Propack first Anacomp customer to benefit - with two 1050s
Anacomps print solutions, maintenance and service division has been appointed authorised dealer of Konica Minolta high volume digital print production systems. The move allows Anacomp to extend its solutions portfolio for the commercial print sector and meet a wider range of customers needs, and Konica Minolta gains access to a well-established client base with the assurance that its systems will be covered by Anacomps comprehensive maintenance and service packages.
Anacomp has already supplied its long-standing customer Propack with two of Konica Minolta's flagship systems, the bizhub PRO 1050. Propack is a provider of direct mail services based in Huddersfield, and required upgraded printing capabilities to cope with the rapid expansion of its direct mail business. Specialising in printing short-run, creative collateral for advertising agencies, Propack needed a system that combined high volume production with flexible stock handling. The Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1050, as one of the first machines in the production sector to offer this combination, is capable of handling paper up to 300 g/m (simplex) and 244 g/m (duplex) at a print speed of up to 6,300 A4 sheets an hour. Thanks to the new agreement with Konica Minolta, Anacomp were able to provide this system to Propack - who subsequently ordered a second when the first proved a huge asset.
Neil Lloyd (pictured left), Managing Director, Propack, said, "We have relied on Anacomp's consultative, solution-based approach for a number of years, and are very pleased with their recommendation of the bizhub PRO 1050. The system is very quick to set up for each job, processes awkward paper stock at high speed and requires very little personnel resource to oversee it. Together, the two machines now process 80-90% of our total output, or around 1.4 million items per month, which was previously handled by a dozen different machines.
"It is also very important to us that Anacomp can match the quality of the machine with a top-notch maintenance service. Their all-in approach has proved invaluable, as we receive a round-the-clock call-out maintenance service - and consumables are also bundled into the click-rate cost model."
Caroline Mannering, Regional Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd, comments, As a specialist in top-end print production systems, Anacomp is an ideal partner to take the 1050 to market. One of their key strengths is the combination of systems expertise and a highly skilled maintenance and service network. It is very pleasing that two systems have already been installed, and we expect strong take-up across Anacomps client base. I certainly envisage that our partnership will extend to other production systems in the future.
Chris Haden (pictured right), Managing Director, Anacomp, added, We have forged a strong reputation in the high speed laser printer market and this new partnership will further strengthen our service provision to the marketplace. Our customers appreciate our ability to give expert consultancy and then deliver the right solutions and we are confident that the 1050 will see swift take-up amongst our client base.