OUP books printed in Hong Kong

Oxford University Press has outsourced its book printing for the Asia-Pacific area to the CTPS Group, headquartered in Hong Kong. It’s a two-year contract, with CTPS providing an end-to-end solution covering printing, mailing solutions, stock management, and the distribution of products to subscribers in 27 countries throughout the region and beyond. It will handle all production, warehousing, and distribution of about 60 OUP journals from its Dongguan, China plant. The titles are mainly humanities, social science and sci-med titles, published at varying frequencies, from two to 26 times a year, in quantities of 70 – 5,000.The covers will be printed on an Indigo 7500, with a T300 Color Inkjet Web Press to produce the mono and four-colour text pages. The HP T300 press is integrated with an inline binding line from HP SmartStream finishing partner Muller Martini, providing a one-stop solution for the complete production of perfect-bound journals. The HP T300 press enables a four-day production turn round.

John Currie, Global Business Director at CTPS, commented: “Many academic and STM publishers are looking closely into their supply chain to enhance their efficiency, and are discovering that digital printing can both meet their quality standards and open opportunities for meaningful efficiencies.” He added: “The HP technology is a good fit to provide OUP with a cost-effective print solution. The print quality requirements and average number of copies are right at the sweet spot for HP Inkjet and HP Indigo.”

Claire Humphreys, production and estimating manager at OUP says that we will see more use of digital printing, adding: “As an industry, we can’t just expect the technology to get better; we have to partner with the print service providers to make sure the choice of substrates meets our needs, and also work with professional societies to find the best solution for their needs. That’s what we are doing with CTPS. It’s the only way.”


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