In fact, Anders Åhlmans, Arkitektkopia’s manager of digital printing, says that 50 percent of its educational and commercial jobs are printed on its Baltoro machines. And it can do so while customizing each job to each client with Xerox’s Baltoro automation software. “Every job is a one-off,” says Åhlmans.
“Our competitive advantage is that we can provide a wide range of products and services to our customers,” says Duintjer. “We can, as a partner, solve all our customers' needs, and they receive just one invoice—easy, just in time and with a minimum of administration.”
Arkitektkopia was founded in 1951 by married couple Östen and Inga Grankvist to provide copies of architectural blueprints for construction projects. As readers may have guessed, the firm’s name translates to “Architect’s Copy.” Among them are some of Sweden’s most famous buildings such as Vällingby Centrum, Malmo's “Turning Torso” and Stockholm’s Globe.
In the intervening decades, the firm has remained under the control of the Grankvist family, but it has acquired over 200 smaller firms and expanded into 15 franchise shops across the country with nearly $47 million in annual revenue by embracing future technologies at the forefront of print and digital media.
These days, Arkitektkopia produces far more than just blueprints—it prints everything for the building industry, including property maintenance to the retail and events market, regardless of media (print or digital), size or material chosen.
“Today, we print a lot of manuals, a lot of educational materials, a lot of direct mail,” says Åhlmans, a nearly 30-year veteran. “It is easier to remember what we read than what we just hear.”