Paragon Customer Communications has invested in a range of new Ricoh equipment, including a VC70000 high speed colour inkjet press, a V20100 Mono production inkjet solution and a Pro C9210.

The VC70000, which has been installed at Paragon’s East London premises, will be used to produce direct mail and financial reports. It joins two existing Pro VC60000 systems and follows the installation of Europe’s first Ricoh Pro V20100 mono continuous feed inkjet press 18 months ago.

The Pro V20100 was chosen to open up book-on-demand services for Paragon. The V20100 and Pro C9210, which replaces an HP Indigo machine, will further enhance the company’s capabilities in this area.

‘We are proud to be working with Paragon on the next step of its growth strategy,’ said Clive Stringer, director of continuous feed print and high-end software, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe.

‘We have a longstanding relationship, with Paragon being an early adopter of Ricoh inkjet technology, starting over a decade ago. The Pro VC70000 will accelerate the transfer of offset print to digital and allow it to stand out from the crowd, while potentially saving up to 40% in paper costs.’

Dave Phillips, site director at Paragon added, ‘Our latest Ricoh investment will allow us to diversify our product offering. We value the input of Ricoh to our business both in terms of technology and as a partner in developing new business.’

Paragon is also participating in a government campaign to encourage over 2.5 million of England’s most vulnerable to help protect their heath with free deliveries of four months worth of vitamin D supplements to care homes and individuals. As part of the Department of Health and Social Care scheme, Paragon is printing the packaging for the vitamin tablets, as well as printing and delivering the collateral in support of the campaign.

Dave Reynolds, chief operating officer, Transactional & Service Divisions at Paragon, said: ‘We want to do our small part to support those individuals that are clinically extremely vulnerable during Covid-19, and have therefore been unable to leave their homes. By supporting the DHSC with the delivery of invaluable vitamin D supplements to those in need, we hope we can contribute to a safer and healthier future for the UK population’