Mike Hilton’s Global News: 4D — Printing in a new Dimension


A marketplace of ideas at the stand of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will offer visitors to InPrint 2015, which is taking place in Munich from November 10-12, the chance to find out about the diverse possibilities of color 4D printing. Photo: Heidelberg

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 26 October 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 23 October, which this week examines the merits and demands of meaningful Environmental Awards for printers. Also a reminder about the best practice guide, ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ which will shortly be released in an Alpha version for open industry comment. You can also apply to take part or to comment! You’ll find the article and links for that in Online Features Chapter 01.

News this week began with Fusion Office Automation in the Eastern Cape taking over responsibility for Ricoh’s Port Elizabeth branch and the territory. We have articles relating to the upcoming London Calling Duplo event from 3 – 4 November (Monday); InPrint 2015 in Munich from 10 – 12 November with Heidelberg’s participation with full colour 4D printing; ITMA in Milan with Mimaki from 12 – 10 November; SGIA and Kornit Digital from 4 – 6 November; EFI Connect Worldwide Users’ Conference, 19 – 22 January with Infotrends; and Ricoh at drupa 2016 from 31 May to 10 June (all on Tuesday).

Wednesday saw EFI take the lead with record Q3 results, following completion of the acquisitions of Reggiani and Matan on 1 July, which are now being quickly integrated into EFI’s product lines and offerings; while on Thursday, Inca Digital announced the launch of its new X-series large-format inkjet press range. As our headline says: You can now drive the new Inca Digital X3!

On Friday, leading London print house Park Communications continued its major investment programme with a 6-colour B1 KBA Rapida 106 with integral coating, following purchases earlier this year of a HP Indigo 7800 digital press and Kalmar mailing equipment with mail matching software. The new press will be commissioned early in the New Year. Other notable sales this week include the UK’s first Low Energy UV installation from Heidelberg with a Speedmaster XL 75-4 LE-UV press complete with Inpress Colour Control for Wincanton Print; while Germany’s Medienhaus Plump reported on its recent Muller Martini Pantera perfect binder (Wednesday). Backtracking to Monday, KBA announced the installation of a new eight-colour Rapida 106 at Litografia e Imprenta LiL in the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, for school textbooks and education publications; and Manroland Web has relocated a 48-page Lithoman with extensive upgrades at WKS Group in Essen, Germany. Thursday saw Muller Martini again, this time reporting on Frey Plus, a leading German direct mail firm based inUlm, in Southern Germany, which was first company in the world to commission the Muller Martini MailLiner.

You will find other new kit and software releases and more news if you scroll down carefully.

The tailender is not strictly print-related, but it does involve one of the world’s leading paper makers wearing one of its other hats: UPM has started field tests of wood-based diesel fuel in Helsinki region bus traffic with VTT and HSL, supported by St1, Volvo and Transdev… Biodiesel finally becomes a commercial reality! You’ll find this in Thursday’s headlines.

That’s all from me until next time,

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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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 

Mon 19 October…    Fusion takes Ricoh in Eastern Cape and Port Elizabeth
Ricoh SA gains local expertise as Fusion Office Automation takes over responsibility for Ricoh’s Port Elizabeth branch…

Duplo brings 007 theme and innovation to London Calling
Action-packed agenda and James Bond-themed VIP night will ensure London Calling 2015 will be an unmissable event…

Visitors converge in Shanghai for largest FESPA China
FESPA China & CSGIA 2015 will open this Wednesday, 21 October, as the biggest event to date…

WKS Group opts for Manroland Web for major relocation
Relocation of a second-hand 48-page Lithoman with additional upgrade of A3 and A4 delivery and PECOM connection…

KBA Rapida 106 long perfector in Costa Rica
Eight-colour press boosts school-book production at LiL…

Tue 20 October…   Heidelberg with colour 4D printing at InPrint 2015
At InPrint 2015 in Munich from 10 – 12 November, Heidelberg to present marketplace of ideas for customised colour 4D printing…

Stora Enso Performa Brilliance aims high in luxury packaging
Stora Enso Oyj at Luxe Pack in Monaco, from 21 – 23 October 2015; and at Scanpack in Gothenburg, Sweden from 20 – 23 October…

Presto textile printing from Mimaki at ITMA in Milan
Mimaki to unveil new direct textile inkjet printer ideal for fast, high quality sample or small-lot production, 12 to 19 November…

Kornit Digital with textile printing options at SGIA
Digital direct-to-garment printing systems enable new business models and attractive margins for screen printers, 4 – 6 November…

InfoTrends at EFI Connect 2016 in Las Vegas

InfoTrends provides business development track for the third year at the EFI Connect Worldwide Users’ Conference, 19 – 22 January…

Ricoh with new ways to transform business at drupa 2016
Ricoh’s range of products and services at drupa will enable PSPs to step ahead on their paths of transformation, 31 May to 10 June…

Wed 21 October…  EFI reports record Q3 revenue of $229M, up 16%
Electronics For Imaging announced extremely positive results for the third quarter of 2015 yesterday, 20 October…

A fresh breeze in the newspaper industry at WPE:
Manroland Web Systems satisfied with WPE 2015 in Hamburg…

Wincanton’s UK first with Heidelberg Low Energy UV
Wincanton Print secures UK first with a Speedmaster XL 75-4 LE-UV press complete with Inpress Colour Control…

Pazazz achieves Pantone Certified Printer status
First Canadian printer to meet rigorous certification process ensuring colour quality control across every step of print operations…

Pantera perfect binder: Flexible and powerful
The Muller Martini Pantera perfect binder lends itself both to short and long runs with either traditional hotmelt or PUR…

Thu 22 October…   Now you can drive the new Inca Onset X3
Inca Digital takes future-proof flexibility, speed and performance to a higher level with the Onset X Series flatbed UV inkjet printers…

UPM BioVerno fuel tests for Helsinki’s urban buses
UPM starts field tests of wood-based diesel fuel in Helsinki region bus traffic with VTT and HSL, supported by St1, Volvo and Transdev…

TRESU Group launches Global Service Concept
New holistic care programme provides the key to leaner flexo production and benefits for customers worldwide…

Callas Software releases pdfToolbox 8.1
pdfToolbox 8.1 improves profile management and introduces support for PDF/X-5n soft proofing + new German and English Webinars…

Muller Martini MailLiner: The Cost Saver
The new MailLiner from Muller Martini finishes inserts efficiently and automatically without the need for a carrier or foil…

Fri 23 October…   Park Communications chooses KBA to enhance its offering
Leading London print house continues major investment programme with 6-colour B1 Rapida 106 with integral coating…

Print Your Vision project at ITMA in Milan
Epson, FOR.TEX and F.lli Robustelli present Print Your Vision with four young designers and the Antonio Ratti Foundation…

Onyx Graphics’ automation at InPrint in Munich
Onyx Graphics to show InPrint visitors how to automate digital colour for industrial manufacturing processes…

Screen Europe appoints Toine Prudon to international sales
Toine Prudon joins Screen Europe as international sales manager for the Truepress Jet range of UV wide-format printers…

Ultimate claims 200% improvement with X-Rite/Pantone
PantoneLIVE, ColorCert: X-Rite Edition introduces improved statistical process control to packaging operation at Ultimate Packaging…

Lead articles from last Friday in the previous update… 

Previous…   3D fab+print touchpoint for drupa 2016
3D printing up close: Innovation, vision and best practices…

Gudrun Alex offers marketing services from new Düsseldorf office

For all activities related to the graphics arts, packaging production and signage / large-format print industries…

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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.

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 in 2015 Chapter 01

Alpha version of Paper Guide launched for industry comment
The best practice guide, ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ will shortly be released in an Alpha version for open industry comment. You can also take part!…

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02

Previous…    Heidelberg launches LED drying technology in Europe, too
A full range of UV applications from full UV, to LE UV, and LED from Heidelberg drive productivity up and energy costs down…

Sep/Oct 2015 Chapter 07

Previous…    HR-UV at Druckerei Vogl with the KBA Rapida 106
The new, cutting-edge headquarters in Zorneding, houses renowned Bavarian specialist for luxury uncoated stock printing…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Environmental Awards for Printers
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 October

Previous…    ISO 14001-2015 is Go!
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 October

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

3D fab+print touchpoint for drupa 2016

3D printing up close: Innovation, Vision and Best Practices.

Touchpoint 3D fab+print zur drupa 2016

3D-Druck zum Anfassen: Innovationen, Visionen und Best-Practices…

Previous…    drupa innovation park 2016: The heartbeat of innovation
Few areas at drupa 2016 will be so packed with innovations as Hall 7.0 – the home of the drupa innovation park. In six themed areas…

drupa innovation park 2016: Herzschlag der Innovationen
In wohl kaum einer anderen Messehalle wird die Innovationsdichte zur drupa 2016 so hoch sein, wie in Halle 7.0 – der Heimat des drupa innovation park….

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 4, by Cary Sherburne, well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant focused on marketing communications for the printing and publishing industries…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors

Previous…    Ricoh to showcase innovative new ways to transform business at drupa 2016
Ricoh will bring a range of products and services to drupa 2016 that will enable Print Service Providers to step ahead on their paths of transformation…

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

Visitors converge in Shanghai for largest FESPA China
FESPA China & CSGIA 2015 will open this Wednesday, 21 October as the biggest event to date…

Previous…    FESPA China 2015 set to help printers transform their business
In just two weeks’ time, FESPA China 2015 will open its doors from 21 – 23 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre…

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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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