He left the business, then known as Infoprint before its acquisition by Ricoh, in 2010 having introduced the continuous feed inkjet press as a joint venture product with Screen. Stringer has spent the intervening years at Pitney Bowes, culminating in VP global product management for Bluecrest, the spin off company responsible for Pitney Bowes’ print and mailing equipment.
The move strengthens the Ricoh Europe team in the run up to Drupa and as demand for its inkjet presses increases. As well as that original press, the portfolio now includes the Pro V20000 and Pro VC20000 entry level machines, the Pro VC60000 and latest litho substitution Pro VC70000. The first of these in the UK has been sold to MAMS.
Stringer's role will be to focus on direct mail and transactional clients, matching print technology with the ProcessDirector software suite.
He is filling a position vacated by Tim Taylor who takes up the global role of director, inkjet productions systems from the beginning of April. This role focuses on development of high speed inkjet presses for the commercial and book printing sectors. As part of market development, Taylor will feed back into future product development teams.
While the momentum behind inkjet printing has been building, there are still a number of print operations across the UK and Europe that are still using previous generation laser printers, many of whom Stringer will know from his previous InfoPrint experience.
His appointment is the latest in a round of recruits to strengthen Ricoh Europe's hand ahead of expected product launches at Drupa. In September Juergen Freier joined as director of commercial print sales on the continuous feed side while Mark Hinder joined in a market development role ahead of the expected introduction of a sheetfed inkjet press at the show this year.
Eef de Ridder, vice president, commercial and industrial printing group, Ricoh Europe says: “With Clive, who will be suppporting businesses who specialise in Direct Mail and transactional print joining Juergen Freier, recently appointed to guide more graphic arts oriented print service providers who are on the analogues to digital journey, Ricoh has the high speed inkjet expertise and portfolio to add strategic value across the market.”
By Gareth Ward