Short run digital book printer 4edge has invested in a Canon VarioPrint iX cut-sheet inkjet press to keep up with customer demand, complementing an existing fleet of Canon colour and mono devices.

The Hockley, Essex-based printer works with publishers of all sizes across the UK to produce paperback and hardback books and journals. As a Canon customer of 16 years’ standing, with Titan mono presses as well as a VarioPrint C8000 colour toner machine, it was a natural move to stay with the vendor when expanding the print fleet and to pursue a desire to be seen as a pioneer within the book publishing sector.

The VarioPrint iX was selected for its cost-efficiency, largely driven by a high level of automation, thus requiring minimal operator intervention. Since the installation of the press, 4edge has saved around 5% on consumables and quadrupled its colour production capacity without needing additional staff. The speed of the press, equivalent to 320ppm A4, was also a factor.

4edge managing director David Button commented, ‘We’re already seeing major business benefits from the VarioPrint iX device, including reduced costs and more efficient productivity. Canon’s advanced technology will be crucial for our future, enabling us to keep on top of the ever-evolving needs and demands of our customers. The team has been extremely helpful throughout the instalment process, and we’re excited to see our already solid relationship with them grow even stronger.’


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