The first film we did was from Rotomail
in Milan, Italy. As INKISH had already worked with Rotomail for some time, it was almost like coming home. Rotomail is an amazing printing company with more technology than most. It started as a transactional printing company, which they still do, but years ago, they decided to enter into the digital production of books. With two T490, one T380, and one T240, several HP Indigo's, a Canon Prostream, and binding equipment from Kolbus, Hunkeler, and, of course, Tecnau, the company is today well-positioned for large volume books of one production. At the Spring Forward event, Rotomail CEO Alessandro Antonuzzo
discuss market trends, technology, and the future of books-of-one, with Tecnau Managing Director Stefano de Marco
. Listening to the two men, who are second-generation managers of their respective companies, is very engaging.
Rotomail has a roll-to-roll strategy, so all printing, lamination, embellishment, etc., is based on this strategy. Covers, typically printed on their HP Indigo machines, are laminated roll-to-roll and then delivered to the Tecnau Libra 800 binding line. Rotomail can add two rolls of covers - typically one with gloss lamination and one with matt - or any combination they would require. The content comes from the T-series printers, and with the Libra 800 line, the content pages are now sliced, cut, and stacked into book blocks that hereafter is perfect bound - with or without flaps.
When we planned the European editions of the Spring Forward event, we wanted to produce content to learn from - and used the roundtable format where owners and vendors have the opportunity to interact - which, in my opinion, worked really well.
The roundtable discussions are split into product walk-throughs and separate interviews, bridging the story and hopefully giving the viewer a great experience. Therefore, in the first HP/Tecnau/Rotomail episode, we also get a chance to have a walkthrough of the HP T250 with Brilliant Ink, presented by Angel Martinez
from HP's Barcelona facility. Stephen Goddard
- also from HP, adds more perspectives to the trends and opportunities.
All facilitated in a 60-minute format - well attended, I would say!