Colour King expands digital printing portfolio with Xerox

Johannesburg, 14 Jun 2018
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Lithographic commercial printing specialist, Colour King has launched a new range of high-quality digital printing services with the state-of-the-art Xerox Versant 180 digital press from Bytes Document Solutions and XBC-IT.

The Versant 180 marks Colour King's further investment in digital printing, which will also significantly improve the company's ability to service its traditional litho customer base.

"We have extensive experience in the print industry and an impeccable track record spanning almost three decades. Our focus has been on off-set printing and it was a good and natural fit to expand our digital offerings," says owner Gareth de Matos.

"Many of our customers have grown accustomed to the faster turnaround times associated with digital printing, and as digital printing increases year on year, we needed to stay ahead of the competition. We also wanted to ensure flawless registration, colour consistency and accuracy for all our customers, while also expanding our options to include printing on magnetic and synthetic media."

Colour King needed something more efficient, and after extensive research that identified Xerox as the leading supplier of commercial printing solutions, Colour King chose the Xerox Versant 180 from Xerox Business Partner, XBC-IT.

The Versant provides a combination of Xerox innovations, including Xerox EA Toner, an Ultra HD 2400x2400 dpi engine with 10-bit RIP, and an advanced compact belt fuser that provides just the right amount of consistent heat and pressure for a given stock. The Versant 180 sets a new bar for versatility with uncompromising print quality.

It can operate at full speed with a large variety of media and stock weights, from 52 to 350gsm, and features Xerox's Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) that automates image-to-media alignment, image transfer adjustment and automated density uniformity to ensure accurate alignment, consistent toner density and texture, and flawless image registration from print to print, job to job.

SIQA works with the Versant's Integrated Registration Alignment technology to make registration easy, accurate and automated, allowing Colour King to produce higher quality jobs faster, on more media types, with better output and less waste.

"Colour King knew what they were looking for in terms of innovation, expansion and growth, and choosing the Xerox Versant was an easy choice", says James Carruthers, XBC PSG Account Manager.

"We know that a digital press is a large investment and we wanted Colour King to make the right decision that delivers the best results to their business and their bottom line.

"We presented them with the most balanced, yet advanced digital press on the market," says Carruthers. "Not only will the Versant 180 give them greater controls and reduced costs, but it will also help them introduce faster, same-day proofing for their litho work."

De Matos agrees: "In the Versant 180 we have a platform on which to build a highly efficient, high quality, revenue generating digital service, from long sheet and variable media support to faster turnaround times.

"There is lots of competition out there, and having a product like the Versant will allow us to offer speedier and more excellent services. It will certainly help us create a competitive advantage for our clients as we become a one-stop shop for all their printing, and help us break into new market segments.

"The Versant has been a great addition to our business and has a huge impact on our business. I am very happy with the service I have received from XBC-IT and Bytes Document Solutions. I am confident that we have reliable and reputable partners that match the prestige and credibility associated with the Xerox brand, both locally and worldwide."


The XBC Group of Companies, founded in 1998, comprises of XBC Network Products and XBC Communications specialising in providing leading-edge data, voice, print and pro-active managed services to the South African Market. It provides an unmatched portfolio of products and solutions to South African businesses with the aim of being a successful and empowered market leader.

James Carruthers, XBC-IT, PSG account manager, Contact no.: 083 284 1195, E-mail:

Bytes Document Solutions

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) is Africa's leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 Sub-Saharan countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. BDS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

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Bytes Document Solutions Tanya Moodley (011) 928 9111
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