Reprobir invests in Jet520NX

The Turkish book printer Reprobir Dijital has installed a Screen Truepress Jet520NX, its first continuous feed press, marking a significant expansion in its capacity. 

Onur Kemeç, manager and co-founder of Reprobir Dijital with his Screen Truepress Jet520 NX.

Since investing in the Jet520NX, Reprobir has increased its daily printed book copies from 1,000 to 8,000 and grown its staff to 30 people. In May, the company moved to bigger premises in Ankara. Onur Kemeç, who co-founded Reprobir, says: “Given the rapid growth of the digital-print market in Turkey, and the qualities of the Truepress Jet, we expect to be able to increase our turnover fivefold in coming years”, 

The company, which is based in Ankara, was set up in 2011 as a pre-press service provider, later moving into digital printing as Kemeç explains: “But as demand for conventional printing began to shrink, and large printing houses started to do more and more computer-to-plate work in-house, we bought our first digital printer in 2018 to open up new business lines.”

That first printer was a colour Heidelberg Versafire EP digital toner printer based on the Ricoh Pro C9200, which allowed the company to print an average of 250 books competitively against offset. By 2020 Reprobir Dijital had added a Ricoh Pro 8320 monochrome production printer.

However, demand continued to grow during the pandemic with Kemeç noting that publishers avoided keeping stock, saying: “They focused instead on online sales and reprinted books based on incoming orders. This is only possible due to the flexibility of digital printing.”  

He says that Reprobir chose the Jet520NX press mainly for its price–performance ratio and cost transparency, adding: “The machine shows very accurately ahead of a job how much ink it will consume and how long it will take to finish.”

The Truepress Jet520NX was first shown as a prototype at the Drupa 2016 show and officially launched in 2017. It’s a twin-engined machine and can print at 600 x 600 dpi resolution at 150mpm double-sided or around 80mpm in the highest quality mode with 600 x 900dpi resolution. Kemeç says: “This means we can adapt the quality and price of the books to the wishes of the publishers.”

The press uses water-resistant pigment ink, which shouldn’t rub off on readers’ hands. He adds: “Another feature of the Jet520NX important to us is the fact that it can print on any paper. This was a major advantage when we had paper-supply issues during the pandemic.”

Besides the digital printing, Reprobir still offers prepress services and runs BasysPrint 860X CTcPs and a thermal Heidelberg Suprasetter CtP. You can find further details from reprobir.com (which is only in Turkish) and on the Jet520NX printer from screeneurope.com.


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