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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 14 September 2015 by Mike Hilton

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday 11 September, which this week draws attention to ISO, which is currently reviewing an important document, the ISO Guide 64. For the printing industry, and indeed all product manufacturers, this snappy tome makes for interesting-ish reading. Its purpose is to explain how to take environmental concerns into account when creating product standards. Laurel also provides some words of warning, so please don’t miss it!

The news this week is once again a mixed bag with several articles related to Graph Expo, which opened yesterday, Sunday 13 and runs until Wednesday 16 September, at McCormick Place in Chicago. You’ll find some extremely interesting and important announcements led by EFI and Scodix on Wednesday, followed by Xerox and Highcon on Thursday. Friday saw Kodak with BDT; then Xeikon with Alwan, and again Xerox. I’m sure there will be several more during the week ahead.

Other upcoming show news appeared on Monday, for The Inkjet Conference in Neuss / Düsseldorf in October; and then from IFS for Print Efficiently taking place next month in Hemel Hempstead. From Sun Chemical at Glassprint in November in Düsseldorf; on Wednesday from Agfa as it prepares to launch the next generation of its chemistry-free violet plates at the World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg, early next month. You’ll also find announcements from Asahi for Labelexpo at the end of September; and from Durst at Vitrum 2015 in Milan, from 6 – 9 October with its next generation glass printer.

On Tuesday, Sappi Europe led the headlines in announcing an extended portfolio of its specialist Algro base papers for thermal printing.  UPM took the lead on Thursday, as it has again been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices. On Friday, Goss International took pole position as it announced twenty years of leading press automation technology with Autoplate, a key milestone in the development of web offset printing. Autoplate automatic plate-changing was first introduced on the M-600 press in 1995, offering the ability to plate up an entire web press in less than three minutes. Today, more than 2100 Goss Autoplate units are in operation on a range of commercial and newspaper presses worldwide.

There are several nice sales and installations for you again this week, from Xerox and Bytes at Asset Print in Cape Town, from Fujifilm, Domino with digital labels in the UK, Highcon with a first in France, and also from Heidelberg UK with another Speedmaster. You will also find the latest software release from Axaio, and a new low odour eco-solvent alternative inkjet ink series from Sun Chemical for Roland devices.

The tailender this week quite literally, as it is the last item in the news on Friday, goes to Manroland Sheetfed, which has invested 70,000 Euros in a new CNC machining centre for apprentices in Offenbach.

That’s it until next time. You’ll find a couple more if you scroll down carefully. And we will add the lastest news from GraphExpo on-the-fly!

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

The Inkjet Conference 2015
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From Monday 07 September

Mon 07 September…    The Inkjet Conference 2015 latest update
The largest European inkjet event with 50 speakers, 2 days, 2 tracks takes place in Swissôtel Neuss / Düsseldorf in October…

Tecnau joins the IFS line up at PE2015
First UK presentation for continuous feed solutions at two-week Print Efficiently showcase in Hemel Hempstead next month…

Sun Chemical at GlassPrint 2015 in Düsseldorf
Sun Chemical to present the possibilities of direct glass printing with SunVetro at GlassPrint 2015 from 25 – 26 November…

Asset Print Cape Town goes full service with Xerox
Xerox Colour 1000 makes Asset Print the only digital-to-litho shopfront in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa’s CBD…

Fujifilm’s Uvistar success at Aria Print Centres
Fujifilm’s Uvistar Pro8 proves to be a star performer in the rapidly growing market for sustainable printing…

Tue 08 September…   Sappi Europe extends speciality base paper portfolio
Algro Thermo provides quality direct thermal printing, sharper text, dimensional stability and distinctive whiteness…

Domino’s N600i digital press proves it has Reel Appeal

Reel Appeal, which specialises in self-adhesive and leaflet and booklet labels, has successfully increased sales with Domino N600i…

First Highcon Euclid in France
DLW adds to its line-up to enable a complete digital offering and to complement its Scodix digital enhancement press…

Antalis boosts postage packaging portfolio
Antalis Packaging introduces range of triangular postal tubes…

Sun Chemical launches Streamline ESL 2 ink range
High print quality, low odour eco-solvent alternative ink series for Roland Pro 4 wide-format inkjet printers…

Wed 09 September…  EFI wins nine Must See ‘Ems Awards in 2015 contest
Recognising advanced Fiery innovations, integrated MIS automation and inkjet inks in EFI’s fifth consecutive year at the top…

New Scodix Foil a Graph Expo Must See ‘Ems winner
Scodix is to launch the inline module for the Scodix Ultra Pro enabling users to ‘bring home the gold’ with unmatched efficiency…

Agfa to take chem-free violet plates to next level at WPE
Agfa to launch N95-VCF next generation chemistry-free violet plate at World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg…

Asahi at Labelexpo plus also a pre-show Open House
Asahi Photoproducts highlights fixed colour palette printing at Labelexpo Europe and special open house event…

Heidelberg responds to call for flood-damaged replacement
Flooding at Sterling Print in Barnet, London, led to an urgent order for a Speedmaster SM 74-2 from Heidelberg…

Thu 10 September…   UPM: Transparency adds value in sustainability
UPM has again been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices…

Durst to introduce Rho Vetrocer at Vitrum 2015:
The next generation digital glass press for wider range of applications with multilayer print on round and shaped glass…

Xerox technology helps the work flow in Chicago
Three Graph Expo 2015 Must See ‘Ems winners on display along with an array of high-end digital colour printing technologies…

Highcon Axis Web-to-Pack platform at Graph Expo
Highcon collaboration with XMPie and Esko to provide this best-of-breed solution to its customers, to be demonstrated at the show…

Axaio MadeToPrint Server now Creative Cloud compatible
Axaio Software’s MadeToPrint Server version is now compatible with Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud 2015…

Fri 11 September…   Goss marks 20 years of leading press automation technology
Twenty years after Goss Autoplate technology was brought to market, Goss honours this key milestone in the history of offset printing…

BDT Tornado Feeder with Kodak NexPress at Graph Expo
Kodak adopts TPF-550 Long Sheet Deep Pile Feeder from BDT Media Automation for the NexPress, to be shown live in Chicago…

Xeikon partners with Alwan for G7 colour matching

Benefits of complete inline digital colour management and verification to be demonstrated at Graph Expo, 13 – 16 September…

FreeFlow Core Cloud wins 2015 Must See ‘Ems Award

Xerox FreeFlow Core Cloud to lead impressive array of Xerox workflow announcements on show at Graph Expo in Chicago…

Manroland’s apprenticeship programme just got better

Manroland Sheetfed has invested 70,000 Euros in a new CNC machining centre for apprentices in Offenbach, Germany…

Friday lead article from previous update… 

Previous…   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…

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

Prioritising Environmental Thinking
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 11 September

Previous…    Japan’s Federation of Printing Industries Leading the Way
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 September

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 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…

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.

FESPA Mexico 2015 signals positive buying behaviour
Strong signals of confidence in the Mexican wide-format printing sector, with exhibitors reporting positive interest and buying intentions from visitors…

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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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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