Here I just share my ideas and knowledge about the suppliers including the producers and traders or OEM makers. Firstly we should know the following true aspect: No supplier is making all size and all types of printers. The world is developing in the orientation professional divisions,the same in this industry. For example,no factory is making A3 and bigger sizes themselves. Every factory has its own advantages and focus on one model of product. I will not mention any world wide top good reputation companies like MIMAKI,ROLAND,OCE,etc. But only the suppliers that are selling the printers modified from Epson original printers that you can most reach from google searching.

American areas top:

1. DCS company located in the USA.

  • Highlight: Only A3 printers.
  • Main products: A3 printers based on 1900 or 2400.
  • Printer type: ECO Solvent direct printer and UV LED printer A3 size.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.directcolorsystem.com
  • Sales range: World wide and have agents in some countries.
  • Start since:2011. New website is since 2013.

2. LOGOJET company located in the USA.

  • Highlight: Only A3 printers.
  • Main products:A3 printers based on R1390 and R2400.
  • Printer type: ECO Solvent direct printer and UV LED printer A3 size.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.logojet.com
  • Sales range: World wide and have agents in certain areas and countries.

Australian areas top:

.. DTG DITIGAL company located in Australia.

  •   Highlight: A2 printers for direct to garment print.
  • , Main products:A2 printers based on Epson 4880.
  •   Printer type: DTG. Water based pigment ink print system for garment print.
  •   Company type: Producer.
  •   Official website: www.dtgdigital.com
  •   Sales range: World wide and have agents in certain areas and countries.

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Asia areas top:

(1) Korean companies.  Earliest makers for the flatbed printers.

Main features of Korean suppliers:

1. Dreamjet company located in South Korea.

  • Highlight: A3, A2,A0 flatbed printers.
  • Main products:  A3 based on Epson R2400 printer,A2 printer based on R4880,A0 size printer based on Mutoh 900C.
  • Product type:  ECO solvent printers and UV LED printers.
  • Product models: DREAMJET329; DREAMJET430,DREATJET1200.
  • Company type: Producer. But some of the products were made by OEM factories.
  • Official website: www.dreamjetkorea.com
  • Sales range: World wide and have agents in certain areas and countries.
  • Start since:2001

2. Hanyang C&C Co.,Ltd located in South Korea.

  • Highlight: A3,A2,A1 size direct to garment print.
  • Main products: A3 printer based on Epson R2400,R2880; A2 printer based on R4880,A1 printer based on Epson 7880.
  • Product type: DTG. Water based pigment ink print system for garment print.
  • Printer models: Freejet 330TX; Freejet 500TX; Freejet700TX.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.omniprintonline.com
  • Sales range: World wide and have agents in certain areas and countries.
  • Start since: 2003.

3. DMPS printer located in South Korea.

  • Highlight: A3,A2 A0 size printers all purpose print.
  • Main products; A3 printer based on Epson 2400/2880; A2 printer based on  Epson 4880,A0 printer based on 9880.
  • Product type: Water based pigment ink for DTG print, ECO Solvent and UV LED printers.
  • Printer models: DMP300TX,DMP3000SP,DMP3000DT,DMP4275DT,DMP4275SP,DMP4275UV,DMP6060UV,DMP9575UV.
  • Company type:Producer.
  • Official website:www.dmps.co.kr
  • Sales range: World wide and have agents in certain areas and countries.
  • Start since:2003.

4. KODIJET located in South Korea (think its closing)

  • Highlight: A3 and A1 printer DTG print.
  • Main products: DTG. A3 printer based on Epson 1800; A1 printer based on 7880.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink for substrates print.
  • Printer models: BUSJET 701,BUSJET303.
  • Company type: Producer but mainly selling inks now.
  • Official website: http://kr104235524.fm.alibaba.com/   Its website is not working any more.
  • Sales range:World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2003.

5. Durafos Inc located in South Korea. Its a producing and trading company for inks and printers.

  • Highlight: A3 printer only.
  • Main products:  All three types of inks based on A3 printer based on Epson R2400.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink for substrates print and Textile prints.
  • Printer models: DURANGER500ED, DURANGER55ORS,DURANGER600EP,DURANGER650TP.
  • Company type: Producer but mainly selling inks now.
  • Official website: www.durafos.com
  • Sales range:World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2004.

 

 

(2) Chinese companies.

China is producing most of the flatbed printers in the world since 2008. When mentioned China, we all might will  have an image:bad product,bad services,and cheating money.  Yes,that was true before,as there are many victims from China printers,but we can not give up a forest because of a single tree. Also as time goes by,things are changing. It was true  that few Chinese companies are making their brand globally but only making money. But now,things are changing fast due to the whole China development.

So what are the factors to select a good supplier from China printer forest?

  • Select some suppliers whose products can meet your plan. How to? 
  • Check the suppliers’ profession,like experience,history,etc. How to?
  • Check if they are making sky-high promotions. Why? and How to?
  • Request sample from them but ask live sample product with them. Why ? and How to?
  • Request references  end users clients near to your location. Why?And How to?

 

OK.I will start the stories for most of the factories you can get to know from internet searching:

1.Beijing Softimage Technology located in Beijing,China.

This company was the earliest first pioneer in China for studying,researching,Producing and marketing the flatbed printers started with Epson 1290 since 2005. Their brand is: CALCA which was enjoying the biggest share in international marketing among the makers in China. Unfortunately, this company stopped this business since 2009 due to the company development direction.

  • Highlight: A3  and A4printer only.
  • Main products:  All three types of inks based on A3 printers on Epson R1290 and R1390,A4 size was based on R290.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink for substrates print and Textile prints.
  • Printer models: CALCA SI1290,CALCA SII1390.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.flatbedprinters.com (Closed already)
  • Sales range:World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2004 to 2009.
  • Situation: Closed the factory in 2009.

2.GATEWAY company located in Dongguan,Guangdong,China.

This company was one of the first pioneers in China for studying,researching,Producing and marketing flatbed printers since 2005. Firstly started with Epson 1290.  It was called CRYSTALJET before and was a part of the CRYSTALJET until 2012.

  • Highlight: A3,A1 and A0 printers in product line.
  • Main products:  All three types of inks based on A3 printers on Epson R1800,Epson 7880, and Epson head printers with China main boards.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink for substrates print,UV LED printers, andTextile prints.
  • Printer models: LED UV FB3328, LED UV FB3338,LED UV FB3360,etc.
  • Company type: Producer for A3 printers mainly.
  • Official website: www.gateway.cn
  • Sales range:World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2004
  • Situation: Expanding.

This company mainly produces A3 size printers based on Epson 1800 and it had been the most reliable supplier in terms of quality,details of structure and production,technical support team,and solutions providing. As far to now,this company is still one of the strongest suppliers in China.  This company did enjoy a good time for the A3 size printers for some years. The other models like A1 size,A0 size, and China made board with Epson head are most from OEM partners.

Advantages of this company:

  • Experienced for A3 size printer based on Epson R1800;
  • Capable of making customized products.
  • Dedicated details for production and strict product process.
  • Wide marketing channels. Except the internet promotion, many Chinese trading companies were or are working them.

Disadvantages for this company:

  • Crashing problem in the Control system for A3 printers;
  • Little higher cost than the same level printers;
  • No cost advantage in A1 and other printers as these products are their OEM products.
  • Slower improvements for the products and it is being over pass by the followers.

Important factors: All the Chinese A3 printers if it is based on Epson R1800,its made by gateway or followed gateway,many new factories are making the improvements on the similar product and competing with them.

Situation: They are cutting the industrial EPSON 1800 A3 based printer now(FB3338), and already this product is cut from their production. They are making the FB3328/FB3320 printer for easier structure and much lower cost with different technical parameters.

3. Kunming BoYiChuang company located in Kunming,Yunnan,China.

This company was one of the first pioneers in China for studying,researching,Producing and marketing flatbed printers since 2005. Firstly started with Epson 1290,now they have printers based on Epson R1390,R1900,R4880,R7880,R9880. But main focus is still A3 size printers. Other models are made by their partners.

  • Highlight: A3,A2,A1 and A0 printers in product line.
  • Main products:  All three types of inks based on A3 printers on Epson R1390,Epson R1900,Epson 7880, and Epson R9880.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink for substrates print,UV LED printers, and Textile prints.
  • Printer models: BYC168-2.3, BYC168-3;BYC168-4, BYC168-5.
  • Company type: Producer for A3 printers mainly.
  • Official website: www.byc168.com
  • Sales range: World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2004

Advantages of BYC:

  • Quantity experiences working on A3 printers,6 color and 8 colors.
  • Capable of making customized products,
  • Top production capability up to 150pcs/month.
  • Economic products

Disadvantages of BYC:

  • Production details is not 100% dedicated;
  • Slowing down printing speed problem for A3 1900 printer is not solved;
  • Slower improvements for the products development.
  • UV LED printer is not a 100% ready product.

 

 

5. Longke,Longjie,Longrun companies located in Shenzhen,China.

These three companies are tightly related from their origins. Longrun company started  since 2008,as the second group in the producers, they developed fast by firstly studying on BYC printers and then starting to make their own A3 printers based on:EPSON 1390,EPSON 1900. LongKe,LongJie companies developed from Longrun on the base of family relationships.  They are getting complains from local users in China and many of them are even reported to the China Local TV. The companies changed factories location for several times already for some non-certain reason. The feedback from these three companies are not really good even in China, and the better one is Longjie.

  • Longrun company: www.lr8888.com
  • Longke company: www.lk8000.com
  • These two companies are changing their product way from A3 printers to large format printers printing machines based on Konica head,so I will not mention more about it here.

 

Longjie company: www.lonjie.com

This company is not mainly working with A3 and A1 size machine,not very clear about them.

 

6. WER-CHINA located in Shanghai.

This company is a kind of industrial trading company with technical background and they started to trade the flatbed printers since 2013. They were firstly working with large format printers and inks and other related products to outdoor printing. Due to the decreasing market, they started to look for new products to trade and then started with printers based on EPSON 1390,EPSON 1900, and EPSON 4880 UV printer.

  • Highlight: Trading company with quantity of large format printing experience. Mainly working on large format printers.
  • Main products:  All three types of inks based on A3 printers on Epson R1390,Epson R1900,Epson 1800,Epson 4880,Epson 7880,Epson 9880 and China based control system board.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink system/UV LED ink system/Textile ink system.
  • Printer models: They call it EPSON Jet.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.wer-china.com
  • Sales range:World wide directly.
  • Start since: 2013 for flatbed printers.

This company is advertising as manufacturer or one of the best manufacturers in China with around 10-15 stuff team.

 

7. JINAN HUA FEI Printing Technology Co.,Ltd located in JInan,Shandong,China.

Started since 2009, this company are producing A2,A1,A0 printers based on  Epson R3890,R4880,R7880 and R9880. This company is mainly focusing on large format flatbed printers for garments printing. They firstly focused on the UV A1/A2/A0 size printer from the start but changed their main focus to garments print due to the UV printers heavy maintenance work.

  • Highlight: Working with Epson for more than 4 years and experienced in large format printers bigger than A2 size.
  • Main products:  A2 size garments printers based on Epson 3890, 4880; A2 size UV LED printer based on 4880/7880/9880.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink system/UV LED ink system/Textile ink system.
  • Printer models: HFPB series.
  • Company type: Producer.
  • Official website: www.jnhuafei.com
  • Sales range: China ONLY.Mainly focus on Shandong province. Do not have international Dept.
  • Start since: 2009.
  • Company team: 6 stuff.
  • Machine feature: Aluminum structure.

This company is providing printers to some international traders which will be listed later.

 

8. JINAN SUKE SCIENCE & Technology Co.,Ltd located in Jinan City,Shandong,China.

Started since 2011, this company was located in Jinan City,Shandong Province,China( The CNC and Laser machine product center,there are more than 500 factories in this small city for CNC and laser machines), they were a trader for laser and cnc products originally until to the end of 2012. Due to the slow market,they started to step into the flatbed printer trading since then.  Their products are from JINAN HUAFEI mainly focusing on large format A2 /A1/A0 printers for signage printing and now they are selling the A3 printers from KUNMING BYC company for A3.

  • Highlight:  Until today July 2014,they are working with the flatbed printers for around 1.5years.
  • Main products:  A2 size garments printers based on Epson 3890, 4880; A2 size UV LED printer based on 4880/7880/9880. And A3 printers based on Epson 1390/1900.
  • Product type: ECO Solvent ink system/UV LED ink system/Textile ink system.
  • Printer models: SK series.
  • Company type:  Trader.
  • Official website: www.sukelaser.com
  • Sales range: All of the world wide.
  • Start since: End of 2012 for flatbed printers.
  • Company team: 10 stuff around.