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Konica Minolta and CCS enable Aspen Corporate to rationalise its short run printer fleet to reach out to new customers and meet changing market demands

Expert supplier CCS has enabled leading commercial printer Aspen Corporate to rationalise its short run print fleet, by utilising best-of-breed professional production print solutions from market-leading manufacturer Konica Minolta. Having won the contract ahead of stiff competition, CCS has streamlined Aspen Corporate’s fleet, providing an agile, cost effective, reliable, and well-designed solution which enables it to reach out to new customers and meet the changing demands of the market.      

 As a specialist in supplying premium-quality print and promotional products to clients throughout the UK, Trafford Park, Manchester-based Aspen Corporate had an aging range of presses and equipment. This had grown organically through a complex history of customer jobs and bespoke requirements, and the company was looking to invest in a new consolidated fleet which would meet its current and future needs.

With many large companies making the decision to stop producing catalogues and booklets in high volumes, Aspen Corporate decided the time was right to evaluate and invest in its short run print production capabilities, to ensure it was able to meet the evolving requirements of its customers. Having already worked with CCS for five-years, Aspen Corporate placed its trust in the expert supplier, which specified and recommended Konica Minolta’s range of best-of-breed production print solutions for its needs.

CCS identified the opportunity for Aspen Corporate to increase its production capacity and improve redundancy by reducing its number of presses from four to three. The solution comprised of a Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6120 black and white press, along with a Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 high end colour press, and a Konica Minolta AccurioPress C3080 – both with an extended paper feed.

Pete Bentley-Whittaker, Production Print Specialist at CCS elaborated, “Despite downsizing the fleet, we were able to increase capacity for Aspen Corporate, by installing the AccurioPress C6100, alongside the AccurioPress C3080, which provides considerable built-in redundancy backup, as it is also capable of long-sheet and booklet production.”

Kevin Hart, Production Director at Aspen Corporate commented “With the Konica Minolta presses we now have the firepower to deliver products more comfortably, with improved deadlines and at the right price point.”

Aspen Corporate now has a perfect balance of short run production presses to match its needs, along with the flexibility to service new markets. The AccurioPress C6100 also offers thicker stocks, faster speeds, and better uptime with improved reliability, all tied up with an improved solution package and better workflow for the business.

With the pandemic restrictions, an evolving market and rapidly changing technology expectations, Aspen Corporate felt the time was right to invest in new technology, as Kevin reflected, “We looked at this as an opportunity to reinvent what we do and use the time to re-evaluate and make choices that will help us through the next year after COVID-19.”

He concluded, “We decided the worst thing we could do was to stand still and wait, and therefore decided that the way forward for us was to invest and go looking for the work that is available. I believe we have done this with the investments we have made.”

For more information on Konica Minolta please visit: www.konicaminolta.co.uk

 For more information on CCS please visit: www.coronacs.com

 For more information on Aspen Corporate please visit: www.aspencorporate.com

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