speed was the key reason why he went with this model. The printer can print banners at 100 square metres per hour.

“This is my first EFI machine. We have been with HP for a long time and we have had a lot of HPs and we still love HP but for this particularly purpose with the banners, this machine just slotted in really well for what we wanted,” Fisher said.

Brett Addison (Currie Group), Joel Fisher, Kathy Fisher (ABC Photo Signs) and Paul Whitehead (Currie Group) at the Currie Group stand at PacPrint

“It is all about speed for us. We are based nationally in every state and in New Zealand. The New Zealand part of it is a franchise but it is under the ABC Photo Signs banner. We predominantly source out to the real estate industry so sign boards, photography and brochures. Basically all the marketing for real estate which is big.”

Fisher said quality is also a factor but he said most of the machines now offer a similar level of quality.

“We are printing real estate signs so a lot of our work is more ‘For Sale’ or ‘For Lease’ so it doesn’t need to be crazy quality but the machine holds its own when it comes to quality that’s for sure,” he said.

“I am expecting this machine will be twice as fast as any other machine of that size and in that price range and in that bracket so that was one thing that really impressed me.”

Paul Whitehead, business unit manager – Sign and Display at Currie Group, says the after sales training and support service provided by Currie Group continues to place it in good stead when it comes to retaining and attracting new customers.

“They were really attracted to the speed and the efficiency of the machine. They are new to EFI so we assisted and now we will ensure they are well looked after,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead also confirmed the purchase by Allclear’s managing director Anthony DeStefani. “We will install this machine at Allclear after the show finishes,” Whitehead said.

“The EFI Pro 30h replaces several other machines at Allclear, which had been reviewing its sign and display portfolio for a while and the Pro 30h gave Allclear an opportunity to see something that could give them an improvement on what they had.

Paul Whitehead of Currie Group celebrates the sale to Allclear at PacPrint

“As a hybrid roll to roll/flatbed printer, replacing a dedicated flatbed machine and a roll to roll machine, the EFI Pro 30h has obvious advantages in terms being able to do both of those workflows.”

“This really comes on the back of Allclear’s long-established successful relationship with Currie Group, which has proven service and support capabilities. That is really our stand-out. Allclear knows that for support and training, they can have complete trust in Currie Group.”

The EFI Pro 30h, a 3.2m roll-to-roll/flatbed hybrid LED printer, offers productivity up to 230 square metres per hour and low power consumption. Its ‘cool cure’ LED technology extends the range of supported substrates and lowers operating costs. Additionally, it satisfies customer requests for a greener print solution with low VOCs, lower power consumption, and less waste and consumables. It offers four colours (CMYK) plus two channels of white ink.

Based in Townsville, Queensland, Allclear supplies a comprehensive range of printed products and services from offset and digital to wide format. As a Currie Group customer, the company runs an HP Indigo 12000D Digital Press.

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