Italian book printer Grafica Veneta has increased its digital printing capacity since investing in a Fujifilm JetPress 750S sheet-fed B2 digital press in March 2021.

The company, now partnered with Lake Book of the USA, produces 150 million books a year, with a turnover of €100 million (£85.5 million). The firm was already using a Jet Press 720S for book cover printing, but invested in the 750S after hearing about its faster speeds.

Nicola Franceschi, head of research development at Grafica Veneta, said, ‘When we became aware of the Jet Press 750S – a machine that produces the same quality at faster speeds – we were immediately interested. We evaluated the performance and it was an easy decision to upgrade our digital sheet-fed printing line.’

In early 2021, the business looked to increase the speed at which is could produce high quality book covers.

Mr Franceshci explained, ‘Back in early 2021, as well as partnering with Lake Book, we made another investment in the future of our business improving our digital print capacity. The focus being on short runs – where we could increase the speed without jeopardising the standard of quality we regularly produce.’

Since the purchase, the company reports that printing times for each job have been reduced and is now looking to update the Jet Press 750S even further.

Mr Franceschi added, ‘We’re aware of the High Speed upgrade that is available on the press – so that has the potential to speed things up even further. We’ve worked with Fujifilm for many years. We trust their team and their technology. They’ve helped us expand as a business and we’re always keeping a close eye on what new printing equipment they develop.’

General manager at Fujifilm Graphic Communications Italy Paolo Zerbi said, ‘Producing copies in their millions for some of the biggest publishers in the world, Grafica Veneta knows quality and understands what’s required to make a good impression on its customers. The Jet Press 720S served them very well and we’re delighted with the impact the Jet Press 750S has made in the past year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them as they continue their growth.’

Operating from a 100,000sqm solar-powered  factory in Trebaseleghe, northern Italy, and with 750 employees, Grafica Veneta’s customer base has been expanding throughout Europe, North Africa and America.