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Ricoh has announced the appointment of Josero as a UK reseller for its full range of direct-to-garment (DTG) printers and the latest generation of its wide-format Latex printers.

Ricoh’s DTG printer range includes three models: the entry level Ricoh Ri 100, the mid-range Ricoh Ri 1000 and the commercial print focused Ricoh Ri 2000. They have been specifically developed to meet the needs of promotional printing on items such as T-shirts, cloth bags, hoodies, sweatshirts and socks.

In terms of the Latex models the two firms have renewed their partnership to to encompass the latest generation of Ricoh Pro L5160e and Ricoh Pro L5130e extended gamut wide-format Latex printers. Based on Ricoh’s  inkjet head and ink technology, these printers are an evolution from the successful Ricoh Pro L5160 and Ricoh Pro L5130 Latex large format printers and add green and orange ink to the set-up.

Three staggered Ricoh print heads achieve class leading print speeds of 47sqm/hr on outdoor high speed four colour mode and 25sqm/hr on indoor standard four colour mode. As well as running the expanded gamut inks, print operations can also run double CMYK for increased productivity, and CMYK and white for transfer materials, metallics and dark substrates. Josero will also be supplying its customers with original Ricoh inks for use in the above machines.

Talking about the new arrangement, Sarah Winterbottom, managing director of Josero, said, ‘Ricoh is a globally recognised and respected company within the print industry and commercial customers have real confidence in the brand.

‘We undertook extensive in-house testing and made a number of site visits and were very impressed with the latest Ricoh Latex models. They fill a gap in our product range, and we see Ricoh’s increased focus and continued expansion within the large format digital print market as a very positive step.

‘Additionally, we are growing our media side of the business; entry into the Latex market is important to us as part of our social responsibility to move forward in a more environmentally friendly way.’

In terms of the DTG printers, Ms Winterbottom added, ‘Ricoh’s DTG printers enhance our impressive array of hardware solutions and enable businesses to diversify and enter into the booming promotional and personalised print markets. We already have a Ri100 in our showroom ready to showcase to our loyal customers and can’t wait for the Latex demonstration printer to arrive.’