Fespa 2019: HP debuts super-wide Stitch dye-sub

HP launched the flagship machine in its new range of Stitch dye-sub printers at Fespa 2019 Fespa 2019, held at Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May. The Stitch S1000 (centre) is the super-wide flagship of the new Stitch family. While the 1.6-m wide S300 and S500 printers were unveiled in late April, HP unveiled the flagship 3.2-m wide S1000 at Munich.

17 May 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

Described by Joan Pérez Pericot, large-format production general manager, HP, as a “superwide workhorse”, the S1000 can print both direct-to-textile and transfer at speeds up to 220-sqm/hr. With a maximum resolution of 1,200-dpi, the CMYK machine is capable of running backlits at around 130-sqm/hr.

Pérez Pericot said: “We are discovering a space in the market between the low-cost and high-end machines that we think the S1000 will cover very nicely. We cannot disclose pricing at this stage, but it is very competitively priced for this level of performance. As we have carried out a progressive launch on the Stitch family, we hope that the S1000 will be one of the biggest things at Fespa 2019, and already customers have shown a lot of interest. It’s going to be an exciting show.”

HP will make the S1000 available to market in July, following shortly after its two 1.6m-wide siblings, the S300 and S500, which will begin shipping in June.

 “Our entry into this market is late, but we have been surprised by the tremendous excitement we have witnessed as people have seen the machines,” said Pérez Pericot. “Features like the replaceable printheads, robust ink usage and colour performance, and the easy-to-use technology that draws from other HP assets such as the Latex family have all been met well, convincing use that we can leverage those assets to cause a real disruption.”