As European Market Share Grows, Metrix now speaks five languages:
English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish Metrix already has many
fans in North America, where Intelligent production planning and
automated ganging - on both the Windows and Mac platforms - has been
gaining steady ground since the launch of Metrix in 2004. But its
European presence is quickly growing as well.
John Davies, Business Strategy Manager, Workflow, Fujifilm Europe,
remarked, "We began including Metrix in our product offerings about 8
months ago, to accommodate customers who require an automated ganging solution. This market segment is growing at a fast pace due to
printers having to print higher volumes of small jobs. To gang this
type of work efficiently required some intelligent automation which is
exactly what Metrix offers, and we are pleased to see a growing number
of our customers adopting it."
Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, Inc., said, "About half of all
printers in Europe are expected to adopt an internet-based storefront
by next year, and so increasing numbers are looking for ganging
solutions, which make the storefronts profitable. In addition, print
production automation is moving ahead in other ways - witness the
growing popularity of Management Information Systems for even small-
and medium-sized enterprises. This, too, makes Metrix a key ingredient
for success, as it consumes data directly from MIS, performs its
planning, then sends complete, plate-ready impositions to Prepress.
Metrix thus provides great value, and helps to ensure a smooth and
Dario Brambilla, Product Manager BD Graphic System E.I. of Fujifilm
Italy, added, "Italian printers are very interested in Metrix, and now
that we have an Italian version we expect it to be a very popular part
of our portfolio."
Philip Glorian, LithoTechnics' European Sales Manager, affirmed, "The
value of Metrix has certainly been recognized by our first user of the
Italian version, who declined to be interviewed on the grounds that
Metrix is a powerful competitive advantage!"
Another European Metrix user, Stefan Ortmaier of Ortmaier Druck in
Frontenhausen, Germany, confirms the competitive advantage Metrix
affords: "With Metrix we can plan better and in a more standardized
way, we can reduce costs significantly, and on top of that we clearly
have less waste. In our company, Metrix is used throughout the
complete print preparation process for gang-run jobs and commercial
print jobs. On the whole, Metrix has contributed to an improved
production workflow in prepress."
Hervé Vermeuil at Exaprint in Montpelier, France, confirms this
assessment: "With Metrix, we have been able to increase the number of
orders we process each day by 20%. This added productivity has enabled
us to expand our business."