Rastar Grows in Photo and Collateral Printing Segment with Two HP Indigo 7500 Presses

PALO ALTO, CA—Feb. 21, 2012—Rastar Inc., a subsidiary of Transcontinental Inc., is using the increased productivity of two HP Indigo 7500 digital presses and HP’s focus on client service to win new business and adjust to changing market needs.

The Salt Lake City-based company is one of Utah’s largest producers of printed marketing collateral, and its digital color printing operation is one of the nation’s leading providers of photo merchandise books and calendars. Rastar installed the new presses in time for last year’s October-through-December peak season, when digital color production jumps to about nine times the average volume.

High uptime for new business opportunities

As photo merchandise production spikes during these months, press downtime can have a disastrous effect. HP helps Rastar and other customers maximize uptime with digital press engineers who spend the entire season providing an extra layer of support.

HP’s on-site, peak season support services, combined with the HP Indigo 7500s’ 120 pages per minute (ppm) full-color speed, allowed Rastar to successfully add photo cards to its product mix during this exceptionally busy time.

“We were able to go into peak season with the new presses printing more than 50,000 cards a day, which is remarkable for our first time offering that product,” said Nicky Milner, vice president, On Demand Solutions, Rastar Inc. “It really speaks to the quality of support HP provides. HP has proven that it is in it for the long term when it comes to helping customers, and we believe the company is one of the few technology vendors capable of building the market for digital printing.”

Capturing an emerging, high-volume niche

During the rest of the year, much of the company’s digital color operation is dedicated to print-on-demand marketing collateral, especially personalized manuals, catalogs and brochures. The new HP Indigo 7500s replaced multiple 68-ppm HP Indigo press 5000s, delivering the higher throughput needed to address changing market dynamics.

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