One of the oldest book printers in the UK, Glasgow-based company Bell & Bain, is the first Scottish printing business to invest in the Ricoh Pro VC60000 high speed continuous feed inkjet system. The 186 year old firm has reputedly invested more than £1m in the system. 


The company will also be first European book printer to elevate its digital book printing service using this system when it is installed in September. 


Established in 1831, Bell & Bain specialises in the printing and binding of business, educational, financial, medical, scientific and religious books and journals. The company’s extensive production facilities consist of both digital and offset printing as well as an impressive range of binding equipment.


“We chose the Ricoh Pro VC60000 because of its outstanding print quality,” says managing director Stephen Docherty. “There was extensive market research and many trial print tests, including various new ink and ink head technologies. Overall, we felt the Ricoh Pro VC60000 gave our market the most consistent quality. Together with Ricoh’s TotalFlow BatchBuilder workflow automation solution, it will help us elevate our high quality short run digital colour book production. We are excited to be bringing it to the British publishing market.”



The Pro VC60000 can produce more than 6,000 copies of a 128 page book in an eight hour shift. Featuring Ricoh’s patented multidrop inkjetting technology, Ricoh’s own inks and Digital Front End, the Pro VC60000 reduces make ready time and speeds up turnaround, maximises operational efficiency and allows greater control of costs. It provides a function-rich total solution for print operations new to high speed inkjet and for those who want to consolidate and streamline hybrid operations to grow their businesses.


The system has transformed the operational approach for a number of commercial printers and direct mail companies and is now making an impact among book printers looking to enhance their flexibility and responsiveness.