Latest Industry News: Mike’s Update to Friday 9 May

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Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog, and the latest from Kodak with a downloadable sustainability white paper as a PDF, also authored by Laurel Brunner as managing director of Digital Dots, and entitled Process Efficiency for Improved Sustainability, specifically targeted at print companies looking to use technological innovation to implement significant environmental and financial efficiencies within their print offerings and capabilities. You’ll find the announcement and introduction to this in our headlines on Friday and also in Online Features Chapter 01. As to be expected, you will find numerous pre-FESPA Digital announcements again, as the show opens in just over a week from now.

This week’s news began with Heidelberg South Africa opening its Online Shop for its Saphira range of proven consumables, including plates, inks, blankets and much more. Heidelberg’s Online Shops in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America have enjoyed great success for quite some time, as they enable customers to shop in a secure environment 24/7.

On Tuesday, Kemtek and Fujifilm SA, together with Ferrostaal, announced a new agreement whereby Kemtek will become principal supplier of the Fujifilm Brillia lithographic plate range in South Africa from 1 October and will work together with Ferrostaal in the local market. Ferrostaal is currently the sole supplier of Fujifilm plates, whereas Kemtek currently sells the Agfa plate range. Ricoh also announced on Tuesday that it has launched Clickable Paper in the South African market – and what is that you may ask? See the article below.

Wednesday saw Heidelberg announce its preliminary results for the 2013/2014 financial year, which show a return to profit – albeit not that large, it does signal that the company is back in the black after five years of losses, major restructuring, reorganisation and implementation of very severe cost-cutting programmes. At least, as CEO Gerold Linzbach said, ‘…this lays the foundation for further positive developments at the company.’

On Thursday, as Interpack opened in Düsseldorf, HP took the lead as it announced the expansion of its Graphics Solutions portfolio with new HP Indigo and HP Scitex solutions to help converters open the door to the corrugated, flexible-packaging and folding-carton markets, and with the launch of the new HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press. There’s also Interpack news and product launches from Sappi Europe and Stora Enso. Among Friday’s headlines you will also find HP and the Comexi Group who will introduce the first dedicated end-to-end lamination solution for digitally printed flexible packaging on the HP Indigo 20000.

Friday’s lead was taken by Kodak as it announced its first quarter results which reflect a loss, albeit a reduced loss on a comparable basis in its first quarter, as transformation continues in the company’s technology businesses. It’s worth reading CEO Jeff Clarke’s comments and review of the current status, as well as the comment by Becky Roof, Kodak’s CFO. The results are apparently in line with expectations.

Don’t miss other important new developments this week from Creo with Konica Minolta; KAMA, Weilburger, and Stora Enso on Monday; and then from Sappi, DirectSmile, and Sun Chemical on Tuesday; and Agfa on Friday.

As usual, there are some rather nice sales and installations once again. On Monday from Nelspruit, as White River Printers adds a Xerox Color J75 with EFI Fiery FS100 Pro DFE; and then Muller Martini with two MC Sewing Machines with the Tween option for shorter signatures to M+S in Switzerland. On Tuesday, Heidelberg UK with a highly specified Speedmaster XL 75-5+L five-colour press with Inpress Control and coater as Hampton Printing adds B2 capability to its B1 lineup. Then Oriel Printing as it invests in Fujifilm’s Acuity 1600 LED inkjet printer to supplement its litho presses. On Wednesday we have Canon with Oce, Bobst and Technotrans. On Thursday, Screen with JCT and Screen Europe’s newest wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV as its first flatbed inkjet printer. Orchard Press has returned to Heidelb ergUK to order a TH 82 buckle machine with a round continuous feeder; and lastly for this week: a KBA Rapida 106 with six inking units, coater and delivery extension at one of the largest packaging printers in Pakistan, Packages Limited in Lahore.

There’s so much more if you scroll down carefully. As a tailender for this week, and quite literally the last post on Friday: as FESPA invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities at FESPA Africa which takes place in Johannesburg from 2 – 4 July. Not to be missed!

I think that’s about it again. I shall be in Germany next week, so there will not be an update. Until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Monday 5 – Friday 9 May
Mon 5 May…    Heidelberg South Africa opens its Online Shop
Now with Heidelberg South Africa’s latest tool, customers can purchase consumable products securely and more efficiently 24/7…

White River Printers in Nelspruit adds Xerox Color J75

One of the largest printing shops in the Lowveld adds Xerox Color J75 with EFI Fiery FS100 Pro DFE to boost business growth…

Latest Creo Server DFE for Konica Minolta Bizhub PRO

New Kodak Creo IC-309 Server DFE drives Konica Minolta Bizhub PRO C1060 and C1070 digital press models…

Two Muller Martini Ventura MC Sewing Machines for M+S
M+S Reliure in Yvonand, Switzerland relies on Tween MC for the production of high-quality catalogues and brochures…

KAMA at Interpack 2014 on the HP stand
KAMA to launch finishing solution for digital folding carton production at Interpack 2014, alongside HP Indigo 30000 press…

Weilburger Graphics launches new product line
High reactive UV-inking system lacquers debut at Interpack…

Stora Enso launches one-side coated glossy kraft paper
LennoKraft white kraft paper for a variety of applications, also to be shown at Interpack in Düsseldorf this week…

Tue 6 May…   Kemtek and Fujifilm SA sign landmark plate agreement
Kemtek signs an exclusive agreement to become the principal supplier of the Fujifilm Brillia lithographic plate range in SA…

Ricoh SA launches Clickable Paper in South Africa
Ricoh’s Clickable Paper provides a mobile, interactive experience for consumers with immediate one-touch access…

Sappi Expands Algro Sol release liners portfolio
Sappi Fine Paper Europe targets new markets with a broader weight range following its Alfeld Mill PM2 rebuild…

DirectSmile launches new service for e-mails
DirectSmile has launched a new cloud-based Web portal that generates personalised images for e-mails…

Sun Chemical at Metpack 2014, in Essen this week
Sun Chemical to demonstrate new dispensing solution Polare at Metpack from 6 – 10 May in Essen, Germany…

Hampton Printing adds B2 capability to its B1 line up
The company has commissioned a highly specified Speedmaster XL 75-5+L five-colour press with Inpress Control and coater…

Oriel Printing embraces digital with Fujifilm Acuity LED
Investment in Fujifilm’s Acuity 1600 LED inkjet printer to provide customers with high quality and cost-effective prototypes…

Wed 7 May…   Heidelberg achieves target: €4 million net profit for year
Following five years of losses, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG returns to profit in its 2013/2014 financial year, ended 31 March…

Sun Chemical’s fifth Corporate Sustainability Report out
Sun Chemical’s latest Sustainability Report improves data reporting, shows examples of renewable projects, and available now…

Quark announces free QuarkXPress Masterclass series
To help designers and production teams, Quark is offering a series of six free online Masterclass training sessions starting today…

Canon celebrates first UK ColorWave 900 customer
At Sign & Digital, the UK’s first Océ ColorWave 900 was purchased on-stand by London-based Online Reprographics…

Körtel & Hieke boosts capacity with Bobst ExpertCut 106
The company has boosted its die-cutting productivity by about 40 per cent with a Bobst ExpertCut 106 LER with in-line blanker…

Rose enhances quality with reverse osmosis system
Rose Calendars has installed a Technotrans’ alpha r.10 water treatment system across five of its battery of presses…

Thu 8 May…   HP expands its Graphics Solutions portfolio at Interpack
New HP Indigo and HP Scitex solutions help converters open the door to the corrugated, flexible-packaging and folding-carton markets…

Sappi announces Algro Guard M and Leine Guard M
Innovative barrier substrate addresses concerns on migration of mineral oil into food from recycled paper packaging…

Cupforma Ice from Stora Enso debuts at Interpack
Stora Enso Cupforma Ice: a cool new option for ice cream packaging; as well as a new Cupforma board for microwave-proof cups…

QuadTech appoints Dynagraph for Middle East
QuadTech’s colour and inspection solutions are key to unlocking Middle East print market growth. Dynagraph to provide sales/service…

Sign & Digital UK delivers once again at the NEC
Eight per cent increase in visitors from 29 April and 1 May at the NEC, Birmingham, plus re-bookings up by 33 per cent for 2015…

JCT opts for Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed
JCT stays on growth path with Screen Europe’s newest wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV as its first flatbed inkjet printer…

Orchard adds folding power to meet long perfector output
Orchard Press has returned to Heidelberg to order a TH 82 buckle machine with a round continuous feeder…

A new era in sheetfed offset for Packages Limited
KBA Rapida 106 with six inking units, coater and delivery extension at one of the largest packaging printers in Pakistan…

Fri 9 May…
    Kodak reports net loss in first quarter 2014
Kodak narrows its loss on a comparable basis in first quarter as transformation continues in technology businesses…

Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper, authored by Laurel Brunner managing director of Digital Dots, available to download as PDF…

HP and Comexi lamination solution for HP Indigo 20000
HP and Comexi Group to introduce first dedicated end-to-end lamination solution for digitally printed flexible packaging…

First Mimaki JFX200 sale within minutes of show debut
Graphic Station seals the deal with Mimaki distributor Hybrid Services minutes after Sign & Digital UK show opened at the NEC…

Less than two weeks to go until the biggest digital event in 2014
FESPA Digital is the launch platform of choice for leading brands and new exhibitors, from Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 May, in Munich…

Agfa Graphics to present the Anapurna M2050i in Munich
New Anapurna M2050i provides a best-in-segment quality, productivity, price ratio and a brand new contemporary design…

FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…

The Friday lead articles from last week’s update… 

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…

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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

Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper authored by Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited which can be downloaded here as a PDF…

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…

May/June Chapter 05

JCT opts for Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV

JCT Visual Communications stays on growth path with Screen Europe’s newest wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV and its first flatbed inkjet printer…

Cartonic Packaging’s seven-colour Rapida 106 with two coaters
The new KBA Rapida 106 in operation at Cartonic Packaging Group’s site in Emskirchen, Germany has produced 13.5m sheets in its first quarter…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Most recent…    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…
Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

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

FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

Hollanders to debut modular ColorBooster 250 
Entry-level digital textile and carpet printers to make their début in the European market at FESPA Digital…

Agfa Graphics will present the Anapurna M2050i in Munich
New Anapurna M2050i provides a best-in-segment quality-productivity-price ratio and a brand new, contemporary design…

Drytac Europe to launch new products at FESPA Digital
Drytac to launch a new range of ReTac permanently peelable media…

EMEA premiere of new SAi FlexiPRINT HP Edition software
SAi to also offer FESPA Digital visitors free subscriptions to flagship Flexi software for printing and signmaking…

Matan to debut Barak 8QW superwide printer at FESPA
Matan’s new Barak 8QW superwide printer for European debut with white and rigid printing capabilities at FESPA Digital 2014…

Two weeks to go until the biggest digital print event of 2014
FESPA Digital is the launch platform of choice for leading brands and new exhibitors, from Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 May…

FESPA News 2014

FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…

The largest FESPA Mexico to date
Nearly four months out from the event, taking place 21 – 23 August 2014, 30 per cent of exhibitors are international brands, up 10 per cent on last year…

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…

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2 comments
  1. Hi Andreas,

    Thank you so much. I am still battling to get ahead in order to leave tomorrow! See you soon.

    M

  2. Martin, Francois said:

    Are you coming at interpack – amazing show – you would like it.
    Francois

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