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Mike Hilton’s Global News: Print is ready for the Digital Age!

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Shake hands with Fuji-Film. Yanagawa, Yoshida, Plenz, Linzbach, Schoeppler and Oliver. Photo: Heidelberg

Breaking News:

Heidelberg outlines its drupa 2016 ’Simply Smart’ theme

drupa 2016: Heidelberg is acting as a driving force behind the industry’s digitisation to coincide with drupa… More..

Heidelberg’s new ‘Fire’ digital printing portfolio

Drupa 2016: Heidelberg restructures its digital printing portfolio and focuses on growth markets… More..

Digital Heidelberg Primefire 106 to debut at drupa 2016

Fujifilm and Heidelberg take first step towards industrial digital printing with new B1 format inkjet printing machine… More..

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Heidelberg’s Stephan Plenz presented the first result of the new Primefire 106 Inkjet press dedicated to the packaging market.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 19 February 2016

Welcome to another week of news highlights which has seen 39 news items and articles go online since last Monday, with five new additions to our FESPA Newsroom led by Durst, as it plans to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sublimation areas of application in Amsterdam next month; and then five in our drupa Newsroom led by Muller Martini with plans to show finishing for variable data printing live at the upcoming major event at the end of May and early June in Düsseldorf. We also have Konica Minolta, Ryobi and MHI, or RMGTas it is now known, planning to debut its newly designed range of presses, including hybrid digital; Global Graphics and Hybrid Software; and lastly CGS, as it announces the inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ with results to be shown at drupa.

In Online Features the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the First Quarter of 2016 introduction is highlighted; while Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday of last week looks at the successful recycling of paper cups by James Cropper Paper in the United Kingdom.

The week’s news began on a positive note on Monday from Manroland Web Systems, as managing director Jörn Gossécomments on the company’s positive 2015 financial year, which saw both an increase in profit and a boost in the company’s market share.

A major subject this week is that of labels and labelling, where on Friday the International label association FINAT previews 2016, as the industry is constantly challenged to provide much more for brand owners and consumers. The world of labelling is unquestionably one of the most dynamic and innovative industry sectors today. Thomas Hagmaier, current president of FINAT and CEO of Hagmaier Etiketten in southern Germany, offers an informed summary of the current status in 2016: Says Hagmaier, ‘Delivering a fine piece of label design and print that sells the product on the retail shelf is still essential, but today our industry is challenged to provide so much more, for the brand owner and the consumer. To meet an ever-growing raft of brand owner demands, the label supply chain has to meet challenges posed not only by industry innovation, but also by new packaging and labelling choices, online retailing, incredible refinements in imaging technologies, the need fo r sustainable solutions and, of course, international regulations.’ Don’t miss the article!

Also on Friday, you will also find Domino with UV textures for labels; Rotoflex with new security label inspection options; and then MPS, Screen with its Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press, Mathom and AVT, all preparing to join Rotocon at ProPack Africa in March in Johannesburg. Then we had Xaar on Monday, with an expanded product range for UV, which is ideal for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics applications.

As for new sales and installations as the new year gets under way, we had Stroma on Monday with its latest digital purchase from Heidelberg UK . Thursday saw BCQ with EFI Vutek; and on Friday, we had Positive ID Labelling Systems in the UK, which is growing its digital print service offering with the company’s second EFI Jetrion label press – this time a Jetrion 4900 model. Cape Town’s original fabric label printing company, Julius Solomon Specialist Labels, has added Xerox speciality silver and gold dry inks for packaging and swing tickets; and lastly,  Liverpool, UK-based Rayross has invested in Duplo to offer PUR perfect binding to its own customers, as well as  as trade service to commercial printers, design agencies and more.

Exciting new kit this week was led by Duplo on Monday, as it unveiled its new iSaddle PRO Digital System targeted at near-line high-end saddle stitching production. Canon on Tuesday with new entry-level MFP printers; and on Wednesday, Stora Enso as it introduces a new CKB Carrier board grade to be shown at the NEC Birmingham at the Packaging Innovations show on 24 – 25 February 2016.

There’s much more if you scroll down carefully, including as this week’s tailender, the new alliance for South Africa’s DigitalView and Mellow Colour among Wednesday’s headlines. Mellow Colour’s founder and director, Alan Dresch, is already known to many in South Africa from his earlier days with Linotype, as well as more recently with Mellow Colour. DigitalView is also in the drupa Newsroom with CGS, announcing the inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ which we mentioned earlier.

That’s about it 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 pagesMon 15 Feb…   Manroland Web Systems boosts 2015 profit and market share
Following a positive 2015 financial year, the Augsburg-based press manufacturer starts drupa year 2016 on a positive note…

Xaar expands product range for UV applications

Ideal for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate…

It’s two in a row from EFI for CMYUK !
The leading UK specialist wide-format inkjet supplier announced as EFI’s European Sales Partner of the Year for 2015…

Duplo UK launches the iSaddle PRO Digital System
Duplo UK has today unveiled its new iSaddle PRO Digital System targeted at near-line high-end saddle stitching production…

Stroma turns to Heidelberg for its latest digital investment
Specialist digital printing house Stroma has turned to Heidelberg UK for its latest digital purchase – a Linoprint CP digital press…

Tue 16 Feb…    Durst to debut new extra-wide system at FESPA Digital 2016
Durst to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sub areas of application in Amsterdam…

Voting open for FESPA People’s Choice Award
Entries to FESPA Awards 2016 surpasses previous years…

Heidelberg USA hosts three UV open events to meet demand

Unbelievable customer response to Heidelberg UV open houses at its new Print Media Centre in Atlanta in December…

Latest ISO and FOGRA standards supported by GMG
GMG supports M+E Druckhaus and Peter Becker for reliable production in line with the latest offset standards…

Canon adds two new entry-level multi-function printers

Canon launches imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 and iPF670 MFP L24 to bring streamlined functionality…

Wed 17 Feb…   Global Graphics and Hybrid Software strategic alliance
Alliance to provide digital press manufacturers with ‘unbeatable’ RIPs and workflow package for drupa 2016 launchpad…

Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology to exhibit at drupa 2016
Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology will introduce to the world its new logo, corporate message and new lineup of printing equipment…

DigitalView appointed Mellow Colour partner for South Africa
DigitalView was recently appointed as distributor of Mellow Colour products & services for the South African market….

Heidelberg UK forms new Prinect workflow team

Heidelberg UK brings together a strong team, headed by Paul Chamberlain, to spearhead workflow expansion…

Stora Enso to debut new CKB board at Packaging Innovations
Stora Enso introduces new CKB Carrier board grade to be shown at the NEC in Birmingham on 24 – 25 February 2016…

Thu 18 Feb…   
Finishing variable print products live at drupa 2016
Muller Martini Finishing 4.0: Variable products call for highly variable and modular print finishing systems. See them live at drupa…

Rotocon label printing technology at Propak Africa

Leading printing solutions from MPS, Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV, Matho and AVT will be available in three Rotocon’s stands…

FESPA Digital plays host to a number of new exhibitors
First speciality print event of 2016 is the perfect venue for new exhibitors and exciting global product launches…

More technology, applications and exhibitors than ever
FESPA Textile 2016, the largest digital textile event to date, to showcase new exhibitors and product launches in Amsterdam…

BCQ’s JollyBig division expands with Vutek QS2000
JollyBig aims to get even bigger and meet increasing demand with investment in superwide-format Vutek QS2000 from CMYUK…

Fri 19 Feb…  The place of a label in a changing world
International label association FINAT previews 2016, as the industry is challenged to provide more for brand owners and consumers…

‘Textures by Domino’ to debut at Label & Print 2016

Textures by Domino features standout effects for high-end labels and packaging at the NEC Birmingham, from 24 – 25 February…

Rotoflex releases new label inspection Security Series
Security Series modules can now be be fully integrated into the Rotoflex VSI, HSI and VLI product lines as new, or retrofits…

MPS joins Rotocon at Propak Africa 2016

MPS is set to join its South African agent Rotocon at the upcoming Propak Africa from 15 – 18 March in Johannesburg…

Positive ID adds second larger EFI Jetrion digital label press
Positive ID Labelling Systems, UK grows its digital print service offering with EFI Jetrion 4900 digital press…

Julius Solomon Specialist Labels adds digital metallic inks
Cape Town’s original fabric label printing company adds Xerox speciality silver and gold dry inks for packaging and swing tickets…

Rayross Print Factory opens up new markets with Duplo
Liverpool-based Rayross invests in Duplo to offer PUR perfect binding to commercial printers, design agencies and more…

Lead article from Friday in last week’s update…

Last Friday’s lead…   Antalis Packaging launches new customer-centric Website
Antalis has unveiled a new information-packed Website to support customers in the packaging and logistics markets…

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.

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.

Technology-related 2016 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Previous…   TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

Online Features 2016 Jan/Feb  Chapter 03

BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the First Quarter 2016
Output and orders exceeded expectations in Q4 – positive forecast for Q1 as some confidence returns…

EXCLUSIVE Report…   EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
At EFI Connect 2016, EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how the company plans to respond to market changes…

Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests Euro 13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package….

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Recycling Paper Cups
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 Feb

Previous…    Stepping Back to Step Forward
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 Feb

Environmental Laws
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 08 Feb

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 Expert Article Series
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home page.

LATEST…   Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by international independent consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved at the start of wide-format developments following their evolution into the devices they are today…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

LATEST…   drupa cube: The Medici Group to spur out-of-the-box thinking
Best selling author Frans Johansson and other thought leaders to deliver keynotes in the cube during drupa 2016…

drupa cube: Die Medici Group ist Innovationspartner der drupa

Bestseller-Autor Frans Johannsson und zwei weitere Vordenker halten die Keynotes im cube während der drupa 2016…

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

Passende Angebote für Anreise und Unterkunft

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

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

Muller Martini: Finishing variable print products live at drupa 2016
Muller Martini Finishing 4.0: Variable products call for highly variable and modular print finishing systems. See them live at drupa…

Konica Minolta aims to drive future growth at drupa 2016
KM to demonstrate real-value business opportunities in several business zones on its massive 2400 sq/m stand in Hall 8B 2…

Global Graphics and Hybrid Software strategic alliance
Alliance to provide digital press manufacturers with ‘unbeatable’ RIPs and workflow package for drupa 2016 debut…

RMGT to exhibit at drupa 2016
Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology will introduce to the world its new logo, corporate message and new lineup of printing equipment…

CGS’ call for entries: Show us what you can do!
CGS announces inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ with results to be shown during drupa 2016…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Last time…    drupa ante portas – Top topic for 2016: Print in the communications mix!
This is a new series of extraordinary conversations with leading multichannel experts. We invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussions / blogs: By Andreas Weber

Highlight topic Multichannel: ‘Individual solutions are in demand’
This is the fifth in this new series of conversations with leading multichannel experts. We also invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussion blogs (above): By Andreas Weber

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

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam

Durst to debut new extra-wide system at FESPA Digital 2016:
Durst to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sub areas of application…

Nazdar to launch a number of new inks at FESPA Digital
Nazdar Ink Technologies to debut next-generation inks at FESPA Digital 2016 from 8 and 11 March, Amsterdam…

Last week…   Esko to feature efficient workflow at FESPA 2016
End-to-end integration aids profitable production for sign, display and wide-format businesses…

FESPA Federation News in 2016

FESPA Digital plays host to a number of new exhibitors

First speciality print event of 2016 is the perfect venue for new exhibitors and exciting global product launches…

More technology, applications and exhibitors than ever before

FESPA Textile 2016, the largest digital textile event to date, to showcase new exhibitors and product launches in Amsterdam…

Voting open for 2016 People’s Choice Award
Entries to FESPA Awards 2016 surpasses previous years…

Previous…   FESPA Awards gala dinner to showcase incredible talent
Book now for the glittering ceremony which will take place at Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam on Wednesday 9 March 2016…

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI, 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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