Installation of the first unit was completed in early November at the Friesens printing facility in Altona, Manitoba.
The oversized B1 (30-inch) duplex, roll-to-roll HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press is the first in this digital productivity class to be installed in Canada.
“The HP Indigo 50000 solution will enable us to further leverage variable printing to drive a leaner book production process, saving on multiple finishing steps for roll-to-sewn book blocks compared with the offset process,” said Chad Friesen, CEO of Friesens Corporation. “This is an important part of a larger automation initiative that will continue offering market-leading solutions to our customers, while responding to margin compression, and overcoming labor shortages.”
“The quality and productivity of the HP Indigo 50000, combined with the format size and unique imposition capabilities, will enable us to transfer more of our offset production to digital production,” added Byron Loeppky, senior VP of books.
The second HP Indigo 50000 press is scheduled for installation in late 2020.