Ricoh today announces that it has signed a €100,000 deal with Irish Printer of the Year, Plus Print. Ricoh provided the Dublin-based company with its advanced digital production print press, the award-winning Ricoh Pro C7100X, helping Plus Print double its print capacity and increase digital output by 40%.
Following its investment in the Ricoh high-volume printer, Plus Print has been able to migrate previously outsourced jobs to the new digital press – helping the company cut down on unnecessary costs. Now, Plus Print is welcoming a greater number of high-end production work in the knowledge that it can all be completed in-house.
Established in 1985, Plus Print is a family business based in Glasnevin, Dublin. Offering lithographic, digital and wide format printing services, its clients hail from sectors including retail, government, finance and the art world. Last year, Plus Print was named Printer of the Year at The Irish Print Awards for the second year in three years. It was also awarded the title of Small Printer of the Year for the fifth year running.
Keen to uphold its reputation in the market, Plus Print sought a printing press that would allow it to keep up with—and, stay ahead of—current trends. With a fifth colour station allowing users to print in white or clear gloss, as well as the option to print six-page A4 brochures, the new press allowed Plus Print to move some of its outsourced work in-house.
Like Ricoh, Plus Print is constantly searching for ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The company recycles print waste and uses renewable energy, chemical-free plates and alcohol-free dampers on all printing presses. It also gives customers the option of using vegetable-based inks. As a company that has vowed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 87.5% by 2050, Ricoh builds its presses to have a minimal impact on the environment. The Ricoh Pro C7100X complies with the Energy Star 2.0 standards, therefore appealing to Plus Print and its sustainable business efforts.
Those efforts are reflected in Ricoh’s Business Working Responsibly Mark (BWRM) from Business in the Community Ireland. The accreditation recognises best in class CSR in areas including ethics, environment, innovation and customer service. Ricoh is the only BWRM-accredited company in the print industry in Ireland.
John Kenny, Sales Director, Plus Print, said: “The market has changed so much and our work is increasingly digital-oriented. Machines are getting better and better, which influences our clients’ requirements and expectations. We had to update our existing machine and the Ricoh colour digital press was the best one out there. It has allowed us to double our print capacity since installation, which has had a huge impact on our digital print output and customer offerings. The press also has more functions than any of its competitors, the quality of the print is superb and we can do in-house work that previously we would have outsourced.
“We have won Printer of the Year for two of the past three years, but you don’t win awards like that without the right technology. The Ricoh Pro C7100X has given us the confidence to actively seek more high-end production work in the knowledge that we are providing the best quality and service out there.”
Paul Kealy, Production Print Division, Ricoh Ireland, said: “Ricoh is delighted to be a part of Plus Print’s continuing success story as it vies for Printer of the Year for the third year running. Plus Print has been continuously raising the bar in the print world since its establishment and this investment in the Ricoh Pro C7100X is testament to that.
“As a business that places sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we are delighted to work with a company that shares our ethos. We hope that through continuing to educate and collaborate with clients on environmental issues, we can effect real change.”