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Heideldruck 4.0: First Jetmaster inkjet system prints consumer packages on-site in a mymuesli store in Heidelberg, Germany. Photo: Heidelberg.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 6 December 2015 

Welcome to another week of news highlights, feature articles, the very latest drupa 2016 and FESPA news and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 04 December, as Laurel invites you to spend December in Paris, suitably attired in her little black dress for the occasion.

From Messe Düsseldorf and drupa 2016 we have the second Global Insights Report Executive Summary, which is now available for you below, and also as a free download in up to seven languages from the drupa Website. You will find a fully-illustrated PDF of the Summary in our own drupa Newsroom version of the article. Independent consulting and market research companies Printfuture, UK, and Wissler & Partner, Switzerland, were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct the two-report series. This second part is entitled: ‘Touch the future – Applications that can create growth’. The full report is now available to purchase on the drupa 2016 Website and is based on a survey conducted in Spring 2015 in which over 750 participants took part globally, with all regions well represented.

The news this week contains some stunning announcements, not least of which from Heidelberg on Monday where Hofmann Druck in Nürnberg sets new standards with its latest long perfector: Europe’s first eight-colour Speedmaster 106 with LED. Tuesday comes from China, while on Wednesday, Manroland Web Systems has announced a successful turn in 2015 with sales, order intake and EBT noticeably increased. The company, now a member of the Lübeck-based Possehl Group, also announced the appointment of a second managing director. Thursday was led by Messe Düsseldorf for the Executive Summary already mentioned above. While on Friday, Heidelberg used its internationally-attended Packaging Days event in November, held at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector.

HP Inc and KBA jointly provided the truly exciting news of the week late on Friday out of their joint two-day unveiling event held in Wurzburg on Thursday and Friday, where DS Smith Packaging revealed that it is to install the very first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S. Combining pre-print and digital printing in one machine, the gigantic inkjet web press with a web width of 2.80m was developed in under two years by HP and KBA-Digital & Web Solutions working in close co-operation. It opens up new opportunities in terms of the flexible production of corrugated packaging in various formats and run sizes with digital pre-print liners. You’ll find it in Online Features Chapter 08, and also with a link leading the news on Monday of next week.

Software releases came from Axaio and CHILI Publisher; a new cutter from Rotoflex on Tuesday; while new orders and installations were announced by Xeikon, MPS, and Rotocon. Epson announced a new concept world first office papermaking system on Thursday called PaperLab, which the company claims, promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper. An interesting concept, perhaps?

To round off the week, both Agfa Graphics and Hubergroup have announced the 2016 Calendars, to remind us that the festive season is upon us once again and the New Year is really not all that far away. In fact, POLAR also reminded us of this on Thursday, as it details its training courses for 2016 to take place in Hofheim.

The tailender is devoted to Xerox, asCDP, an international environmental organisation names Xerox as a leader in providing reliable information about carbon emissions and energy use. This comes as COP21, the United Nations climate change conference in Paris gets underway. That’s the same event that Laurel talks about in her  Blog.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


Milestone: HP and KBA released the very first common printing system HP PageWide Web Press T1100S

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 30 November…   Europe’s first eight-colour Speedmaster XL 106 with LED
Increased productivity and premium quality – Hofmann Druck Nürnberg sets new standards with its latest long perfector…

Belgian Supply Chain Award for Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics’ Closed Loop Supply Chain for Printing Plates honoured with Supply Chain Award 2015 at gala event…

Masterwork marks milestone 20th anniversary
The new Masterwork MK1060ERSL automatic platen die-cutting machine was the centrepiece attraction…

High-speed PDF export with MadeToPrint
Axaio software has announced the availability of a new version of MadeToPrint for even faster PDF export…

Xeikon CX3 digital label press for Topasa

New Xeikon press will support capacity increase of more than 50% for Colombian label printer Topasa…

Tue 01 December…   
6th All in Print is on the right track
All in Print China 2016: Connecting the World with Printing…

Stability meets progress in CHILI publisher 4.5s
Additional 3D and 2D viewing options, design and layout uniformity and streamlined ways to show dynamic images…

Carton Edge wins Epson SureColor large-format printer
The Print Show visitor, Emma Tomlinson from trade carton finishing company Carton Edge wins Epson SureColor…

W&R Etiketten signs for its sixth MPS flexo press

The leading Dutch label printer headquartered in Tilburg has ordered an eight-colour 430mm press with APC package…

Rotoflex releases HSI horizontal slitter rewinder
HSI offers converters the extreme ruggedness and reliability as the flagship VSI series, in a horizontal design…

Wed 02 December…  Manroland Web Systems turnaround plus new second MD
Manroland Web Systems takes a successful turn in 2015 with sales, order intake and EBT increased noticeably…

Global Graphics and Software Imaging co-operation

The cooperation agreement will allow both companies to offer a broader product range in the Managed Print Services market…

Xerox recognised for Climate Change Transparency
CDP has named Xerox as a leader in providing reliable information about carbon emissions and energy use…

Epson SureColor SC-F2000 at Heimtextil 2016

Epson demonstrates latest flexible technology for interior décor products at Heimtextil in Frankfurt from 12 – 15 January 2016…

Xeikon CX3 digital label press helps Codex expand brands
Faster production, increased capacity and quality, and wider product range and competitive prices all in one system…

Thu 03 December…  The 2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
‘Touch the future – Applications that can create growth’. From Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) for Messe Düsseldorf…

POLAR operator training courses in 2016
POLAR offers operator training courses for POLAR high-speed cutters and Compucut at its customer centre in Hofheim…

10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016
The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in a decade…

Epson develops world’s first office papermaking system
PaperLab promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper…

Alegro Perfect Binder: Perfect investment for a digital future
The Muller Martini Alegro is the ideal perfect binder for companies with a large range of run lengths and product sizes…

Fri 04 December…   Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector…

Quark Software named to EContent 100 for Content Automation
Annual list from EContent Magazine names Top 100 Companies that matter most in the digital content industry…

Print meets digital in Agfa Graphics 2016 Calendar
‘A Year of Tempting Plates’: True to tradition, Agfa Graphics has created a state-of-the-art calendar for VIP clients…

Hubergroup Calendar 2016 depicts markets around the world

The latest traditional wall calendar from the world-renowned printing-ink manufacturer depicts traditional markets….

Vareo Perfect Binder for DATEV in Nuremberg
The ideal perfect binder from Muller Martini for digitally printed ultra-short runs with variable thicknesses…

Lead articles from Friday 27 November in previous update… 

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

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 in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 18 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from partnership with Masterwork for packaging sector…

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

December in Paris
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 December

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

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

Previous…    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.

Previous…    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.

10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016

The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in the intervening decade…

Previous…    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…

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  < /a>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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