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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 3 August 2015

By Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 31 July, which this week takes a look at the growing number of Standards and Environmental Labels for Printers and Publishers. You will also find two additions in Online Features from the BPIF offering a PDF download of its latest flyer; and also announcing publication of the latest issue of Printing Outlook for Q3 2015. It ought to be in our News columns but unfortunately those are limited to one illustration and I wanted to be able to include two of the Charts from the publication, which can be ordered online by both members and non-members who want to follow and perhaps use its findings and forecasts.

Important news leaders this week came from Heidelberg’s Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2014/2015 on Monday; followed by UPM-Kymmene on Tuesday with its Interim Results for Q2 2015; and also Global Graphics with its half-year Report. Wednesday saw Ricoh South Africa moving to new premises in Kwa-Zulu Natal designed to enable a technological showcase of its entire range of services in the Province; while Printing Industries of America releases more information about the ten key innovations and technologies selected to receive the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards, with Heidelberg, Esko and X-Rite also making separate announcements relating to their Awards on Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday InPrint announced that its new visitor brochure for the upcoming show, set to take place from 10 – 12 November in Munich, is now available.

On Friday, Goss International announced another change of ownership, as American Industrial Partners prepares to acquire Goss and its subsidiaries from Shanghai Electric Corporation. The agreement is said to form part of a broader strategy to further strengthen Goss’ position as a leading global web offset printing press supplier, as SEC refocuses on its core business. This week also saw Sawgrass Industrial join forces with Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 on Monday.

KBA, Heidelberg, Esko Kongsberg, Manroland Web Systems and GMG all announced recent sales and installation successes on Thursday and Friday ranging from North America to Spain, to the UK and Thailand.

Our Tailender in a week which saw only 23 news items selected goes to Two Sides on Wednesday, which reported an 88% success in its latest Anti-greenwash initiative, demonstrating the effectiveness of challenging misleading ‘paper-free is better for the environment’ claims.

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

Mike Hilton


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From Monday 27 July

Mon 27 July…    AGM of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in Mannheim
Heidelberg’s Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2014/2015 approves all items on the agenda with clear majority…

JK Group acquires Sawgrass Industrial inks division
Sawgrass Industrial joins forces with Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 to create the largest industrial digital sublimation group in the world…

Esko Automation Engine Connect gains PIA InterTech Award
Esko Automation Engine Connect receives esteemed Printing Industries of America 2015 InterTech Technology Award…

2015 InterTech Technology Award for Prinect Media Manager
Prinect Media Manager, Heidelberg’s multi-channel media publishing solution, earns coveted 2015 InterTech Technology Award…

Tue 28 July…   UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s Interim Report for Q2 2015
UPM reports good progress continued in Q2, with higher profits year-on-year. You can download the Interim Report here…

Global Graphics publishes its 2015 half year report

Global Graphics’ half year report and condensed consolidated interim financial statements can be downloaded here…

Duplo UK’S record profit to fund future growth schemes
The UK subsidiary of Duplo International recorded a 16 per cent turnover jump for the financial year to the end of May…

X-Rite eXact with Scan Option for InterTech 2015 Award
Judges cite eXact’s colour measurement innovations, flexibility and ease-of-use in improving colour accuracy…

Wed 29 Jul…  Ricoh SA KwaZulu-Natal moves to Umhlanga Ridge
Ricoh SA KwaZulu-Natal branch’s new premises provides technological showcase of its entire range of services…

Xaar celebrates 25 years of digital inkjet leadership
To mark its 25th anniversary Xaar is organising a programme of events during the summer and autumn strong on charity challenges…

Two Sides reports 88% success in latest campaign
Anti-greenwash initiative demonstrates effectiveness of challenging misleading ‘paper-free is better for the environment’ claims…

Key innovations showcased in 2015 InterTech Awards

PIA releases more information about the ten technologies selected to receive the 2015 InterTech Technology Awards…

Thu 30 Jul…   InPrint 2015 visitor brochure illustrates show’s variety
The whole scope of innovative printing solutions in manufacture, takes place from 10 – 12 November 2015 in Munich…

BPIF Consultancy offers expanded range of services
BPIF Consultancy refreshes three essential services core to a print business’s health and safety needs…

UK Printing – The Facts and Figures – available now
Using data from a wide range of official sources, the BPIF publishes UK printing – the facts and figures educational flyer…

KBA Rapida 145 for NEPA Carton and Carrier Company
Six-colour press tapped by industry-leading provider to beverage carton market for superior technology, speed, and colour control…

Heidelberg’s Performance Plus a winner at Think Patented
Firm completes Heidelberg’s 12-month Performance Plus programme with 20% average performance increase and 50% less waste…

Fri 31 Jul…   Goss International announces new ownership
American Industrial Partners to acquire Goss from Shanghai Electric to support future product innovation and business growth…

BPIF announces Printing Outlook for Q3 2015
In second quarter, growth maintained at expense of prices and margins – cautious optimism permeating tough climate…

Fretwell in UK first with API colour measurement software
The Keighley, West Yorkshire company believes Heidelberg’s Inpress Control 2 on new XL 75-5+LX will cut makereadies by a third…

Verdú Digital installs Spain’s first Esko Kongsberg C64
Large-format production streamlined with multi-functional large-format finishing system with integrated software solutions…

Further major PECOM-upgrade for the Thairath Daily

The recently ordered upgrade consists of different packages for the Pecom control system for Vacharaphol in Bangkok…

GMG ColorServer for two HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial presses

Swanline chooses GMG ColorServer for consistent colour output and ink optimisation for its latest HP Scitex investments…

Lead articles on Friday 24 July in previous update… 

Previous…   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…

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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.

Downloads 2015 Chapter 01

UK Printing – The Facts and Figures
Using data from a wide range of official sources, the BPIF publishes UK printing – the facts and figures educational flyer…

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

BPIF announces Printing Outlook for Q3 2015
In second quarter, growth maintained at expense of prices and margins – cautious optimism permeating tough climate…

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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Environmental Labels for Printers and Publishers

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 31 July

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

Most recent…    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

Most recent…    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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