Friesens Corporation, Canada’s largest hardcover book printer, is investing in two new industrial-scale HP Indigo 50,000 digital presses to expand its leadership in book printing with a more flexible and cost-effective platform, as it shifts more capacity to digital production.
Installation of the first unit was completed this week at the Friesens Printing Plant in Altona, Manitoba. The oversized B1 (30-inch) double-sided roll-to-roll digital press HP Indigo 50000 is the first of its digital productivity class to be installed in Canada.
“The HP Indigo 50000 solution will allow us to further leverage variable printing to drive a lighter book production process, saving on multiple finishing steps for the sewn-in roll blocks of books compared to the offset process,” said said Chad Friesen, CEO of Friesens Corporation. . “This is an important part of a larger automation initiative that will continue to deliver leading edge solutions to our customers, while responding to squeezing margins and overcoming labor shortages.” artwork. “
Owner of an HP Indigo digital press since 2011, operating two HP Indigo W7200 rotary presses, Friesens chose the HP Indigo 50,000 solution for its larger format, higher capacity, automation and ability to more cost-effectively print books shorter compared to offset, saving on paper waste, production time and costs thanks to a roll-to-book-block solution.
âThe quality and productivity of the HP Indigo 50000 printer, combined with the unique format size and imposition capabilities, will allow us to shift more of our offset production to digital production,â added Byron Loeppky , senior vice president of Books.
Installation of the second HP Indigo 50000 press is scheduled for late 2020.
The new digital platform offers savings in production time and costs. In particular, Friesens will take advantage of the HP Indigo 50000 framework to consolidate multiple tasks.
âKudos to Friesens for choosing the HP Indigo 50000 digital press as a platform to grow the printing business into the future with high automation and flexibility,â said Haim Levit, vice president of HP Indigo Americas. âThe HP Indigo 50000 is a game-changer and the perfect solution for printers who want to improve sustainability with less waste and increase profitability with lower costs. “
29.3 x 44 inch (746 x 1120mm) image size provides ultimate flexibility in imposition efficiency to print virtually any book or photo book including yearbooks, books flat, long book covers and calendars. High productivity allows print service providers to deliver during peak production season.
Friesens has been a leading provider of books, directories and packaging solutions for 112 years. The 600 employee-owners serve publishers, schools, self-publishers and consumer brands from their 350,000 square feet. facilities in Altona, Manitoba, Canada.
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