Clays, the publishing arm of marketing solutions provider St Ives Group, is today announcing a further significant investment in digital print capability, with the introduction of a fifth digital line.

The line, to be installed before the end of the year, comprises a Kodak Prosper linked with a Timson T-Fold digital signature folder. The folded and collated sections will be fed through Clays’ existing digital binding capacity which provides for paperback and hardbacks.

The latest investment brings Clays’ digital investment to more than £10m in the last five years.

Kate McFarlan, MD of Clays, said: “Clays has always shaped the business to match the needs of our customers. Digital print solutions enable publishers to manage inventory differently, reducing risk and stock-holding and improving working capital. With this new line we will significantly increase our digital capacity to provide these services, and to produce a wide range of formats for our customers.”

Clays’ technology partners are Kodak, Timsons and Muller Martini. With the latest investment Clays will have two Prosper 1000 presses with integrated folding/binding solutions as well as the wide-web Timson T-Press and T-Book from Timsons, which was conceived and designed in conjunction with Clays two years ago and also utilises Kodak Prosper continuous stream print technology. These are supported by two HP Indigo presses for covers and jackets, and two Kodak Digimasters for single-copy/ultra short run production.

Published on: 11:35AM on 2nd October 2013