CPI, Europe's Leading Book Printer, Completes HP T300 Web Press Purchase
Low-waste printing that meets true quantity demand
Digital presses like the HP T300 and the HP Indigo 7000 have a number of intrinsic environmental benefits in publishing work. With digital, PSPs avoid the waste associated with make-ready and change over between jobs. In addition, the ability to print exact quantities of jobs - as opposed to overruns needed to meet analog printing economies of scale - reduce the number of printed pages that are never used.
Without the HP T300 Inkjet Web Press platform and partner finishing solutions, book manufacturers attempting to print medium-run-length titles would typically print them in excess quantities - with a high percentage of waste to meet offset printing's economies of scale. In fact, in the analog print-dominated book manufacturing industry, waste is often very significant: up to 30 percent of book stock in the industry never sells and is eventually repulped.(3)
Publishing's leading-edge technology in an historic printing venue
CPI and HP are hosting international press and analysts for a 23 March open house tour of HP T300 book printing operations at CPI Firmin-Didot in Mesnil Sur L'Estrée, France. Acquired by CPI in 1999, the 120-employee, 297-year-old Firmin-Didot subsidiary is the historic printing home to the Didots, France's most revered family of printers and typographers.
Founded in 1996, CPI is a major supplier to the publishing industry. The company has grown from a turnover of €18.5 million in its first year to more than €420 million today. CPI works with more than 2,000 publishers and produces 600 million books per year representing 250,000 unique titles. Its services range from print-on-demand single-copy printing up to mass-market book production in monochrome and two-color, as well as color expertise in cover and jacket production.
More information about the HP T300 Inkjet Web Press is available at www.hp.com/go/gsb and through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed. A data sheet on the HP T300 Inkjet Web Press can be downloaded at www.hp.com/go/inkjetwebpress.