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Graphic Repro On-line News from 31 August 2015 | By Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday 04 September, which this week travels to Japan, where the Japanese Federation of Printing Industries has become involved in paper recycling and developed a simple and effective system with comprehensive guidelines, a checklist and an online database of consumables, to which printers and print buyers can refer in order to work out what the ranking of the final product will be. It’s a simple and effective system that other countries should consider adopting.

News again this week was a little on the lean side to say the least, with only 19 articles for you to browse through. Upcoming Graph Expo in Chicago featured with announcements led by Heidelberg on Monday, and EFI and QuadTech on Tuesday and Thursday. We also had news from AMS and SPGPrints on Friday for Labelexpo in Brussels, and earlier in the week from Onyx at Viscom in Paris. On Wednesday, Duplo provided an update for London Calling Focus in November.

Leading Thursday’s headlines, drupa 2016 announced the start of its world tour at Igas in Japan on 12 September, followed by Graph Expo in Chicago on 14 September, as part of 40 planned global pre-drupa events embracing all five continents for next year’s show, which begins at the end of May and into June 2016. You can use the drupa banners on our Home Page at any time to take you to its Website.

Installations and sales successes this week include KBA with two Commander CL newspaper presses for Oppermann Druck in Germany; and Manroland Sheetfed with an eight-colour Roland 700 perfector and a seven-colour Roland 700 HiPrint for Kawashima in Japan. Then, KBA sheetfed with two long specially configured eight- and nine-colour Rapida UV presses for Beyer Graphics in New YorkState in the U.S.A. While in Cap e Town, South Africa, commercial printer Digital Express announced a twin buy of two Xerox Versant 2100s to expand its digital offerings. Finally, Kube in the UK is adding a five-colour Speedmaster XL 75-5+coater and Inpress Control 2 from Heidelberg.

A special mention this week for Ricoh Europe which announced a new Clickable Paper White Paper on Thursday, highlighting the importance of interactive print in direct marketing campaigns. You can download this via the link in the article.

The tailender this week goes to the fourteen new apprentices and trainees who began their working careers at Manroland Web Systems in Augsburg on 1 September, and leads the headlines on Friday.

That’s it until next time. There’s a bit more if you scroll down carefully.

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 31 August

Mon 31 August…    New Heidelberg Promatrix 106 CS to debut at Graph Expo
Heidelberg and Masterwork’s new Promatrix 106 CS die-cutter to make first appearance at Graph Expo in Chicago next month…

Neschen floor graphics material HP Certified
UV dot print’n’walk obtains certification for HP Latex inks…

Kawashima Printing adds two more Roland 700 presses
An eight-colour Roland 700 perfector and seven-colour Roland 700 HiPrint with coater to bolster Kawashima’s production…

Tue 01 September…   EFI unveils new Midmarket Productivity Suite
Latest release offers certified business and production workflows delivered out of the box. Also at Graph Expo 13 – 16 September…

Ricoh launches eBinder powered by Global Graphics
Software solution bridging the gap between paper and digital that enables fast access to information contained in documents…

Onyx 12 software makes European debut at Viscom
At Viscom Paris, from 29 September to 1 October, Onyx Graphics will show Onyx 12 software for the first time in Europe…

Wed 02 September…  Two Flexible KBA Commander CLs for Oppermann Druck
KBA remains market leader for high-performance newspaper presses with Commander CL the choice for new investments…

Heidelberg enhances Prinect Print and Media Workflow
New functions make Prinect print and media workflow easier to use, faster, and more profitable for media service providers…

Duplo update on London Calling Focus 2015
Duplo unveils partners and microsite for London Calling from 3 – 4 November at historic Sunbeam Studios in North Kensington…

Thu 03 September…   drupa World Tour starts in September at Igas in Tokyo:
Over 40 drupa events on all five continents resulting in around 440,000 flight kilometres on business for drupa…

Ricoh Clickable Paper adds value to customer communications
Ricoh Europe white paper highlights importance of interactive print in direct marketing campaigns…

QuadTech to show comprehensive range at Graph Expo
QuadTech to present automated press controls for reduced production time, waste and consumable costs at Graph Expo 2015…

Heidelberg expands Diana Smart folding carton gluers
HeidelbergUSA adds features to Diana Smart folding carton gluers and extends portfolio to include 45-inch option…

Two long Rapida 106 UV presses for Beyer Graphics
New $8.4m investment will differentiate New York pharmaceutical, cosmetic and over-the-counter packaging supplier…

Digital Express moves upmarket with Xerox Versant 2100s
Cape Town South Africa-based commercial printer wins nationwide business with consistent Xerox quality and latest twin buy…

Fri 04 September…   Manroland Web: Start of Apprenticeships 2015
Young talent for Manroland Web Systems in Augsburg. Like every year at this time, young trainees begin their professional future…

Air Motion Systems at Labelexpo in Brussels
AMS moves converters full speed ahead with Flexo LED-UV systems at Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels, Belgium at the end of this month…

New SPGPrints RotaPlate screens to debut at Labelexpo

SPGPrints extends RotaPlate narrow-web screens for stunning look-and-feel varnish effects, with global debut in Brussels…

Kube move determined new Heidelberg press investment
Timed to coincide with its move to new premises, Kube added five-colour Speedmaster XL 75-5+coater and Inpress Control 2…

Lead articles on Friday 24 July from previous update… 

Previous…   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…

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.

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

Previous…    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

Japan’s Federation of Printing Industries Leading the Way

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 September

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

drupa World Tour starts in September:

Over 40 drupa events on all five continents, resulting in around 440,000 flight kilometres on business for drupa…

drupa World Tour startet im September:
Über 40 drupa-events auf allen fünf Kontinenten. Rund 440.000 Flugkilometer im Einsatz für die drupa…

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…    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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