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Oce, manroland partner on inkjet

Dec 7, 2010 12:00 AM


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Oce, a leading manufacturer of high-performance printing systems for digital continuous feed printing, and offset press manufacturer manroland AG will from 2011 on offer the market total digital printing solutions aimed at the graphic arts industry from a single source. The companies will supply solutions that cover print data management, digital and offset printing as well as postpress.

Oce possesses decades of experience in the fields of system integration, workflow management and variable high-performance data printing. manroland has expertise in the development and manufacturing of high-productivity offset technologies as well as in the associated postprocessing and finishing systems. The main beneficiaries of the cooperation will be printing operations that are selecting future-oriented technology and workflow solutions to be employed within their company after being jointly advised by manroland and Oce.

The partnership’s strategy on inkjet entails its use as a supplement to offset printing for small runs and just-in-time production. “Here [it offers] a cost advantage and permits, in conjunction with appropriate postprocessing, fast throughput times. Areas of application include books, advertising inserts, catalogs and brochure,” according to Oce.

“As the market leader in digital continuous feed printing, Oce has for many years been successful across the globe in company-related high-speed transaction printing,” says Rokus van Iperen, chairman of the corporate executive board, Oce. “This strategic alliance with manroland offers us the ideal opportunity to firmly establish Oce inkjet technology in the graphic arts industry. This is a big step, especially for our continuous feed printing division located in Poing/Munich.”

“Digital printing already has a market share that cannot be underestimated. This is the first concrete step in opening up new growth opportunities for manroland and in securing a lucrative field of business for the long term,” adds Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO of manroland.

Océ recently joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. See http://americanprinter.com/digital-presses/printing_power_synergy.