German charity BruderhausDiakonie is one of the latest beneficiaries of Fujifilm’s world-leading digital print technology
Fujifilm has a deserved reputation as a technology trailblazer across a huge range of sectors and industries, one of these being digital print technology. In this field, Fujifilm has helped to bring a level of flexibility and quality to print businesses that could not have been imagined just a few years ago.
Thanks to Fujifilm’s proprietary technology, print businesses all around the world are now able to produce much smaller batches at a time – and to do so while maintaining exceptional standards of quality. This means a massive reduction in waste and also in the number of environmentally harmful consumables that have traditionally been part and parcel of the printing process. Fujifilm’s flagship Jet Press 750S digital printing press has, in particular, had a huge impact on the market in recent years. Helping a wide range of customers, some big, some small; from book printers and packaging printers, to general commercial printers who produce everything from leaflets and magazines to catalogues and business cards.
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Based in Reutlingen in Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany, BruderhausDiakonie has a long and proud history. In the mid-19th century, theologian Gustav Werner and his wife created one of Germany’s first Christian charities, the Gustav Werner Foundation. On the banks of the river Echaz they formed numerous rescue facilities, schools and factories. Now, almost 200 years later, the Gustav Werner Foundation has merged with the Haus am Berg Foundation to become BruderhausDiakonie, a non-profit organisation offering a network of jobs and workshops for disabled people and those with mental health challenges. As part of its wide offering, the organisation has a graphics workshop which delivers a huge range of digitally printed products. Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S has become the most recent addition to this workshop and its impact has been huge.
“Our graphics workshop offers the highest quality in printing,” says Andreas Bauer, head of the social affairs at BruderhausDiakonie. “With the digital printing solutions we have on site, we can provide our customers with brilliantly detailed products. Combining our modern printing techniques with a professional service has been essential to our success for over 30 years.”
BruderhausDiakonie’s graphics workshop had been using traditional offset printing for many of its products over its three-decade existence, but that all changed with the arrival of the Jet Press. “We had been using offset for many years, but we knew a shift to digital was going to be required if we were going to stay competitive,” says Bauer. “We could see a decline in volume of existing jobs and an increase in demand for short-run, highly personalised printed products. We then spoke to other printers in the area about their experiences with digital printing and the name that kept coming up was Fujifilm’s Jet Press.”
“For short and medium run work, it is excellent. Our clients want the best, high-quality products – for years they got that via our offset solutions – but now they’re seeing even better print results and they have acknowledged the improvements in the proofs we have sent to them. Quite simply, the quality of the products we provide has increased, the production time has significantly reduced, and our product portfolio has expanded thanks to the capabilities of the Jet Press – we can now offer our customers products we couldn’t before.”
The environmental aspects of the Jet Press 750S have also impressed the business: “The aim here at BruderhausDiakonie is for our production to become CO2 neutral by the end of 2021. Sustainability and resource conservation are integral to our philosophy as a business and we’re delighted that the Jet Press fits in effortlessly with this – its water-based ink makes the recycling of products easy for our customers and with low chemical emissions it is a safe machine for all of our workers to be around. We’re hoping to get people who have disabilities using the Jet Press 750S very soon too – its ease of use should make this a seamless operation.”
“We see great potential in inkjet technology,“ he concludes. “And investing in the Jet Press 750S is without doubt one of the best decisions the graphic arts workshop has ever made.”
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