Océ has announced that Italian print provider Imbalplast has decided in favor of an Océ ColorStream 3500 printing system, the first to be installed in Italy.
Imbalplast, headquartered in the municipality of Teverola in the south of Italy, is a leading provider in the area of consulting, research on, and development of, solutions related to printing, inserting and postage of transactional and promotional documents, as well as in commercial communication.
Imbalplast customers have come up with ever more sophisticated requirements regarding printed matter in color. With the new Océ ColorStream 3500 solution, Imbalplast can introduce all of the technical innovations necessary to take up a leading position in the market. Supported by Océ technology, Imbalplast will offer not only first-class print services but will also increase the productivity and automation of its print center.
The Evolution of the Business
Founded at the start of the 1970s, Imbalplast has enjoyed fast growth in print services, which initially were oriented towards publishing but today also encompass transaction and direct mail applications as well as services for GDO. Nowadays, Imbalplast operates a wide range of Océ systems. These include the Océ VarioStream 8750 TWIN, Océ VarioStream 7120, Océ VarioStream 7650, Océ Pagestream 500, Océ Pagestream 440 and Océ Pagestream 88 printing systems. The company also utilizes the Océ PRISMA workflow management software that processes up to 50 million prints per year in a 3-shift operation. Due to its rapid growth, a total of ten new operators were employed in 2011 and the production floor was completely renovated and extended.
Another challenge Imbalplast has faced is an explosive growth in volume. This is expected to reach 100 million imprints a year, thanks to the acquisition of new customers after winning deals with ACI, RAI and Comune Milano. This consequently required an increase in productivity and in the degree of automation used in order to ensure an efficient three-shift operation.
The First Océ ColorStream 3500 in Italy
The acquisition of the new Océ ColorStream 3500 now allows Imbalplast to extend their range of offerings from transaction printing to direct mail and payment slip applications. For large-scale retailers, special printing operations on plastics substrates for customer loyalty programs can be carried out.
"We first saw Océ's new printer solutions when visiting Océ headquarters in Poing. The Océ ColorStream 3500 immediately attracted our attention," says Raffaele Cotena, General Manager at Imbalplast. "With this system we can ensure a smooth migration from monochrome to color without interrupting continuity."
"The Océ ColorStream 3500 easily supports monthly print volumes of around 4 to 32 million full-color impressions, perfectly suited for the requirements of Imbalplast's customers," notes Sebastian Landesberger, Executive Vice President Océ Production Printing. "When Imbalplast's applications develop further, the versatility and upgradeability of the Océ ColorStream 3500 will ensure the company a maximum of investment protection and flexibility."
At the Core of Innovation
In line with the communication possibilities that color in ultra-high volume printing offers, the new Océ ColorStream 3500 puts Imbalplast in a position to expand its range of services offered to its clients, particularly when it comes to handling complete production cycles that comprise everything from printing and packaging through to delivery.
Another benefit of the new solution is its commitment to sustainability with reduced energy consumption and paper waste. This fits perfectly with the environment protection policy Imbalplast has pursued for many years and which has gained the company EMAS and UNI EN 14001 certification.
Imbalplast emphasizes the efficiency of Océ's pre- and post-sales services: "We are very happy with Océ's competent management of the project in all its complexity. One specialist was at our full disposal to support our technical staff in working with the Océ ColorStream 3500, which is among the first five to be delivered in Europe. In summary, we can confirm that this investment lets us move with times," concludes Cotena.