The Uvistar Pro8W, which is being given its worldwide debut in North America this week, will be available in Europe in the first half of next year, with Fespa Digital 2014 in May a likely launchpad.

The Pro8W is available in 3.5m and 5m widths and can print up to 350sqm/hr on an array of media, including rigid, flexible, backlit or block-out and can print roll-to-roll, free fall or roll-to-sheet.

It is fitted with two white ink channels across eight dedicated print heads and uses Fujifilm’s Uvijet QN inks, which include CMYK, Lc, Lm and Lk. Fujifilm Europe said that European pricing and availability for the Pro8W had yet to be finalised, although its predecessor cost from £212,000 (including flatbed option).

White ink can be layered over or under the CMYK image and can also be used as a spot colour.

Another new addition to the machine is a block-out sensor option, which Fujifilm said allows precise registration of opaque media to ensure consistent results, with a maximum deviation of 5mm over 10m.

Fujifilm said that the sensor was intended to simplify the printing of two-sided banners for less-experienced operators. Meanwhile inline slitters allow media to be cut to size, reducing the need for off-line finishing.

Jeffrey Nelson, business development manager, inkjet solutions, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said: “The Uvistar family continues to expand its capabilities every year. The Pro8 with white is a feature our customers have been requesting, and we are pleased to be able to deliver.

“With its automation of rigid media handling, two-sided printing, and in-line finishing, it’s an operator’s dream machine.”

The Uvistar Pro8W is being debuted at SGIA 2013 this week.