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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Friday 2 May

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Friday 2 May

 

Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog, and the latest from Heidelberg in Online Features detailing its new generation CombiStar unit, which conditions the dampening solution and ensures constant inking unit temperature control on Heidelberg’s sheetfed litho presses. It is now equipped with more energy-efficient pumps and electronically controlled compressors that cut energy costs by up to 50 per cent, resulting also in a reduction in CO2.

You will also find numerous announcements relating to FESPA Digital and FESPA Fabric in Munich later this month, as well as news of the Inca Digital Summit for Inca users which will take place during FESPA in Munich. There’s more from Xeikon for its upcoming Xeikon Café to be held in Lier, Belgium at the same time; and MPS has announced an Open House in Didam, The Netherlands from 14 – 16 May.

Xerox started the week on Monday with its new Versant 2100 mid-range production press, which will replace the last of its ageing DocuColor family, and enable Xerox to try to regain ground lost to both Ricoh and Konica Minolta with this new – from the ground up platform – which uses a FujiXerox developed print engine and a choice of DFEs, including two powerful 10-bit, 1200dpi EFI Fiery digital front ends, also announced on Monday.

During April, Kemtek and Komori hosted three special Komori Printology H-UV conferences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. You’ll find a comprehensive report-back on these among Monday’s headlines, as well as news that South Africa’s first Komori H-UV press is to be installed mid-year.

On Wednesday, UPM Kymmene led the news with its Interim Report reflecting a strong First Quarter 2014.

On Thursday/Friday, Kodak’s new CEO Jeff Clarke, announced the creation of a new senior post to bolster his top executive team, with the appointment of Eric-Yves Mahe as Director of Sales Strategy and Operations. Mahe will be responsible for formulating a strategy to drive sales of Kodak’s portfolio of hardware, consumables, software and services. Prior to joining Kodak, Mahe was president for global growth markets at Pitney Bowes. Also on Thursday, Screen announced that it has partnered with Digital Printing Innovations to sell the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed printers in the UK. This comes just a week after Ipex Machinery was appointed for the same in Southern Africa, as well as for Screen’s high-speed Truepress inkjet web presses..

Sales and installations this week were led by EFI Vutek with two wide-format GS3250LX Pro LED UV inkjet printers – one hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll and the second roll-to-roll – both for the same customer; Blanks Printing; Heidelberg UK with a another Suprasetter A52 CTP device for Print Team; and Muller Martini with a Ventura MC book sewing machine with the Tween option for shorter signatures to Mönch in Leipzig. On Tuesday, HP’s first Latex 360 inkjet printer in the UK from CWE went to Press On; while Europe’s largest foiling company, Blockfoil, has installed its fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST automatic foil stamping press. SPGPrints (formerly StorkPrints) has sold a DSI digital UV-inkjet label press to McLoone. IFS has sold another Horizon B2 folder, this time to Spectrum; and Heidelberg UK with yet another Suprasetter CTP device to Draper Tools’ inplant.

On Wednesday EFI Vutek came back with another double; this time for KDM which has taken two high-speed HS100 Pro UV wide-format inkjet presses. You’ll also find JMB in Johannesburg mentioned, with its MPS flexo press, although installed a year ago it has only just been announced. On Thursday, Concept Communications Group has boosted its multi-channel marketing services with DirectSmile Cross Media version 6; Technique Print Group has strengthened its colour credentials with Prinect Colour Toolbox and a Heidelberg Suprasetter; while Superior Creative is boosting its wide-format capability with an Inca Onset S40i and Fujifilm Uvijet OC inks. To end the week on a high note, Allied Printing Services has ordered two new KBA Rapida 106, six-colour presses for both UV and conventional coating, and with inline colour management for delivery and installation next month.

I think a green tailender this week deserves to go to Arjo Wiggins and Antalis, as they relaunch their new Eco-calculator which makes it easy for customers to communicate their environmental commitment.

I think that’s about it again for this one again shorter week. Until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 

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Mon 28 – Wed 30 April – Thu 1 – Fri 2 May

Monday 28 April…    Xerox announces 100-ppm mid-range Versant 2100 press
Xerox’s new Versant 2100 mid-range production press replaces the DocuColor and is set to deliver more ways to win with print…

New EFI Fiery DFEs for new Xerox Versant 2100
Two powerful 10-bit, 1200dpi EFI Fiery digital front ends to set new standard for image quality and productivity with Versant 2100…

Komori and Kemtek Printology H-UV conference success
During April, Kemtek and Komori hosted three special Komori Printology H-UV conferences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town…

MPS Open House 14 – 16 May in Didam, The Netherlands
Live demonstrations of the new cost-effective EB flexo and EF multi-substrate presses at upcoming MPS Open House…

Xeikon to show innovative wall-coverings at FESPA Digital
Digital ultra-high quality bespoke wall-coverings open up new possibilities and opportunities with Xeikon’s Wall-Covering Suite…

Blanks Printing adopts greener EFI UV technology
With two new EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro LED UV inkjet printers; one hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll, and one roll-to-roll…

Print Team switches to Heidelberg for CTP device
Portland-based Print Team is switching CTP supplier and taking a Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 as it moves to new site…

Mönch in Leipzig: A pioneer in shorter signatures
The Mönch bookbindery now stitches shorter signatures using the Muller Martini Ventura MC with the Tween option…

Tuesday 29 April…   Sign Hub at European Sign Expo points to future trends
30 expert sessions cover key issues for contemporary signmakers and graphic producers and future trends in signage…

FESPA’S World Wrap Masters for FESPA Digital 2014
Adrenalin fuelled feature speeds back with new format…

Esko Equinox receives FTA Technical Innovation Award
Solution for extended gamut printing delivers the economic benefit of mixing colours on press instead of in the ink room…

HP’s first new HP Latex 360 to Press On in the UK
Press On investment in HP Latex 360 is a second inkjet ‘first’ for UK distributor City and West End Solutions…

Color-Logic partners with Durst Phototechnik
Technology partnership with Durst for Tau 330 label press…

Blockfoil installs fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST foil press
Europe’s largest foiling company installs its fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST automatic foil stamping press…

McLoone installs SPGPrints DSI UV-inkjet label press
McLoone boosts competitiveness in short and mid-run self-adhesive label markets with SPGPrints’ digital UV-inkjet printer…

Spectrum Print doubles folding output with Horizon
Cardiff Bay-based Spectrum’s new Horizon AFC566F delivers increased flexibility and fast turnaround times…

Draper Tools upgrades to Suprasetter CTP
Inplant switches CTP technology but sticks with Heidelberg…

 

Wed 30 April…   UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s Q1 2014 Interim Report
Interim report Q1/2014: UPM’s strong Q1 shows momentum towards EUR 400 million profit improvement…

Inca Digital Summit to explore the ‘Bigger Picture’ during FESPA
Inspirational industry game-changers examine innovative trends and opportunities for Inca users during FESPA in Munich…

FESPA announces trail and Hub lineup for FESPA Fabric
Wide-format printers with an interest in digital textile printing will find a rich seam of innovation and inspiration…

Heidelberg announces new-generation CombiStar

New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…

Xeikon In-Mold Label Suite shows game-changing potential

Customer aL Printing recounts how it moved into digital production of In-Mould labelling at Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations…

Arjowiggins and Antalis re-launch Eco-Calculator
New Eco-calculator makes it easy for Arjowiggins Graphic and Antalis customers to communicate their environmental commitment…

KDM invests in two EFI Vutek HS100 Pro UV inkjet presses
KDM POP Solutions Group grows premium retail graphics presence with high-speed EFI Vutek presses…

Success for JMB in South Africa with MPS flexo press
Since the initial installation, JMB Labels has entered new markets, acquired new customers, and achieved an increase in sales…
Thu 1 + Fri 2 May…   Kodak creates new senior Sales Strategy executive post
Eric-Yves Mahe appointed Kodak senior vice president, director of Sales Strategy and Operations to bolster the senior team…

DPI to sell Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV in the UK
Screen partners with Digital Printing Innovations to sell the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flat-bed printers in the UK…

Muller Martini: High demand for new and used machines
Investment security for today and tomorrow, with both new machines and extending the life cycle of existing systems…

Ricoh upgrades Pro-Graphic digital paper range
Ricoh Europe enhances its Pro-Graphic media offering for improved digital printing quality and productivity…

Agfa Graphics Jeti Titan HS for European debut at FESPA
Agfa Graphics adds primer option to Jeti Titan S and HS flatbed inkjet printers, first shown at ISA in Orlando last month…

Concept adds DirectSmile Cross Media v 6 from Transeo
Concept Communications Group boosts its multi-channel marketing services with DirectSmile Cross Media version 6…

Technique bolsters colour credentials and CTP capacity
Technique Print Group strengthens colour credentials with Prinect Colour Toolbox and a Heidelberg Suprasetter…

Inca Onset S40i from Fujifilm for Superior Creative
Superior Creative boosts wide-format capability with an Inca Onset S40i and Fujifilm Uvijet OC inks…

Two KBA Rapida 106s for Allied Printing Services
Aggressive growth prompts the addition of two new presses with faster speeds and new UV to expand capacity…
The Thursday lead articles from last week’s update…

Kodak to add new Sonora plate line in Columbus, Georgia
Increased Sonora process-free plate sales continue to drive targeted regional manufacturing strategy for Kodak…

Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over 50 years together in Spain
The Spanish market is on the road to recovery, where print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg…
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.

Goss International Corporation  (Goss) is a global leader in web offset printing solutions, with a complete product range of newspaper, commercial and packaging press systems, as well as mailroom and postpress equipment. With quality accredited global design and manufacturing, Goss offers the widest range of web offset press systems, enhancements and lifetime service capabilities.  To find out more visit the Goss International 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.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 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.

Downloads available Chapter 01

Most recent…    Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…
March/April Chapter 04

Previous…    Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over half a century of success in Spain
The Spanish market is once again on the road to recovery: Print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg and Hartmann…

Pim Print automates workflow with Callas pdfToolbox Server
The Callas pdfToolbox Server, isn’t that the workflow package that is especially suitable for larger companies?…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar

New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…

Previous…    Mönch in Leipzig: A pioneer in shorter signatures
The Mönch bookbindery now stitches thread-sewn books with shorter signatures using the Muller Martini Ventura MC with the Tween option…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.

Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

APP Walking the Walk
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 02 May

Previous…    Getting Energy Levels Down
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 25 April
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Titan HS for European debut at FESPA
Agfa Graphics adds primer option to Jeti Titan S and HS flatbed inkjet printers first shown at ISA in Orlando…

Inspirational Inca Digital Summit explores the ‘Bigger Picture’
Industry game-changers examine innovative trends and opportunities for Inca users during FESPA in Munich…

FESPA announces trail and Hub lineup for FESPA Fabric

Wide-format printers with an interest in digital textile printing will find a rich seam of innovation and inspiration at FESPA Fabric 2014…

Sign Hub at European Sign Expo points to future trends
30 expert sessions cover key issues for contemporary signmakers and graphic producers and future trends in signage…
Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

Most recent…    What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…

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 Druckmaschinen AG,  KodakKoenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging SystemsKrause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH,  Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech IncQuark Inc,  Ricoh EuropeSappi Limited,  Sappi Printers of the YearPrint Process Champions Group,  Thunderbolt 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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