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EB announces global book alliance, installs digital presses

Jun 8, 2011 12:00 AM


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Ann Arbor, MI-based Edwards Brothers Inc. has formed a print partnership with market leaders in digital print technology to provide publishers with a one-stop print solution for printing around the globe. The partnership is designed to meet the need for a global manufacturing network and is being called gps Global Print Solutions. Partners include Edwards Brothers, covering North and South America; CPI, covering Europe and Africa; Markono Print Media, covering Asia; and Griffin Press, covering Australia.

“It’s a powerful concept,” says John Edwards, president and CEO, Edwards Brothers.  “There’s one order, one invoice and one file available globally for local production. So publishers anywhere in the world can work with their local partner and get the same guaranteed service, no matter the final destination of the book. With gps Global Print Solutions, publishers will be able to intelligently and easily manage the global distribution of any title.”

Publishers will work with their current local supplier, who will serve as the sales and service contact for the partnership. Orders will be passed to the closest partner for production and distribution. Publishers get one invoice from their local vendor, eliminating time-consuming purchasing processes with unknown overseas vendors.

“gps Global Print Solutions  is a natural extension of EB’s Life of Title philosophy, which helps publishers maximize revenues and profits for any title from cradle to grave,” Edwards adds. “EB’s goal has always been to help publishers print the right quantity at the right time on the right press closest to final destination. The alliance helps to extend our reach beyond North America and serve customers who need to get product overseas without breaking the bank on shipping costs. It’s a smart solution for us and for our customers.”

Edwards Brothers has installed three new Kodak NexPress SX 3600 digital presses in its MI, NC and NJ digital book centers. The 26-inch sheet length will allow digital printing of larger dust jackets and trim sizes. The new presses also offer inline UV coating and increase the variety of stocks that can be run, including a 50-lb. coated stock.

The move is part of the company’s recent upgrade of its digital book center fleet, including the opening of a new center in the Rockpoint Logistics warehouse in Aurora, IL; the addition of hardbound capacity in its NC and Canadian centers; and the replacement of older presses with new Xerox Nuvera 288 machines.