Mike Hilton’s Global News: Focus on Digital Print’s Recyclability

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 2 November 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 30 October, which this week takes another look at recycling of digital prints. One of the biggest threats to the spread of digital printing methods is concern for the print’s recyclability. In part this is due to scaremongering by vested interests, but printed matter must be deinked if it is to be recycled and some digital printing methods produce prints that are hard to deink. Hard but not impossible. Read the full article in our Verdigris section. We also have Gallus, post-Labelexpo, in Online Features Chapter 07.

The leaders on Monday and Tuesday report on Kodak’s third quarter results, and provide UPM-Kymmene’s interim results for their respective 2015 financial year; while on Wednesday, UPM Kymi reported that its Eur 160 million pulp mill expansion and major upgrade has now proceeded to final finishing work, which will enable annual production capacity at the Kymi mill to increase by 170,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes.

Wednesday’s lead went to Heidelberg, as customers Baier & Schneider is soon to start running a Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor that incorporates the 40,000th printing unit in the SM 52/SX 52 series and is destined for the Group’s Heilbronn, Germany plant. On Thursday, Kodak took the lead again as it announced settlement of the long-outstanding dispute with Collins Inkjet, regarding Kodak Versamark inks with both companies agreeing on-going co-operation for the future.

On Friday, FESPA announced that its Global Summit is to return this year and will be held from 1 – 2 December, at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam.

With InPrint in Munich taking place from 10 – 12 November in Munich, Inca Digital will debut its new service: ‘Inca Genius’. A dedicated technology and applications arm, Inca Genius is designed to serve the needs of organisations looking for an established partner to help develop innovative inkjet production solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. You’ll find more about this in the article among Friday’s headlines.

The past week has seen some stunning sales and installations starting with Brydian Cards on Monday with a KBA Genius 52-UV five-colour press. >From Epson at SixTeeSix in the UK; and KBA at Amway in North America with a Rapida 106 6-colour UV press, on Tuesday; and again from KBA on Wednesday with an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with LED-UV at Oberdruck in Austria. Scodix also announced a first in Europe for the new Scodix Foil system for the Scodix Ultra Pro at OFT in Neuss, Germany. On Thursday, MPS announced that GM Graphix in Alberton announced that it has installed the first flexo press in South Africa to use LED UV drying. It is the company’s third MPS pr ess. BCQ Group in Buckingham, has added a Promatrix 106 die-cutter from HeidelbergUK, along with a Stitchmaster ST500; while Signbox UK has enhanced its production with a new cutting-edge Durst Rho P10 160 UV inkjet printer.

On Friday, Heidelberg USA announced that it is soon to install the world’s first XL 106 long-perfector with X4 delivery, complete with full UV, LE UV and LED UV; and Watkiss announced that AB Print Group has chosen a nearline configuration of the Watkiss PowerSquare as the optimum solution for finishing from the firm’s assortment of litho and digital presses.

If you check out the headlines carefully, you will also find new software and upgrades from Esko, Enfocus and Muller Martini on Monday, Thursday and Friday respectively.

The tailender goes to FESPA Fabric, as it rebrands at FESPA Textile 2016 to reflect the fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector for Amsterdam show at the RAI next March (in the FESPA Newsroom and also among the headlines on Tuesday.

That’s all from me until next time,

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Headline News
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Mon 26 October…    Kodak reports Q3 2015 financial results
Kodak’s Third Quarter on track to achieve revenue and earnings goals for 2015, despite revenue decline says CEO Jeff Clarke…

Antalis UK to sell Stratasys Idea and MakerBot Pro Plus
Antalis UK enters 3D print market with Art Systems’ reseller agreement for Stratasys Idea and MakerBot Professional Plus…

Esko announces important update for ArtiosCAD
ArtiosCAD helps designers create and produce multi-part displays or packages faster by eliminating wasteful steps…

Brydian Cards signals intent with Genius buy
Trade specialist targets £5m turnover following £850,000 investment programme and KBA Genius 52UV 5-colour anilox press…

Kiian Digital at SGIA 2015 in Atlanta 4 – 6 November
Company to launch new ink portfolio for industrial printers…

Tue 27 October…   UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report for Q3 2015
Momentum for improvement continues: UPM shows improved Q3 earnings, cash flow and balance sheet…

Xerox shines at International Print & Pack Expo in Kenya
The third International Print & Pack Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre drew large crowds to the Xerox stand…

Textile print heroes to converge at FESPA Textile 2016
FESPA Fabric rebrands to reflect fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector for Amsterdam show at the RAI next March…

SixTeeSix expands t-shirt printing business with Epson
Direct-to-garment printer invests with Epson to expand its service offering to print t-shirts while-you-wait…

New KBA Rapida 106 adds unique capabilities at Amway
Amway adds unique printing capabilities for its wide-ranging work from commercial applications to folding cartons…

Wed 28 October…  Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor with 40,000th unit for Brunnen
Successful manufacturer of branded goods Baier & Schneider invests in sheetfed offset and digital presses from Heidelberg…

UPM Kymi pulp mill expansion well on schedule
Successful ramp-up of the expansion in the UPM Kymi pulp mill has now proceeded to final finishing work…

Eight-colour Rapida 106 with LED-UV in Austria
Oberdruck, the local supplier for print media, recently invested in an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with LED-UV kit…

Gallus presented an explosion of innovations in Brussels

At Labelexpo Europe 2015 earlier this month, Gallus once again offered an impressive demonstration of its ability to innovate…

First Scodix Foil System installed in Europe at OFT

The new inline module for the Scodix Ultra Pro was introduced last month at Graph Expo 15 in Chicago and IGAS in Tokyo…

Thu 29 October…   Kodak and Collins settle Versamark Inks dispute
Kodak and Collins Inkjet announce settlement of dispute regarding Kodak Versamark inks and agree on-going co-operation…

GM Graphix purchases its third MPS press
And the first flexo press in South Africa to use LED UV drying…

Promatrix 106 die-cutter and last ST 500 for BCQ

BCQ Group in Buckingham is blown away by Promatrix die-cutter productivity and Postpress Manager efficiency…

Signbox boosts production with new Durst Rho upgrade
Signbox has enhanced its in-house production facilities with a new cutting-edge Durst Rho P10 160 UV inkjet printer…

Enfocus announces PitStop 13 update 1
Features let sign & display, packaging & label, and digital and commercial printers better control PDF workflows…

Fri 30 October…   FESPA Global Summit returns for 2015
FESPA offers growth planning insights to leading printers at its Global Summit from 1 – 2 December, at the Andaz Hotel, Amsterdam…

Heidelberg world first Speedmaster with 3 types of UV drying
Heidelberg USA to install world’s first XL 106 long-perfector with X4 delivery, complete with full UV, LE UV and LED UV…

Inca showcases new ‘Inca Genius’ at InPrint 2015

Technical, application and manufacturing resources to help organisations develop innovative industrial inkjet solutions…

Felix Schoeller at Xeikon Café event in Lier in October
Felix Schoeller Digital Media and Xeikon launched their new product portfolio for Xeikon printing presses…

AB Print Group reinvests in new Watkiss PowerSquare

Nearline configuration chosen as optimum solution for finishing from an assortment of litho and digital presses…

Muller Martini’s new Connex.Mailroom management system
Connex.Mailroom process management system brings maximum reliability and even greater functionality to the mailroom…

Lead articles from last Friday in the previous update… 

Previous…   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…

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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.

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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

Gallus presented an explosion of innovations in Brussels
At Labelexpo Europe 2015 earlier this month, Gallus once again offered an impressive demonstration of its ability to innovate…

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

Recycling Digital Prints
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 30 October

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

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.

FESPA Global Summit returns for 2015
FESPA offers growth planning insights to leading printers at its Global Summit, from 1 – 2 December 2015, at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam…

Textile print heroes converge at FESPA Textile 2016
FESPA Fabric rebrands to reflect fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector…

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