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Top 50 Color Digital Printers

May 1998
For the third year, Printing Impressions has compiled a ranking of the top color on-demand print providers in the nation. The 1998 edition features a few changes.

In the past, difficulty in obtaining accurate on-demand sales figures made it more practical to list the top companies alphabetically, without individual ranks. But increased on-demand printing revenues for digital color press users have made an actual Top 50 ranking possible for the first time.

This year, rankings were determined by self-reported on-demand sales figures. While there are other companies who would qualify for this listing, we could only include those who responded to our survey.

1) Quebecor Printing (USA)
Boston, MA
(617) 346-7300
Total Annual Sales: $2,205,399,000
% of Sales From On-demand: 1
Principal Officer: James A. Dawson
Plants: 51
Employees: 16,500
Year Founded: 1990
Digital Printing Devices: Heidelberg GTO-DI (1); IBM InfoColor 70 (1); Indigo E-Print 1000+ (1); Canon CLC 1000; Canon CLC 800
Initial Device Installation: 11/96
Products Produced: Proofing, financial reports, sell sheets, quick copy sales, catalog covers with variable data and images
Other Capabilities/Services: Digital asset management; Digital file transfer; Digital photography; Distribute-then-Print; Distribution and fulfillment; Internet/WWW Server; Large-format output; Remote proofing

2) ZBR Publications
Haverhill, MA
(978) 469-7500
Total Annual Sales: $40,000,000
% of Sales From On-demand: 50
Principal Officer: James R. Bartlett
Plants: 1
Employees: 350
Year Founded: 1978
Digital Printing Devices: Canon CLC 1000 (1); IBM InfoColor 70; Xerox DocuTech NP-135 (6)
Products Produced: On-demand color books, CD tray liners, etc.
Other Capabilities/Services: Digital asset management; Digital file transfer; Distribute-then-Print; Distribution and fulfillment; Internet/WWW Server; Large-format output; Remote proofing

3) Chroma Copy Int'l
New York, NY
(212) 399-2420
Total Annual Sales: $48,000,000
% of Sales From On-demand: 15.3
Principal Officer: David Manning
Plants: 12
Employees: 400
Year Founded: 1981
Digital Printing Devices: Heidelberg Quickmaster DI (2); Indigo E-Print 1000+ (4)
Products Produced: Large format
Other Capabilities/Services: Digital file transfer; Distribute-then-Print; Large-format output

4) Linotext
Cupertino, CA
(408) 446-5466
Total Annual Sales: $13,265,917
% of Sales From On-demand: 55
Principal Officer: Rod Hume
Plants: 4
Employees: 100
Year Founded: 1989
Digital Printing Devices: Heidelberg GTO-DI (4); Xeikon DCP/32S (1); Heidelberg Quickmaster DI (2)
Initial Device Installation: 1994
Other Capabilities/Services: Digital file transfer; Large-format output

5) Thebault DI
Parsippany, NJ
 

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