Tuesday, May 5, 2009

HP vs Oce vs Screen for versioned newspapers?

Just got this from the folks at HP. I told you this window is going to close within the year. If only HP would separate the print piece from the computer piece and Screen could get listed in the States, I could place my bets. Until then the IRA will just have to wait.

Excerpts from the PR release follow:
HP Showcases World’s First High-speed, 30-inch Digital Color Press
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 5, 2009 – HP today announced . . . On show at an open house event at Los Angeles-based O’Neil Data Systems – site of the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta installation – . . .Bolstering HP’s efforts to target the $3 billion digital print market opportunity for publishing in 2010, as well as the $13 billion market opportunity for direct mail, transactional and transpromotional printing in 2010
Newspapers, newspapers, versioned standards based newspapers to replace textbooks in K-12
. . . Compatibility with a wide range of media types and weights, including uncoated offset stock, newsprint, and treated and coated papers
. . . . HP also announced the addition of Courier Corporation to the HP Inkjet Web Press pilot program.
. . . O’Neil Data Systems began commercial production with its HP Inkjet Web Press. The company is now producing health plan benefit materials and transactional documents on the press, as well as “The O’Neil Database,” a financial reference publication owned by William O’Neil & Co.

North Chelmsford, Mass.-based Courier Corporation has entered into an agreement to participate in the development and implementation of HP Inkjet Web Press solutions as a pilot program participant. With more than 175 million books produced last year, Courier is the nation’s third-largest book manufacturer.
K-12 Text "book manufacture"? If college print textbooks go down and K-12 textbooks follow in short order, what's next?
France-based firm CPI is expected to install its first HP Inkjet Web Press this September.

With these two installations, the HP Inkjet Web Press becomes a key digital solution for high-volume production at firms that collectively produce approximately 800 million books annually.

Houston-based Consolidated Graphics (www.cgx.com) has entered into an agreement to join the HP Inkjet Web Press pilot program and will be installing a press this summer . . . will join the more than 50 HP Indigo presses, HP Designjet printers and HP SmartStream print servers the company operates at facilities nationwide and at its newest location in Europe
The Consolidated Graphics Printernet v the Donnelly Printernet?
Several HP solutions partners are including: CMC, EMT, Hunkeler, MBO/EHRET, Muller Martini, Pitney Bowes, Timsons and Ultimate Technographics.

Additional information about the productivity and quality advantages offered by the HP Inkjet Web Press are the focus of two new white papers. The white papers, as well as additional details from the open house event at O’Neil Data Systems, are available at http://www.hp.com/go/IHPSopenhouse.

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