LONGYOU, CHINA – Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) reported the first sale in China of its innovative wood decorating system, the EFI™ Cubik S1400 single-pass digital inkjet printer, to Zhejiang Nanaholy Furniture Group Co. Ltd.
Headquartered in Longyou RosewoodLand, Zhejiang Province, Nanaholy is the largest furniture manufacturer in China, with 620,000 square meters (6.67 million square feet) of manufacturing space and an extensive research and development department.
The Nanaholy brand is well-known in China, having been recognized as one of the top 10 furniture brands in China’s furniture industry multiple years in a row. This acquisition further cements Nanaholy’s leadership position by adding high-quality, direct-to-wood digital staining for the manufacture of furniture door panels and similar products.
“Previously, we were using multi-pass UV inkjet for printing on doors and other wooden materials,” said a Nanaholy spokesperson. “This technology was unable to keep up with our production requirements. With the EFI Cubik S1400, we will be able to increase our production capacity, giving us the ability to rapidly meet customer demands while still leaving room for growth,” the spokesperson added.
High-end, fast productivity with a 1.4-m print width
The EFI Cubik S1400 is an industrial-class decoration system for flooring, doors, panels and furniture. It has up to 12 ink stations that decorate wood with a natural look, even on rough surfaces. The Cubik S1400 has a printing width of 1.4 meters (55 inches) and can run at speeds up to 60 linear meters (197 linear feet) per minute. Unlike conventional analog wood decoration processes, the printer can produce high volumes of decorated product on demand with reduced set-up times – with no printing plates to create and no need to keep finished inventory in stock.
Nanaholy’s new digital printer, which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2020, follows a successful implementation of EFI Cubik technology in Europe. More recently, Canada-based Kember Kreative Interiors installed a Cubik at its Michigan flooring plant, this one a 700-millimeter (27-inch) wide EFI Cubik S700 printer.
Nanaholy’s Cubik S1400 printer will use EFI mineral inks, which provide consistent, high-quality staining without affecting the natural properties of the wood. In addition to their effectiveness for furniture and interior flooring, the mineral inks are also a good choice for outdoor applications as they have an excellent lightfastness in comparison to other UV ink options. The EFI Cubik S1400 with mineral inks is a fast, ideal solution for staining hardwood, veneers and plywood, and users can avoid the time and expense of applying primer to boards prior to running them through the printer.
EFI Cubik technology gives furniture, flooring and other wood product manufacturers the ability to easily adapt to new trends in interior design, enabling quick responses to market demands for customization. In addition to digital staining using mineral inks, Cubik technology is also available with UV LED inks, which give users the ability to print stunning, high-resolution graphics, photographic images, and vivid colors on wood surfaces for highly decorative indoor applications.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Nanaholy in bringing EFI Cubik technology to China,” said Evandro Matteucci, vice president and general manager, Packaging and Building Materials, EFI. “Nanaholy’s new EFI Cubik S1400 will significantly increase production capability and bring increased innovation and versatility to China’s furniture industry,” Matteucci added.
EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. EFI is passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, EFI develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, building materials and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. www.efi.com
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