Since installation, Gildeprint is offering shorter lead times and has seen an increase in orders and throughput, says Hendriks: “The results speak for themselves. Our aim was to produce 250,000 impressions a month, but after two months we had already exceeded 800,000.”
Under the Boekengilde name, the operation has established a web portal where customers can create and print their own book. He states: “This could be a consumer who wants to put together a book of their favourite holiday photos or a professional writer who wants to compile their best articles to use as a portfolio. The SX3300 Press has given us loads of ideas on how to grow the business – it has opened many doors for us.”
Retrofit to keep business fit
Other happy users include Torsten Wedemeier, joint Managing Director of AlsterWerk, Germany, who lists three things he likes about his KODAK NEXPRESS Press: “First, there are the retrofit options, for instance for increasing the speed or adding feeders and deliveries. The opportunities for inline finishing and adding value to print are another very important aspect. Finally, thanks to the wide range of paper stock the press will accept, we never have to disappoint our customers, no matter how unusual their needs.”
While Heiko Mazur, Managing Director of Häuser KG, Germany, says: “The KODAK NEXPRESS Press has enabled us to significantly extend our portfolio by offering longer runs and more finishing options. Anything from a single copy up to about two hundred is now digitally produced. And if the customer wants special coating effects, much longer digital runs are also not a problem. Orders for as many as 100,000 copies are not uncommon. The results we achieve on the NEXPRESS Press are so good you can hardly tell them apart from offset. In some cases, we print the covers digitally but use offset for the content. We have even had jobs where a photograph runs over from the cover's inside page to the first content page without any noticeable difference in quality.”
“The finishing options were one of the key arguments that persuaded me to invest in a KODAK NEXPRESS Press. Our business development in the digital segment is excellent, and I have never once regretted that decision,” Mazur adds.
Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print & Vice President Commercial Business EAMER Kodak comments: “These are some great examples of how investing in digital can prove pivotal to business growth especially in the light of the extensive creative potential it brings. Among them are operations unlocking the power of personalised print ensuring they have a bright future ahead of them and we are delighted to support them in that journey.”