Mediapoint buys “top of the shop” P5 350 HS D4 from Durst Oceania

Trade wide-format printer Mediapoint has further strengthened its relationship with Durst Oceania with its investment in a P5 350 HS D4.

The press, which is expected to be installed in June, will be the second D4 in Australia but will be the first of its kind locally with full automation.

It will perform at twice the speed of the fastest Durst machine installed in Australia to date, which is the P5 350 HS, and will provide Mediapoint with print quality and quicker turnaround times, amongst other benefits.

It will also replace a Durst P10 that the company has used for about five years.

Mediapoint sales director Jamie Xuereb told Sprinter, “Flatbed printing and board printing is where the bulk of our printing is. We’ve had a Durst P10 flatbed printer for close to five years now and have been hitting capacity on that printer”.

Xuereb said Mediapoint waited for the D4 over previous iterations as this printer future-proofs the company for the next several years and will get the highest volume orders done in the shortest amount of time possible.

“We’ve reached a point now where we need a machine that can offer more capacity to deliver on our customers’ needs – they require higher volume orders done and faster turnaround times,” he said.

“The P5 D4 has also got a much higher quality print running on standard mode, which allows us to keep all our prints consistent in quality.”

Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman said Mediapoint will be able to increase its capabilities once the machine is installed and up and running.

“Since installing the Durst P10 250 HS with three-quarter automation, Mediapoint has grown exponentially. It added the Rho 512R, which is a five-metre roll-to-roll machine, to its fleet as well but needed a faster, more automated workhorse. The P5 350 HS D4 is the perfect solution for the company,” he said.

“As a hybrid machine, Mediapoint will be able to run stack-to-stack, pallet-to-pallet. What this means is that it is automated with up to two pallets printing side by side and stacked side by side. Mediapoint will also be able to run it as a manual feed, three-quarter automation feed, or roll-to-roll unattended.”

According to Xuereb, the capability to print from pallet-to-pallet will be the biggest plus for the business, adding that the new press will allow Mediapoint to implement some new stocks that it hasn’t been able to in the past.

“At the moment, we print several pallets of boards a day. So, with this machine we will be able to do four times the amount now and with less human interaction,” he said.

“We’re also in the process of revamping our offerings. With the P5 350 HS D4, we’ll be looking to introduce some thicker substrates that customers have been asking about, as well as some new application stocks which some customers have been asking about as well.”

Mediapoint’s existing relationship with Durst Oceania was another reason for its investment in this machine.

“As a reliable trade printer, we need to align ourselves with suppliers that are also reliable. Durst’s equipment that we’ve had has been ultra-reliable, with a very high uptime. In our experience of working with Durst for over five years, we’ve seen consistency. And we have been and aim to continue to pass that consistency on to our family of about 1000 resell partners,” Xuereb said.

“Durst Oceania has always supported Mediapoint well and it’s good to see one of our best customers in Australia growing from strength to strength and embracing all the new technologies from Durst. This deal only solidifies our already strong relationship and shows the industry what a partnership with Durst Oceania can offer,” Ashman added.

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