ElegantFoil, a print veteran and trade finishing services enterprise, has invested in a Xerox Versant 3100 colour digital press.

The Xerox Versant 3100 digital printer is ground breaking globally leading technology that takes automation to the extreme by delivering business growth tools that improve profit margins.

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) is the largest Xerox distributor in the world, offering the complete range of document equipment, software solutions and services to 26 sub-Saharan Africa countries. ElegantFoil has long been a Xerox customer. Founded 1986 as a foiling business and producing business cards, invitations and letterheads, the business grew, and extended its range of services to include die-cutting, creasing, embossing and digital printing on a much larger scale.

George Carnell, CEO and founder of ElegantFoil says: “Our choice to upgrade to the Versant 3100 was necessary as the specs are far better on the new machine. We strive for the highest standard of quality in all of our operations. Because we are a specialised shop, advantages like tighter registration are critical in delivering the fancy finishing that our customers demand. They expect quality as well as excellent turnaround times. Cost was a key consideration too, and the press came in at an attractive price.”

Jason Patch, production systems group manager at Digilogix, says the upgrade was a logical move for ElegantFoil, and the company did not even consider other options. “Weight per gram was an important consideration for ElegantFoil,” he says. “The Versant 3100 takes paper weights from 52gsm to 350gsm at a maximum sheet size of 330x660mm, which means increased productivity for the business.”

The Versant 3100 is an easy- to-use, fast, heavy-duty printer that features advanced levels of automation and productivity. A production workhorse, it prints at speeds up to 100 pages per minute, and handles average volumes of 250 000 per month. “It is an ideal choice for busy niche print shops like ElegantFoil, that need to turn jobs faster, boost productivity, and improve margins through automation,” says Patch.

“It comes with an inline spectrophotometer for increased colour automation, and captures corporate colours with amazing accuracy, enabling the company to achieve what competitors cannot. It’s also capable of printing on a wide range of media types, including coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, labels, business cards, glossy brochures and window decals,” he adds.

Carnell notes that there are other important benefits too. “We have a longstanding association with the Xerox sales teams, and good working relationships with the production and technical support staff. This is critical when you need efficiency, reliability and the ability to deliver excellent customer service at all times. Our relationship will continue to grow and we are excited to see what new technologies Xerox will be developing in the future,” concludes Carnell.