Digital printing presses are facing a crisis.
The printing industry is facing a new round of pressure as the UK government looks to slash its budget for digital printing.
The National Printing Board (NBP) said it had received 2,000 complaints about the digital printers’ performance, but only half were backed by evidence.
It has also admitted it was “in the process of working with partners to identify and address problems with the printer equipment”.’
No one tells me’A spokesperson for the NBP told Al Jazeera: “We are working closely with partner companies to ensure the quality of their printers and ensure the printer is performing as it should be.
We would like to apologise to anyone who has experienced a delay, but we have been working with the manufacturer to resolve the issues.”
In a statement, the NHP said: “The NBP is confident in the quality and performance of its digital printers.
We are taking immediate action to ensure that the quality is improved.”
Digital printing presses face a new set of problems in the UK.
A number of online services, including Aliexpress, have said they have stopped printing due to issues with the printers, but the NRP has not said how many printers have been affected.
The NHP has not responded to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
In the US, a number of companies have begun to print digital copies of books using a range of different printing presses.
But the NPS says the quality issues with digital printing are being resolved, and that there is no evidence the print is not being properly printed.
The New York Times, which is owned by Advance Publications, said on Friday that it had printed copies of The Da Vinci Code digitally and that the print had gone through a “thorough, rigorous quality control process”.
The Times added: “Printing is a time-consuming process, requiring technicians to use a combination of chemicals and ink to print.
A spokesperson from Advance Publications said: “[We] have taken steps to address the quality issue, and we have found a way to print the book on a different machine.”””
We appreciate the frustration we have caused our customers by publishing digital copies, but that’s not the reason we have stopped.”
A spokesperson from Advance Publications said: “[We] have taken steps to address the quality issue, and we have found a way to print the book on a different machine.”
“Our customers are not affected and we will continue to support the printing process to ensure quality is maintained.”
The NPS has also said it will work with the industry to address issues related to digital printing press performance.
Digital printing press quality has been a source of frustration for the industry.
Al Jazeera’s Stephen Evans reported from New York on Friday.