Latcham Direct is joining the select but growing group of companies with Canon’s i300 inkjet sheetfed press.
The Bristol printer made the announcement at a Canon open house in Venlo, where the i300 was developed, last week. Operations director Colin Mattinson said that the i300 “is best in class for a cutsheet inkjet device out in the market place today.
“It gives us the speed, it gives us the quality and gives us the commercial cost effectiveness to be able to produce the applications that we run in our business today.“
The company has hither been a Xerox house building its production platform on the iGen technology. It has, however, needed a higher productivity machine, leading to the investigation of inkjet technologies. Xerox offers the Brenva as a two-up inkjet press, but this does not offer the substrate choice that the i300 with the IQuarius MX inkjet set. This works with Canon’s ColorGrip primer technology to enable the user to print on standard offset papers.
The press will print to a maximum 488x320mm in its standard configuration, 350x500mm in an extended sheet version, printing at 300ppm and with a duty cycle of 1-10 million pages a month.
Latcham Direct operates from 800m2 premises in Bristol where it produces personalised documentation on behalf of charities, housing associations, financial services and membership organisations. As well as Xerox colour and mono devices it has a Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 inkjet web press running both colour and mono.
Canon has been fielding increasing interest in the i300. At the event in Venlo the press was running inline to a Tecnau finishing system, while Hunkeler demonstrated similar capability at the recent Hunkeler Innovation Days.
The highest profile UK customer to date has been Severnprint. It has been using its i300 to print colour books, claiming to be the first UK company to offer ultra high definition inkjet printing to publishers requiring short run, premium quality books and journals”.
By Gareth Ward
Latcham Direct is the latest UK printer to be convinced of the quality of the Canon i300 cutsheet inkjet press. The Bristol company has been a long-term Xerox customer before taking this decision.