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HP expands suite of custom wall décor solutions

HP expands suite of custom wall décor solutions

HP expands suite of custom wall décor solutions

HP has announced the expansion of its digital printing solution for wall decorations, helping printing companies and wall covering manufacturers capture new revenue with high-value wall décor applications for commercial, retail and residential spaces.

The HP digital printing solution includes HP Latex Printing Technology supported by a modular range of design software, media, finishing options and industry certifications. The scalable solution enables customers ranging from small printing companies to large wall covering manufacturers to take the growing customization trend to the wall with unique or short-run wallpapers, wall coverings, wall murals and canvas prints.

The expanded suite, which will be demonstrated at Heimtextil 2014, includes new content, design and mobility features for HP WallArtas well as updated finishing and media options. At the HP booth, a digital wall décor showroom created by renowned industrial and interior designer Markus Benesch will bring to life the creativity and innovation made possible with digital printing and the complete HP solution.

“My goal is to encourage spectators to think outside of the box and see the unusual ways in which digital printing can dramatically alter a space, as well as the design workflow,” says Markus Benesch, owner, Markus Benesch Creates. “HP digital printing technologies create a world where designers no longer need to print large batches of wall décor at once, but where they can be fast as light, moving immediately from idea to design to production to delivery.”

 HP WallArt is an easy-to-use, cloud-based web service that helps simplify the design, visualization and production of customized wallcoverings. Introduced at Heimtextil 2013, the tool is already in use by more than 1,100 customers in 66 countries.Following this successful trial, HP WallArt will remain free for new and existing HP Latex Printing Technology customers.

Features for HP WallArt include:

  • A new alliance with global stock photography company Fotolia, giving users easy access to a wide variety of high quality, professional images, designs and artwork.
  • Integration with customers’ online storefronts for a customized and branded web-to-print solution that streamlines quotations, billing and managed information systems.
  • A free HP WallArt application for iPad, available through Apple’s App Store, which provides real-time, interactive design and accurate previews of the finished wall layout.
  • Easier production of canvas prints, including a multi-panel canvas option and automatically generated installation instructions.

The other new components include:

  • HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper, a sustainable wallcovering substrate for high-traffic commercial areas that meets American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) F793-Type II certification when printed using HP Latex Inks. Expected to be available from BMG in spring 2014, this new media option is compatible with common adhesives and has been engineered with ColorPRO Technology to deliver excellent color.
  • Certifications to help meet international wallcovering industry standards. HP Latex inks have been tested and certified by authorized third party labs and are compatible with industry standards, such as the EN233 standard for washability and colorfastness, the Euro class standard, Class B for flame retardancy and the CE  Mark.These tests have been performed on a range of substrates from leading media vendors.
  • Automatic winding systems fromFotoba International, which can reduce labor costs and improve efficiency by providing ready-to-pack wallcovering rolls directly from the cutting device. Two models are now available: the REW104 for media up to 104 cm (40.9 in) and the REW160 for media up to 160 cm (62.9 in).

 “The wall decoration market is on the verge of major change enabled by the speed, quality and versatility of HP Latex digital printing technology,” says Dhirender Khurana, Country Manager, Graphics Solutions Business – Sign and Display, HP India. “Working with industry-leading vendors, HP provides innovative tools and solutions across the entire workflow to help wallcovering manufacturers and printing companies differentiate their offering, reach new customer segments, push creative boundaries and ultimately bring in new revenue.”

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About Kalpana Singhal

Kalpana Singhal is Co-Founder & Editor in Chief at Techplus Media. She is an Innovative & challenger Entrepreneur who started her journey from corporate communication in early 2001 with I.T. Industry followed by Lead - Editorial at BeautyIndia.in in 2008 . You can follow her on twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

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