The outstanding print quality/price ratio of Chiyoda’s first InterioJet printing press, coupled with its ease of use, were decisive factors in the company’s decision to invest in a second press. Following the successful installation of their first InterioJet press in 2021, Chiyoda has acquired a second InterioJet water-based inkjet printing press from Agfa to enhance its laminate décor paper print production capabilities.
Chiyoda supplies printed décor paper with exclusive designs to flooring, furniture, and car laminate panel makers, catering to their unique requirements. Just like their first InterioJet 3300i, the new InterioJet 2250i will be installed at Chiyoda’s European headquarters in Belgium. The inkjet presses complete Chiyoda’s gravure presses, yet also offer additional functionality, as they are not limited by cylinder length, and therefore able to print any design in any quantity.
The InterioJet presses offer 24/7 digital printing production with consistent colour quality. The water-based inks and primer fit perfectly with the traditional melamine impregnation and lamination post-processes of the panel manufacturing industry. ‘The InterioJet has proven to be an invaluable addition to our operations, offering unparalleled print quality and great versatility,’ says Peter Coenegrachts, COO of Chiyoda. ‘Our customers can use the prints in exactly the same way as gravure prints without any modification to their laminate production process. By investing in a second press, we are further expanding our capability to do shorter print runs, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for prints on demand and just-in-time deliveries.’
‘We are delighted to extend our partnership with Chiyoda to drive the digital printing revolution in the laminated surface market,’ said Mike Horsten, Business Manager InterioJet at Agfa. ‘Building on Agfa’s expertise in chemistry, inks and software, the InterioJet ensures the highest print quality and colour consistency. We are thrilled to witness how our presses cater perfectly to Chiyoda’s needs and enable them to deliver exceptional products to their customers.’
The InterioJet presses are powered by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, which includes a plug-in for décor image optimisation. By working in conjunction with the industry-standard AVA CAD CAM software, Asanti ensures a close match to gravure prints, guaranteeing consistent and high-quality results.