Above: Lamont Print & Signs production manager Daniel Lamont with HP application specialist Kevin Gregory
Queensland’s first HP latex 2700 has been installed at Lamont Print and Signs in Townsville, where it is part of the company’s new banner printing facility in Casey Street dedicated to billboard, banner and mesh manufacturing.
The new factory is situated next to the existing print facility that will continue to provide resellers in the signage trade in Queensland with large and wide format printing.
The HP Latex 2700 adds to the existing fleet of HP devices at Lamont, which includes the L3600, two L1500s, the HP R 1000 series and multiple HP 800w printers.
“The new dedicated factory is designed around the L2700 as it combines print, finishing and UV coating under the same roof,” Lamont Print and Signs owner and founder Stephen Lamont explained, pointing out that the HP Latex 2700 sets a new standard for speed and quality with a 3.2 metres media width, single roll up to 300 kg, five-litre colour cartridges for unattended printing, vivid colours and improved gamut.
Symmetrical double printheads with twice as many nozzles improve quality and offer more accurate pixel control, while inks cure at lower temperatures, enabling faster printing of more sensitive media.
The HP Latex 2700 is claimed to be the ‘greenest’ wide format printer. It uses water-based HP latex inks with no hazardous air pollutants, producing odourless prints with recyclable ink cartons and heads.
“With environmental concerns front of mind, this machine adds to the company’s dedication to sustainability,” Stephen Lamont said.
The new printer represents a $350,000 investment. Lamont values the partnership with Smartech and HP, which provided installation, training, maintenance and ongoing support.
“The new printer sets the user-friendliness standard with HP’s new interface, making operation and training simple and intuitive. Its enhanced capabilities will add to the legendary turnaround and quality upon which Lamont has built its reputation,” Lamont production manager Dan Lamont said.
“The new facility sees Lamont coming full circle as we literally started our business in the front three offices of 28 Casey Street 18 years ago when I first left school and entered the family business. We then moved out and into larger premises at 30 Casey Street as the business grew, and when this facility became available just next door, we jumped at the chance to be back where we started, only now we have a combined 1,200 square metres,” he added.
Since 2019 Lamont has grown to be one of the largest trade printers in wide format in regional Queensland with a staff of 11 full-time professionals, the banner and mesh operation being the fastest growth area of the business.
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