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Global News: Good progress for the Print and Publishing Industries

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Graphic Repro On-line News: Review from 29 June 2015

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights, the latest addition to the FESPA Newsroom and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 26 June which looks at invisible print as a source of environmental impact reduction. We also had the first of the drupa 2016 Expert Articles a week ago, from internationally renowned editor and publisher Gareth Ward, of Print Business UK, just in case you missed it in last week’s update. In Online Features Chapter 05 you will find the latest from KBA with a report on LED UV from Blackmore in the UK; and from HEPACK in Germany with a massive investment in Heidelberg sheetfed and finishing for packaging. There’s also a really encouraging and exciting first as a KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to enter the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany. A first for KBA in this growth sector which has massive potential for digital print – both toner-based and especially in inkjet.

Monday and Tuesday’s leaders are included in the mentions above, while on Wednesday, QuadTech led the headlines with its Color Control System on Vuye Flexible Packaging’s new DGp Thallo Press in The Netherlands, showcased at open house. DGp or DG press is a company of the DG press GrouP and was founded in 2009 after the bankruptcy of Drent Goebel.

On Thursday Antalis took the lead with its four most recent acquisitions In the packaging and visual communication distribution markets representing annual sales of Euro 130 million, which are enabling Antalis to step-up the pace of its development in the packaging field.

To round off this week’s leaders we chose Andreas Weber’s latest non-profit initiative which really does need your help with crowd-funding and support, in order to achieve its ambitious target. Please read all about it and follow the links in the article which along with the project is entitled ‘Surprise. The Art of Print!’ from Mainz in Germany, home of the founding father of print, Johannes Gutenberg.

Quite a number of new developments and also some very nice sales and installations appear among this week’s selection of 25 news articles, including Heidelberg in the UK, Horizon with IFS also in the UK, KBA-Flexotecnica in China, Muller Martini in the USA, MPS in India, and Rotocontrol in Italy, as we approach the main holiday season in Europe, when industry news is expected to drop even further during the month of July. Always a good time to take a break!

The tailender this week goes to Andrew Jones and Merthyr Tydfil-based Welsh print shop Stephens & George, which next month will switch its final XL 105 for another 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 106-10-P, bringing the total of  XL 106 long-perfectors with InPress Control, Autoplate XL and CutStar to five. You’ll find the full story which highlights the massive savings the company has achieved with this technology shift in Thursday’s headlines.

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 22 June

Mon 22 Jun…    Renowned book producer Kösel invests in KBA RotaJET 76
The KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer entering the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany.

UPM closes 130,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity in France
UPM has permanently closed PM 3 at Chapelle Darblay. The decision is part of its profit improvement target announced last November.

Ricoh at Interquest 2015 Forum on 25 June

Ricoh shows off colour trade book production expertise at Interquest 2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum…

FESPA China 2015: Find your key to success
FESPA China returns to Shanghai from 21 – 23 October 2015, with host of top global and local print manufacturers…

Friesens Corporation adds Roland 900 HiPrint XXL
Friesens puts the apex of automation and one of North America’s largest eight-colour perfecting presses from Manroland into action…

Tue 23 Jun…   Neuenstein-based HEPACK undertakes 12 million investment
HEPACK Druck+Verpackung reorganises production with large-format equipment, workflow and services all from Heidelberg…

Dscoop scores a perfect round in Dublin

Dscoop has confirmed that 1250 industry professionals from 47 different countries congregated in Dublin for the largest Dscoop yet…

Fujifilm Flenex FW flexo plate debut at Labelexpo 2015
Fujifilm’s Flenex FW water-washable flexo plate makes its official European debut at Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels in September…

Flint Group finds the easy way to create flat top
Nyloflex FTF Digital, an inherently flat top plate with special, textured surface for flexible packaging…

Top Soft Pinning plate improves flexo productivity

Asahi introduces new medium hard AFP-TSP digital plate for paper, folding carton and corrugated board and flexible packaging…

Wed 24 Jun…   QuadTech technology showcased with new DGp press
QuadTech Color Control System on Vuye Flexible Packaging’s new DGp Thallo Press in The Netherlands showcased at open house…

KBA Rapida LED Press a ‘marketing dream’ for Blackmore

Dorset’s premier print house hits new heights with UK’s first B1 LED press after its first three months of commercial production…

StitchLiner investment supports Whittington Moor’s growth

15 per cent year-on-year increase to continue with ROI in 15 months, following the installation of Horizon StitchLiner from IFS…

Focus on fabric for new investment at Colour Graphics
Colour Graphics adds MTEX 5032Pro direct-to-textile printer…

KBA China ensures comeback in Chinese flexo market
Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing opts for EVO XD from KBA-Flexotecnica after an intensive selection process…

Thu 25 Jun…   Antalis steps up pace of development through acquisition
In the packaging and visual communication distribution markets Antalis’ four new acquisitions represent sales of Euro 130 million…

pdfToolbox 8.0 focuses on usability and versatility

Callas Software releases major update of its flagship pdfToolbox product family with all-new Object Inspector tool…

Stephens & George completes switch to Speedmaster XL 106

Next month the Merthyr Tydfil-based Welsh print shop will switch its final XL 105 for another 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 106-10-P…

Blitsdruk raises the digital print bar with Xerox
The George-based South African digital print, design and copy shop has invested in a Xerox Versant 2100 digital printer…

Primera Digital saddle stitching at DS Graphics in the USA
Customised travel brochures with runs of 1 are produced automatically with the innovative saddle stitcher from Muller Martini…

Fri 26 Jun…   
‘Surprise. The Art of Print!’: Please give your support!
Now there is the second step and a new Non-Profit project will start, developed in Mainz, Germany by Andreas Weber…

Labelexpo Europe strengthens focus on package printing
Package printing will be a core subject at Labelexpo Europe 2015 as the show prepares to return to Brussels in September…

Mimaki to add sparkle to its stand with eco-solvent silver

Beauty and practicality demos planned for Labelexpo 2015…

A third MPS flexo press for Pragati Pack
Pragati Pack, based in Hyderabad, India, has invested in its third MPS flexo press for printing pressure-sensitive labels….

Italgrafica expands with two Rotocontrol machines
The Italian converter has ordered an RSC-series slitter/rewinder and a custom-built C-series high-quality slitting machine…

Lead articles from Friday 19 June in previous update… 

Previous…    Smarter Print to Market
Touch the future. The first of the drupa Expert Articles in this new series by Gareth Ward, Editor and Publisher of Print Business UK…

50 years of unit-type sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul
Technological milestones from Saxony revolutionised the press engineering industry…

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.

May/June 2015 Chapter 05

KBA Rapida LED press a ‘marketing dream’ for Blackmore
Dorset’s premier print house hits new heights with UK’s first B1 LED press…

Neuenstein-based HEPACK undertakes 12 million Heidelberg investment
HEPACK Druck+Verpackung GmbH reorganises production with new large-format equipment, workflow and services from Heidelberg…

Renowned book producer Kösel invests in KBA RotaJET 76
The KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to enter the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany…

Previous…    Walliser Bote becomes first completely digitally printed newspaper
The Manroland digital finishing solution FoldLine for the HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press at Mengis Druck AG in Switzerland finishes newspapers at high speed…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Previous…    50 years of unit-type sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul
Technological milestones from Saxony revolutionised the press engineering industry…

Heidelberg opens its new Commercial PMC in Wiesloch-Walldorf
New Print Media Centre Commercial at Wiesloch-Walldorf site reflects strategic reorientation of Heidelberg with focus on customer benefits…

Production Open Days at KBA in Würzburg Day 1
Koenig & Bauer undertakes large investment in high-performance manufacturing for the future, in parallel to realignment…

Production open-house at KBA in Würzburg for staff Day 2
A resounding success with a turnout of almost 1,000 amazed current and former KBA employees on day two, following 50 VIPs…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Invisible Print is a Source of Environmental Impact Reduction
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 June

Previous…    Building Margins
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 June

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 Expert Articles series

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 2015 and FESPA News

FESPA 2015 attracted record numbers from Benelux
Regional interest in FESPA spikes ahead of FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam…

Previous…    FESPA 2015 attracted most international visitor audience to date
The FESPA 2015 Global Expo in Cologne, Germany attracted the most internationally diverse audience yet from 133 countries…

FESPA China 2015: Find your key to success
FESPA China returns to Shanghai from 21 – 23 October 2015, with host of top global and local print manufacturers…

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

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