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Altron Bytes Document Solutions announces appointment of Warren Mande to MD of Altron Arrow

Altron Bytes Document Solutions (ABDS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sales Divisional Executive, Warren Mande to Managing Director of Altron Arrow, effective 1 March 2020.

Both operating companies are subsidiaries of JSE-listed technology company Altron.

Mande has enjoyed a rewarding career at Xerox and Altron – in both the UK and SA for over 17 years. He joined the company as a graduate trainee before being promoted to the position of commercial manager. He moved on to spend seven years at Bytes UK as sales director before returning to SA to take up the position of Sales Divisional Executive at Altron BDS.

Mande is currently responsible for the leadership success of the Xerox’s office sales operations across the country – taking Xerox’s full portfolio of product offerings to the market. He has a proven track record of consistently driving revenue and profitable growth.

“Warren has always been passionate about sales, and a highly skilled and professional leader who takes great pride in all that he does. He has always promoted a very strong culture of quality, fairness, proactivity, and accountability and encouraged colleagues and employees to strive for excellence. The support, assistance and encouragement he has shown to his colleagues in respect of operational and strategic business matters have been unwavering,” says Johan Basson, MD of Altron BDS.

“While we are sad to see him leave ABDS, this is an exciting growth opportunity for him, and a well-deserved appointment and promotion. I am proud of him and exceptionally pleased that he will remain within the group.

“We would like to thank Warren for his incredible contribution to our business and wish him every success in his new endeavour. I am very confident that with Warren’s leadership, Altron Arrow will also deliver great value, support, service and innovation to their customers,” concludes Basson.

Editorial contacts
Altron Bytes Document SolutionsTanya Moodley(011) 928 9111Tanya.moodley@bdsol.co.za

Master Builders Print Studio expands with Xerox

To offer better quality and faster service, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Print Studio was looking to upgrade their existing print technology.

They also wanted to combine leading edge technology and highly responsive support to enable customer-centric print and design solutions. They got all that and much more with the Xerox Versant 180 and the Xerox D125.

The Association has been in existence for over 118 years and is an employers’ organisation which comprises over 670 enterprises involved in the building industry in KwaZulu-Natal.

Their print retail outlet housed at 40 Essex Terrace in Westville was initially established to service the print needs of Association members, which include high volume design and printing of building plans, tender documents and site posters – including health and safety awareness notices.

They also produce site identification cards for companies and decals for construction vehicles. The hi-tech machinery they use enables them to be innovative, creative and to deliver excellent products and services within accelerated timeframes. This has enabled them to expand their client base well beyond the building industry.

Master Builders Print Studio investigated an upgrade of its print technology capabilities and were looking for a high-quality production printer that would not only deliver on volume, but also on speed, reliability and consistency.

Several vendors, including XDN and other Xerox business partners were invited to demonstrate the capabilities of their mid-range production equipment. Artwork and media were provided, and bidders were asked to compete on several print and design criteria.

The Xerox D125 and Versant 180 devices met and exceeded all their requirements – volume, speed, colour, clarity and consistency, and made Xerox the partner of choice.

Mervyn Archary, the XDN Xerox sales manager believes that “by combining leading edge technology, high-quality equipment, strong implementation, service capabilities and highly responsive support, Xerox has been able to create and deliver a robust and customer-centric solution to Master Builders Print Studio.”

The Xerox D125 Monochrome copier/printer delivers a portfolio of the industry’s most innovative features and capabilities.

The machine allows the flexibility to choose print speed, server options, media feeding and finishing capabilities; while the Versant 180 Press boasts exceptional colour printing, copying, scanning, high-capacity feeding, stacking, and finishing.

The Versant comes with a rated speed of 80 ppm, a recommended average monthly volume of 80,000 pages, a duty cycle of 750,000 pages per month, supporting coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, labels, business cards, glossy brochures, window decals, durable/synthetic papers, greeting cards, tabs, embossed cardboards and custom size solutions for mixed-media jobs.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Print Studio has successfully equipped itself to service the print needs of the building industry and beyond, and proudly provides its clientele with high quality finishing’s, quick turnaround times and peace of mind. This is achieved by using multiple print solution options, advanced technology and excelling at customer service.

Their Xerox printers have provided more flexibility, increased productivity and cost efficiencies. Studio Manager Kemashree Fraai has noted an improvement in quality which she says has helped enhance customer satisfaction.

“We are extremely impressed with our production results and have received excellent support from both the technical and sales Xerox teams. Since the Xerox devices were installed, turnaround times have improved tremendously, and numerous customers have complimented us on the excellent print quality we now produce”.

Altron Bytes Document Solutions

Altron Bytes Document Solutions (Altron 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.


Xerox wins coveted 2019 document imaging software award

Keypoint Intelligence — Buyers Lab, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware and services has announced that Xerox has won Buyers Lab’s coveted 2019 Document Imaging Software Line of the Year award. Given once a year, this award recognises the vendor that offers the most complete software portfolio across the range of document imaging solutions categories that Buyers Lab covers on its bliQ subscription service.

To determine the Software Line of the Year award recipient, Buyers Lab’s experienced staff of analysts considers the imaging software each leading printer and MFP OEM officially sells and supports via its direct and independent sales channels.

The OEM’s own products, as well as products from partner ISVs, are taken into account, and the portfolio is judged on both the breadth and depth of the products offered.

Software solutions have become an integral part of the document imaging ecosystem, helping to streamline critical business processes…

For the breadth of the portfolio, Buyers Lab’s team considers how complete each vendor’s line is across the most important classes of document imaging software including document management, document capture and workflow, output management (which includes cost accounting/recovery and traditional print management products), MFP apps and connectors, and more.

Another consideration is the variety of offerings in each of those categories to suit the needs of different sized organisations, from small businesses to global enterprises. Judgment on the quality of the solutions is based on Buyers Lab’s hand-on evaluations, which take into account a solution’s feature set, value, ease of use and other attributes.

‘Integral part’

“Software solutions have become an integral part of the document imaging ecosystem, helping to streamline critical business processes, free up knowledge workers from menial or repetitive tasks, increase productivity, and improve access to data across the organisation,” said Jamie Bsales, director of solutions analysis for Keypoint Intelligence.

“Our rigorous analysis determined that Xerox offers the most complete lineup overall, with a broad range of solutions that address customers’ document-centric ‘pain points’ and solve business challenges.”

Helping to propel Xerox to the front in this study is the wide variety of MFP apps and connectors created both by the company and its partner developers. Xerox also offers an impressive family of dedicated Workflow Automation Solutions in its managed document services practice to help customers tackle critical processes such as HR on-boarding, accounts payable/receivable, loan application processing, health records information management, and dozens more.

About Keypoint Intelligence — Buyers Lab

Keypoint Intelligence is a one-stop shop for the digital imaging industry. With our unparalleled tools and unmatched depth of knowledge, we cut through the noise of data to offer clients the unbiased insights and responsive tools they need in those mission-critical moments that define their products and empower their sales.

For over 50 years, Buyers Lab has been the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased and reliable information, test data and competitive selling tools. What started out as a consumer-based publication about office equipment has become an all-encompassing industry resource. In a landscape that’s ever evolving, we change with it.

About Buyers Lab Line of the Year awards

Line of the Year awards salute the companies that both provide a broad range of hardware or software and whose products consistently performed above average throughout testing. Much consideration is also made by Buyers Lab analysts and technicians in areas such as ease of use, features, and value, across an entire portfolio for that product area, with the end result being the most prestigious Buyers Lab awards offered.

About Altron Bytes Document Solutions

Altron Bytes Document Solutions (Altron 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.

Epic Print expands colour printing business with Altron BDS and Xerox

Epic Print, the largest digital printing shop in Cape Town’s coastal village of Muizenberg, has installed a new Xerox Versant 180 Press from Altron BDS, greatly expanding its colour printing and production options and introducing new efficiencies and colour quality controls.

The small sidewalk print shop has grown significantly since it was first opened in 2008 and has been under the management of owner Philip Mason since 2017. It mainly serves small businesses and walk-in customers from the immediate area, along with many of Muizenberg’s established schools and colleges, and a thriving local artist community. Epic Print specialises in producing books, reports, pamphlets, business cards, flyers, folders and other stationery, as well as a steady line of fine art print reproductions.

“We’re one of the few established digital printers in Muizenberg and have fierce competition not only on the Peninsula, but further along the highway to town,” says Philip. “Given we had an end-of-life colour printer when I first took over the business, priority was to replace it and get us up to the level where we can not only compete on an even footing, but also surpass what others were doing and expand our customer base even further.”

Philip identified the Xerox Versant 180 as the ideal choice of platform, not only for its versatility and future upgradability, but also for the support and personal service from the Xerox and Altron BDS teams.

We had a good look at the market and felt that the Xerox offering in the Versant was the best fit for Epic Print

“We had a good look at the market and felt that the Xerox offering in the Versant was the best fit for Epic Print. In addition to a superb machine, Xerox and Altron BDS offered a level of expert consulting that matched our needs”.

The Xerox Versant 180 combines a 2 400×2 400dpi engine with a 1 200×1 200dpi 10-bit RIP, and an advanced Compact Belt Fuser that provides just the right amount of consistent heat and pressure for any given stock at full print speed. It supports stock weights from 52-350 gsm at up to 80ppm, and can easily manage a wide variety of media including envelopes, 26-inch banners, polyester/synthetic, textured, coloured, custom and mixed-stock prints.

Fully automated

Featuring Xerox’s Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) for perfect front-to-back registration, the Versant fully automates inline finishing options, including full bleed booklets.

“It’s a really easy machine to learn and does the one thing right that you just can’t get wrong in this business: colour accuracy,” says Epic’s lead print operator Shakira Parker-Steed.

“So smooth has the transition been for us that we get to discuss business development and production techniques instead of speaking to the printer technicians every other week, as was the case previously,” says Shakira. “That means we can focus more on what we do best, servicing our customers, and less about making sure the machine does what it’s meant to.”

Epic Print is currently in talks with Xerox and Altron BDS about the Performance Package options for the Versant, which adds a powerful combination of process controls and Xerox’s Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS) with an X-Rite Inline Spectrophotometer to deliver fully automated colour management and the highest possible print quality.

“You need to be looking ahead to how you can help your customers better communicate their own products and services through print,” says Altron BDS’s production press specialist Bryn Whithair.


“High-quality, low-cost digital prints are a given in today’s market, so growing companies like Epic Print need to be on the front foot to get ahead and stay ahead in an increasingly crowded market like this one,” he says. “Do that right and your customers won’t go anywhere else because they’ll always know what they’re getting and can get everything they need from one place.”

Philip agrees: “Looking ahead, we don’t anticipate any major new capital outlays, but rather getting out there, getting new customers, increasing the business we already have with existing customers, and becoming more confident in what we can offer,” he says.

“We’re also partnering with other Xerox customers like Hot Ink, who can produce more advanced products specifically for our customers with their Xerox Iridesse and are talking to Altron BDS about integrating Xerox’s web portal into the business to give customers direct self-service access to the Versant. It’s another step towards a complete end-to-end workflow system for our business, which can only add to the value we’ve already received.”

About Altron Bytes Document Solutions

(ABDS) 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).

Township reader campaign to uplift poor

A project has kicked-off to provide free readers to be used for teaching children in the townships neighbouring Stellenbosch that are mired in poverty.

The main objective is to break the cycle of poverty that has been gripping these communities for generations.The chosen path to do this is by promoting literacy, maths and science skills.

In partnership with Stellenbosch University, that will render volunteer students and tutors to roll out the campaign, African Sun Media will devise, design and print these readers so that the disadvantaged pupils can effectively address the literacy crisis that is endemic.

“The initiative was launched today, Thursday July 18, to honour a great South African on what would have been his 101st birthday, but will be a sustainable and ongoing partnership between ASM and Stellenbosch University,” says Nirode Bramdaw, managing director of ASM.

Koos Ligtenberg, divisional director of Bytes Document Solutions, says: “We are delighted to partner with ASM on this very noble endeavour that seeks to change the lives of the less fortunate in society.

“To this end, we will provide ASM with printing for their philanthropic efforts. This will complement our co-sponsors who have kindly donated paper for the project,” he says.

“Aside from its core objective of combatting poverty via literacy, this initiative by ASM brings together the various and varying efforts of the faculties within the university so that the impact we make, will be targeted and sustainable,” says Dr Gillian Arendse, deputy director, Stellenbosch University centre for student recruitment and career advice.

Students, tutors and academics, who would like to take part in the programme, can contact Marlene Joubert on media@africansunmedia.co.za



Blitsdruk impresses with the Xerox Iridesse

As part of its ongoing commitment to continuous advancement in digital production technology, Blitsdruk, a longstanding and valued Xerox customer, has announced its investment in the Xerox Iridesse.

This announcement was made at the Blitsdruk Iridesse Launch, attended by over 80 guests. Blitsdruk is an all-round print design service printer in George and the Garden Route, and after 15 years as a Xerox user, has once again reaffirmed its confidence in the Xerox brand.

The Xerox Iridesse investment is in line with an increase in demand by customers for more vibrant colour-finishing techniques. This is also in response to the continued growth in digital printing technology, as more advancements are being made in the industry.

“The Iridesse is a game changer,” says LJ Rossel, owner of Blitsdruk, “printing six colours in one pass. We can now offer complex printing with greater productivity and the highest image quality. It is a great addition to our existing Xerox digital range and a greater return on our investment.

“Given the continual growth and progress of George and the Garden Route, Blitsdruk has always endeavoured to stay ahead of digital print technology. The purchase of the Xerox Iridesse Colour Press is an example of this commitment, and the introduction of metallic gold, silver, white and clear digital printing is a welcome first for the Southern Cape.

“Our clients have come to expect a very high standard, and Blitsdruk delivers every time,” says Rossel. “Blitsdruk has also enabled its customers to differentiate themselves by adding a Web-2-Print facility to its services and is creating additional value by opening new revenue streams for its customers’ businesses.

“We can meet all our customers’ requirements by giving ultra-HD resolution and unmatched value. With the increase in customer demand, this investment will not only allow Blitsdruk to increase our capacity to handle the work flow, it will also allow us to add more brilliance to our clients’ work.

“I am confident of the growth that the Xerox Iridesse will generate for our business and know that this year is going to be one of great opportunity”, adds Rossel.

The Xerox Iridesse Production Press combines the value of highly automated, agile digital production with exceptional image quality and jaw-dropping embellishment effects, making it easier to unleash the potential of print and achieve remarkably brilliant results.

While its four-colour print quality is outstanding, it’s only the beginning of what the Xerox Iridesse can do. This is a press that is built to run up to six metallic colours, a rainbow of iridescent palettes to create stunning brochures, postcards, catalogues and posters that truly sparkle.

Commenting on Blitsdruk’ s investment, Brent Farndon, Member: Xerox Southern Cape (Copy X Business Solutions), who sold the Xerox Iridesse, says: “We are proud to have the loyalty of Blitsdruk and will continue to work hard to achieve the goal which unites us to them: achieving excellence together.

“This new production press provides Blitsdruk with the potential to offer enhanced digital printing in-house and increase its capacity and capabilities. It signifies the company’s intent to be a pioneer in the digital production space in the country and on the continent. Forward-looking businesses like Blitsdruk can see that adding value and differentiation makes great business sense, both for the company and its clients, and puts it at the leading edge.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Blitsdruk and seeing them benefit from the Xerox market-leading technology.”

The Xerox Iridesse Production Press has won a top prize at the 2019 European Digital Press Association Awards, taking home the EDP Cut Sheet Printer Award for Innovation in Digital Production.