Somerset print group Integrity Print is this week taking delivery of a Canon Varioprint i300, its first step into production inkjet printing. This comes with the full suite of Canon’s Prisma workflow and colour management tools and is likely to be followed with further investment in inkjet as the company shifts away from a laser based digital print platform into the high volume inkjet market.
It has already installed a Nipson to produce MICR and mono work that cannot be printed on inkjet, and has replaced a no longer supported Xerox 495 as a result. The Canon i300 is a cut sheet press and will run Canon’s MX inks on standard offset papers, broadening the applications that Integrity can address with digital print.
The i300 will replace a brace of Xerox Versant cutsheet colour presses, leaving two continuous feed Sedona lines as the remaining elements of Xerox on site, along with Nuvera cut sheet mono capacity. The understanding is that these continuous feed presses will be replaced in turn and in time as they have come to the end of their useful life.
The company is hoping to have completed its technology transition by the end of Q2. This will leave the company with the capacity to drive revenue from its mailing division to £10 million annually.
“The i300 arrives this week,” says sales and marketing director Andrew Law, “and comes at the end of a fairly extensive consultation process.” The press will play a key role in ensuring the company can meet requirements for same day turnarounds in its contractual business “and the rapid growth of our Clarity Mail service. The quality of the inks will allow us to take on additional commercial print for existing clients".
Chris Walton joined Integrity as transactional director, having been managing director of DST Output in Bristol, with this project in mind. His experience with inkjet has been instrumental in driving the project and that showed during the intensive investigation period. This involved a trip to Hunkeler Innovations Days 12 months ago, accompanied by CEO Mark Cornford, with follow up trips to put potential suppliers through their paces.
The company has also refurbished part of the Midsomer Norton factory to house the latest investment to create a showcase for inkjet printing.