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Webcom Makes Large Production Investment

October 04, 2010

Webcom has announced details of a $12-million investment in production technology for a program it calls BookFWD. Core to this new investment is HP's new HP T300 Inkjet Web press, to be installed this month.

The T300 will be used to produce book interiors in full colour while a new HP Indigo 7000 will be used to produce covers. These two pieces of equipment will be complemented with others, including finishing equipment.

"Book publishers are challenged in many ways - from demanding time constraints, to evolving environmental considerations, to new e-product investments. The most critical determinant of a publisher's ability to successfully navigate these challenges is improving the financial returns of their printed product," said Webcom President, Mike Collinge. "Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce the costs associated with printed books. Inventory, distribution and production costs can all be reduced."

Magnum Manufacturing will also supply Webcom with the Flexbook system, which connects to the T300. It will be second installation of the book block system in the world and would reduce makeready time and spoilage upwards of 90 percent.

HP T300"The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process," said Collinge. "This powerful combination will be remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry. Savings to the environment run deep with reduced waste, VOC emissions and energy consumption of the HP presses, bindery systems and workflow technology."

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