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Graphic Repro On-line News from 29 June 2015
By Mike Hilton
graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 26 June which looks at capturing rainwater as a source of environmental impact reduction and to benefit local communities.  There are also two additions to Online Features Chapter 06, as Heidelberg underlines its reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity to be adopted globally in the run-up to drupa 2016, which also led the news on Wednesday. Then we have Andreas Weber’s interview with Oliver Zünd which is also among Friday’s news headlines. 

In Chapter 02 (Technology-related articles) you will find the very latest from Bobst as its ‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ event drew close to 300 packaging experts from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June. This is followed by Heidelberg announcing the latest version of its Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF for both packaging and commercial printers – without the use of colour control strips, to enable materials savings which can be significant, so don’t skip it please. Finally we have the comprehensive report-back on KBA‘s LED-UV and traditional UV Conference held in Radebeul last month.

On Monday Two Sides took the lead with comment on its latest survey in the UK which posed the following thought provoking question: Reading from paper or reading from screens. What do consumers prefer? Tuesday saw EFI announce the launch of its latest Digital Front End for digital printing systems, to be available from Q3 this year. As mentioned above, Heidelberg took the lead on Wednesday with its new corporate brand update. On Thursday EFI actually took the two top spots yet again as it announced the acquisitions of both Reggiani Macchine in Italy for textiles injet printing; following by the acquisition of Matan Digital Printers product range and technology to boost its presence in superwide-format display graphics.

To round off the week on Friday, Manroland Web Systems‘ participation in the London Book Printing Forum took the lead as it continues to promote the value of its FormerLine in industrial scale digital book production. There were only 21 news articles selected this week as the European holiday season takes hold and incoming news has cooled off, unlike the weather, but you will find a nice cross section of news if you scroll down carefully.

As the tailender this week I felt I had to draw attention to Sappi‘s announcement on Thursday, with the sale of its Enstra Mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business to Corruseal Group. For Sappi die-hards this must be quite a wrench, as it is here on a farm in Geduld near Springs in the then Eastern Transvaal in 1937, that the fledgling Sappi began life with the construction of its first mill named ‘Enstra’ (short for Enterprise Straw) for its early beginnings in the production of strawboard and later a range of kraft papers. We wish Corruseal every success with the ongoing business and future of the Entra Mill.

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 29 Jun…    Survey of UK consumers undertaken by Two Sides
Two Sides releases results of a new UK survey. Reading from paper or reading from screens. What do consumers prefer?…

Kolbus UK MD Robert Flather is new Picon chairman
Robert Flather has been elected as chairman of Picon and succeeds Bob Usher, managing director of Apex Digital Graphics…

MTEX opening of new central European showroom 7 – 9 July
MTEX to stage grand opening of its new central European showroom for complete digital textile print solutions, in northern France…

SPGPrints to present live demos at Labelexpo 2015
Live demos to highlight business-transforming potential of SPGPrints’ DSI digital UV-curable inkjet workflow at Labelexpo Europe….

Tue 30 Jun…   EFI announces next-generation Fiery DFE
EFI to launch the next-generation of its industry-leading Fiery digital front end platform for digital printing systems in July…

New white paper sponsored by Ricoh Europe for free download
Ricoh Europe encourages printers to expand use of Web to Print: Extend their reach, generate new revenues, and gain new clients…

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 LED-UV and Traditional UV sheetfed offset which drew over 1000 print experts to Radebeul…

Wed 01 Jul…   New brand identity underscores Heidelberg’s reorientation
Heidelberg has undergone extensive strategic development and reorientation and is underlining this with a new brand identity…

SPGPrints DSI raises the bar with digital UV inkjet
Canada’s ’29 février’ maple syrup brand sees cost-efficiency leap thanks to Multi Action Labels’ DSI digital UV-inkjet workflow…

Abacus welcomes latest opportunities of Linoprint CV technology

Abacus Print switched from Xerox to Konica technology, but its third generation digital press will be a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg…

Rufford targets 20% turnover lift with IFS spend
Increase anticipated following investment in Horizon SPF/FC200A stitch/fold/trim line supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems…

Thu 02 Jul…   EFI enters inkjet textile printing with Reggiani acquisition
EFI establishes industry-leading presence in high-growth textile printing with strategic acquisition of Reggiani Macchine…

EFI also announces acquisition of Matan Digital Printers
Deal solidifies EFI’s leadership in production inkjet for display graphics with addition of Matan product line and technology platform…

Sappi sells Enstra Mill business in Springs to Corruseal
Sappi announces sale of Enstra Mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business to Corruseal Group…

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

Fri 03 Jul…   
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…

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…

Xaar appoints Director of Advanced Manufacturing
Xaar targets growth in manufacturing applications with the appointment of Keith Smith to the new US-based role…

Pensord looks forward to turn-of-the-year ten-colour
Pensord Press to take delivery of its first ten-colour press and the first Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 102-10P in the UK…

OTT commissions a new Pantera Perfect Binder
Hybrid design clinches decision to invest in the softcover solution from Muller Martini for the French Alsace-based firm…

Lead article from Friday 26 June in previous update… 

Previous…   ‘Surprise. The Art of Print!’: Your support would be welcome!
Now there is the second step and a new Non-Profit project will start, developed in Mainz, Germany by Andreas Weber…

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.< /a>

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

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

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…

May/Jun 2015 Chapter 05

Previous…    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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

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

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

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 2015 and FESPA News

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

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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