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Mike Hilton’s Global News: Sustainability and the Printing Industry

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 23 November 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 20 November, and a drupa 2016 bonus from Laurel this week, as she is also the author of the latest drupa 2016 Expert article No 5, entitled ‘Sustainability and the Printing Industry’ with an optional PDF download if you so wish. You’ll find this in our drupa Newsroom and also with a link in last Firday’s headlines.

I’ll be brief this week and would rather you check out the headlines yourself as I am travelling and working from my MacBook. You will find an excellent selection of available news from the past week, including a surprise announcement on Friday where Xeikon has been acquired by Flint Group. Two Sides also made the headlines on this day as it provides the outcome and results of its global anti-greenwash campaign, and on Thursday, remaining on a ‘green’ thread, Ricoh announced that is an official partner of the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) climate conference to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. Although right now, it it is perhaps not the most ideal venue for such a high-profile international gathering.

Please go through the headlines carefully, as you really will find an interesting mixed bag of articles including several awards, anniversaries and several extremely interesting new developments, not least of which came from Sandon on Monday with a new anilox roll technology incorporating semi-channelled engraving. You’ll also find several interesting sales and installations successes, particularly from KBA and also from Heidelberg with a number of Stahlfolder and POLAR successes; also from IFS with Horizon; Flint Group, Xerox, GMG, and EFI.

This week the tailender goes to both of the Manroland companies. Firstly on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed, as it celebrates the first anniversary and a successful first year following the launch of its new Roland 700 Evolution sheetfed press; and secondly, from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, which has published a white paper about a new way to an efficient colour control, for download as a PDF.

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 16 November…   The Roland 700 Evolution one year on
On the first anniversary of its launch, Crista Baxter reports on Manroland Sheetfed’s latest trailblazer, the Roland 700 Evolution…

Durst wins European corrugated board accolade
FEFCO Innovation Award for Durst Water Technology for corrugated packaging and corrugated displays…

Konica Minolta launches new textile inkjet printer

Konica Minolta unveils ‘game-changing’ flagship inkjet textile single-pass printer at ITMA in Milan 13 – 19 November…

Sandon launches new anilox technology for Flexo HD
Sandon has announced the development of Fluid, a new anilox roll technology with semi-channelled engraving…

Fox Group operates 50% faster with Heidelberg upgrades
Trade bindery upgrades with TH 82 and KH 82 Stahlfolders and a Polar 137 guillotine, producing results faster for future growth…

Imagine! Print Solutions installs its ninth KBA press
New seven-colour KBA Rapida 105 with fully automated inline quality control and inspection systems supports explosive growth…

Tue 17 November…   
UPM celebrates its 20th anniversary on EU’s EMAS registration
The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS celebrated its 20th anniversary at the ECB in Frankfurt last Friday…

Air France-KLM an official partner for FESPA Digital
FESPA offers visitors discounted flights and hotel rates with official partners Air France-KLM and Amsterdam RAI Hotel Travel…

Sawgrass VJ 628 printers named SGIA Product of the Year

The Sawgrass VJ 628 printer has been named 2015 Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal Product of the Year…

Mimaki secures Viscom Best of Award in Textiles
Mimaki’s TS300P-1800 inkjet printer is this year’s winner of the Viscom Best of Awards for Textile Refinement…

Buxton Press just loved the KH 82 and wanted more!
Just months after installing its first Stahlfolder KH 82, Buxton Press has put in an order for a second replica folder…

Flint introduces new letterpress plate with soft layer
New water-washable film-based Nyloprint WF-S plate for more flexibility and improved ink transfer…

Wed 18 November…  Heidelberg setting the pace at Rapid Response in Brentford
Rapid Response is the theme for HeidelbergUK’s open house taking place at its Brentford showrooms today and tomorrow…

Tharstern refreshes brand to help global push
New branding designed to make life easier for customers…

The SPS Group installs the UK’s first Xerox iGen 5
The SPS Group ensures perfect colour matching with the UK’s first Xerox iGen 5 Press as part its expansion in digital printing…

Resort legend Steve Wynn to keynote at EFI Connect

Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts to give keynote presentation followed by a Q&A session at EFI Connect 2016 in January…

Angus Print predicts Horizon ROI in less than 12 months
Innovative Horizon bookletmaker expands services and increases capacity for Leeds general commercial printer in the UK…

Domino introduces new ribbons for TTO applications
Domino has announced the release of a new Advanced Ribbon grade for thermal transfer overprinting applications…

Thu 19 November…   Ricoh a partner of United Nations climate conference
Ricoh is an official partner of the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) climate conference to be held in Paris…

Potentials of Color Measurement Technology white paper
Manroland Web Systems publish a white paper about a new way to an efficient colour control, for download as a PDF…

Gallus and Matho Konstruktion co-operation agreement
The Gallus Group and Matho Konstruktion & Maschinenbau GmbH agreement to join forces in North America…

Polar sales successes for Heidelberg USA
Customers see positive business results and increased productivity with Polar cutters and die-cutting systems…

BS Printhouse streamlines digital operations with EFI

BestSeller in-plant BS Printhouse streamlines operations with an EFI Midmarket Productivity Suite…

Universal Adhesive Systems to offer coating trials
Universal Converting Equipment moves hot melt coating technology forward with new customer test facility in Daventry, UK…

Fri 20 November…   

Flint Group announces the acquisition of Xeikon
Flint Group has announced the creation of a new Digital Printing Solutions division and the acquisition of Xeikon B.V….

70% success for Two Sides with Global Greenwash
Two Sides has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organisations to remove misleading green claims…

Sustainability and the Printing Industry: Drupa expert Article No 5

By Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the publishing and prepress industries, specialising in digital prepress, digital production + digital printing…

Color-Logic certifies Xerox 800i/1000i presses

Xerox EX-P 1000i print server powered by EFI Fiery, fully supports the Color-Logic file formats…

Domino launches first i-Tech Print and Apply labeller
Domino has further expanded its range of systems with the launch of the new M230i print and apply labeller…

OPM Group is colour confident with GMG OpenColor

Label and packaging solutions provider, OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group, has invested in GMG OpenColor…

Second Rapida 105 for printing firm in San Salvador
Impresora La Unión relies entirely on sheetfed offset from KBA…

Lead article from Friday 06 November and previous update… 

Previous…   Heidelberg results for Q2 and first half 2015/2016
Heidelberg on course after the first half of financial year 2015/2016 with sales and result up on previous year…

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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

Previous…    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…

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

Previous…    Altacel invests in ‘the difference’ from KBA-Flexotecnica
Altacel Flexible Packaging in Weesp fires up a EVO XG flexo press from KBA-Flexotecnica a few weeks ago. CEO Alec Frijlink: ‘Our company is a racetrack’…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Stretching the Boundaries
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 November

Previous…    Chemical Reactions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 November

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. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

LATEST MUST READ…    Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

2. drupa Global Insights Report erscheint in Kürze
Touch the future – Anwendungen mit Wachstumspotenzial…

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

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

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

Air France-KLM official partner for FESPA Digital 2016
FESPA offers visitors discounted flights and hotel rates with official partners Air France-KLM and the Amsterdam RAI Hotel Travel Service…

Previous…    FESPA Awards 2016 now open for entries
FESPA’s call for entries for its 2016 Awards, marks the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the printing industry…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by: 

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.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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