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Mar 19, 2010 12:00 AM
HP (Palo Alto, CA) announces continued HP Indigo customer momentum has yielded double-digit annual page growth, as well as a 47% increase in photo specialty page output during the 2009 peak season, compared to the same three-month period in 2008.
HP Indigo customers collectively printed more than 10 billion 4-color, letter-size pages in 2009 – a 13 percent year-over-year increase that led HP to a seventh consecutive record year in total annual page volume. This growth reflects the continued high demand for digital color print applications amidst an otherwise challenging time for print service providers.
In addition, monthly HP Indigo impressions for both the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and the Americas region passed the one billion mark for the first time, in December, making December 2009 the most productive month ever in HP Indigo history.
"HP Indigo's best measure of performance for last year is the way we helped customers grow in one of the most difficult economies the graphic arts industry has ever faced," says Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and GM, Indigo division, HP. "New-generation press models and ultra-efficient workflow and customer-support solutions significantly boosted our customers' productivity, enabling them to print more while lowering their relative total cost of ownership."
HP Indigo presses are commonly used to produce marketing collateral, personalized direct mail, color books and publications that have the true look and feel of analog offset print. HP Indigo presses are also among the world's leading solutions for label printing.
Photo specialty printing – including the production of greeting cards, personal calendars and photo books – is the fastest-growing vertical segment for HP Indigo. HP Indigo presses are the main production devices used at many of the world's leading photo book manufacturers.
To ensure continued customer productivity, HP augmented its worldwide service teams for the peak photo book season with 50 personnel from division headquarters sent to work in the field with customers.
In 2009, HP Indigo 7000 users had the added benefit of HP Indigo Print Care, a new suite of advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools, status summaries and remote communication offerings. HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press users experienced a significant increase in press uptime in large part because of the Print Care solution, which is now being implemented in the HP Indigo 5500, W7200 and WS6000 models.
Upgraded HP SmartStream workflow solutions released during 2009 streamlined customers' prepress, file management and image-processing activities, driving more pages to HP Indigo presses. HP SmartStream Director, which became available in May, provided PSPs with new, efficient web-to-print capabilities along with end-to-end workflow management.
HP debuted new Indigo models last year and achieved environmental milestones including the installation of a new 50-kilowatt rooftop solar power system from SunPower Corp. at the division's main manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel. Featuring the highest-efficiency solar panels available today, the system provides clean solar power to the division's press manufacturing lines.
Sony Corporation, a company that certifies the environmental characteristics of inks used to produce its print collateral, awarded the HP Indigo ElectroInk manufacturing plant in Singapore "Sony Green Partner" status in 2009. The designation validates HP Indigo's ability to meet stringent environmental criteria and gives HP Indigo-equipped PSPs the ability to pursue new business opportunities as print suppliers to Sony.