Solas to save €60k annually with Ricoh managed print deal

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Gary Hopwood, Ricoh, and Adrian Browne, Solas



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15 December 2016 | 0

Solas, the further education and training authority, to make annual savings of approximately €60,000 from a new managed print services deal with Ricoh. The contract was awarded following a public tender competition.

Under the streamlined print system all Solas’ printers will operate on the same network and can be monitored remotely.

Adrian Browne, facilities services manager, Solas, said: “We started looking at how we could do our printing more efficiently and cost effectively. As we are obliged to do, we went through a public procurement process and Ricoh offered the best overall package for our managed print needs.

“Only now do we truly understand what managed print means. Previously, everyone had their own printer and they were all different makes and models. There used to be a bit of a panic when a printer went down, but Ricoh’s system is so efficient. Now, people can print anywhere and print jobs are not lost.

“The new printers are a big success story for us. We even increased our order to accommodate increased demand. The finance team is delighted because it has resulted in budget savings and allowed us to get greater value for the public funding we receive. Crucially, Ricoh’s sustainable solution is also reducing energy and paper consumption, and helping us to meet our energy efficiency targets.”

By reducing the number of printers used on a daily basis, Solas has alerady reported a significant reduction in energy consumption and costs. The savingswill help the authority achieve its Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) reduction targets. These are in line with the overall public sector targets which must deliver 33% energy efficiency savings by 2020 and increased adoption of green procurement measures to help cut emissions.

Gary Hopwood, general manager, Ricoh Ireland, said: “Like Solas, Ricoh is dedicated to sustainable working. We are the only company in Ireland’s print industry that is accredited with the Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland, which recognises companies in areas such as ethics, environment, innovation and customer service. We will continue to work closely with Solas and organisations like it to help them achieve their business and sustainability goals.”

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