Xerox partnered with Powis to provide that company's Photobook Binding Workcell to bind the output into hardcover books. Covers materials include leather, suede, and others.
"We are looking at putting iGen3 printers in some of the bigger production photo labs," says Gina Testa, VP for channel and customer business development, Xerox. "In addition, we are also offering photo labs some fulfillment opportunities.
With our great network of iGen3's in the graphic arts market, we can hook retailers and labs up with one of our iGen print providers as a fulfillment house. These products will produce photo books, photo calendars, and greeting cards that will provide great revenue-generating opportunities for the photo retailer."
The HP Indigo portfolio of high-end digital presses is geared for commercial printing applications, such as marketing collateral, photo merchandise, direct mail, and publishing. According to the company, the Indigo presses offer the quality of offset printing with variable data capabilities.
Last month, HP introduced two new Indigo digital press models: the 5500 and 3500.
HP has combined several new solutions to create its new Indigo photo package. This includes the HP Indigo Photo Enhancement Server, which was designed to automatically enhance images with regards to sharpening, smoothing, contrast, and shadow detail.
According to HP, the worldwide installed base of 240 Indigo presses produced approximately 440 million digital photo pages during the 2006 calendar year.
"As one of the fastest-growing segments of the digital printing industry, we expect greater growth in 2007 by continuing to add value in present and future technologies for the creation of photo merchandise products," says Alon Bar-Shany, VP and GM, Indigo Division, HP.
"The digital photography revolution has led to new uses for images, creating new direction and great opportunities in the photo merchandise market," says Gary Pageau, group executive, content development and strategic initiatives, PMAI.
"Meeting demand for photo books, calendars, cards, and other products will be one of the most significant revenue opportunities for photo services in the near future."