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  • 22 Oct 2021

JDP sees growth in digital impressions with HP Indigo 100K

The Hampshire-based business – previously known as John Dollin Printing Services before being acquired by Venn Holdings in March 2021 – had installed HP Indigo 100K digital press five months ago to expand its digital print capabilities

The Hampshire-based business – previously known as John Dollin Printing Services before being acquired by Venn Holdings in March 2021 – had installed HP Indigo 100K digital press five months ago to expand its digital print capabilities and market reach. Since installing the 100K, the company has gone from 0 to 94 percent automation, 275 to 3172 jobs in a month and from an average of 3 to 266 jobs in the queue.

JDP hit 5.1m B2 impressions in September 2021 across its 12000 and 100K Indigo digital presses, up from 3,50,000 B2 impressions in February 2021.   
 
Part of JDP’s strategy is to create a technology focused printing group across the labels, commercial and packaging sectors. The business has been looking to redefine the break-even point of digital to analog products and to fully utilize automation.  
 
The installation of the HP Indigo 100K digital press – a B2 machine – represents a dramatic increase in capacity for JDP. The new installation has enabled an immediate 1400 percent growth in digital impressions and JDP has subsequently won new contract business as a result across a range of markets. The increased capacity will also be used to create strong partnerships in both B2B and B2C markets, bringing the ability to scale up production with minimal labor costs.  
 
Anthony Thirlby, director at Venn Holdings, owner of JDP, explained: ‘Our target of 10 percent compound growth per week in digital is on track and September was another new benchmark set, with 1.3 million impressions on extended shift, 2,57,000 sheets printed, and 25 percent run rate month on month growth.’  
 
JDP was looking for an output device to help eliminate touchpoints in its post-press operation, to ensure the cost-effective manufacturing process and seamless integration into its print shop environment. With the HP Indigo 100K digital press, the company has gone from 17 to 0 touchpoints. The press is a throughput machine that allows the company to produce collated book blocks straight out of the press, reducing the requirement in post-press labor and folding against an analog output device.   
 
‘A huge contributor to our growth is our “smart factory”, which is essentially the automation of our whole print process from order transaction to the end of the operational process. We utilize our Venntura software platform to ensure all upstream and commercial decision-making operations are automated to deliver the maximum throughput,’ Thirlby added.  
 
‘We only use extended day shifts, as opposed to running double day shifts or 24/7 like other PSPs do. That’s mainly because of the “smart factory”, as automation is absolutely the key alongside developing the best team to deliver the significant opportunities to the business.’  
 
Andy Rae, director at JDP / Venn, said: ‘We view our business as a hybrid operation based on a utilizing technology to ensure the minimal operating cost per product, this business model had delivered a 480 percent growth in revenue since purchase. These latest assets are complementary, and we plan to continuously grow both. The digital assets are helping us to free up capacity from our offset machines, to add work that is more suitable by nature to the analog process.’  
 
Peter Jolly, HP Industrial UK and Ireland country manager commented: ‘We’re hugely proud of the incredible results JDP have experienced since installing the HP Indigo 100K digital press. They are pushing boundaries that, in turn, are helping the industry realize the productivity efficiencies, as well as the cost savings associated with the migration from analog to digital.”

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