HP Partners With Book Industry Leader Timsons on Medium-Run Book Production; Showcases HP Indigo and Large-Format Solutions
Today at Graph Expo, HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced a new relationship with U.K.-based Timsons Ltd., the world’s largest book press manufacturer, to develop a digital inkjet system for short- and medium-run book production.
HP also introduced a range of innovative graphic arts solutions from its Indigo, Large-Format Printing, and Specialty Printing Systems divisions.
HP and Timsons are combining HP’s market-leading capabilities in inkjet print technology and IT infrastructure with Timsons’ experience in high-volume, high-performance materials handling for a new solution designed to take digital book production beyond niche applications to mainstream production.
“Our collaboration with Timsons is a natural next step in HP’s strategy to move higher volumes of printing from analog to digital,” said Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. “The digital book solution coming from this work will open a range of new possibilities to help printers and publishers optimize their supply chains, decrease waste and create revenue opportunities.”
HP also is presenting for the first time details on a new initiative to significantly expand the HP Inkjet Web Press’ addressable market with a new solution that enables printing on coated media.
New products in the industry’s broadest portfolio of digital color solutions
Visitors to HP booth 1229 at Graph Expo – being held at the McCormick Place convention center Oct. 26-29 – can see advancements to the range of solutions that are driving profitability among print service providers (PSPs) and creative professionals. Offerings include:
— The new HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press as well as advanced HP Indigo technologies such as the WS6000 and enhanced 5500 press models, the HP SmartStream Director Web-to-fulfillment workflow solution, the HP Indigo Print Care service tool set, expanded PANTONE(R)-licensed color capabilities for the HP Indigo Ink Mixing System, and the web-fed HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press, which will be highlighted in a video presentation at the booth.
— The new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, which allows creative professionals and PSPs to produce gallery-quality prints, photographs, art enlargements, digital designs and high-accuracy proofs with 12 HP Vivera pigment inks and the new HP 73 Chromatic Red ink.
— The HP Designjet L65500 printer, the first of a new category of large-format signage printers that feature HP Latex Inks, which free users from typical environmental, health and safety considerations of solvent-ink technology and enable broad outdoor and indoor application versatility while delivering quality and durability at breakthrough speeds.(1)
— The new HP Scitex FB950 Printer, a highly productive, robust UV-flatbed solution for producing durable indoor and outdoor applications, provides consistent high-quality point-of-purchase/point-of-sale, tradeshow and event signage and more on most rigid(2) or flexible media.(3)
— The newly expanded HP Graphic Arts Capture Business Success Program, the company’s most comprehensive business development program to date for the graphic arts industry, now offers solutions for HP production printing and large-format printing customers.
— A Scalable Printing Technology-based, process-color transpromotional printing technology demonstration from HP Specialty Printing Systems, as well as a new 10-pack of HP 45A print cartridges that enables original equipment manufacturer partners to capture ink reselling revenues.
— The newly rebranded HP Dialogue, a software platform to build and deploy high-volume, on-demand and interactive document applications.
— The HP Inkjet Web Press, shown in a new series of videos that highlight the 30-inch-wide press as well as partner solutions that further enable the system’s unprecedented combination of print width, color quality and productivity for the direct mail, transactional/transpromotional, book publishing and newspaper industries.
— A full range of HP Indigo partner solutions, including www.myhpipc.com, a new online partner information portal.
Additional information about the new products and solutions HP is showing at Graph Expo is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/gsbfall08 and online at www.hp.com/go/graphicarts.
High-speed digital book printing
As a result of the joint effort by HP and Timsons, the 30-inch-wide HP Inkjet Web Press will be able to connect with a new Timsons Digital Book Finishing System that will operate at speeds that match the performance capabilities of the press.
“Timsons is excited to establish this partnership, as it offers a complementary opportunity to the book manufacturers Timsons has served for more than 30 years, with innovative new solutions to help our customers capture the momentum that exists with digital,” said Jeff Ward, managing director, Timsons Ltd. “Timsons is extending its business by offering more choices to our customers with short- to medium-run book solutions and by partnering with HP to gain the benefit of HP’s digital leadership credentials.”
French firm CPI, Europe’s leading book printer and a participant in the HP Inkjet Web Press beta user program, plans to implement the book production solutions from HP and Timsons.
“As an HP collaborator and the largest worldwide user of Timsons presses, CPI will be the first company to put this solution into production as it pushes to reinforce its leadership in black-and-white book printing,” said Pierre-Francois Catte, chief executive officer, CPI.
HP also is planning to significantly expand the addressable market for the Inkjet Web Press with the development of a new solution for coated media that enables production at high speeds. The coating technology will enable users to print on uncoated and coated media, advancing HP’s goal of providing great print quality, leading productivity and breakthrough economics in high-volume printing.
To better ensure high levels of success for customers of the Inkjet Web Press, HP has initiated a beta program for early installation. Los Angeles-based O’Neil Data Systems is scheduled to receive the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta unit in December 2008. The press is expected to be commercially available in the latter half of 2009.
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(1) In the price/performance category for which printers based on HP Latex Printing Technologies are intended.
(2) Reflective substrates are not supported.
(3) Flexible media printing with an optional Roll-fed Media Supply and Takeup system.
(4) Printers using HP Latex Inks use internal heaters to dry and cure the latex polymer film. Some substrates may have inherent odor.
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