Bytes Document Solutions, authorised Xerox distributor to 27 sub-Saharan countries, sold in excess of R6-million consisting of nine of its Power Pack digital production printer bundles into African countries in 2009.
The Power Packs consist of two heavily discounted digital production printers, the colour DocuColor 252 and the monochrome Xerox 4112.
“These two systems together allow printers looking to break into the digital market, or new printers opening digital shops, to bring a wide range of services to their customers and offer them a variety of printing and finishing options in a packaged solution,” says Paul Haglich, marketing manager of Production Systems Group at Bytes Document Solutions.
This is the second year that Bytes Document Solutions has offered the Power Pack bundle.
Sales rose from two in 2008 into Kenya and Namibia to the nine last year into Kenya, Namibia, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
“The number of Power Packs sold may not be high, but R6 million in those markets is a solid investment from the printers and a clear sign that the digital star is still rising,” says Haglich.
The Xerox 4112 is a monochrome digital production machine that offers good print speeds at 110 pages per minute and can handle volumes up to 700 000 clicks per month. It offers a plethora of finishing options for the market, from booklet making to finishing, folding, hole punching, square fold trimming, and stacking. It also prints on a variety of media, such as carbonless, DocuCards, document folders, synthetics, tabs, labels, specialty media, and coated stocks.
The DocuColor 252 will do 50 pages per minute in full colour and print up to 50 000 clicks per month. It also handles a variety of media, up to 300gsm, including coated, labels, transparencies and synthetics. Its finishing options range from stapling to hole punching, saddle stitching with centre fold for booklet making, bi-fold brochure assembly, and optional tri-fold, Z-fold, and tabloid Z-fold.
“Healthy businesses will run volumes of around 350 to 400 000 on the 4112 and 30 000 on the DocuColor 252,” says Haglich. “And with the standard finishing options available on both machines they’re ideally suited to meet most of the requirements of customers in the region, as evidenced by the solid sales we saw last year.”