A look at the Océ VarioPrint I300 print-on-demand press

It’s been just over 3 years since we installed the state-of-the-art digital print technology – Océ VarioPrint i300, so we thought we’d take a look at how our customers have responded to the revolutionary sheet-fed press.

Sheets go in one end, and a fully-finished brochure or book pops out the other end as the i300 mixes your media, perforates and personalises all in one. It also folds and staples the book in a way that creates a square spine up to 10mm wide – up to 180 pages plus a cover, meaning you get a perfect bound book, but without the high price that usually comes with perfect binding.

So, what’s the verdict?

“The quality we’re getting is even better than what we saw in Holland – our i300 is over-delivering!” – Fred Soar – managing director at Soar Print.


For Graeme Foote, general manager at Fusion Print colour consistency is the machine’s best attribute. “Customers have responded really favourably to the i300, they really like the natural appearance of the i300 ink compared to the oversaturated toner”

The i300 features ink technology that precisely delivers up to 80 million drops per second. Each ink droplet can be one of four sizes, resulting in smoother colour gradations usually achieved only on higher-resolution presses.


“Customers can’t believe the quality we are achieving on an ink jet press; they can’t believe the turn around and they can’t believe that you get a finished product out the end. It’s been really well accepted by them” – Fred Soar.   

One operator loads the stock and presses the start button. Job done. And because it’s easy and fast for us to set up a print run, you can print only what you need then order more as supplies run low, making the Océ VarioPrint i300 a perfect solution for print-on-demand books of everything from poetry and art books to travel guides and text books.


The i300 book services we now offer New Zealand Trade Publishers is a cost-effective solution for new books and backlist reprint paperbacks. An i300 text block and cover is the most competitive way to print your book for short and medium runs.

Click here to watch the video and see the press in action

Email Graeme Foote about printing for books, booklets and catalogues [email protected]

Read more about automated book printing with the i300.

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