Mike Hilton’s Global News: drupa ‘features’ Print@home

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 30 November 2015 

Welcome to another week of news highlights, Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 27 November which highlights Indonesia’s negative impact on the global climate; and then we have the very latest announcement from Messe Düsseldorf, inviting you to use Print@home for ticket entry to next year’s show, which also enables visitors to make use of free transport to drupa by bus and train (tram and underground). The drupa 2016 online ticket shop is due to open on 2 January, 2016 to kick-off to a good start in the New Year. You’ll also find this leading the N news headlines on Thursday, so that you don’t miss it!

The final countdown to FESPA Eurasia has also begun for the last show of the year, due to take place in Istanbul from 10 – 13 December, although in light of recent happenings in the region, it may not be the destination of choice for too many outsiders from the rest of Europe. It will be interesting to see visitor demographics after the show.

The news this week has been a little varied and is thinning out a bit as we get closer to the major holiday season in the Southern Hemisphere and the Festive Season in the North. On Wednesday Quark is offering an end-of-year promotional discount. The show season and open house events are also drawing to a close for 2015. If you have studied some of the recent sales and installations success, well-organised open house events with supporting technology partners would appear to be growing in popularity and the way to go. A good example of this came from Heidelberg USA on Wednesday, and last week it was Duplo in the UK out of London Calling 2015..I have no doubt that we shall see more and more of this type of event being staged between major shows like drupa.

Awards at this time of the year are also popular, so you will find a couple of these from Ricoh and Xaar on Tuesday. There’ll be another from Agfa later today. New software upgrades and developments also appear from Muller Martini, EFI for Fiery for wide-format inkjet, and Onyx Graphics; and then from Goss International for its Omnicolor colour control system for M-600 presses. Then we have IFS with Horizon on Thursday with a European first in the UK.

A couple of interesting recent orders and installations successes again, namely from Heidelberg UK for Linoprint digital presses on Monday and Friday; Fujifilm with another B2 Jet Press digital inkjet press in Germany on Tuesday; Heidelberg UK back again on Thursday with a very nice Stahlfolder sale at its open house in Brentford; also from Bytes and Xerox South Africa with a new Xerox Versant in Mafikeng; then Muller Martini in Germany with the latest FlexLiner newspaper inserting system with a Tempo saddle stitcher for the mailroom; and to finish the week on a high, Rotocon announced the sale of the first MPS flexo press and Rotocontrol slitter rewinder to head for Zimbabwe on Friday. Also on this day, Xeikon with an 8500 digital press for Germany.

I have not highlighted quite all of this week’s news. Please don’t miss new Dscoop EMEA chairman, Julian Marsh on Wednesday, encouraging delegates to ‘Connect to Grow’ for continued success and profitability. Dscoop is, of course, the highly active and successful independent HP Indigo customer group which come together for conferences in the United States and Europe to learn and network and co-operate. I have always thought Connect was EFI’s Dscoop….

My tailender this week goes to Stora Enso with ‘The Stora Enso Recreate Packaging 2016’ competition, which is now open for entries until 15 January 2016. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines.

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 23 November…   Sappi concludes sale of Cape Kraft Mill
During the course of 2016, Sappi will invest in projects to increase energy self-sufficiency at Tugela and Saiccor Mills..

Muller Martini to showcase Finishing 4.0 at drupa 2016
At drupa 2016, Finishing 4.0 will underline the major importance of intelligent connectivity and an end-to-end touchless workflow…

Linoprint CV gives digital boost to Bromley printer
T&C Printers is outputting about 15 jobs a day, ranging from 100 to 1,000 runs on its debut digital press…

Tue 24 November…   
Awards for Ricoh Pro C7110X Series and Pro C9110 Series
Ricoh Colour Cut Sheet Systems secure five star 2016 BLI PRO Awards and infoSource Top Spot…

Xaar wins NMI Manufacturing Site of the Year Award
Xaar wins prestigious NMI 2015 Manufacturing Site of the Year award for the second time in three years…

EFI introduces latest Fiery software upgrades
Latest EFI Fiery wide-format products deliver unparalleled performance and productivity advantages, including new proServer…

Fujifilm B2 Jet Press for Wegner in Bremen, Germany
Wegner GmbH near Bremen in Northern Germany becomes the latest company to invest in the Jet Press 720S from Fujifilm…

Wed 25 November…  QuadTech launches end-of-year discount promotion
Will enable customers to ‘hit the ground running’ in 2016…

Goss announces Omnicolor II upgrade for M-600
Upgrade for the M-600 to support the press’ competitive edge in colour control and eliminate obsolescence…

Dscoop EMEA: Free open membership for HP customers
New Dscoop EMEA chairman, Julian Marsh, encourages delegates to ‘Connect to Grow’ for continued success and profitability…

Heidelberg USA’s Game Changing Digital showcase

Heidelberg hosted over 40 customers to display its expanding digital portfolio held at Print Media Centre Atlanta…

Thu 26 November…   Attractive offers for travel and accommodation for drupa
Use Print@home and free transport to drupa by bus and train. The drupa 2016 online ticket shop opens on 2 January, 2016…

Stora Enso calls for entries for 2016 competition
The Stora Enso Recreate Packaging 2016 competition is open for entries until 15 January 2016…

InPrint in Munich hailed a success
Second InPrint made a huge impact as a unique technology platform for the industrial print sector, claim organisers…

Bell & Bain invests in European Horizon first

Book printer chooses first Horizon Smart Digital Binding System supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems…

Bartham Press orders Stahlfolder CH 56 at Open House
The company is replacing a Stahlfolder KH56 and retaining its existing buckle machine, the Stahlfolder TD66…

Vision Press speeds up government printing with Xerox

Vision Press in Mafikeng, North West Province bolsters its government printing services with a new Xerox Versant 80 Press…

Krupp Druck invests in Muller Martini FlexLiner
The combination of the Muller Martini Tempo 220 saddle stitcher and the FlexLiner were crucial for Krupp’s investment decision…

Fri 27 November…   International Forum on Print Efficiency and Quality
Tenth meeting of the East European Printers, InPEQ Forum 2015, took place in Sibiu, Romania in October…

Onyx supports HP PageWide XL printer series
HP PageWide XLs fully supported by Onyx product portfolio…

Doveton Press opts for new Linoprints for 2016
Bristol printer Doveton Press looks forward to double digital start to the New Year with a Linoprint CP and Linoprint CV digital presses….

Schwäbisch Hall subsidiary chooses the Xeikon 8500
Schwäbisch Hall Facility Management GmbH addresses the need for high quality versioned print on demand with a Xeikon 8500…

LabelCo for MPS and Rotocontrol machines
Order led by Rotocon marks the first MPS flexo press and Rotocontrol slitter rewinder heading for Zimbabwe…

Lead articles from Friday 20 November in previous update… 

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…

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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.

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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

Top of the Leader Board
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 27 November

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

Attractive offers for travel and accommodation
Use Print@home and free transport to drupa by bus and train. The online ticket shop opens on 2 January, 2016…

Passende Angebote für Anreise und Unterkunft

Print@home und kostenlos zur drupa mit Bus und Bahn. Online-Ticketshop öffnet am 2. Januar 2016…

RECENT 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.

Muller Martini to showcase Finishing 4.0 at drupa 2016
At drupa 2016, Finishing 4.0 will underline the major importance of intelligent connectivity and an end-to-end touchless workflow…

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

FESPA Eurasia 2015: The final countdown
The region’s leading showcase for innovation shows 29 per cent growth of floor space and exhibitors over two years since launch…

FESPA supports the future of print in Eurasia
‘Profit for Purpose’ funds vocational print education in Turkey, addressing sector skills deficit…

Previous…    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…

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