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Drinkable Book 2015

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 30 August 2015 by Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday 28 August, which examines the Drinkable Book which uses silver nanoparticles to create an antimicrobial paper that is an effective water purifier. The Drinkable Book sets an innovative precedent for water purification technology. And it’s a great example of how books can keep evolving for all sorts of unexpected uses. We also have a new article in Online Features Chapter 02 from Xaar, detailing how innovative Martens Brouwerij in Belgium is inkjetting directly onto PET beer bottles to deliver ‘on-the-fly’ customisation, using Agfa LED-cured inks and Xaar 1002 Inkjet Printheads.

With the European holiday season in full swing there are only 20 news articles for you to browse through this week, but they do include a number of quite stunning recent orders and installations starting with KBA on Monday and the most highly-specified and productive straight B1 press in the UK; several from Heidelberg UK including two highly-specified orders for Speedmaster XL 75s including one with a coater, and also for an XL 75 Anicolor with coater in the United States – the company’s second Anicolor press; IFS with Horizon; Scodix and SPGPrints. On Thursday, Heidelberg and Masterwork announced a successful start to their partnership in Europe with several notable successes.

You’ll find pre-show announcements for KBA at World Publishing Expo in Hamburg; for Labelexpo in Brussels from Goss International and GMG; for Watkiss at The Print Show at the NEC in Birmingham;  for KBA at Graph Expo in Chicago; and for Mimaki at both Viscom Paris and C!Print in Madrid.

On Thursday, Agfa led the headlines with its second quarter results with particularly encouraging news from Agfa Graphics, spurred by its inkjet successes during the first half of this year.

There are new software releases this week from Onyx Graphics and Enfocus. Recent new kit this week was highlighted by Ricoh, and on Friday, EFI announced its new scanning spectrophotometer to bring a high level of automation and integration to digital press colour management.

That’s all 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 27,000 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 24 August

Mon 24 August…    Simply Cartons adds first power-performance B1 Rapida
With more whistles and bells than a fairground ride, it’s the most highly-specified and productive straight B1 press in the UK…

Five Castles Press looks forward to new B2 XL 75
Continuing its policy of replacing presses every five years, Five Castles will take delivery of a five unit Speedmaster XL 75 next month…

New Horizon aids Expert Print’s fast quality service

Doncaster firm ‘invests in the best’ with IFS-supplied Horison SPF/FC200A stitch/fold/trim line…

GMG shows colour critical proofing at Labelexpo 2015

GMG to partner with Epson to show how its colour management solutions deliver accurate proofs for labels and packaging…

Tue 25 August…   Future-oriented solutions for printed newspapers at WPE
KBA-Digital & Web Solutions at the WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg, Germany from 5 – 7 October…

Watkiss to showcase full product range at The Print Show
Watkiss will showcase a full product portfolio at the inaugural Print Show to take place at the NEC in October this year…

Onyx Graphics announces release of Onyx 12 software
Latest version offers speed plus performance, a simplified interface and advanced application tools to do more in less time…

Kenning Outsource to ‘Transcend the Senses’ with Scodix
Scodix Digital Enhancement Press investment enables Minnesota’s premium finishing services company to broaden its offerings…

Wed 26 August…  Goss International to exhibit at Labelexpo Europe
Goss reveals new packaging capabilities with partner technology at Labelexpo 2015 at Brussels Expo from 29 September – 2 October…

KBA solutions and new opportunities at Graph Expo 2015
The industry leader displays deep penetration and growing market share among ten different market segments…

Mimaki goes all out for Viscom Paris and C!Print Madrid

With textile and packaging solutions Mimaki’s versatile portfolio set to wow visitors with its broad range of capabilities…

Ricoh Pro C9100 fills a void for rapid turnaround
Ricoh Pro C9100 and C9110 usher in a new generation of high volume digital presses particularly suited to commercial printers…

Thu 27 August…   Agfa-Gevaert announces positive second quarter 2015
Agfa has announced its second quarter 2015 results, with its new wide- format inkjet products boosting Agfa Graphics’ performance…

World first ‘Direct Print by KHS’ with Xaar 1002 Printheads
Innovative Martens Brouwerij prints directly onto 12,000 PET beer bottles per hour to deliver ‘on-the-fly’ customisation…

Heidelberg and Masterwork: Successful start in Europe

The partnership between Heidelberg and Masterwork gets off to a successful start with first installations in Europe…

4 Color Press steps up to Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor
‘Once you embrace the best technology, it’s impossible to settle for anything less’ say 4CP’s owners, as they add second Anicolor…

Fri 28 August…   EFI announces automated Scanning Spectrophotometer
New scanning spectrophotometer brings high level of automation and integration to digital press colour management…

Enfocus releases Switch 13
Going with the flow just got easier with future proofed edition of Enfocus’ business automation solution with even more tools…

Belmont Press makes plans to return to B2 in 2016
New 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 75-5+L with Inpress Control to replace both a B3 five-colour and a B1 ten-colour press…

SPGPrints’ DSI UV inkjet press for Panel Solutions
Panel Solutions expands synthetic tile production and design capabilities with SPGPrints’ DSI digital UV-curable inkjet press…

Lead articles on Friday 24 July from previous update… 

Previous…   Copy Express announces franchise expansion in the Cape
One of the Cape’s fastest-growing full service print and copy shops launches ambitious Xerox-driven franchise expansion…

Impact Innovations’ new KBA Flexotecnica flexo press
‘Made in the USA’ theme announces job creation and growth with Impact’s first central impression EVO XG ten-colour flexo press…

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 the Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads 2015 Chapter 01

Previous…    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…

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02

World first ‘Direct Print Powered by KHS’ with Xaar 1002 Printheads
Innovative Martens Brouwerij in Belgium prints directly onto 12,000 PET beer bottles per hour to deliver ‘on-the-fly’ customisation at 1080dpi resolution…

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

Previous…    Esko Kongsberg XN22 and Automation Engine create best performing division
PhotoBox optimises canvas production division with Esko Kongsberg cutting and Esko Automation Engine workflow solutions…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

The Drinkable Book
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 August

Previous…    The Recyclability of Everything
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 22 August

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

Previous…    Inkjet – state of the art or sci-fi fantasy print?
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 3, August 2015, by Sean Smyth, a consultant and journalist and technical editor of Digital Labels & Packaging magazine in the UK…

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

Previous…    Exhibitors double space for FESPA Eurasia 2015
Following the success of FESPA Eurasia 2014, 52 per cent of exhibitors at FESPA Eurasia 2015 have increased their stand size…

FESPA Eurasia 2015 visitor registration open
Online visitor registration is now available for the leading wide-format print event, FESPA Eurasia 2015…

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