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When Freedom Stationery was started in 1987, the intention was to provide scholastic books to students in the country who – during the apartheid era – had little or no access to much-needed materials for learning.
From three staff three decades ago to 780 staff presently, Freedom Stationery has grew it’s family business into an empire of good work ethic, excellent customer service and a created an undeniable organization of success.
Freedom Stationery boasts a total of over one hundred thousand square meters of warehouse holding space and a vast fleet of delivery vehicles to ensure excellent service delivery.
Freedom Stationery’s core business remains the manufacturing of scholastic books with volumes in excess of 100 million books per year awarding the company the title of largest manufacturer of scholastic books in the southern hemisphere.
Growing Our Brands
Both the MARLIN and MARLIN KIDS range have been developed over the years to provide a comprehensive offering of home, office and scholastic stationery accessories. Marlin’s slogan of “Real Good Value” was embodied in its products and after consumers were attracted to the brand by the price, they continued to use it because of the quality offered.
Freedom Stationery is always dedicated to achieving service excellence in all spheres of its operations. Integrity, quality and value to stakeholders govern our culture and we pride ourselves on the development of its people and the partnership we form with our customers, suppliers and members of the industry and the greater community. We want to continue providing optimum value to our customers by providing the most efficient service possible.
Stein, May 23, 2017 – The Supervisory Board of Faber-Castell AG has come to a decision concerning the successor to Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, CEO, who passed away last year. Daniel Rogger will be appointed as CEO of Faber-Castell AG with effect from June 1, 2017. Last year the Supervisory Board and the Faber-Castell family resolved, for the first time, to fill the vacancy of the family-run company with an external manager.
Daniel Rogger (49) is a native of Switzerland and studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen. He is an internationally experienced top manager in the area of branded products and the luxury goods industry, and has held various senior positions including at the Swatch Group watch manufacturer and the Richemont Group with its global operations. Most recently he was CEO for the family-owned Silhouette International Schmied AG, and responsible for the worldwide business of the Austrian branded eyewear manufacturer.
“We exercised the utmost care in searching and selecting a suitable candidate, and are certain that we have made the right decision by appointing Daniel Rogger,” said Gerhard Berssenbrügge, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “The entire Supervisory Board, Management Board and the staff certainly too are looking forward to a collaborative, forward-looking and long-term successful cooperation with Mr. Rogger!”
Countess Mary von Faber-Castell, who acted as Speaker of the Management Board in the interim phase, is to be appointed to the Supervisory Board later this year. Until she is formally appointed, she will remain responsible for the cosmetics division on the company’s Management Board. Further Board members are Dr. Hans-Kurt von Werder (Technology) and Rolf Schifferens (Sales Europe/North America).
The owner family welcomes the Supervisory Board’s decision. “Mr. Rogger satisfies our criteria due not only to his many years of successful work in top management positions in globally operating companies, but also the valuable experience he gained particularly in the Asian region. In addition to this, with his personal integrity, he is an excellent fit to the values-driven corporate culture of our company,” stated Countess Mary von Faber-Castell and Count Charles von Faber-Castell as representatives of the shareholders. Anton-Wolfgang’s son Count Charles von Faber-Castell is responsible for the worldwide operations of the company’s strategically important premium segment.
Epson has introduced two new multi-functional inkjet printers featuring Epson’s innovative Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology that can print up to 75 000 pages without interruption, targeted at medium and large business environments.
The new printing technology continues Epson’s commitment to being at the forefront of innovation in printing, a role it has played since its inception. RIPS technology has evolved from the success of Epson’s Ink Tank System (ITS) printers, which remove the need for expensive cartridges and have positioned inkjet printers ahead of highly favoured laser printers.
Epson’s Workforce Pro RIPS printers continue to lead innovation in the evolution of cartridge-less inkjet printers: the new additions to this business range are the first non- industrial printers to include its exclusive PrecisionCore printhead technology, and produce top-quality documents on media up to A3+.
“The Workforce Pro RIPS printers are designed for business environments. They make great business sense for companies of any size because they offer lower running costs, lower power consumption and a reduced environmental impact,” says Kelvin Reynolds, general manager of Epson South Africa. “The new Workforce Pro RIPS printers make it possible for businesses to focus on doing business, rather than spending time on managing their printers.”
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590DTWF provides quick and accurate A3 printing while the WorkForce Pro WF-5690DTWF A4 printer is designed to reduce environmental impact. Both printers are designed to cut costs and are suitable for enterprises of all sizes, with up to 80 percent lower energy consumption than competitive colour lasers1. Fast print speeds and business features, including PIN release control for confidential, secure printing, and Gigabit network connectivity make the WF-R8590DTWF model ideal for boosting productivity.
Both models include features such as Ethernet, USB, wireless Wi-Fi Direct® to easily print from tablets and smart phones, and include remote printing and access to the Cloud. Additional features include IT tools such as remote setup and custom settings for multiple printers, as well as support for popular security protocols to protect confidential documents.
Business benefits are numerous: printing costs are predictable, with up to 75 000 pages being processed before ink refills are required; there is a dramatic reduction in time spent handling support calls, consumables management and printer repairs; PrecisionCore technology delivers dramatic increases in speed, quality and reliability; and employees are spared the frustration of down-time and are able to enjoy boosted productivity.
Read more about how Epson printer reduce waste and energy consumption.
With ink refills suppled in foil soft packs, businesses are able to manage recycling more efficiently, and are spared the hassle of arranging the disposal of cartridges. This means that it’s easier to meet ‘green’ supply chain requirements, and to ensure a lower carbon footprint.
Epson’s WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack System printers are available in South Africa at a recommended retail price from:
R33,400.00 – WF-R5690DTWF inclusive of VAT
R63,876.00 – WF-R8590DTWF inclusive of VAT
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PrecisionCore – Fact Sheet
Brochure – RIPS printer series
European businesses currently using laser printers and copiers could dramatically reduce their waste, energy consumption and noise emissions by switching to Epson WorkForce Pro inkjet printers, according to new independent tests by Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) commissioned by Epson.
BLI tested several WorkForce Pro models against a selection of competing colour lasers and laser copiers and found that Epson’s printers produce up to 95% or 77 kilograms less waste when printing up to 80,000 pages. Furthermore, BLI tests against a selection of competing machines showed that Epson WorkForce Pro models use up to 82% less energy than lasers and laser copiers.1
“The outstanding eco features of our WorkForce Pro printers are made possible by Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet printhead, which uses Epson’s proprietary Micro Piezo technology,” comments Paul Steels, Director of Business Imaging, Epson Europe.
“PrecisionCore printheads have the ability to accurately fire a wide variety of liquids in exactly the required quantities at varying media on demand, minimizing ink waste and reducing the frequency of consumables replacement, therefore producing much less waste compared to colour lasers and copiers.”
“Laser printers and copiers use a combination of heat and pressure to fuse toner to the paper. Instead of heat, Epson’s inkjet printers use subtle changes in pressure to fire ink droplets on to the paper, so they consume minimal energy when printing.”
In addition, the BLI research confirms that over a range of typical office activities for a three-minute period, WorkForce Pro models are up to 18% quieter (29.42 dBA) than competitive laser printers and copiers, making them ideal for the work environment.2
“Inkjet printers are capable of entering a sleep mode at a much faster rate compared to lasers, which reduces both energy consumption and noise emissions, helping employees focus on the task at hand,” Steels adds.
“Businesses and organizations today are constantly looking for new ways to keep distraction down and workplace efficiency up,” commented BLI Senior Editor Priya Gohil. “The clear environmental benefits, among others found in these tests, demonstrate the unique advantages inkjet printers have – making them the ones to watch in the printer space.”
The BLI test results for the WorkForce Pro range highlight Epson’s strength in developing compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies, which form a common base for all of Epson’s core technologies: Micro Piezo, sensing and microdisplay.
Rob Clark, senior vice-president for Epson Europe, adds:
“Through characteristics such as minimizing the use of resources and reducing waste, our core technologies are kind on the environment. Epson will continue to refine these technologies to increase the value we provide to our customers and further contribute to the environment.”
“On a company level, Epson is committed to achieving its ‘Environmental Vision 2050’ by restoring and preserving biodiversity as a member of the eco system, reducing CO2 emissions by 90% across the entire product life cycle and ensuring all products are included in the resource and reuse recycling loop.”
“As part of our environmental goals, we are challenging ourselves to create compelling, customer-pleasing products that have 50% lower impact across their life cycle by making them more compact, reducing their power requirements, designing them for easy recycling and extending their service life. By reducing the environmental impact across our products, services and all areas of operation, we help our customers to meet their environmental targets,” Clark concludes.
Epson offers savvy tips for businessmen on the move
In today’s world, the workings of business are no longer confined to the four walls of an office building. Digital and wireless solutions connect people from any location at any time, empowering mobile workers to manage entire businesses from a number of devices, installed with smart applications.
With various options available, it’s important to choose solutions that are going to have a positive impact on the specific nature of your business or mobile needs. Making the right choice will not only save you from having to carry around heavy equipment, it will also save you time and money. Kelvin Reynolds, Regional Manager at Epson South Africa, offers tips on making smart choices for the mobile office.
Invest in high-quality projection technology
If your company relies on visual presentations to win new business, there is no substitute for high-quality projection technology. Choose a portable projector, such as the Epson EB-98H projector with high colour light output that allows images to be displayed in light or dark environments, with minimal set-up required.
To prevent any unforeseen technical problems make sure that you include a VGA and HDMI cable in your carry case, as well as an extension cable and a two and three-prong plug. Small Bluetooth speakers are also handy to keep in your presentation toolkit.
No one likes working around a mesh of different cables. Invest in wireless solutions that provide a neat and efficient way to work. A wireless tablet keyboard is a great alternative to carrying around a heavy laptop, while boosting the functionality of your tablet, and a wireless mouse is adaptable to any work space.
A wireless printer, such as the Epson L565, is the perfect solution to any home office. When selecting a printer, make sure that it has WIFI and Bluetooth capabilities, and allows printing from all of your devices.
Save time through smart choices
If you have a laptop, cellphone or tablet, ensure that you are linked to an exchange server that will sync your diary, email and any notes that you make during meetings. It’s also wise to subscribe to a cloud service such as Dropbox that will allow you to pull data or images from cloud-based files wherever you are. These solutions will save you time between and during meetings by making your information immediately available, and preventing the need for external hard drives.
If you are constantly on the move, investigate the option of using public transport or Uber. You can make calls and emails while you are on the go, allowing you to make better use of your time in between meetings, saving you time and billable hours.
Less is more
Although it’s tempting to invest in the latest gadgets and gizmos on the market, affordable applications can assist in a mobile office where less is more. Instead of purchasing a mobile scanner, scanner applications can be found in your app store and can easily be uploaded to your tablet or mobile phone.
Mobile invoicing applications can provide an ideal solution to quick and paperless invoicing, and business-card snapper apps are also a great way to instantly save client or supplier details without having to accommodate hundreds of business cards in your wallet or brief case.
SC-P20000 combines the highest printing speed with superior quality at 600 x 600 dpi and higher
Epson has introduced the SC-P20000 – a new addition to the SC-P series line-up. Combining new super-fast printing speeds with the same superior quality users expect from the range, it is ideal for creating sharp, colour-accurate large-format photos. Including a range of innovative technologies and features, the printer is both convenient and easy to operate.
Designed for photo labs, photo and copy shops and corporates looking for an in-house solution, the SC-P20000 can print a range of high-quality photos, POS items and signage. Allowing users to benefit from high productivity without compromising on quality, the printer comes with a PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead for producing outstanding results, even in lower quality modes. This is coupled with a high-precision media feed technology, including a newly developed camera-based paper feed stabiliser and media inductive roller system to ensure the printer operates smoothly.
Vernon Mellors, LFP Product Manager, Epson South Africa, said: “We understand that the market has long awaited a successor to our highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and we are excited to announce the SC-P20000 as the perfect replacement. This printer combines superior printing speeds with the same high output quality that our customers have come to expect, while delivering a range of new features and enhanced usability.”
Expanding on the usual features expected from Epson’s P-Series printers, the SC-P20000 includes a number of new features to help ensure the most accurate, precise and reliable results. For excellent colour reproduction, a new Epson UltraChrome Pro 10-colour ink-set consistently delivers fantastic looking prints. Blacks will be deep and rich thanks to new high density Photo and Matte Black inks. Better gradation with reduced graininess is achieved thanks to K4 and Multi Size Droplet Technology (MSDT), while a new printhead structure means fewer vibrations as well as more accurate ink droplets and dot placement. To ensure consistency without the need for expensive add-ons, the Epson Colour Calibration utility means users can easily manage their colour reproduction.
The SC-P20000 not only produces great results, it makes operation and maintenance clear and simple, allowing users to enjoy hassle-free printing. Getting started is easy with a clearly illustrated user guide and colour LCD Panel. When it comes to handling, changing and switching media, the process is quick and effortless. During printing, a transparent printer cover window and roll cover window allows users to check the status of printing and remaining media. After printing has finished, the position of the printhead means that it can be cleaned by the user, along with the ink cap, to help save on maintenance costs.
User efficiency and workflow can be improved further with an optional Adobe post script module; while optional HDD allows jobs to be reprinted directly from the printer panel, without the need for a PC.
The SC-P20000 will be available from March 2016.