Publishers, Inkjet Experts, Paper Suppliers Talk Change at Ricoh’s Book Publishing Symposium
MALVERN, Pa.—October 19, 2015—Ricoh Americas today announced the success of its inaugural Publishing Executive Symposium, a two-day event that recently took place at the company’s Executive Briefing Center in Boulder, Colorado. Executives from the world’s leading publishers convened to debate where the publishing industry is headed and how technology can support it. Attendees discussed publishing trends, exchanged best practices and lessons learned, and experienced first-hand how the latest generation of inkjet technology, and the media, software, and services that complement it, are playing a role in the industry’s evolution.
The publishing landscape continues to shift, and the resulting changes demand new technologies, paired with an in-depth understanding of how these changes impact different stakeholders in the ecosystem. From the general rise of on-demand and short-run printing, to the popularity of customized publishing in the educational market, to paper preferences in trade press, publishing executives have a unique perspective which shapes demand for the rest of the supply chain.
The globally diverse group at the symposium also brought insight from their experience in markets across North America, EMEA, and developing economies. Translating what the advances and benefits of inkjet technology mean for business imperatives of the publishing industry—such as reducing inventory and warehousing, decreasing turnaround time, and speeding up editioning—was a key element of the event. Adding to the educational value for attendees were explorations of the end-to-end needs and solutions for the publishing industry, including prepress workflow software, high-quality paper, complementary cutsheet and finishing solutions, implementation and consulting services.
Presenters included Marco Boer, vice president of analyst firm IT Strategies; David Hetherington, chief operating officer, Klopotek; and representatives from leading paper manufacturers Crown van Gelder, Finch Paper, JP Gould Specialty Papers, Mitsubishi Imaging and Mondi. Feedback from attendees on the value of the technology and event included:
- "The detail and the sharpness of the inkjet samples were better [than expected]. The Ricoh Pro VC60000 can do well for POD [print on demand]. Getting single-copy only production is the goal.”—Johan Van Slooten, Elsevier
- "It’s fair to say that four-color inkjet is ready for primetime."—Bill Barry, Macmillan
- "The symposium presented by Ricoh on inkjet printing and paper was first class. A lot of valuable information was learned about the future of the printing industry.”—Mira Perrizo, Big Earth Publishing
- "It was valuable to me on many levels. The education of the power of the Ricoh Pro VC60000 is top of mind. It is definitely a game changer. It was also valuable to learn about the different substrates being developed specifically for inkjet. And networking with all of you, as well as other publishers, is always well worth it."—Lynn Terhune, Wiley
"The publishing industry is undergoing monumental change, and Ricoh is in a unique position to serve as partner to the industry as they navigate this change," said Ted Takahashi, senior vice president, Production Print Global Marketing Center, Ricoh Company, Ltd. "This symposium enabled us to exchange ideas about the concerns and pain points of publishers in an unconventional setting that encouraged candor."
He continued, "As publishing business models are refined, learning about the dynamics of how inkjet and complementary software and services play a role in trends such as short-run and on-demand is increasingly important. We look forward to continuing these enlightening conversations at our next publishing symposium."
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD). The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information.
Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives. Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.