10 July 2006 — Brentwood (UK): Mail-order manufacturer Damart has revealed a £750,000 investment with Océ to upgrade its digital printing facilities to cope with a 67% increase in printed products over the last year.


Productivity will be increased at the Damart plant after the installation of three Océ VarioPrint 7650 machines, one a twin line and the other a single line – together capable of printing more than 400million A4 pages a year.


Netherlands-based printing specialists Océ has supplied the high-definition ready machines and new software products for the new production area created by Damart.


With a customer base of more than two million, Damart sells women’s and men’s clothing through its mail-order and online sites. The mail-order section accounts for just over 90% of Damart’s product sales; from thermal products to coats and jackets, nightwear and general day wear.


The mailing site at Earby, Lancashire, produces about around 50 million customer catalogues every year and approximately 280 million inserts, as well as cheques and other marketing literature.


Simon Wheeler, head of Océ UK’s Commercial Division, said: "We are delighted to be the new preferred digital print supplier for Damart, which needed to increase its capacity in a short space of time. Damart has seen the benefits of these high-speed printing systems that offer new opportunities to help build its business by increasing the capacity — producing more in less time and offering a higher level of service to its customers."