Follow Us | Contact Us

A Top Steel Manufacturer Looks to ARC to Reduce Printing Costs

The new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge connects more than two California cities — it joins companies from around the world that came together to build the soon-to-be iconic span.

One of those companies is an icon itself.

China’s state-owned Baosteel is one of the largest steel manufacturers in the world and produced much of the material that made the bridge — as well as buildings, ships, vehicles, and many other products — possible.

But as the Shanghai-based company has grown at a blistering pace along with China’s economy, it sometimes produces challenges as well as excellent steel.

For the past two decades, Baosteel has done all of its printing in-house, from bid documents to blueprints. Though expenses were high due to a very large production staff, it was never an issue because their business was always strong.

And then things began to change.

Labor costs in China started rising and the central government began cutting budgets, preventing Baosteel from being able to buy new machines and keep up with printing demand. They needed to shift gears.


And that’s where ARC’s joint venture company in China, Unis Document Solutions (UDS), came in.

UDS has worked with Baosteel for the past decade, mainly supplying machines for their print center. But Michael Ruan, Vice President of Sales, ARC-UDS, and his team saw an opportunity. They presented the company with a Managed Print Services (MPS) solution, one that featured ARC’s PlanWell Collaborate, a cloud-based project software that maximizes project collaboration and document delivery.

Before Baosteel committed, they asked Ruan to run some numbers.

“This past January, they asked us to give them a quote for all the printing jobs they did in 2012,” recalls Ruan. “And to their surprise, our quote was 30 to 60% lower than their cost, which would have saved them $250,000.”

It’s hard to argue with numbers like that. The MPS deal with Baosteel was sealed in June 2013, with UDS agreeing to manage 14 large multifunction devices and 200 onsite printers. In addition, there will be two dozen UDS employees working onsite. And since UDS is a part of ARC, Baosteel will have the ability to expand their use of ARC’s MPS solution across the globe.

“It’s exciting to be at the forefront of a sea change in printing services in China,” says Dilo Wijesuriya, ARC’s Chief Operating Officer. “Many government agencies are looking at technology to streamline their processes and reduce operational costs.”

Ruan is quick to point out that getting the Baosteel contract was a team effort. Everyone from Victor Wang, Production Manager for Digital Printing, to Sinky Liu, MPS Director, to Grey Wang, MSS Director, had a hand in bringing it to fruition.

However, it was Grey Wang, the project manager, who went the extra mile. Literally.

“Every Friday afternoon, Grey offered a ride home to Baosteel’s printing center general manager,” explains Ruan. “The rush hour traffic gave them plenty of time to talk business.”

  • Wilsonville’s Public Works Department Makes Managing Facilities Information Easy

  • SKYSITE InfoLink: Customer Success Story

  • JCJ: Archiving Information Management Customer Success Story

  • Connecting Documents for Amec Foster Wheeler

  • MPS Customer Success: Removing a World of Printing Complexity

  • ishipdocs Drives Delivery of Training Manuals

    Car Manufacturer
  • AIM Customer Success: Shell Oil

    Shell Oil
  • Louis Berger Group Partners with ARC to Solve Print Spending Mystery

    Louis Berger Group
  • ARC Shines a Light on Document Storage Issues in Oregon

    FFA Architecture + Interiors
  • ARC Helps Chinese Architectural Firm Transition to Digital Print

    China Architectural Research & Design Group
  • Portland Art Museum Takes Visitors Back to Ancient Japan

    Portland Art Museum
  • Hyperlinking Puts Construction Company’s Team on the Same Page

    Chris R. Sheridan & Co.
  • Kansas Shopping Mall Takes Ads to New Heights (Riot Story)

    Oak Park Mall
  • Connecticut School Graduates to Archiving and Information Management

    Glastonbury Public Schools
  • Architectural Firm Overjoyed with ARC’s Overflow Rendering Work

    Barton Partners
  • THE MISSING LINK: How Exxel Pacific Reduced Construction Document Errors

    Exxel Pacific, Inc.
  • SmartScreen Helps Illumination Engineering Software Firm See the Light

    Lighting Analysts
  • HDR Takes Their Shipping Digital

    HDR, Inc.
  • Nicholson Companies Adds a Virtual Project Manager to The Team with SKYSITE

    The Nicholson Companies
  • Hensel Phelps Hyperlinks to Maximize Drawing Performance

    Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Exxel Pacific Customer Story: The Future of the Jobsite Is Hyperlinking

    Excel Pacific, Inc.
  • SKYSITE Success Story: FFA Architecture and Interiors

    FFA Architecture
  • The Next Generation GC: Farrar & Associates

  • Head of the Class: Silicon Valley School Digitizes Architectural Documents

    The Harker School
  • Growing North Carolina YMCA Association Reaches New Heights—Takes Construction Documents to the Cloud

  • Market Buffet Restaurant Color Printing Story

    Mazzuca Design,
    Photography & Ideas
  • Michigan School District Goes Digital—Disentangles Itself from Bulky Blueprints

    The Wayne-Westland
    Community School District
  • Ben Woo Architects Customer Success Story

    Benjamin Woo Architects
  • SKYSITE Success Story: National Commercial Builders Inc. & the Dropbox Alternative

    National Commercial Builders Inc.
  • Blackstone Discovery

    Blackstone Discovery
  • ARC and HP Combine Forces: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry Benefits

  • American Medical Services Implements Managed Print Services and Enjoys Big Savings

    American Medical Systems
  • Print Anywhere with ARC's Global Distribution Center

  • Visual Environments Enhance Nostalgia at Farrell’s

    Parlour Enterprises
  • Mobile Advertising at Peterbilt

  • Louis Berger Group Partners with ARC to Solve Print Spending Mystery

    Louis Berger Group
  • Customer Success: BP

  • Different Thinking with Robert A.M. Stern Architects

    Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • URS Corporation Chooses ARC

    URS Corporation
  • Modernizing School Buildings Leads to Modernized Document Management in San Francisco

    San Francisco Unified School District, Lake Washington School District
  • ishipdocs Customer Success: MindTree Stops Carrying Collaterals

  • The ishipdocs Connection: London to Miami

    Memery Crystal
  • Create in Los Angeles, Deliver in Singapore 4.5 Hours Later with ishipdocs

  • True Managed Print Services

    The Photizo Group
  • Attracting New Customers at Papa John's

    Papa John's
  • MPS and Shawmut Design and Construction

    Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Ducati Calls on ARC's Color Experts

  • Advon Healthcare and ishipdocs

    Advon Healthcare
  • HOK Uses ishipdocs for Global Document Solutions

  • At AVRP Studios a Goal Is to Enhance Client Interaction

    AVRP Studios
  • Brochures to Dubai in a New York Minute

    The Lazar Group
  • Sustainable, Cost-Effective Printing Options from ARC

  • Speed Up with ishipdocs

  • Rockwell Group Counts on ARC for Creative Print

    Rockwell Group
  • Save Money and Print with Color? How ARC Did it

  • Removing a World of Printing Complexity

  • Project Collaboration for Architects

    HagerSmith Design
  • Shanghai Tall Building Exhibition Presented ARC with Tall Order

    Tall Building Exhibition
  • Ship Digitally, Print Locally with ishipdocs from ARC

    URS Corporation
  • The GC’s Challenge: Connecting Remote Project Teams