ondemandcolor -- Big Steps, Small FootprintOctober 2008
"A key deciding factor in selecting Van Son's Vs3 inks was the fact that several of my mentors in the industry were using it, and were very pleased with its performance," Gravagna explains. "Hearing the accolades of people that I respect made all the difference to me. The ink sets well on the sheet, dries well and gives vibrant colors.
"Additionally, Van Son has enabled us to stay true to our green initiatives with its eco-friendly vegetable- and soy-based inks--without having to sacrifice the level of quality our discriminating clients expect," he adds. "Not only is the ink good for the environment, it's great for our bottom line. It sets quickly on the sheet and is a stay-open ink, so it doesn't have to be taken out of the fountains at the end of every day, which significantly increases our production time."
Gravagna takes a lot of personal pride in ondemandcolor's focus on promoting a green company culture. It is working to obtain FSC certification, recycles (all paper and aluminum), runs eco-friendly presses and lights the entire facility with energy-efficient light bulbs.
Today, ondemandcolor is focused on taking the necessary steps to continue its success in the years ahead. Gravagna reports that the future of the company will include online e-commerce markets--which will help create an automated process to further streamline workflow and improve productivity. He also sees great opportunity with Web-to-print, an online portal that keeps up with the client experience. Gravagna has since created www.printingresponsibly.com, an eco-friendly e-commerce printing Website.
Most recently, ondemandcolor has made some crucial mergers and acquisitions, which have included current partners Bob Beck and Ed Tikkanen, and has increased its solution offerings and enabled the company to expand its digital capabilities. It has also added two six-color Komoris to its press fleet and increased its customer service team.
"We are proud of our customer-centric mentality," concludes Gravagna. "Delivering consistent, high-quality materials in an environmentally conscious capacity is fundamental for our company." PI