Ricoh reveals Fespa launch and new inkjet sales lead

Ricoh has revealed it can launch a brand-new direct-to-film (DTF) machine at March’s Fespa World Print Expo.

Utilizing a brand new and purpose-built DTF inkset, the machine will likewise characteristic a brand new powder shaker: altogether, Ricoh claimed, the printer will characterize “the bottom whole value of possession [TCO] out there coupled with unprecedented pace”.

The producer may even showcase a brand new hybrid machine, the product of its collaboration with Chinese language wide-format producer Flora.

Additionally on show at Fespa for the primary time will likely be Ricoh’s TF6251 UV flatbed printer, its Ri4000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer for polyester materials and the agency’s Ri cotton and cotton-blend 1000X DTG printer.

Sander Sondaal, Ricoh’s graphic communications group lead for business print gross sales, mentioned: “We anticipate a number of curiosity from operations investigating methods they will proceed their analogue to digital transition and help their purchasers extra responsively. 

“We’re excited to assist them co-create profitable futures with extremely versatile options that drive innovation, manufacturing versatility and increase utility potentialities.”

The Japanese producer may even present dwell demonstrations of its roll-to-roll Professional Latex L5160e extended-gamut printer and Professional TF6251 in commonplace print functions.

Individually, Ricoh has additionally just lately appointed a brand new strategic acccount director for its high-speed inkjet enterprise, with Simon Wheeler to succeed Patrick Neininger on the finish of March 2024.

Neininger will now retire after 14 years with Ricoh.

Wheeler has 25 years’ expertise within the print sector with corporations resembling HP, Canon, and Océ, and has expertise working throughout a number of continents.

Wheeler mentioned he was thrilled to affix the group: “Having encountered Ricoh in lots of aggressive eventualities all through my profession, I’ve all the time been impressed by the conduct and professionalism of the group. I’m trying ahead to working with my new colleagues, and I hope to assist them uncover new practices, innovate, and encourage new views.”

Tim Carter, business print director at Ricoh UK Graphic Communications, commented on the appointment: ”I’d prefer to thank Patrick on behalf of everybody at Ricoh for his dedication and success, and need him a really pleased retirement. 

“We sit up for welcoming Simon and the wealth of information and expertise he’ll deliver to the group. Simon’s experience will likely be instrumental in delivering our bold development technique.”