Color Breakthrough for Océ in Newspaper Digital Production

By: Press Release

Venlo, The Netherlands, 9 June 2011 – The widest range of newspapers from across the world is being produced in colour for the first time in London thanks to another breakthrough from Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery. Today, the company announced that Stroma Limited, its long-term partner in Océ’s Digital Newspaper Network® (DNN), has started printing colour editions of international newspapers on the latest inkjet digital technology.

Océ JetStream 1000 provides quality newspapers comparable to litho

More than 1400 titles are now included in the portfolio of Stroma, which has been at the forefront of digital printing since its launch more than a decade ago. The specialist has taken an Océ JetStream1000® superfast inkjet production press as part of a £1.3 million investment at its west London headquarters, and is providing a quality level comparable to traditional printing. The introduction of the Océ JetStream 1000 – printing in excess of 1,000 36-page tabloids per hour – enables longer runs of digitally produced newspapers and further expansion into book publications for Stroma.

Stromapioneers digital newspaper production for readers in London

Supplying digital printing services across London and the surrounding area, Stroma is one of five Océ Digital Newspaper Network sites in the world. The others are in Singapore, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney. Around 30 million newspaper copies have been produced globally through this network since 2001, of which a quarter at Stroma. In the newspaper industry, the company is recognised across the globe as a pioneer and market leader in digital production. It prints and distributes international newspaper titles from across the globe to readers in London. These titles include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Moscow Times, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Digital colour making a huge difference for publishers and advertisers

Steve Brown, Managing Director of Stroma and a key speaker today at a Digital Newspaper Forum at the Océ Production Printing Summit in Poing, Germany, said: “Now we’re in colour we’ve expanded our titles from eight black and white and now we have a choice of about 1400 different titles. Currently we run anything between 50 and 60 titles a day. This is something the publishers have been wanting for a long time, and will now be realised. Colour has made a huge difference from an advertising and publishing perspective. In addition, the technology lends itself to adding value to companies like Qantas Airlines for example. We print a couple of Australian titles for them and they go on to the seats of business and first class. And in effect the passengers are reading tomorrow’s news today!”

Delivering titles in 20 minutes for royal wedding guests jetting home  

“A good example of the immediacy of this technology was when we had a call from an agent saying that one of the Arab royal families was leaving London on their private jet after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and they asked us for one or two titles. We printed them and they were on that plane within 20 minutes.”

A new era in digital newspaper production

Sebastian Landesberger, Executive Vice President, Océ Production Printing, said: “Newspapers printed digitally in colour provide a steady revenue stream and potential growth opportunity for newspaper publishers. The Océ JetStream inkjet technology is complementary to offset and opens up so many new doors for targeted, niche, personalised products, which is what the newspaper industry has been waiting for. Nowadays newspapers published pretty well anywhere in the world can be read on any continent at virtually the touch of a digital button.”

About Stroma

Stroma was launched in January 2001 to supply digital printing to London and the Home Counties. Stroma provides a fast, quality service coupled with great value for money. By May 2001 Stroma was the market leader in the Océ Digital Newspaper Network, printing and distributing international foreign newspaper titles from around the world for same day readership in the UK, negating the necessity for costly shipping into the UK. The company is recognised across the globe as a pioneer and market leader in digital production. It has branched out into book production, digital on-demand self-publishing, document management and on-demand printing of educational and technical study materials for the finance sector, as well as on-demand book production in general production.

About Océ

Océ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Océ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and colour display graphics. Océ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Océ customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Océ is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Total revenues in financial 2010 amounted to approximately €2.7 billion. Océ is listed on Euronext in Amsterdam. For more information visit

Océ and Canon: Stronger together

In 2010 Océ joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 197,000 employees worldwide. Global net sales in 2010 were more than USD 45 billion. For more information visit

About Canon Inc.

Canon Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon’s extensive range of products includes copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalised to become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. Now with over 197,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2010 amounted to more than USD 45 billion. For more information visit

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