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Francis Combe Academy embarks on journey with Canon to commercialise in-house print department

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Walking the busy halls of the Messe Düsseldorf during drupa 2012, Chris Turton – e-manager at Francis Combe Academy in the UK – had a clear purpose: to find a partner that could help commercialise the reprographic department.

Results

Increased volumes – producing 70% of academy’s monochrome print

Increased volumes – producing 70% of academy’s monochrome print

Production of new high quality applications in-house

Production of new high quality applications in-house

Cut wastage costs – 7% drop in paper consumption and click charges

Cut wastage costs – 7% drop in paper consumption and click charges

Saved £7,000 per year by printing in-house. Further plans to cut £12,000 outsourcing costs and introduce colour printing and advanced finishing in 2016 to strengthen external offering

Saved £7,000 per year by printing in-house.
Further plans to cut £12,000 outsourcing costs and introduce colour printing and advanced finishing in 2016 to strengthen external offering

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Objective

To grow in-house print environment by offering a broader range of products, while operating more cost and time efficiently to increase profitability.

Challenges

The development of the print production department was being hindered by an outdated light production workflow.

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Approach

• In 1995, an initial investment in office printing devices was made by Francis Combe.

• This partnership progressed after Francis Combe was established as an academy in 2009 and it looked to Canon to offer strong business consultancy on how to centralise and streamline its print workflow. In addition to an investment in hardware and software, the customer participated in Essential Business Builder Programme (EBBP) modules and Canon events.

• By 2014, Francis Combe was suitably impressed with its progress and Canon’s technology and consultancy services that additional investment was made in VarioPrint technology. Francis Combe also has plans to add colour print technology and more advanced finishing in the future.