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Printer Pushes 8 Million Custom Pages Per Month Via HP/Indigo Presses

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Japanese Business Forms Giant Prints 8 Million A4 Personalized Pages Per Month With HP Indigo Web-Fed Digital Presses April 4, 2002 -- Hewlett-Packard Company has announced that Tokyo-based Toppan Forms Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest information management service and business forms companies, has recently installed five web-fed HP Indigo presses (formerly known as the Indigo Publisher 4000). One of the first installations in the world to combine large volume, full color and personalization, this is the culmination of a joint project between Toppan Forms Co. Ltd., HP Indigo-distributor Toyo Ink Mfg. Co. Ltd. and HP. "The HP Indigo press creates a paradigm shift in the increased variable data printing potential now available to the direct mail and publishing markets. It combines the quality, power and speed of conventional printing presses with highly sophisticated customization and personalization capabilities," said Rafi Maor, vice president and general manager, HP Indigo Division. "Toppan Forms has their five web-fed HP Indigo presses working two extended shifts, seven days a week, producing four to eight million A4 pages a month. This is really a tribute to the joint vision of Toppan Forms, Toyo Ink and HP Indigo." The HP Indigo presses at Toppan Forms are being used primarily to provide full color, fully personalized learning materials for junior high school students on the Zoshin-Kai correspondence course. Toppan Forms President, Yasuhiro Fukuda said, "This is an industry-first. We can create full-color, fully personalized course learning materials according to the choices pre-selected by the Zoshin-Kai students, and print, bind and send them automatically through our publishing facility in Shizuoka." Toppan Forms is one of the largest information service management and business form companies in the world and has made significant investments in on-demand digital business for several years. Yasuhiro Fukuda continued, "We expect that this latest investment and application will help us gain even more contracts for long runs of printed materials with high quality, full color and variable data. Personalization and customization are fast becoming a reality for many companies using our services and now we can we offer a total system solution." The twin-engine, digital web-fed HP Indigo press used at Toppan Forms has been designed primarily to meet the requirements of high-volume commercial printing, direct marketing, and publishing industries, reaching print rates of 8,000 A4 (8.5" x 11") full color images-per-hour. It produces highly targeted, high-impact, full color products that incorporate variable data text and images, composed and printed in real time. The HP Indigo press can handle lightweight substrates common in direct marketing and publishing applications, offers automated duplex printing as standard, and prints in up to seven colors. The HP Indigo press can be fitted with a range of optional in-line finishing solutions. The complete range of HP Indigo presses will be featured in live demonstrations at the IPEX Exhibition, Indigo Stand 750, Hall 5, April 9 – 17, Birmingham UK.