CPI buys Canon for short run academic publications

CPI UK is switching focus to academic book production with Canon presses to provide the power and flexibility publishers are looking for.

CPI is continuing its investment spree with the focus shifting to its STMA Division, where it has signed with a six-press investment package for Canon machines.
It is buying five VarioPrint 6320 presses and a VarioPrint 110 for the short run journal and academic arm of the UK business. The move will “significantly increase productivity” and position the business to better meet demand for print on demand services.

Martin Collyer, divisional general manager, says: “We’re seeing a significant shift towards a need for print on demand services. We chose the VarioPrint technology because we needed to produce books in high volumes with excellent quality, but with an incredibly short run time. The machines are flexible enough to give us the agility we need to adapt to changing market demands.
“We looked at a variety of technologies from different manufacturers, but the Canon VarioPrint range were the only machines that could deliver on everything that our business needs.”

The investment continues a relationship with Canon on the cut sheet digital printing while its preferred technology for continuous feed printing has been HP’s PageWide T presses. Along with the output engines, CPI Books is upgrading its Prisma workflow to V5, the latest version of the Canon front end.

The VarioPrint 6320 is the company’s most productive mono press and an established choice for book printers thanks to printing at 314 A4 pages a minute on a maximum 350x500mm sheet, printing both sides simultaneously to avoid concerns about fit on the second side printed.

Craig Nethercott, channel director Canon UK and Ireland, sees a growing requirement for the productivity of the print engines and the flexibility offered by the workflow. “The pace of the book publishing industry has completely changed,” he says. “Driven by communities such as university students, publishers and printers must be able to respond to spikes in demand for certain books immediately. As a result, workflow that enables companies like CPI to dynamically and seamlessly scale up production with minimal downtime is becoming as important as the printers themselves.”

The investment in this area follows on from the announced investment in a six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 for CPI Colour in Croydon.