Consolidated Graphics Inc. (CGX), one of the largest commercial print service providers, offering the world’s largest integrated digital printing footprint, has purchased 10 HP Indigo 10000 Digital Presses. HP and CGX officials disclosed the purchase agreement during drupa.

CGX will begin installing the presses at locations throughout its 70-company network when the HP Indigo 10000 becomes commercially available in early 2013.

In addition to the 10-press purchase, Nies/Artcraft, a CGX company specialising in high-quality, targeted direct marketing services, will be a beta user for the HP Indigo 10000, receiving an early production unit later this year.

The company also announced that one of its fastest-growing digital press customers in Asia, Wing Hung Group, will receive the worlds first HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press. The B2-format (750 x 530 millimeters (mm) / 29.5 x 20.9 inches) sheet-fed press offers new applications and greater productivity for print service providers (PSPs).

We treasure this opportunity to be the first beta site for the HP Indigo 10000, as well as the trust and respect being given to us, said John Lau, chairman, Wing Hung Group. Having the B2-format size opens up many more opportunities for us in terms of efficiencies and new jobs that presently cannot be produced on digital presses.

The first beta installations for the HP Indigo 10000 will be made in late 2012, with commercial availability scheduled for early next year. Other beta users will include Elanders (Germany), Old City Press (Israel) and Precision Printing (U.K.).

Ronen Zioni, HP Marketing Director, Graphic Solutions Business, EMEA, said, HP has longer beta periods to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the reliability levels and ease of use of the machines. The more betas you do, across more geographies, the more experience you gain. The interest that beta customers have expressed in the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press indicates strong market confidence in the product.

Ran Landau, HP Indigo & IHPS Regional Business Manager, Middle-East, Mediterranean and Africa, explained what sets the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press apart from its competitors. The productivity of the press is significantly high, it can print up to 3500 pages per hour or close to 5000 using the Enhanced Productivity Mode. It also offers up to seven-colour printing and unique duplex and substrate flexibility.

Landau also explained that the digital inline and near line finishing devices with automatic setup, instant make-ready, and automated error recovery leverage digital capabilities to achieve higher levels of productivity. Solutions include the Horizon slitter/merger/stacker and MBO signature folder.

With the built-in duplex mechanism, the press makes it possible, for the first time, to digitally print any size application, including pocket folders, six-page brochures, posters, and large lay-flat books.

All of the products which HP showcased at the previous drupa are printing millions of high value pages for customers and everything we said wed bring to the market at the previous expo is here at drupa 2012 – illustrating that you can count on what we are saying, said Landau.