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Credit Suisse Boosts Transaction Printing with Kodak Versamark VL6000 Inkjet Printing System

March 25, 2010
STUTTGART, GERMANY—March 25—Credit Suisse, a global financial services company headquartered in Zurich, is fast establishing itself as a pioneer in transactional printing. The company has installed a Kodak Versamark VL6000 Inkjet Printing System which, together with the two Kodak Versamark VL2000 Printing Systems installed 12 months ago, has dramatically increased the company's inkjet production capacity.

Credit Suisse operates an ultra-modern Print Center at its Uetlihof Administration Center, which is currently being extended with a new, 14-storey building and will eventually house around 8,000 employees in Switzerland's biggest city. The facility—which typically operates round the clock, six days a week—is among the three largest of its kind in Switzerland. Each year it produces more than 200 million A4 pages of personal and confidential information.

The Print Center is responsible for all aspects of printing, enclosing and outward handling of the transaction documents produced in private and investment banking, as well as in asset management. These include portfolio reports, asset statements, securities trading statements, debit and credit advice, account statements, and general documents linked to personal customer communications or for internal use.

"For us, process optimization is an ongoing task, particularly when it comes to our printed output. In each of the last three years, we have cut our costs in this area by between six and eight per cent," says Heinz Frei, Vice President, Global Data Center Operations, Credit Suisse.

The Kodak Versamark VL6000 Printing System, which prints the web at a speed of 150 m/min with 600 x 600 dpi resolution, is playing a key role in this process optimization strategy. The system gives Credit Suisse a huge capacity boost, and follows in the footsteps of the two Kodak Versamark VL2000 Printing Systems, which were installed at the company in 2008 and proved an unmitigated success.

Greater flexibility, higher capacity, lower costs

The new Versamark VL6000 system can print more than 1,000 A4 pages a minute, while each of the two VL2000 systems has an output in excess of 500 A4 pages. A Kodak Versamark CS300c System Controller is installed upstream, which controls the individual systems and supplies them with output data. These controllers process AFP (IPDS) data streams, which are generated in the Computer Center that directly adjoins the Print Center.

Credit Suisse uses low-cost, water-based dye inks on all three systems. The high productivity of Kodak's inkjet printing systems is a compelling benefit for the company. Credit Suisse has also been impressed by the consistently high quality in one, four and full-color printing, which is automatically monitored on every page by image inspection systems in the three inkjet presses.

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