King Printing Upgrades its Inkjet Web

LOWELL, MA—King Printing has become the first North American book manufacturer to install a new HP T350 color inkjet web press speed upgrade. The HP T350 inkjet web press is 50 percent faster than the HP T300, which King Printing had installed in 2010. It is running at 600 fpm and producing up to 3,927 letter-size ppm.

“When we first installed the HP T300 last year, we gained a stable and very capable production platform that allowed us to manage incredible volumes,” said Adi Chinai, managing director, King Printing. “With the T350, HP used its technological leadership to make an even more robust platform, one that is helping us rewrite the economics of color in short-run publishing and book manufacturing.”

The speed increase gives King Printing competitive advantages, including higher throughput to increase the break-even point between analog and digital printing. This expands the number of titles King can move into cost-effective, low-inventory supply chain management. The lower costs per page in color printing enables it to take advantage of growth in demand for digitally printed color books.

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