Edwards Brothers Malloy: Making Change Their Friend
The move toward digital printing is unmistakable. "Our perspective is that the future of our business is being able to help publishers manage their supply chain and, to do that, we need to be able to print anywhere from one to 100,000 copies—mainly one to 1,000—quickly and cost-effectively," notes Joe Upton, vice president of sales and marketing. "These equipment investments were made with that in mind. Whether its print-on-demand (POD) output or an inventory replenishment model, it's really targeted to working with publishers as a partner and managing their supply chain."
Edwards Brothers Malloy is a short- to medium-run book manufacturer that produces hard-bound, softcover and stitched product runs under 10,000. Prior to obtaining the Speedmaster, Edwards Brothers Malloy focused primarily on one- and two-color production. The firm can handle components, text and binding—all in-house.
Offset and Digital Powerhouse
With upwards of 800 employees working in eight facilities across the United States, Edwards Brothers Malloy serves the educational (higher ed and K-12), trade, self-publishing and professional (practicing doctor/lawyer/accountant) sectors. It handles about 20,000 offset orders per year, with runs ranging from 200 to 100,000, and more than 200,000 digital printing orders annually, from single copies to several hundred.
Of the many changes taking place at Edwards Brothers Malloy, one of the most notable is the recent acquisition of the Ricoh InfoPrint 5000, which just went live last November. It is being used to run one- to four-color text in run lengths up to 1,500 copies and page counts up to 1,200, depending on paper bulk. The new inkjet web press also answers the call for quality that rivals digital toner and short-run offset printing.
"There was an area of demand that we were not able to serve economically," Edwards observes. "This press enables us to jump into the inkjet market with a significant bump in capacity. Our goal is to run four-color digital work on the InfoPrint, but initially it will constitute half black-and-white output as four-color demand continues to grow."