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Graphic Repro On-line News | 27 July 2015
by Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 24 July, which this week takes a peek at addressing climate change… I think, or has she perhaps developed a Gerald Scarfe type of obsession for HRH Prince Charles’ ears perhaps?  As the European holiday season and exodus really gets underway there are no Online Features or FESPA or Drupa News items this week… except from Kemtek in South Africa which drew attention to FESPA Africa on both Wednesday and Friday. The event took place in Johannesburg from Wednesday until Friday at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. There was also one show-related announcement from Nipson together with its distributor Inkjet Technology Solutions.

The week’s news has been rather thin on the ground, but we did receive EFI’s second quarter results to lead the news on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday we have Heidelberg with its preliminary figures for its first quarter of the current financial year. This was accompanied by Printing Industries of America, as it announces the ten winners of the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards to be presented during Graph Expo in Chicago in September.

The week saw the latest software releases from Esko and Agfa Graphics on Monday, while on Tuesday a new HP-tested UV varnish range was introduced by Flint. On Wednesday, Epson announced the launch of two new dye-sublimation printers for printing on a range of substrates to complete its range of dye-sub printers. The new SC-F7200 and SC-F6200 printers are capable of producing high-quality printed textiles, such as clothing, sportswear and home textiles, and also offer the flexibility needed to sublimate onto a range of hard substrates. On Friday Flint introduced a new metal-backed letterpress plate to its range.

Several really nice installations and sales successes this week came from Ricoh at X-Ide in Norway which has added four new C9110 digital presses; Gallus at RAKO Group which has installed two new Gallus ECS 340 presses; Xerox with Bytes at TCM in Pretoria with a new Versant 2100; Screen at ESAG in Portugal with a new large-format Truepress W3200UV HS flatbed press; Epson at Kili Arts also with large-format, a SureColor SC-F6000 dye-sub printer; Heidelberg UK at Thomson Print & Packaging with new Suprasetter CTP; while Heidelberg in Germany announced the new Speedmaster XL 106 eight-colour perfector with energy-saving LE UV coating at Görres-Druckerei. A major Printservices project has been completed by Manroland Web at Fairfax Media Printing and Logistics to make newspaper production future proof in New Zealand; and Delta Print & Packaging in Belfast is set to enhance its production capabilities as it takes delivery of Speedmaster XL 145-6+L from Heidelbe rg UK. Last but not least, trade finisher A&M Ellis in the UK has added Horizon perfect binding from Intelligent Finishing Systems.

A tailender on an environmental note this week goes to UPM (Friday). In the recently released WWF UK Timber Scorecard, UPM was one of a small number of companies which received the highest score.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 26,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

From Monday 20 July

Mon 20 July…    Esko releases Software Suite 14.1
Bringing ease of use with SaaS options, more flexibility, subscriptions, improved support and lower total cost of ownership…

Agfa Graphics launches v3.0 of StoreFront
Agfa Graphics’ StoreFront cloud-based Web-to-print workflow system enables simpler online store creation and management…

X-Idé AS invests in four Ricoh Pro C9110 presses

European-wide investment in Ricoh’s flagship digital press, the Ricoh Pro C9110 continues unabated…

Witzhave-based RAKO Group opts for Gallus again
RAKO Group invests in two further Gallus ECS 340 presses for its headquarters in Witzhave, Germany…

TCM Copy & Print boosts capacity with Xerox Versant 2100
Pretoria-based digital print shop TCM Copy & Print has increased its production levels and turnaround time with new Versant…

Tue 21 July…   EFI reports record Second Quarter 2015
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the Second Quarter 2015 with record revenue up 5% on last year…

Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS drives 30% growth at ESAG
In just six months with the new press, the company is winning new clients, regaining former clients and has started exporting…

Kili Arts brings high-definition photos to life on metal

Large-format printing and framing specialist invests in Epson SureColor SC-F6000 dye-sub printer for high quality photo prints…

Thomson Print & Packaging adds Suprasetter CTP

Edinburgh quality specialist invests in Heidelberg prepress kit…

HP-tested UV varnish range launched by Flint Group

Flint Group Narrow Web launches the DigiCoat HP UV varnish range for HP Indigo digitally printed media…

Wed 22 Jul…   Heidelberg’s preliminary figures for Q1 2015/2016
Strategic reorientation is taking effect – successful start to new financial year in first quarter 2015/2016 for Heidelberg…

The 2015 InterTech Technology Awards recipients named

Printing Industries of America announces the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards, to be presented in Chicago in September…

An Invitation to visit Kemtek at FESPA Africa 2015
Free-entry to FESPA Africa 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa taking place from 22 – 24 July…

Nipson technology under discussion at FESPA Africa

Latest Nipson technology developments, including details on the world’s fastest powder-based security toner-based system…

New printing packages complete Epson’s dye-sub line-up
Epson unveils two new dye-sublimation printers for superior-quality printing on a range of substrates…

Thu 23 Jul…   CIP4 France 2015: The Workflow Automation events
Three events: In Grenoble, 8 – 9 October 2015; in Paris, 12 – 16 October, and Conference JDF also in Paris on 14 October…

Görres-Druckerei adds Speedmaster XL 106 with LE UV
The Speedmaster XL 106 eight-colour perfector with energy-saving LE UV coating significantly speeds up the production process…

‘Fantastic Job’ at Fairfax Media in New Zealand
Major Printservices project completed at Fairfax Media Printing and Logistics to make newspaper production future proof…

New EFI Fiery API for Print Service Providers

EFI Fiery Application Programming Interface paves the way to new, custom applications for digital print production…

Fujifilm adds Phoenix to its print solutions portfolio
Fujifilm joins forces with software developer Tilia Labs to strengthen its XMF workflow for the packaging market…

Fri 24 Jul…   Upbeat start to Kemtek’s FESPA Africa in Johannesburg
Featuring some of the most advanced printing, cutting and finishing technologies from Durst, Aristo, Foliant and Duplo…

UPM receives top scores in WWF UK Timber Scorecard

In the recently released WWF UK Timber Scorecard, UPM was one of a small number of companies which received the highest score…

Delta enhances production with large-format Speedmaster
Delta Print & Packaging in Belfast is set to enhance its production capabilities, as it takes delivery of Speedmaster XL 145-6+L…

A&M Ellis expands services with Horizon BQ470
Customer demand prompts Wolverhampton trade finisher to add Horizon perfect binding from Intelligent Finishing Systems…

Flint Group introduces new letterpress plate

Water washable, steel based Nyloprint WS WD with improved reproduction characteristics for higher print quality…

Lead articles on Friday 17 July from our previous update… 

Previous…   Gallus at Labelexpo Brussels 2015
Gallus set to impress in Brussels in September with the DCS 340 digital printing press, from the roll to the finished die-cut label…

Sappi Speciality Papers gears up for FachPack and Labelexpo
Sappi Speciality Papers has announced that it will be exhibiting at two important European packaging & label shows in the autumn…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

Previous…    KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation’ for KBA and its Business Units successfully modifies business processes…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Previous…    Bobst Competence 15 presented new solutions and inspiring perspectives
‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ drew close to 300 packaging makers from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June…

Heidelberg releases new Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF
Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Prince Charles and Abating Climate Change
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 July

Previous…    Going Round in Circles
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 July

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top.

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…    drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets…

drupa cube: Innovatives Konferenzprogramm zur drupa 2016
Print schlägt die Brücke zwischen Kreativagenturen, Marketiers, Brandownern und vertikalen Märkten…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series

Previous…    Brand new perspectives in packaging print
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 2, July 2015, by Des King, a leading freelance journalist in the printing & packaging industries, based in the UK…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA News 2015

Previous…    Fastest selling Mexican event is now sold out
2015 FESPA Mexico event on track to be largest show to date, with over 10,000 visitors expected to pass through its sold-out halls…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by:

Antalis South Africa, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druc kmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH,  Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
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GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike HiltonPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 20 July 2015
By Mike Hilton
graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 17 July, which looks at a totally European issue as the EU attempts to gather input for what a European circular economy might look like. In other words, one which ultimately would ‘transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy’. As Laurel points out, the printing industry is already highly sustainable, so does the circular economy matter? No Online Features this week, but we do have the latest from drupa 2016 and FESPA.

Monday’s headlines saw Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels take much of the news with Domino, GSE, Tresu and MPS; followed on Wednesday by Epson, and on Friday by Gallus and Sappi Europe with their plans for the late September show. On Tuesday, Sappi took the lead as it announced plans to sell its CapeKraft recycled packaging mill to Golden Era, following last week’s decision to sell its Enstra mill near Springs in Gauteng to Corruseal.

In Wednesday’s headlines, Goss International took the lead at Groupe Maury Imprimeur in Manchecourt, Franceas the company installs its tenth Goss Sunday press, a Sunday 3000. This was accompanied by the news that Dr. Gerold Linzbach, Heidelberg’s CEO who is currently away with an undisclosed illness will now only return to work later than initially anticipated. In the interim, CFO Dirk Kaliebe has been appointed to take on his duties and to chair the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting planned for 24 July in Mannheim. Remaining with Heidelberg, but this time in the UK, the company has agreed a sales partnership with Masterwork UK for its enhanced portfolio of  postpress and finishing products enabling Heidelberg to sell not only the Promatrix die-cutter and Diana X and Diana Smart folder gluers but also hybrid machines like the Duopress, inspection systems and more.

There is a whole mixed bag of news that I have not mentioned if you scroll down carefully, including KBA with the fourth Rapida 145 seven-colour large-format press at Walter G Anderson in the USA; and Manroland Web Systems at Baumann Druck in Kulmbach, part of the Mediengruppe Oberfranken, which has invested in InlineCutoff Control dynamic for both its Lithoman 40pp and 64pp press lines, which also includes a first to be installed on a Lithoman short-grain press.

The tailender goes to EFI on Friday, for its Graphitec 2015 Innovation Award for Software Solutions.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 26,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

From Monday 13 July

Mon 13 July…    Domino at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels
Domino to exhibit new modular digital inkjet solutions for the labelling industry in Brussels from 29 September to 2 October…

GSE Dispensing at Labelexpo Europe 2015

GSE Dispensing’s integrated ink logistics provides solution for repeatable colour quality on demand in Brussels in September…

TRESU Group at Labelexpo Europe 2015

Broadened ancillary programme for automated flexo ink control plus iCoat TWIN coater for digital folding carton…

MPS Labelexpo Europe 2015 in September

MPS to unveil new hybrid printing solution in Brussels…

FE Burman adds Technotrans Omega chiller

The London printer plays it cool on digital with help from Technotrans for its latest HP Indigo 10000 press…

Tue 14 July…   Sappi sells Cape Kraft recycled packaging mill to Golden Era
The move follows Sappi’s recent announcement of the sale of its Enstra Mill and recycled packaging business to Corruseal…

Ricoh Clickable Paper empowers print

New authoring capabilities for Ricoh Clickable Paper will enable companies to deliver a more responsive client-centric service…

Brand new perspectives in packaging printing
Touch the future. drupa Expert Article no 2 by Des King, a leading freelance journalist in the printing & packaging industries…

Sixth OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics

Paving the way from lab to market: The white paper ‘OE-A Roadmap’ shows printed electronics’ development and looks to the future…

Heidelberg Open House showcases expanded digital portfolio
Open House for Heidelberg’s new and expanded digital portfolio at its North American Print and PackagingTechnologyCenter…

Wed 15 Jul…   Tenth Goss Sunday in production at Group Maury Imprimeur
The tenth Goss Sunday press, a Goss Sunday 3000, has been installed by Groupe Maury Imprimeur in Manchecourt, France…

The recovery of Dr. Gerold Linzbach extended
Supervisory board appoints Dirk Kaliebe as deputy chairman of the management board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG…

Epson to show its broadest range at Labelexpo 2015
>From compact label printers to commercial inkjet presses and proofing systems – Epson shows commitment to multi-faceted industry…

CIP4 announces release of PrintTalk 1.5

CIP4 releases PrintTalk 1.5 specification for print industry Web automation and is tightly integrated with JDF 1.5…

Flint introduces new Flexocure Ancora 50 inks

Flint Group announces Flexocure Ancora 50 low migration UV flexo inks for food labels and short run packaging applications…

Thu 16 Jul…   Heidelberg agrees sales deal with Masterwork in the UK
HeidelbergUK and Masterwork agree partnership to provide customer access to wide portfolio of postpress products…

Venue unveiled for Duplo’s London Calling 2015 event
The venue for the event on 3 – 4 November will be historic Sunbeam Studios, Ladbroke Hall, North Kensington….

First iOS, and now Android App from Trelleborg

Trelleborg enlarges its online offering for printers with Android version of its App for printers and an updated Website…

Axaio Software now Adobe CC 2015 compatible
MadeToPrint, MadeToTag and MadeForLayers now compatible with Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud 2015…

Canon announces launch of PRISMAprepare 6.2
Canon improves the makeready process for both in-house and commercial printers with launch of PRISMAprepare 6.2…

Fri 17 Jul…   Gallus at Labelexpo Brussels 2015
Gallus set to impress in Brussels in September with the DCS 340 digital printing press, from the roll to the finished die-cut label…

Sappi Speciality Papers gears up for FachPack and Labelexpo
Sappi Speciality Papers has announced that it will be exhibiting at two important European packaging & label shows in the autumn…

EFI wins Graphitec Innovation Award for Software Solutions

Integration of EFI GamSys MIS and Metrix planning software mark significant improvements in workflow automation….

Fourth KBA Rapida 145 seven-colour for Walter G Anderson

Industry leading folding carton manufacturer expands large-format capacity in its Hamel headquarters in Minneapolis…

Manroland InlineCutoff Control upgrade for Baumann Druck
Baumann Druck in Kulmbach, part of the Mediengruppe Oberfranken, invests in InlineCutoff Control dynamic from Manroland Web…

Lead article on Friday 10 July from last week’s update… 

Previous…   Xerox launches the iGen 5 with immediate availability
Thrive with five: Xerox makes digital production colour market even more colourful, profitable with debut of the new iGen 5…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

Previous…    KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation’ for KBA and its Business Units successfully modifies business processes…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Previous…    Bobst Competence 15 presented new solutions and inspiring perspectives
‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ drew close to 300 packaging makers from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June…

Heidelberg releases new Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF
Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg…

LED-UV & Traditional UV Conference at KBA in Radebeul

Practical knowledge transfer on cutting-edge UV sheetfed offset…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Going Round in Circles
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 July

Previous…    Is Interest in Carbon Footprinting Stalled?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 July

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top.

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets…

drupa cube: Innovatives Konferenzprogramm zur drupa 2016
Print schlägt die Brücke zwischen Kreativagenturen, Marketiers, Brandownern und vertikalen Märkten…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series

Brand new perspectives in packaging print
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 2, July 2015, by Des King, a leading freelance journalist in the printing & packaging industries, based in the UK…

Previous…    Smarter print to market
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 1, June 2015, by Gareth Ward, Editor and Publisher of Print Business in the UK…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA News 2015

Fastest selling Mexican event is now sold out
2015 FESPA Mexico event on track to be largest show to date, with over 10,000 visitors expected to pass through its sold-out halls…

Previous…    FESPA brand draws growing Asian audience
Increase in Asian visitors to FESPA Global Expo 2015 in Cologne, Germany, and high level of entries to FESPA Awards…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by:

Antalis South Africa, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druc kmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH,  Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.
e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Ying Gutenberg 2009 plus Text

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Graphic Repro On-line News from 06 July 2015
By Mike Hilton
e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 10 July, which this week asks If Interest in Carbon Footprinting is Stalled? You’ll also find a new report from KBA Sheetfed Solutions in Online Features, Chapter 06 as it follows ‘The Internet of Things’ in its digital business transformation’ for its Business Units. Most importantly, we have the announcement in our drupa Newsroom (in both English and German), outlining Messe Düsseldorf’s drupa director, Sabine Geldermann’s plans for next year’s drupa cube, with an innovative Conference Programme designed to bridge the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets.

This week’s news headlines began with UPM on Monday listing its latest eco credentials and achievements, followed by a selection of exhibitor announcements for this year’s Labelexpo in Brussels in late September, including Screen Europe, Esko and Chili Publish. Tuesday began with drupa mentioned above, followed by Sappi and Borregaard with their latest joint venture plans in South Africa. Wednesday saw Weiss Druck announce an order for a second 96-page Manroland Web Systems‘ Lithoman press, plus a comprehensive e-Retrofit of its Geoman press in Monschau, Germany; followed by Heidelberg with a se ries of digital successes from its digital printing portfolio based around the latest Linoprint CV/CP systems. On Thursday, Ricoh announced its further expansion into Eastern Europe; while on Friday, Xerox took the lead as it strives to make digital production colour market more colourful and profitable with the debut of its new faster iGen 5 with fifth colour option. Backtracking to Wednesday, EFI announced its latest Fiery Print Server platform which drives CMYK+ colour capabilities and faster processing for the new Xerox iGen 5.

There’s much more if you scroll down carefully, including Bobst’s announcement of its second beta site for its new digital press with Kodak Stream inkjet for corrugated board, at Schumacher Packaging in Ebersdorf, Germany on Wednesday; and Heidelberg UK’s latest Speedmaster successes at Optichrome in Woking, England, and at Gortreagh Printing in Ulster; also KBA making the headlines on Thursday at Meredith-Webb in the United States, as it prepares to install its fourth KBA press in five years, a Rapida 205 VLF press to access new opportunities.

Our tailender and congratulations this week go to Marc Lotter, who has been appointed as the new finance director of Heidelberg Graphic Systems Southern Africa in Johannesburg; and as many of you may know, Marc hails from one of South Africa’s well-known print families in Johannesburg.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 26,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

From Monday 06 July

Mon 06 July…    UPM publishes EMAS 2014 certifications for its mills
UPM pulp and paper mills’ environmental performance reported in EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme 2014 statements…

Screen Europe’s latest Truepress Jet L350UV at Labelexpo
New software, hardware and finishing features deliver new levels of quality, productivity and flexibility for the inkjet label press…

Esko at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels in September
Esko to demonstrate strong business impact of its powerful, flexible production workflows for all printing technologies…

CHILI Publish set to sizzle at Labelexpo Europe 2015
Real-World 3D View leads the list of features to transform design and production for packaging and labels…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels
Meech’s Hyperion range of static control bars to feature at Labelexpo together with complete range of web cleaning systems…

Tue 07 July…   drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across vertical markets…

Borregaard and Sappi to expand production at LignoTech
Borregaard, Norway and Sappi, South Africa announce 20,000 tonnes capacity expansion at lignin joint venture in South Africa…

UPM introduces its renewed UPM Color range
Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange: Part of standard newsprint papers, the grade is suitable for both coldset and heatset Offset…

Reinforcing colour management with PantoneLIVE+ColorCert
The pre-media agency Diadeis integrates X-Rite’s leading colour management solutions to improve services for brand owners…

Cashin beefs up water treatment with Technotrans
Technotrans alpha.r 10 water treatment unit added to cope with higher print output following Speedmaster SX 102-2-P install…

Wed 08 Jul…   Weiss-Druck to add second Manroland 96-page Lithoman
Weiss-Druck invests in second Manroland Lithoman + comprehensive e-Retrofit of its Geoman press in Monschau, Germany…

Heidelberg has growing customer numbers moving to digital
More and more customers move to the Heidelberg digital printing portfolio based around the Linoprint CV/CP systems…

Schumacher Packaging becomes Bobst’ second beta site
Second beta site for Bobst’s digital press with Kodak Stream inkjet for corrugated board is Schumacher in Ebersdorf, Germany…

KBA-Sheetfed on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation modifies business processes for KBA’s largest business unit: KBA-Sheetfed Solutions…

EFI launches New Fiery FS200 Pro digital front end
New EFI Fiery Print Server platform drives CMYK+ colour capabilities and faster processing for Xerox iGen 5…

Thu 09 Jul…   Ricoh expands to the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Ricoh Europe has announced its acquisition of leading distributor Impromat-CZ spol. and Impromat Slov spol….

Optichrome moves to Heidelberg and Speedmaster XL 75
Optichrome breaks with tradition and switches from Manroland to Heidelberg technology with new B2 five-colour and coater…

Meredith-Webb adds new KBA Rapida 205 VLF press
A fleet of four KBA presses installed in five years affords new opportunities and increases pace of production…

Seven products for Stationers’ Seal of Excellence

The Stationers’ Company launches Warrant Scheme enabling companies to use the Livery’s crest and ‘seal of excellence’…

Xaar announces another senior appointment in the USA

New US director of sales to spearhead Xaar’s drive into North and Latin American markets…

Fri 10 Jul…   Xerox launches the iGen 5 with immediate availability
Thrive with five: Xerox makes digital production colour market even more colourful, profitable with debut of the new iGen 5…

Heidelberg Graphic Systems appoints new finance director

Marc Lotter has been appointed as the new finance director of Heidelberg Graphic Systems Southern Africa…

The Nordic Ecolabel for Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks
Fujifilm’s wide-format Uvijet UV inks gain Nordic Ecolabel certification further reinforcing the company’s green credentials…

Sawgrass and JG Electronics at FESPA Africa
Sawgrass and JG Electronics to showcase the Art of Sublimation at FESPA Africa 2015 in Johannesburg, from 22 to 24 July…

Extensive retrofit on Ecoman by PrintHouseService

Mundschenk Druck plans for the long term with complete electronic end-to-end control system retrofit from PHS…

Gortreagh Printing upgrades its four-colour capability
A Speedmaster SX 52-4-P, a B3 four-colour perfector, has been delivered to Gortreagh Printing in Ulster…

Lead article from Friday 03 July in our previous update… 

Previous…   Manroland Web at Digital Book Printing Forum London
Digital finishing solutions developed and engineered by Manroland Web Systems will help to save the printed book…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation’ for KBA and its Business Units successfully modifies business processes…

Previous…    ValueTalk – Oliver Zünd: ‘Forward thinking is our forte’
It’s a truly impressive success story. Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a family-owned business with operations worldwide, specialises in developing and manufacturing digital cutting systems…

New brand identity underscores Heidelberg’s strategic reorientation
The company is underlining this reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity to be adopted globally in the run-up to drupa 2016…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Previous…    Bobst Competence 15: New solutions and inspiring perspectives
‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ drew close to 300 packaging makers from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June…

Heidelberg releases new Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF
Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg…

LED-UV & Traditional UV Conference at KBA in Radebeul

Practical knowledge transfer on cutting-edge UV sheetfed offset…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Is Interest in Carbon Footprinting Stalled?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 July

Previous…    Water Water Everywhere
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 July

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drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets…

drupa cube: Innovatives Konferenzprogramm zur drupa 2016
Print schlägt die Brücke zwischen Kreativagenturen, Marketiers, Brandownern und vertikalen Märkten…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series

Previous…    Smarter print to market
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 1, June 2015, by Gareth Ward, Editor and Publisher of Print Business in the UK…

FESPA Newsroom
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FESPA 2015 and FESPA News

FESPA brand draws growing Asian audience
Increase in Asian visitors to FESPA Global Expo 2015 in Cologne, Germany, and high level of entries to FESPA Awards…

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Value Art+Com — ValueCheck Wim Koning 28.08.2014 in Mainz.001

© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany. Photos by Andreas Weber

 

By Sudarsha Rambaran, Fellow, Value Communications AG

 

ValueLearnings

  • Learn what a business model looks like to innovate print communication
  • Learn how to benefit from high quality ink-jet technology innovations
  • Learn how to become a smart communicator in the field of print applications

 

The meeting this morning with Mr. Koning was my first ever client meeting, and it was certainly fascinating. Mr. Weber had already briefed Şükran and I on the product and business model that Mr. Koning is trying to promote here in Germany. The idea is simple, yet brilliant: personalized printed cards, advent calendars, playing cards, wine bottle boxes… the list goes on. The products can be printed on a special new printer model created by the Japanese company Screen. It is an inkjet printer which can print onto thick paper that already has cut patterns and markings on it. It saves a lot a time and work because the paper is pre cut, and usually the paper is printed and then cut, which can be impractical, as if there is a mistake in the cutter the whole product can go to waste.

The product not only works on a personal scale, but could also work brilliantly as a customer relations model for big companies, for example in the automotive industry. If they’ve sold a car, they can send the customer an advent calendar counting down the days until they receive their car with a picture of their new car and their name on it. The best part is, they can even put bar codes (which can be scanned by smartphones) into the doors which lead the customer to links informing them on extra products for their cars, for example, winter tires, navigation systems, tow links etc. which would certainly not only increase the profit margin but keep the dealers happy as well. Mr. Koning put it quite nicely, calling it a win/win/win situation: the customers, the dealers and the company are all happy.

The meeting was very interesting for me, as I had never experienced a client meeting and I was curious to learn what a business model looks like. Mr. Koning is a very charismatic person and he knows exactly how to present his product. The problem he is having in Germany is mainly with the printing companies, because they don’t like the idea of only printing a few copies of a product, rather than printing thousands of copies; that’s what Value Communications is going to help him with. Additionally, the printing companies charge per page rather than per product, so for them it makes no sense to only print 1 page per product, but the page itself guarantees far more revenue in this case, as it is sold as a product rather than a page. As well as this, all the other companies he has talked to up until now have loved the idea of the product, but they are simply afraid of the work it would mean for them, i.e. the data processing etc.

I also think the idea is exceptional; if I were a customer, I would definitely be happy with receiving something like the advent calendar whilst waiting for my product to be delivered.

Please watch our Video documentation as well. Its amazing!

 

 

 

Value Art+Com — ValueTalk Wim Koning 28.08.2014 in Mainz.001

@ 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany. Photo by Andreas Weber

 

“Amazing ValueTalk! on the Innovation of the Print Business.And again, it happened in Mainz/Germany, Gutenberg’s hometown!” —Andreas Weber, Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art+Communication Fellow

 

ValueLearnings 

  1. Personalization becomes more and more as an important fact for market products.
  2. Smart communications via print reduce prejudices on innovative and disruptive business ideas.
  3. A healthy human-to-business relationship leads people to Win-Win-Win results.

 

As we have already mentioned in many of our previous blog posts, we as people living in the age of digital transformation and also in the age of customer. Relying on that, we had a very nice and informative ValueTalk! with a successful business developer from The Netherlands, Wim Koning. [Please read and share our ValueCheck! Blog post “Digital Print/Cross Media Meeting with Wim Koning” by Sudarsha Rambaran as well.]

Koning is in the printing and marketing sector for a long time. He mentions that several years ago when he started to promote Photobook, he received very low expectations from those big companies in the printing sector: People will not use Photobooks.

As Koning also highlights by giving this example, people tend to disbelief such products and new ideas when they do not have enough information. Therefore, we need smart approaches to showcase new ideas and products in order to create the right impact on people and to convince them that these products are very useful.

The products Koning already introduced us were very catchy and practical. When you reach the website www.snapajack.com, you can choose from diffetent options of printable products as gifts, calenders and invitation cards. For instance, there is a printed calender which you can use as gifts to modify your car. On the printed sheet, you have screens covering chocolate bars and on the backside of each screen you have QR codes which provides you to have your product to renovate your car. These are accessories like a sound system, winter tires, or a new GPS.

Not only calenders, but also you can have personalized invitation cards, wine or beer boxes, playing cards or widely-sized greeting cards on printed sheets. This innovative approach also provides you to have many cards on one sheet. Koning as a smart communicator and innovator is very well awared that personalization becomes more and more important these days and all of printed products he shared with us provides customers to personalize everything. Especially, playing cards drew our attention during our ValueTalk as  the product is very suitable to showcase paintings of artists and screensheets are available to keep 55 cards which is very easy and smart to scan it.

Our Take

At the end of our ValueTalk! with business developer Wim Koning about his ‘very high valued application‘, we found his innovative ideas highly interesting and useful which are also closely linked with our business approach in which we value healthy customer relationship, personalization and innovative ideas as well as human-to-business approach with Win-Win-Win principle. We have the pleasure as we met and discussed with Wim Koning on his innovative applications and as a good speaker who knows the real value of communication!

 

Please check out our Video documentation as well:

Value Check Internet of Things.001

@ 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

ValueLearnings:
• IoT is crucial for any kind of Business Model Innovation
• IoT will increase profit and growth via Value Creation and Value Capture
• IoT follows the rules of Value Innovation by the Big 5-C approach

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

Gordon Hui, who leads the business design & strategy practice at Smart Design in United States and England, just published a blog post called How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models concerning with the relationship between the Internet of Things and existing business models.

According to Hui, today`s business model innovation is hugely affected by the Internet of Things (IoT) which includes value creation and value capture which are two main points for companies in order to increase their profits.

Value creation plays an important role to provide activities for companies in order to increase their offering and to support customer willingness to pay as a main business model. Moreover, value capture provides strategies that help companies to maximize their profits from discrete product sales by setting the right price which means also the monetization of customer value.

Real-time and Over-the-Air updates

The changes that based on value creation and value capture can be counted in many steps related with the traditional product mindset. Through value creation, addressing real-time and emergent news in a predictive manner rather than in a reactive manner, benefiting from over-the-air updates instead of focusing solely the product itself, and also using information convergence more than using single point data help companies to adapt the right business strategies for a healthier customer relationship and better profits. When it comes to value capture, enabling recurring revenue, adding personalization and context and also understanding how other business partners make money encourage companies to maximize their profits.

Hui also quotes Zach Supalla`s, the CEO of Spark (an open source IoT platform), words; “With the IoT, you can’t think of a company in a vacuum. The market stack is deeper than traditional products; you need to think about how your company will monetize your product and how your product will allow others to generate and collect value, too.” In other words, Supalla draws attention to the point that the value of IoT is huge enough to connect profits from different products each other.

ValueAdvice: Connect Innovation to Profit

What Andreas Weber suggests in How to Survive the Innovation Dilemma is a principle called `the Big 5-C´ that contains content, connectivity, consumers & brands, community and creativity. The Value Innovation strategy also contains the function of IoT by highlighting the importance of connectivity and consumer&brands, which are exactly serve for the same mission to create value in business strategies in order to support customer willingness and maximize company profits.

 

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In Brief:  What does „Internet of Things (IoT)“ mean?

The Internet of Things (IoT, also Cloud of Things or CoT) includes objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

The Internet of Things can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

The Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities, also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid.

ValueTalk! — Kunst Direkt 2014.001

© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

ValueLearnings

• Innovation is driven by culture and art

• Communication is driven by culture and art

• Artists life & work is driven by values communication

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

I always enjoy interacting with new people from various countries with different perspectives. After doing my AFS Exchange Program in Belgium and participating in an international peace project in the Netherlands, I said “why not to apply the Erasmus internship program which gives an opportunity to work in different countries for 3 months”. In the beginning, it took me a long time to decide which city to choose, however; while I was doing my research, I have heard many positive comments about the life here in Mainz. After a process of finding a right place for my internship, I am accepted in Value Communication AG, a global research and publishing company gives a high value to art, culture and communication and based in Mainz where I started to work as Value Art + Communication Fellow.

When I arrived in Mainz as a Sociology student and as an Erasmus intern from Istanbul, I got inspired and fascinated by the rich cultural and artistic environment of the city as the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg and the surrounding area as a leading centre of the culture of communication. Based on my inspiration, I decided to experience this city in order to find out the interaction between the rich culture of the city and the real value of communication. Also, I had this great support and useful advices from Andreas Weber, who is an expert on communication and the founder of Value Communication AG. That´s how our Value Art and Com (i.e. Communication) project is brought into action.

As one of my project areas, I visited an exhibition, Kunst Direkt 2014, which took place in Rheingoldhalle, at one of the beautiful spots of Mainz situated near the river, Rhein. In the exhibition, there were 120 talented artists from Rheinland-Pfalz state of Germany. The exhibition was consisted of different rooms in which each artist could present her/his artwork. I found this event as a wonderful opportunity to start my interviews for our Value Art&Com Project. There, I interviewed with 10 artists, some of them were painters while others were sculptors. The most important thing is that, by these interviews, I had the chance to know what artists as talented people think about the real value of communication. I had different approaches by each of their responses which gave our project an artistic touch and various points of view. As a person who is very well interested in art, media and cinema, It was a very special process for me and for our disruptive project.

 

Pls. watch as well our Slideshare presentation which includes all those fantastic videos (Series 1).

 

 

If you prefer YouTube please watch our video as well:

ValueTalk! — Thoams Brenner

© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

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