Onset: USS Graphics

Full-service South African commercial printer strengthens Fujifilm partnership with investment in second Inca Digital Onset platform in two years

"We had no doubt at all that this unique combination of Inca Digital hardware and Fujifilm printheads, inks and service support, offered us something above and beyond anything else on the market."

Louis Burger
Managing Director, USS Graphics




Company:
USS Graphics

Location:
Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa

Fujifilm products:
Onset R40i, Onset R50i, Uvistar Pro8

Type of work:
USS Graphics offers customers a complete, 24/7 service from pre-press through to distribution, across a huge range of substrates, including corrugated board, vinyl, flexible materials and textiles

Building a national presence

Back in 2015, Cape Town-based USS Graphics Group became the first company in Africa to invest in a high-performance Inca Digital flatbed press from Fujifilm. Now, determined to bolster its national presence, it has installed a second Onset flatbed, an Onset R50i, at Print Shop Denver, one of its associated companies based in Johannesburg.

Quality at speed

“We wanted to make sure we had the same extensive capabilities across all our sites in both cities – giving us more flexibility in where we send customers’ jobs,” says Louis Burger, Managing Director, USS Graphics. “The Onset R40i we installed in Cape Town back in 2015 has proven to be a hugely valuable investment. With its ability to print ultra-high quality directly to rigid substrates, it has truly revolutionised that side of our business.”

Leading the market

USS Graphics has never been afraid to pioneer new technologies. “Back when we installed the Onset in 2015, we were the first in Africa to do so,” Says Mr Burger. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being different from our competition, so though the Onset was untested in the South African market, we knew what it was capable of, and were confident that it would give us a positive point of difference and an advantage over our competitors.

A partnership for the future

Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, Mr Burger sees USS Graphics’ partnership with Fujifilm as a vital component of its strategy to stay ahead of market trends: “The print market in South Africa, as with the rest of the world, is trending steadily towards shorter runs with faster turnaround times, so we are going to see digital print playing an increasingly significant role. With our Fujifilm partnership, and the access that gives us to the latest in high-end inkjet print technologies, we’re confident that USS Graphics is well placed to keep pace with all these market trends and to meet rapidly changing customer expectations.”