Global News: Focus on 2015 InterTech Technology Awards

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Since 1978 the InterTech™ Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries.

Graphic Repro On-line News | 27 July 2015
by Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 24 July, which this week takes a peek at addressing climate change… I think, or has she perhaps developed a Gerald Scarfe type of obsession for HRH Prince Charles’ ears perhaps?  As the European holiday season and exodus really gets underway there are no Online Features or FESPA or Drupa News items this week… except from Kemtek in South Africa which drew attention to FESPA Africa on both Wednesday and Friday. The event took place in Johannesburg from Wednesday until Friday at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. There was also one show-related announcement from Nipson together with its distributor Inkjet Technology Solutions.

The week’s news has been rather thin on the ground, but we did receive EFI’s second quarter results to lead the news on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday we have Heidelberg with its preliminary figures for its first quarter of the current financial year. This was accompanied by Printing Industries of America, as it announces the ten winners of the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards to be presented during Graph Expo in Chicago in September.

The week saw the latest software releases from Esko and Agfa Graphics on Monday, while on Tuesday a new HP-tested UV varnish range was introduced by Flint. On Wednesday, Epson announced the launch of two new dye-sublimation printers for printing on a range of substrates to complete its range of dye-sub printers. The new SC-F7200 and SC-F6200 printers are capable of producing high-quality printed textiles, such as clothing, sportswear and home textiles, and also offer the flexibility needed to sublimate onto a range of hard substrates. On Friday Flint introduced a new metal-backed letterpress plate to its range.

Several really nice installations and sales successes this week came from Ricoh at X-Ide in Norway which has added four new C9110 digital presses; Gallus at RAKO Group which has installed two new Gallus ECS 340 presses; Xerox with Bytes at TCM in Pretoria with a new Versant 2100; Screen at ESAG in Portugal with a new large-format Truepress W3200UV HS flatbed press; Epson at Kili Arts also with large-format, a SureColor SC-F6000 dye-sub printer; Heidelberg UK at Thomson Print & Packaging with new Suprasetter CTP; while Heidelberg in Germany announced the new Speedmaster XL 106 eight-colour perfector with energy-saving LE UV coating at Görres-Druckerei. A major Printservices project has been completed by Manroland Web at Fairfax Media Printing and Logistics to make newspaper production future proof in New Zealand; and Delta Print & Packaging in Belfast is set to enhance its production capabilities as it takes delivery of Speedmaster XL 145-6+L from Heidelbe rg UK. Last but not least, trade finisher A&M Ellis in the UK has added Horizon perfect binding from Intelligent Finishing Systems.

A tailender on an environmental note this week goes to UPM (Friday). In the recently released WWF UK Timber Scorecard, UPM was one of a small number of companies which received the highest score.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton


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From Monday 20 July

Mon 20 July…    Esko releases Software Suite 14.1
Bringing ease of use with SaaS options, more flexibility, subscriptions, improved support and lower total cost of ownership…

Agfa Graphics launches v3.0 of StoreFront
Agfa Graphics’ StoreFront cloud-based Web-to-print workflow system enables simpler online store creation and management…

X-Idé AS invests in four Ricoh Pro C9110 presses

European-wide investment in Ricoh’s flagship digital press, the Ricoh Pro C9110 continues unabated…

Witzhave-based RAKO Group opts for Gallus again
RAKO Group invests in two further Gallus ECS 340 presses for its headquarters in Witzhave, Germany…

TCM Copy & Print boosts capacity with Xerox Versant 2100
Pretoria-based digital print shop TCM Copy & Print has increased its production levels and turnaround time with new Versant…

Tue 21 July…   EFI reports record Second Quarter 2015
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the Second Quarter 2015 with record revenue up 5% on last year…

Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS drives 30% growth at ESAG
In just six months with the new press, the company is winning new clients, regaining former clients and has started exporting…

Kili Arts brings high-definition photos to life on metal

Large-format printing and framing specialist invests in Epson SureColor SC-F6000 dye-sub printer for high quality photo prints…

Thomson Print & Packaging adds Suprasetter CTP

Edinburgh quality specialist invests in Heidelberg prepress kit…

HP-tested UV varnish range launched by Flint Group

Flint Group Narrow Web launches the DigiCoat HP UV varnish range for HP Indigo digitally printed media…

Wed 22 Jul…   Heidelberg’s preliminary figures for Q1 2015/2016
Strategic reorientation is taking effect – successful start to new financial year in first quarter 2015/2016 for Heidelberg…

The 2015 InterTech Technology Awards recipients named

Printing Industries of America announces the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards, to be presented in Chicago in September…

An Invitation to visit Kemtek at FESPA Africa 2015
Free-entry to FESPA Africa 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa taking place from 22 – 24 July…

Nipson technology under discussion at FESPA Africa

Latest Nipson technology developments, including details on the world’s fastest powder-based security toner-based system…

New printing packages complete Epson’s dye-sub line-up
Epson unveils two new dye-sublimation printers for superior-quality printing on a range of substrates…

Thu 23 Jul…   CIP4 France 2015: The Workflow Automation events
Three events: In Grenoble, 8 – 9 October 2015; in Paris, 12 – 16 October, and Conference JDF also in Paris on 14 October…

Görres-Druckerei adds Speedmaster XL 106 with LE UV
The Speedmaster XL 106 eight-colour perfector with energy-saving LE UV coating significantly speeds up the production process…

‘Fantastic Job’ at Fairfax Media in New Zealand
Major Printservices project completed at Fairfax Media Printing and Logistics to make newspaper production future proof…

New EFI Fiery API for Print Service Providers

EFI Fiery Application Programming Interface paves the way to new, custom applications for digital print production…

Fujifilm adds Phoenix to its print solutions portfolio
Fujifilm joins forces with software developer Tilia Labs to strengthen its XMF workflow for the packaging market…

Fri 24 Jul…   Upbeat start to Kemtek’s FESPA Africa in Johannesburg
Featuring some of the most advanced printing, cutting and finishing technologies from Durst, Aristo, Foliant and Duplo…

UPM receives top scores in WWF UK Timber Scorecard

In the recently released WWF UK Timber Scorecard, UPM was one of a small number of companies which received the highest score…

Delta enhances production with large-format Speedmaster
Delta Print & Packaging in Belfast is set to enhance its production capabilities, as it takes delivery of Speedmaster XL 145-6+L…

A&M Ellis expands services with Horizon BQ470
Customer demand prompts Wolverhampton trade finisher to add Horizon perfect binding from Intelligent Finishing Systems…

Flint Group introduces new letterpress plate

Water washable, steel based Nyloprint WS WD with improved reproduction characteristics for higher print quality…

Lead articles on Friday 17 July from our previous update… 

Previous…   Gallus at Labelexpo Brussels 2015
Gallus set to impress in Brussels in September with the DCS 340 digital printing press, from the roll to the finished die-cut label…

Sappi Speciality Papers gears up for FachPack and Labelexpo
Sappi Speciality Papers has announced that it will be exhibiting at two important European packaging & label shows in the autumn…

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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

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

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Previous…    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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Prince Charles and Abating Climate Change
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 July

Previous…    Going Round in Circles
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 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

Previous…    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…    Brand new perspectives in packaging print
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 2, July 2015, by Des King, a leading freelance journalist in the printing & packaging industries, based in the UK…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA News 2015

Previous…    Fastest selling Mexican event is now sold out
2015 FESPA Mexico event on track to be largest show to date, with over 10,000 visitors expected to pass through its sold-out halls…

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