HP has launched a new high-productivity colour option for its T200 colour inkjet web press.

The upgrade for the 20.5in-wide duplex press, which is scheduled to be available early next year, can double the colour printing speed to up to 122m/minute but at a reduced colour density. It is aimed at customers who need a faster printing speed but do not want to upgrade to the T300.

The T200, which was launched in May 2010, is a 61m/minute colour or 120m/minute mono, 502mm-wide (2-up) machine capable of producing 23m of colour or 46m mono pages per month and uses the same thermal inkjet technology as the bigger T300, a 760mm-wide, 120m/minute and 70m page per month machine.

The upgrade is available for both current and new T200 customers and will also be available for Pitney Bowes' IntelliJet 20 Printing System, which uses HP Inkjet web press technology.

Guy Thompson, EMEA category manager for inkjet products, said: "The T200 was intended to be a compact machine. The upgrade will enable the printer to run at 122m/minute with the trade-off that it will print at a slightly reduced colour density - we have reduced the CMY density but kept the density of the black.