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Graphic Repro On-line News from 06 July 2015
By Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 10 July, which this week asks If Interest in Carbon Footprinting is Stalled? You’ll also find a new report from KBA Sheetfed Solutions in Online Features, Chapter 06 as it follows ‘The Internet of Things’ in its digital business transformation’ for its Business Units. Most importantly, we have the announcement in our drupa Newsroom (in both English and German), outlining Messe Düsseldorf’s drupa director, Sabine Geldermann’s plans for next year’s drupa cube, with an innovative Conference Programme designed to bridge the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets.

This week’s news headlines began with UPM on Monday listing its latest eco credentials and achievements, followed by a selection of exhibitor announcements for this year’s Labelexpo in Brussels in late September, including Screen Europe, Esko and Chili Publish. Tuesday began with drupa mentioned above, followed by Sappi and Borregaard with their latest joint venture plans in South Africa. Wednesday saw Weiss Druck announce an order for a second 96-page Manroland Web Systems‘ Lithoman press, plus a comprehensive e-Retrofit of its Geoman press in Monschau, Germany; followed by Heidelberg with a se ries of digital successes from its digital printing portfolio based around the latest Linoprint CV/CP systems. On Thursday, Ricoh announced its further expansion into Eastern Europe; while on Friday, Xerox took the lead as it strives to make digital production colour market more colourful and profitable with the debut of its new faster iGen 5 with fifth colour option. Backtracking to Wednesday, EFI announced its latest Fiery Print Server platform which drives CMYK+ colour capabilities and faster processing for the new Xerox iGen 5.

There’s much more if you scroll down carefully, including Bobst’s announcement of its second beta site for its new digital press with Kodak Stream inkjet for corrugated board, at Schumacher Packaging in Ebersdorf, Germany on Wednesday; and Heidelberg UK’s latest Speedmaster successes at Optichrome in Woking, England, and at Gortreagh Printing in Ulster; also KBA making the headlines on Thursday at Meredith-Webb in the United States, as it prepares to install its fourth KBA press in five years, a Rapida 205 VLF press to access new opportunities.

Our tailender and congratulations this week go to Marc Lotter, who has been appointed as the new finance director of Heidelberg Graphic Systems Southern Africa in Johannesburg; and as many of you may know, Marc hails from one of South Africa’s well-known print families in Johannesburg.

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 06 July

Mon 06 July…    UPM publishes EMAS 2014 certifications for its mills
UPM pulp and paper mills’ environmental performance reported in EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme 2014 statements…

Screen Europe’s latest Truepress Jet L350UV at Labelexpo
New software, hardware and finishing features deliver new levels of quality, productivity and flexibility for the inkjet label press…

Esko at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels in September
Esko to demonstrate strong business impact of its powerful, flexible production workflows for all printing technologies…

CHILI Publish set to sizzle at Labelexpo Europe 2015
Real-World 3D View leads the list of features to transform design and production for packaging and labels…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels
Meech’s Hyperion range of static control bars to feature at Labelexpo together with complete range of web cleaning systems…

Tue 07 July…   drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across vertical markets…

Borregaard and Sappi to expand production at LignoTech
Borregaard, Norway and Sappi, South Africa announce 20,000 tonnes capacity expansion at lignin joint venture in South Africa…

UPM introduces its renewed UPM Color range
Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange: Part of standard newsprint papers, the grade is suitable for both coldset and heatset Offset…

Reinforcing colour management with PantoneLIVE+ColorCert
The pre-media agency Diadeis integrates X-Rite’s leading colour management solutions to improve services for brand owners…

Cashin beefs up water treatment with Technotrans
Technotrans alpha.r 10 water treatment unit added to cope with higher print output following Speedmaster SX 102-2-P install…

Wed 08 Jul…   Weiss-Druck to add second Manroland 96-page Lithoman
Weiss-Druck invests in second Manroland Lithoman + comprehensive e-Retrofit of its Geoman press in Monschau, Germany…

Heidelberg has growing customer numbers moving to digital
More and more customers move to the Heidelberg digital printing portfolio based around the Linoprint CV/CP systems…

Schumacher Packaging becomes Bobst’ second beta site
Second beta site for Bobst’s digital press with Kodak Stream inkjet for corrugated board is Schumacher in Ebersdorf, Germany…

KBA-Sheetfed on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation modifies business processes for KBA’s largest business unit: KBA-Sheetfed Solutions…

EFI launches New Fiery FS200 Pro digital front end
New EFI Fiery Print Server platform drives CMYK+ colour capabilities and faster processing for Xerox iGen 5…

Thu 09 Jul…   Ricoh expands to the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Ricoh Europe has announced its acquisition of leading distributor Impromat-CZ spol. and Impromat Slov spol….

Optichrome moves to Heidelberg and Speedmaster XL 75
Optichrome breaks with tradition and switches from Manroland to Heidelberg technology with new B2 five-colour and coater…

Meredith-Webb adds new KBA Rapida 205 VLF press
A fleet of four KBA presses installed in five years affords new opportunities and increases pace of production…

Seven products for Stationers’ Seal of Excellence

The Stationers’ Company launches Warrant Scheme enabling companies to use the Livery’s crest and ‘seal of excellence’…

Xaar announces another senior appointment in the USA

New US director of sales to spearhead Xaar’s drive into North and Latin American markets…

Fri 10 Jul…   Xerox launches the iGen 5 with immediate availability
Thrive with five: Xerox makes digital production colour market even more colourful, profitable with debut of the new iGen 5…

Heidelberg Graphic Systems appoints new finance director

Marc Lotter has been appointed as the new finance director of Heidelberg Graphic Systems Southern Africa…

The Nordic Ecolabel for Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks
Fujifilm’s wide-format Uvijet UV inks gain Nordic Ecolabel certification further reinforcing the company’s green credentials…

Sawgrass and JG Electronics at FESPA Africa
Sawgrass and JG Electronics to showcase the Art of Sublimation at FESPA Africa 2015 in Johannesburg, from 22 to 24 July…

Extensive retrofit on Ecoman by PrintHouseService

Mundschenk Druck plans for the long term with complete electronic end-to-end control system retrofit from PHS…

Gortreagh Printing upgrades its four-colour capability
A Speedmaster SX 52-4-P, a B3 four-colour perfector, has been delivered to Gortreagh Printing in Ulster…

Lead article from Friday 03 July in our previous update… 

Previous…   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…

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.

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the ‘Internet of Things’
Digital Business Transformation’ for KBA and its Business Units successfully modifies business processes…

Previous…    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

Previous…    Bobst Competence 15: 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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Is Interest in Carbon Footprinting Stalled?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 July

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

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 News from Messe Düsseldorf

drupa cube: innovative conference programme at drupa 2016
Bridging the gap between print professionals and their creative agency, marketing and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets…

drupa cube: Innovatives Konferenzprogramm zur drupa 2016
Print schlägt die Brücke zwischen Kreativagenturen, Marketiers, Brandownern und vertikalen Märkten…

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

FESPA brand draws growing Asian audience
Increase in Asian visitors to FESPA Global Expo 2015 in Cologne, Germany, and high level of entries to FESPA Awards…

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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