Slovenia Post has installed its second Ricoh Pro VC40000 high speed continuous feed digital colour press as it looks to branch out into new territories as well as into book and brochure production.

Only six months after installing its first Pro VC40000 at its new print production operation in Zagreb, Croatia, Slovenia Post has added its second in Ljubljana. The original installation was such a success that the organisation opted for an identical solution to replace a seven year old continuous feed line in the Slovenian capital.

Initially the printer will be used for the production of transactional and variable data print, but longer term it will also help Slovenia Post establish new business in books and brochures in its home territory. The organisation cited Ricoh technology’s ‘mix of cost effective quality, productivity and media flexibility’ as key to decision to invest.

‘We wanted to establish a presence in Croatia and worked together with Ricoh and Eurocop on a complete end to end solution that initially focused on allowing us to easily switch from variable data printing to transactional print,’ explained managing director Vili Hribernik. ‘Then we were shown how the quality achievable and the range of media available would be ideal for books and brochures. We were even supported in subsequently winning a multimillion book order with a national school book provider. It will go a long way to helping us obtain a fast return on investment.

‘We were given extensive help to identify all the elements we needed to create a complete solution that fits us, our workload and is responsive to our clients’ needs. The installation in Zagreb went so well and has achieved such positive results that we wanted to replicate that in Ljubljana. We were supported every step of the way and that gave us the confidence to implement our ambitious plans.’

Clive Stringer, director, continuous feed and high end software sales, Ricoh Graphic Communications, added, ‘Relationships are vital. Slovenia Post was confident enough to rely on Ricoh and Eurocop to invest in the Pro VC40000 to elevate the production quality and expand into new markets. Then, just six months later, based on how well the installation had gone, it chose to enhance its Ljubljana operation with the same technology. We are proud to have helped Slovenia Post take such a bold step in these challenging times and we will continue to support it as it maximises the opportunities now available.’