A state-of-the-art Fujifilm Frontier 570 digital minilab has been installed in Vavuniya by Hayleys Consumer Products Limited (HCPL) offering residents in this district the latest digital photo processing technology.
With the acquisition of the new machine, the Austriya Photo and Digital Colour Lab at No. 236, Kandy Road, Vavuniya has become the first operator of a digital minilab in the area and the first operator of a Frontier 570 digital minilab in the Northern Province, the company said.
This machine, the 63rd Fujifilm Frontier digital minilab in Sri Lanka, enables processing outlets to print high quality images of up to 12x18 inches and output up to 1800 4R-sized prints per hour. A new digital imaging controller equips the 570 to print almost the same number of prints from digital sources as from film, contributing to an improvement in productivity.
The Frontier 570 also delivers the highest image quality ever from a Frontier series minilab, with advanced image advancement and improved print resolution.
The Managing Director of HCPL Rizvi Zaheed said: `Digital minilabs are rapidly replacing the analogue labs of the past. Since the introduction of the Frontier 570 model to Sri Lanka in March this year, we have installed nine of these latest models around the country reinforcing Fujifilm`s position as the technology leader in digital processing and printing in the country.`
S. Sivajeevan, the Director of the Austriya Photo & Digital Colour Lab said the main reason he chose a Frontier 570 machine was its user friendly operating system, capability of printing high quality prints to satisfy professionals and the superb after sales service provided by Hayleys
Consumer Products Ltd to their FDI customers. `The fact that the Fujifilm Frontier is the machine available at most of the photo finishing outlets was also a factor,` he said.
The sole agent in Sri Lanka for Fujifilm, Hayleys Consumer Products Ltd has to date installed 63 other digital minilabs around the country giving the company a 75 per cent share of the digital minilab market. Worldwide, Fujifilm has a 65% per cent market share in the digital photo processing market, accounting for over 35000 digital minilabs in operation as at end August 2005.