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April 4: Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS) has today announced that it has taken over a Reprographics and Print Management contract with Westminster City Council, which includes the supply of a fleet of Multifunctional copier devices, plus high volume B/W and colour digital print equipment. The contract was won by PBMS after a five-way pitch, which included the incumbent supplier Océ.

Andrew Dimmock, Facilities and Supplies Manager at Westminster City Council, said: “One of the principle factors in Westminster’s choice of PBMS was the digital technology driven solution that was being offered. The introduction of this technology will generate significant savings and will also lead to a number of other benefits, including improved productivity, quality and finishing. We are very happy with the package that PBMS has put together and are looking forward to developing and exploiting the technology that comes with the new equipment.”

Matthew Harding, Business Development Manager at PBMS, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Westminster City Council to provide PBMS’ leading-edge solution. By putting in the right resource to deliver on our promises PBMS was the clear winner. We have defined a clear opportunity for cost reduction through our innovative technology across the three services of convenience, central digital print and litho.”

One of the key factors in Westminster’s choice of PBMS was the potential of massive cost savings in switching to PBMS’ digital technology solution. On average Westminster produces around 45 million copies annually, including copier and laser print volume. PBMS and Westminster will work together to transfer as much of the desk top digital printer volume as possible to the fleet of 290 copiers, which hang on the network, more than halving the existing cost of producing a copy. To ensure the smooth running of the project a PBMS Integration Manager will spend six months in-house at Westminster.

As an independent solutions provider PBMS had the opportunity to partner with a supplier of convenience machines to fulfil the contract. PBMS chose Ricoh UK because of the company’s strong market position and experience in digital migration. Ricoh UK is one of the leading pioneers of imaging technology, and was selected to work with Pitney Bowes because of its high quality, cost effective solutions.

David Carmalt, account manager at Ricoh’s Imaging Business Systems, Cornhill explained how Westminster City Council can expect to see improvements: “Ricoh is confident that its partnership with PBMS will provide Westminster City Council with real cost saving benefits. Using Ricoh’s multifunctional digital machines and network software will enable Westminster to manage and monitor all print jobs and machines, and also allow customers to complete remote job tickets for the central print room. The machines themselves span virtually the whole of Ricoh’s range from the Aficio 1018D through to the Aficio 1105, providing the council with cost effective, high quality, duplex print and copy facilities throughout the organisation.”

In addition, PBMS will also implement a central digital print area for high volume copying which will be managed by six print room personnel, five of whom have transferred from Océ. Finally, the contract includes the management of litho print for public service communication materials.


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Hannah Summers/Liz Almond
éclat Marketing
Tel: 0118 989 5600

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