With 17 factories across Europe, seven of them in the UK, CPI has its UK book cover printing in a single site in Croydon, south London. The company has now invested in a Jet Press 720S from Fujifilm to ensure that its short run book jackets, covers and illustrated sections are produced with quality and reliability.
‘The Jet Press 720S had been on our radar for a few years,’ said Jamie Stanborough, operations director, CPI Books. ‘And when we made the decision to focus exclusively on book printing at this location, it became the clear and obvious choice to handle the increasing number of short run jobs we are being tasked with. We made the decision to move our existing digital presses to CPI Colour, our commercial printing site close by – which will now handle all of our general commercial print work – leaving our facility to focus exclusively on book printing.
‘Our location in Croydon is the colour centre for all our UK binding sites. We have six litho presses and a full and extensive range of pre-press and finishing equipment, which deliver some three million book jackets and covers to our UK binding sites every week. These include covers for some of the biggest names and brands in publishing such as the Harry Potter series, David Walliams, Sarah J Mass and Game of Thrones.
‘The majority of this work is litho printed, but publishers are increasingly reluctant to hold on to inventory and are looking to print shorter runs more often. That is where the Jet Press really comes into its own. Colour matching to litho is straightforward and the colour consistency is exceptional. With the Jet Press we can be 100% confident that a re-print months or even years later will be a precise match to the original. Perfect page to page registration gives us the ability to add specialist finishes with confidence, while the excellent uptime means that the Jet Press should produce more work than many faster digital presses. It is extremely well built and operates much like a litho press, which is exactly what we need.’