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Océ Helps Quebecor With Digital Book Printing

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

Trumbull, CT– Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, announced that one of the world's largest commercial and book printers--Quebecor World, Inc.--has enhanced its book publishing infrastructure with an Océ VarioStreamâ 9210 continuous feed printing system, along with Océ PRISMAproduction software and Lasermax pre- and post-processing systems. The monochrome and color-capable digital printer is used in the Dubuque, Iowa facility to generate books in cost- effective short runs for some of the world's premier book publishers. The company selected the Océ VarioStream 9000 platform to improve image quality, uptime, and operational efficiencies.

Quebecor World is a world leader in providing complete, full-service print solutions for publishers as well as high-value marketing and advertising solutions for leading retailers, catalogers, branded-goods companies, and other businesses with marketing and advertising activities. Quebecor World produces books in virtually every category, including bestsellers, children's books, educational materials and textbooks, mass-market paperbacks, cookbooks, bibles and high-quality fine editions and coffee table books. Quebecor World prints books around the world at facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

"With the Océ digital print technology, Quebecor World now has one of the industry's most advanced digital book printing platforms," said Executive Vice President of Operations for Quebecor World's book printing operations, Gary Durand. "As our clients require more frequent reprints, smaller quantities and shorter production cycles, we can respond with a state-of-the-art manufacturing platform that improves efficiency, reduces make-ready time and enhances product quality. Our commitment to enhancing our digital book printing capabilities with the Océ VarioStream 9210 system underscores our focus on creating premier solutions that maximize our customers' success in their respective markets. The new technology platform enables us to serve customers with higher levels of quality, flexibility, speed, and a lower cost of production, while leveraging outstanding print quality to drive new and repeat business."

"We are proud to partner with Quebecor World to help meet its book publishing customers' needs and capitalize on its market leadership," said Mal Baboyian, President, Production Printing Systems, Océ North America. "We understand how important it is for Quebecor World to provide its publishing customers with a state-of-the-art digital book printing platform and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. The Océ VarioStream 9210 system has become the gold standard for digital book printers who want to cost-effectively print books in shorter run lengths with the image quality discerning publishers require."

Today, Quebecor World's Dubuque digital production line runs three shifts, 24 hours a day, five days a week, with average run lengths ranging from 200 to 400 books. With the Océ equipment, Quebecor World is positioned to capitalize on the growing digital book printing opportunity and produce books faster, in shorter runs, with excellent image quality and superior quality halftones. The printing systems in the Dubuque plant primarily produce textbooks for leading educational publishers that demand sophisticated versioning capabilities, speed to market and excellent quality. Created specifically for high-volume, speed-intensive single-pass duplex applications, the Océ VarioStream 9210 digital printer will enable Quebecor World to provide customers with dramatically enhanced graphic and halftone quality and will help Quebecor World achieve growth objectives that require high-quality, reliable, digital short-run publishing. Print volumes on the Océ VarioStream systems are expected to exceed 16 million pages per month.

The Océ VarioStream 9210 digital book printing configuration includes a Graphic Arts Controller, Océ PRISMAproduction POD software to enable a smooth efficient workflow and Océ TrueProof software to enable convenient online proofing.




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