Bangalore, December 18 2013: G K Vale, a respected 100 year old name in commercial photo labs in South India has become the first customer in South Asia, for Japan headquartered Canon's new DreamLabo 5000 commercial inkjet printer equipment for the retail photo and album printing business.
GK Vale's Managing Partners V. Sukumar and Anand Sukumar were on hand here yesterday when Canon's President and CEO for South and South East Asia, Kensaku Konishi and her Executive Vice President for India, Alok Bharadwaj, formally announced the acquisition.
DreamLabo offers the production photo printing market a viable alternative to silver halide technology, as well as enabling the production photo and the small batch premium print-on-demand (POD) markets. The wide print head delivers high-speed One-Pass Printing, requiring only a single pass of the printing paper while the print head remains in a fixed position. When used in combination with the automatic Double-sided Printing function, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing the contents of A4 size print approx.1,000 page and 4x6 single print approx. 2,300 page per hour.
Mr Anand Sukumar explained that acquiring the $500,000 machine would enable the company to address the increasing maturity of the Indian market for high quality photo imaging. While the system is based in Bangalore, GK Vale's online portal ( www.gkvale.com) will enable photo professionals and lay users across India to avail of the service