KJB invests in Ricoh double for productivity growth
Staffordshire based design, litho and digital printing and distribution company KJB has increased its digital printing capacity with the addition of two Ricoh engines - the Ricoh Pro C7100X and the Ricoh Pro C9100. The firm recently removed a Xerox Versant 2100 to make way for both Ricoh machines.
According to Stephen Egerton, commercial director at KJB, vendor support and relationship are very important to KJB. “Recently we changed our digital vendor/partner to Ricoh for a range of commercial reasons,” he says. “This has not been an easy process but we are confident that this is the best strategy. The ability to also now print white and clear ink opens new doors for us and creates greater customer choice.”
KJB says it anticipates a 35% growth in digital turnover over the coming year. This growth will be born out of offering new applications to existing clients, and from stepping into new markets with businesses that do not currently work with KJB.
Impressed pleased with its Jet Press 720S digital press
Impressed Druk en Print, based near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, has invested in a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S B2 inkjet digital press to improve the profitability of its short run print. The move sees the company remove one of its two B2 Heidelberg offset presses.
Impressed is a high quality, B2 commercial printer employing 21 people, with a turnover of 3.7 Million Euros, which was formed around 20 years ago. Up until recently, it based all its production around its two B2 Heidelberg offset presses. However, with run lengths continuing to shorten, four years ago the company started investigating the possibility of investing in a B2 digital press.
Sandra Haket, owner of the company, takes up the story: "We're a commercial printer with a portfolio of clients that includes design agencies and print management companies. The common thread to our business is high quality commercial print, but with run lengths decreasing, we started to seriously consider the viability of a B2 digital press a few years ago. Naturally, the quality of print was paramount, and after extensive testing we decided that the best option was Fujifilm's Jet Press 720S as the quality and consistency was the best on the market and at least comparable with our offset presses."
Bas Gravesteijn, Director of the company adds: "With 30% of our run lengths less than 700, 40% between 700 and 1500, and 30% over 1500, we became convinced we could improve the efficiency and profitability of our shorter run work and decided that the Jet Press 720S was the ideal press to help us do this. But as well as improving our efficiency, we knew it would also help us generate new business. In particular, we are looking forward to taking advantage of the full colour gamut of the Jet Press 720S, as this appeals to our design agency customers, and the ability of the press to print on a wide variety of both coated and uncoated paper is also an advantage. Both of these features will help us to differentiate our service offering in a highly competitive market."
Once the decision was made, Impressed removed one of their offset presses to make room for the Jet Press 720S, leaving them with one offset press for the longer run work, and the Jet Press 720S for the shorter runs. Sandra Haket continues: "We have customers that require large format, ultra-high quality sample books for showcasing wallpaper and interior design. Print runs can typically be 2000, 4000 or 6000, but often a smaller quantity is needed for an exhibition where the print run is, for example, 50 or 100. Now we can produce these smaller runs cost effectively with better vibrancy and colour consistency on uncoated paper to match the paper the wallpaper samples are printed on."
Sandra Haket concludes "We understand our customers and know that they will be delighted with the quality of print we can now produce cost-effectively at much shorter run lengths, even down to run lengths of one. But we're also excited about using the press to expand the applications we print. Ultimately, we know we've made the right choice and are convinced that inkjet technology is the future for high quality, short run print. This is the first time we have worked with Fujifilm and so far so good - we look forward to developing this relationship over the next few months and years."
Ricoh scores twice as Lola Print swaps supplier and kicks Konica Minolta into touch
Berkshire based Lola Print has hoofed out its cut sheet Konica Minolta printers in favour of a couple of new Ricoh machines, notably the 90ppm Ricoh Pro C7100 (above) that supports media up to 360gsm, and its fifth colour station for clear gloss or white applications that offers significant additional revenue opportunities for the firm.
Backing up the C7100 is a Ricoh Pro C5100S, the first Ricoh digital production printer to feature Ricoh’s enhanced toner transfer technology which delivers quality print results on heavily textured stock – perfect for direct mail and marketing applications. Wide media compatibility is also one of the many key benefits of these models, ideal for challenging applications such as overprinting envelopes, where the balance of pressure and heat is critical to maintain a flat and perfectly printed product.
According to Tony da Franca at Lola Print, the new Ricoh C7100 has opened up new possibilities with a much wider range of media, longer sheet sizes and the fifth colour. “The press is already in full production,” he says. “Operators on the shop floor love the precise front-to-back registration. Ricoh worked very hard to establish a true partnership and have become trusted advisors, which gave Lola Print the confidence to invest in the new digital presses, replacing our Konica Minolta equipment.”
Customers of Lola Print will benefit from the new technology with support for textured media, envelopes, cling film and transparent media which opens up opportunities for light packaging, demo packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards.
Gareth Parker at Ricoh UK is obviously chuffed with the result. “We are very proud that Lola Print has put their trust into Ricoh to further enhance their client offerings and ensure customer satisfaction remains at the core of their business,” he says. “As we see the commercial and economic pressures remain ever present, it’s really encouraging to see responsible investment happening and creativity being displayed by Lola Print.”
Northern showroom for MGI at Printers Superstore
The Meteor DP8700XL+ digital press delivers 4,260 four colour A4 pages per hour and able to print long format at 330mm x 1200mm at resolutions up to 3,600dpi. It is compatible with variable data management solutions, and is available with the DF Pro inline finishing solution which cuts, creases and perforates inline.
Printers Superstore Joint MD Graham Moorby says. “The MGI machines offer high quality, high throughput and are extremely versatile, printing on a wide range of materials including envelopes, plastics and – importantly for our market – litho stocks, with no click charges.”
Platinum Print goes pro with Ricoh
According to Ricoh, the digital print market is expanding rapidly and without a lower cost of entry for PSPs, they may be unable to compete with other providers who have larger budgets. This is why the company believes its new Ricoh Pro C9100 platform levels the playing field – not only from a cost perspective, but also for colour quality and an expanded feature set. It’s also why Platinum Print upgraded its digital printing capabilities with its recent acquisition of a Ricoh Pro C9100 in response to its desire to further increase digital turnover.
The North Yorkshire company began trading just over 25 years ago as a litho printing company but has diversified into many areas of business ensuring it stays ahead of its immediate competition. This forms part of Platinum Print’s long-term strategy to ensure it is perceived as a marketing services provider. Previously, Platinum was using a Ricoh Pro C901, as part of its transition.
Managing director Mark Plummer says: “Investing in the right technology was the most important consideration when the time came for us to upgrade our machine. We knew what issues the technology had to solve for us and Ricoh stood out because they provided the only seamless digital demonstration. Since then it has been plain sailing and we are successfully increasing turnover.”
Ricoh says the Pro C9100 series is especially suited for commercial printers seeking to start up or expand their hybrid digital and offset workflow and can easily integrate into existing operations. The new additions are productive from the first page out and deliver high volume, personalised print runs, with fast turnaround times.
Stephen Palmer, director, production print, Ricoh UK & managing director of Ricoh Ireland says: “While technology led-change is driving a new future for the graphic arts market, the necessity to enhance client value and increase client satisfaction remains at the fore of every business. Alongside that, the need to drive profits is essential to ensure a stable business that can continue to support its clients into the future. Our experience shows that the Ricoh Pro C9100 series of digital production powerhouses helps to achieve these goals for our clients. The Pro C9100 series gives clients options they have not had at this price point in the past, bringing positive disruption to a previously static market.”
With speeds up to 130ppm, a maximum monthly volume of up to one million A4 sheets and a duty cycle of 1.75 million A4 sheets, the Pro C9100 series seems to have what it takes to fill a void for PSPs who have demands for such performance.
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