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Print + Publishing: Mike Hilton’s News Update to Monday 16 June

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 16 June

Welcome to an amazing week in the world of digital printing, both toner and injet based, plus of course, Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog and some new additions in Online Features, including new White Papers from HP relating to its disruptive technology releases this past week which you can download as PDFs. But before we begin with a review of the major items… today’s lead article announces a strategic agreement between Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa Graphics South Africa, for the distribution, service and support of the entire Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa – including plates and its complete range of inkjet printers.Last Monday Xerox took the lead with the opening of its latest Customer Innovation Centre in France with a clear message that inkjet will play a serious part in Xerox’ future in the industry. That was in last week’s update, but the links are still below if you missed it.

Tuesday began with Kodak’s announcement of two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses – literally new from the ground up – as it reveals its next-generation of inkjet printing. These are seriously big high-speed digital web machines for both mono and colour, and you not only need to read the article but also visit the Kodak Website to see the complete presentation, diagrams, configurations and detail, to see how serious the company is for the future of its high-speed Stream inkjet technology. A link is provided at the foot of the article.Heidelberg’s full acquisition of Gallus, also announced on Tuesday, highlights the aim to accelerate the use of Heidelberg’s digital products in the growing labels sector.

On Wednesday you will find Heidelberg’s results for its 2013/2014 Financial Year. But don’t be misled into thinking this is simply about figures. It is not. The article reveals much more about Heidelberg’s immediate, short-term and longer-term plans, including the move of 500 people from its central Heidelberg administrative site to the production site in Wiesloch/Walldorf – including the management board. Read it carefully and you will learn a lot. For the full financial figures you can simply go to the Heidelberg Website.

Thursday saw HP take the lead with the announcement of the upgrading of its flagship range of HP Indigo sheet- and roll-fed presses, including closed-loop colour control with in-line spectrophotometer and colour management tools help to ensure the best possible match to hard-copy proofs, colour uniformity within a page, and colour consistency between presses and sites to meet strict brand guidelines. The spectrophotometer also streamlines the process for colour standards certifications, such as GRACoL and FOGRA. Also on Thursday, major European book printer CPI has opted for the Manroland Web Systems FormerLine book block solution for digital inline finishing in conjunction with its HP Inkjet Web Press. The FormerLine will fold and cut at CPI’s Clausen & Bosse plant in Leck,Germany from the middle of 2014.

On Friday, Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken announced and presented the world’s first industrial large-format digital varnishing machine for sizes from A3+ to B1+ at 10,000 sheets/hour; but the even bigger surprise again came from HP as it announced PageWide inkjet technology for its Designjet printers which will completely disrupt the multi-billion dollar production printing market currently dominated by Canon and Xerox, and which mainly uses LED technology with a little bit of Memjet. There’s more on this in today’s news from Andreas Weber who was in Barcelona for the HP launch event on Thursday of last week.

There’s lots more lower down.

Until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Tuesday 10 June – Monday 16 June
Tue 10 June…    Kodak announces two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses
Two new from the ground up Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses unleash the next-generation of printing to meet diverse customer needs…Heidelberg announces full acquisition of Gallus Holding AG
The full acquisition of Gallus Holding will accelerate the use of Heidelberg’s digital products in the growing labels sector…

FESPA Africa 2014 attracts major industry players
FESPA Africa 2014 is set to be the largest exhibition in the region to date after securing commitment from major industry players…Ricoh SA sponsors Dutch cyclist Shayne Rookhuyzen
Ricoh SA has donated R50,000 to Dutch cyclist in Cairo-to-Cape Wheels of Hope journey to raise money for children’s charities…Revo Open House ‘World premiere’ for digital flexo
Gidue in Florence will host the Revo Open House to launch the ‘Digital Flexo Revolution’, 10 – 12 June…Page Brothers secures closed loop colour with Heidelberg
Page Brothers has invested in the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-5+L after an analysis of its B1 options…Sonderen Packaging opts for KBA Rapida 145 large-format
Third-generation, family-owned business enters its 51st Year and to invests for the future with new press from KBA…

Wed 11 June…   Heidelberg publishes results for Financial Year 2013/2014
Heidelberg initiates next stage of Group’s reorganisation with targeted EBITDA margin of no less than 8 per cent for new financial year…

St Ives Group to support Two Sides in the UK
St Ives Group strengthens commitment to sustainable print production with Two Sides agreement in the UK…

First Inca Onset Q40i in Europe to Quad/Graphics
Quad/Graphics in Poland is first in Europe to invest in Inca Onset Q40i supplied by Fujifilm, following its Onset Q40i purchase in USA…

Perfekt gets first Polar CuttingSystem PACE in Poland
Warsaw printing house Perfekt S.A. is the first in Poland to produce on the Polar CuttingSystem PACE…

Superfast Labels weaves its magic with Epson SurePress

The Hair Wizard chooses digital labels for hair product launch and ability to produce fast time to market creative seasonal variations…

Thu 12 June…    
New HP Indigo digital presses with increased production
HP Indigo 7800 and WS6800 digital presses offer unmatched performance, as well as simplified colour management…

CPI opens new chapter in book printing with FormerLine
Giant book printer opts for the Manroland Web Systems FormerLine book block solution for digital inline finishing…

EFI and AMSP/NAPL/NAQP: The ultimate in thought leadership
Joint EFI Connect and AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Executive Leadership Summit in 2015 promises a more powerful educational experience…

21 Colour in Glasgow gains Heidelberg certification
Colour by name, colour by nature, as 21 Colour joins the Heidelberg Colour Club with Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 certification…

ColorLogic releases version 3 of CoPrA
ColorLogic GmbH has released the third generation of CoPrA, its high-end colour profiling software…

Fri 13 June…   Dmax large-format digital varnishing world première
Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken present the world’s first large-format digital varnishing machine…HP announces PageWide Technology for Designjet printers
HP disrupts production printing market with new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints…

KBA at Expoprint 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil

A powerful trio: KBA Rapida 105 with MBO and Herzog+Heymann folders from 16 to 22 July at the Transamérica Expo Centre São Paulo…QuadTech at ExpoPrint Latin America 2014
Latest technology coupled with new service and support structure increases quality and lowers costs for Brazilian printers…Pandaprint invests in new Speedmaster SX74-5
Dunfermline printer looks forward to completing Heidelberg press line up with B2 five-colour machine with high pile delivery…HOA Creative Communications invests in Ricoh Pro C901
The specialist print management and design service broadens its offering and extends in-house digital printing…Mon 16 June…    Thunderbolt forms strategic alliance with Agfa Graphics
Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa agreement for distribution, service and support of Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa…

Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
HP in Barcelona, by Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson of the DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz, Germany…

Grapho Metronic management move for Manuel Kosok
Manroland Web Systems subsidiary company Grapho Metronic strengthens its management with Manroland Web addition…

Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg
Rattpack Group recently invested ?4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production with a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Resl follows Presto II with Alegro and Ventura MC
Tiskárna Resl in the CzechRepublic invests in two more Muller Martini systems hot on the heels of its Presto II purchase…

Thieme closes the gap between screen and digital print
Open digital printing platform for open process development with Thieme’s newly developed modular printing system…

The Monday lead articles from the previous update… 

Xerox reveals inkjet strategy and ambitions with new Centre
Xerox features inkjet technology in newest Customer Innovation Centre in France and enhances Innovation Centres worldwide…

Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July

Kemtek to showcase leading technologies from HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo…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.Online Feature articles 2014
There have been 50 so far this year, including seven downloads. 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

HP disrupts production printing market with PageWide Technology
PageWide White Paper for download, following HP’s announcement of new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints at high speeds and lower costs…Inks for HP PageWide Technology White Paper
Technical white paper for download as a PDF detailing new HP pigment inks for quality, speed, and reliability…

Previous…    
Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes
You can download the latest Agfa Graphics’ Tech paper entitled ‘Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes’ here…

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

Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg

Rattpack Group, one of the showcase companies in the Austrian print and packaging industry, recently invested €4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production, which includes a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Previous…    
Druckerei Lokay and Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates
Druckerei Lokay in Reinheim, Germany optimises its outstanding environmental profile by switching to Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates…Marvaco remains at the forefront of technology with Esko
Award-winning high quality flexo print and best-in-class customer service now also recognized with FTA Best-of-Show, as well as gold and bronze awards…Bedruckbar AG relies on flatbed technology by Agfa Graphics
Bedruckbar AG from Bern, Switzerland invested in a new Jeti 3020 Titan of Agfa Graphics last year…

Sisonke corners digital print market with Xerox presses

Litho, web and digital printing company Sisonke Printers and Signage in Johannesburg has bought several production digital colour presses from Bytes Document Solutions…LSD Günter Neumann: Welcome aboard, Asanti
Hamburg-based LSD Günter Neumann GmbH started out as a traditional screen printer and over time has grown into a state-of-the-art, innovative digital printing company…Flex-Punkt chooses Kodak in clear vote to raise quality
‘The highest possible standard in platemaking’ – that is the Flex-Punkt philosophy. It is a claim that goes hand in hand with very high quality demands…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
By Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz, Germany…dmax large-format digital varnishing world première
Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken present the world’s first high-speed large-format digital varnishing machine – the dmax…New HP Indigo digital presses with increased productivity
The new HP Indigo 7800 sheet-fed and WS6800 roll-fed digital presses offer unmatched performance, as well as simplified colour management…

Kodak announces two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses
Two brand new from the ground up Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses are set to unleash the next-generation of printing to meet diverse customer needs…

Previous…    World premiere of new Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 in Heidelberg
Heidelberg Info Days – new high-performance large-format presses unveiled for packaging printing in Wiesloch-Walldorf…

KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides
Successful open house was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014…
Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris BlogsNano Nano
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 June

Previous…    Brussels Calling
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 JuneTwo Sides Corner

St Ives Group to support Two Sides
St Ives Group strengthens commitment to sustainable print production with Two Sides agreement in the UK…
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Africa 2014FESPA Africa 2014 attracts major industry players
FESPA Africa 2014 is set to be the largest exhibition in the region to date after securing commitment from major industry players…Previous…    Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July
Kemtek to showcase leading prepress, printing and finishing technologies from HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo…

Be inspired by the FESPA Africa education programme
FESPA Africa will be a hive of inspirational activity from 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg…Antalis to showcase Now and the Future at FESPA Africa
Antalis South Africa is set to inspire visitors to its stand at FESPA Africa from 2 – 4 July with LED superwide-format and wide-format inkjet, digital printing, digtal finishing, software and more…FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…FESPA Digital 2014

2014 World Wrap Master Crowned at FESPA Digital 2014
Kiss Lajos, Hungary, won this year’s FESPA World Wrap Masters competition…

Gold Awards for UK in this year’s FESPA lineup
FESPA Awards 2014 celebrating print excellence, Munich 22 May…

FESPA Awards 2014 Celebrated Print Excellence in Munich
The FESPA Awards programme Gold for New Zealand and FESPA Hall of Fame Printer of the Year 2014 to Australia…

Bordeaux recaps successful FESPA in Munich
New distribution partner, demonstrations of newly released ink on Roland and Epson printers at FESPA Digital 2014…

FESPA News 2014

FESPA progresses regional re-investment programme in Turkey
50,000 Turkish Lira to print education for next-generation Turkish printers underlines FESPA’s ‘Profit for Purpose’ commitment in Eurasia…

FESPA launches Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community..

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 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

Most recent…    drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…

drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…

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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