Clays Announces Significant Investment in Kodak Digital Inkjet Printing Technology
Leading global company in book production installs a KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press to increase digital output to 5 million books per year
"The KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press is ideal for printing short-run high quality books," said Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director, Digital Printing for Kodak's Europe, Africa and Middle East Region. "Kodak has a strong partnership with Clays, working to support its drive to address online book ordering and increase digital output. Clays' adoption of the PROSPER 1000 Press, based on KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, is a strategic step toward achieving world leadership in book production."
The PROSPER 1000 Press is an advanced monochrome digital inkjet press that delivers high performance and offset-class quality. For some time, Clays of Bungay has researched and expanded its digital book production operation, working closely with Kodak to achieve appropriate digital short run and print-on-demand solutions at a competitive total cost of ownership, providing publishers with digital print production without compromise.
Clays uses a range of Kodak equipment including three KODAK VLF Platesetters and three KODAK LOTEM Platesetters. The company is also in the final stages of installing a full bespoke KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System. For print-on-demand, Clays also utilizes a KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System with in-line finishing capability-to move from PDF to finished book in minutes.
Clays is recognized as the leading book printer in the U.K., producing about 170 million books per year. The company is increasing its digital production levels to provide relevant solutions for publishers through reduced inventory and waste.
According to Clays Managing Director Kate McFarlan, the focus of Clays business strategy is to give publishers added value solutions aimed at a more efficient and cost-effective supply chain.
"By taking digital book production to new levels of speed, quality and capacity, we are in dialogue with our publishing house customers to demonstrate the advantages that Clays can provide-through print solutions for any run length from one to a million on the same paper substrate and with no quality difference," said McFarlan.
McFarlan believes that Clays is now perfectly placed to take advantage of the ever-increasing short run book printing market.
"The installation of the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press establishes our position and strengthens the digital production side of our business," she said. "Once again it sends a positive message to our customers that we continue to build our business to their benefit. We strongly support the publishing industry and consistently strive to improve our service to them in a world of online ordering and on-demand printing. We are working with companies such as Kodak as they sell solutions, not machines. Our mantra will continue: 'Clays sells Print and Delivers!'"
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About the Prosper 1000
The PROSPER 1000 Press uses an advanced ink formulation associated with KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology. The formulation increases print quality and durability, and has the ability to print on uncoated substrates. The PROSPER 1000 Press offers one-over-one perfecting, with a print width of up to 24.5 inches (62.2 cm) at speeds of up to 650 feet per minute (200 mpm). It has a duty cycle of 90 million A4 or US letter pages a month, and can support run lengths of up to 7,000 copies. The KODAK PROSPER Press Platform is one of the most productive inkjet presses for 8,12 and 16 page signatures.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of images, information, and printing to enrich their lives.
In the graphic communications industry, Kodak serves customers in the printing, publishing, packaging and enterprise markets with intelligent solutions for competitive advantage and greater return on investment.
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