RRD Develops First 60″ Inkjet Digital Press

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has developed what it claims is the industry’s first 60″ wide, high-speed inkjet digital press. The new presses, expected to be deployed in the first half of 2011, will enhance the company’s fleet of proprietary ProteusJet digital printing units.

RR Donnelley’s global platform features a broad array of proprietary and commercially available technologies. Its digital press platform will include nearly 20 ProteusJet presses by year end and the company expects to deploy an average of one new ProteusJet press per month through early 2012. One recently expanded production facility alone will utilize five ProteusJet presses to produce trade and educational books.

The company has integrated one- and multiple-color digital printing presses with delivery systems that enable digitally printed content to be finished in-line into books, direct mail pieces, catalogs, marketing communications, magazines and other products.

“No other provider offers the flexibility afforded by our leading digital printing resources,” said Tom Quinlan, CEO of RR Donnelley. “This expansion to our ProteusJet fleet represents the next leap forward in digital book production, with significantly enhanced productivity as these new presses can produce two-up images. Put in-line with automated book binders, these RR Donnelley innovations will continue to allow publishers to reinvent the supply chain for trade and other books.”

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