UK's First Canon imagePress C7000VP

New Leaf Printing Group takes delivery of the UK's first imagePRESS C7000VP

  • Manchester-based commercial printer is first in UK to install Canon's flagship imagePRESS C7000VP
  • New digital colour press enables New Leaf Printing Group to produce high quality, short run variable data print jobs

Canon UK, today announced that Manchester-based commercial print company, New Leaf Printing Group, has become the first in the UK to take delivery of its flagship imagePRESS C7000VP. New Leaf Printing Group, which placed the world's first order for the imagePRESS C7000VP at Ipex last year, will use the digital colour press to produce a range of high-quality, short-run jobs, as well as cutting-edge variable data work.

New Leaf Printing Group Managing Director Frank Unsworth said: "When we first saw the imagePRESS C7000VP at Ipex we knew it was exactly what we were looking for - a digital press that could produce litho-quality work at digital speed and flexibility. We wanted a state-of-the-art digital press to put us at the forefront of the digital print market, and I believe that Canon has given us the solution. We have built an excellent relationship with Canon over the years, especially with the Professional Print Team, and have absolute confidence in their services. I'm delighted that we are the first company in the country to install what I believe to be a truly revolutionary technology platform."

The company, which was established 25 years ago, has four divisions: New Leaf Press, specialising in litho printing, Big Leaf, the group's large-format print arm, its services division, New Leaf Extra, as well as the company's digital print division, Quick Leaf. The imagePRESS C7000VP has joined Quick Leaf's arsenal of Canon digital equipment, which includes two monochrome iR8500s and a CLC 5151 digital colour printer. The company also has EFI's web-submission tool, Digital StoreFront, which links directly to the press to give New Leaf's customers the ability to update and order jobs online.

The imagePRESS C7000VP comprises a number of innovative technologies, including V-Toner, T-Developer and E-Drum in conjunction with an oil-less fusing system, to deliver an exceptional print quality that has the look and feel of litho. The robust digital engine, coupled with advanced colour management tools, can deliver a true resolution of 1,200dpi, at speeds of 70 colour pages-per-minute, onto paper stocks up to 300gsm in weight.

"The ability to produce 70 litho-quality colour pages a minute digitally takes us into new markets for high-quality, short-run and variable data work. And feedback from our customers regarding the image quality has been extraordinary - we've already received a number of testimonials," added Unsworth.

Ben Milford, Head of Professional Print Marketing, Canon Business Solutions, said: "The first UK customer installation of the imagePRESS C7000VP represents a major milestone for Canon. It not only illustrates our commitment to deliver benchmark solutions to the professional print sector, but shows that the imagePRESS brand continues to go from strength to strength. It's fitting that the New Leaf Printing Group - the world's first company to back the product when it signed up for one last year - is the UK's first owner of the imagePRESS C7000VP. This installation cements what is already a strong relationship between New Leaf Printing Group and Canon."

"At Northprint we announced that we would ship the imagePRESS C7000VP to UK customers from July, so it's pleasing to see us deliver it earlier than anticipated. Throughout the coming weeks we will complete the first tranche of UK installations of the imagePRESS C7000VP," added Milford.

The imagePRESS C7000VP is the result of significant investment into ground-breaking technologies by Canon Inc., whose research and development spend is around 8% of its non-consolidated sales.