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Mike Hilton’s Global News: mega-roundup of printing news highlights

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 01 April 2016

Welcome to another mega-roundup of news highlights for the past two weeks and Laurel Brunner’s latest ‘Gathering Carbon Footprint Data’ Verdigris Blog for Friday 01 April.

You will also find 34 new articles in our drupa Newsroom from 22 different exhibitors (42 if you include all of Picon’s members who will be present in the show in the Picon Pavilions across four halls). Among this latest collection are HP, which is to launch six new HP Indigo Presses at the show along with three new PageWide Web Presses; Leonhard Kurz; Polar, KBA Large-Format, and KBA Service Complete; Global Graphics; Landa, which is to unveil its B1 Nanographic Printing Press now available in 2017, and also a future one-metre wide web press for flexible packaging; Bobst, Cerm,  Kodak, Esko, Enfocus, Agfa Graphics, Xeikon, Xaar, Duplo, Chili Publish, and X-Rite with Pantone.

With only another 57 days to go before the event of the year opens its doors in Düsseldorf at the end of May, drupa news is really gaining momentum and I still have lots more lined-up for the week ahead. Please also don’t miss the latest from the show’s organisers, as the results of the third drupa Global Trends report have now been published. You can download the Executive Summary free-of-charge by simply registering on the drupa website, where you can also opt to purchase and download the full report online for a nominal fee. This is the third and final part of the series.

As there are eight working days of news for you below, I think it would be rather tiresome if I commented on all of the lead items and other important announcements, so I shall leave it to you to go through them carefully PLEASE! There’s a lot of really good stuff if you take your time. Included among these are key announcements from the BPIF, FINAT, KBA’s financial statememts for 2015; Ricoh, Watkiss Automation, Heidelberg, as the  European Investment Bank agrees to fund its R&D activities with a EUR 100 million loan. Again Heidelberg for its Red Dot Design Awards hat-trick, with two awards for sheetfed, including large-format; and one award for digital, on Thursday 31 March.

And lastly as a very special tailender, although perhaps not strictly industry-related in the usual sense, on Friday from UPM, as the Kertomalla paranee‘improve by sharing’ project is launched in Finland, and is is looking for areas of improvement and new solutions to improve the daily life of cancer patients. You are all invited to participate and send suggestions which could perhaps make a meaningful difference.

That’s it until next time. I hope you find lots of interest.

With my best regards,

Mike Hilton 

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Photo: HP Inc.

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 28,000 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 21 Mar…   BPIF announces training survey findings
98% of apprentice employers who responded to the BPIF training survey believe proposed training is an appropriate solution…

Ricoh announces TotalFlow digital book printing solution
Ricoh streamlines and simplifies publication of short runs to help publishers meet shifting industry demand…

ESMA to show potential of functional printing at drupa
ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, will be present in two pavilions at drupa 2016…

CHILI publisher v5.0 announced; also for drupa showcase
The next generation of online editing from CHILI publish is here as CHILI publish redefines document editing…

CHILI announces rendro 1.0: A new era for PDF rendering

Full relief rendering of PDF documents can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, from any platform with CHILI rendro 1.0…

X-Rite Announces PantoneLIVE Private Cloud

Provides printers and converters with a secure, online repository for proprietary colours to streamline workflows…

Northern Print switches from Wohlenberg to Polar
Liverpool printer replaces an ageing Wohlenberg with a Polar N115 guillotine after assessing various options…

Tue 22 Mar…    Exciting Programme for FINAT European Label Forum
Outstanding keynotes and interactive workshops to provide inspiration and learning at ELF, at the Moevenpick Hotel in Amsterdam…

New Xaar 1003 raises the bar for industrial printing

Xaar announces the launch of the Xaar 1003 family of printheads which set a new benchmark for industrial inkjet…

The Enfocus Appstore takes off and heads to drupa
New marketplace quickly becomes a vital resource that connects, supports and advances the Enfocus Switch Community…

HP to inspire to reinvent possibilities at drupa 2016
Company unveils HP PrintOS, a cloud-based, mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management…

Tailored Label opts for Graphium hybrid UV digital inkjet
Tailored Label Products meet rapid growth demands with recently installed FFEI Graphium press from Fujifilm…

Pyramid opts for Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L
Nottingham-based Pyramid Press pushes for higher productivity with Speedmaster XL 75 five-colour plus coater…

Jadan Press expands services with IFS Systems
Two-year ROI expected for Horizon landscape bookletmaker and folder at Hull commercial printer Jadan Press…

Wed 23 Mar…   3rd drupa Global Trends Report: Optimism for growth in 2016
With just weeks to go before drupa 2016 opens, the results of the third drupa Global Trends report has now been published…

Xeikon Trillium One at drupa 2016
Tonnik liquid toner makes fast, high quality, cost-effective, high volume digital print a production reality…

Navigate through the world of drupa with f:mp
Navigate through the World of drupa with Specialist Association Fachverband (f:mp.) with guided tours, lectures and demos…

Enfocus becomes first OEM partner for CHILI rendro
CHILI publish announces first OEM deal for CHILI rendro 1.0 enabling fast, accurate viewing and inspection of PDFs for production…

Canon launches new imagePROGRAF PRO series

Canon Europe recently announced a new range of imagePROGRAF PRO wide-format professional inkjet printers…

Meech launches new Hyperion ionising air curtain
Meech International has announced the latest addition to its Hyperion range of static control systems for industrial applications…

4 Color Press production speeds up by 40% with Anicolor

4CP increases production speeds by 40% with Speedmaster XL 75 five-colour plus coater Anicolor press from Heidelberg…

Thu 24 Mar…  Koenig & Bauer AG publishes its financial statements for 2015
Targets met: Pre-tax profit of ?29.7m with around ?1bn in revenue with turnaround in Digital & Web segment in Q4…

Esko to bring ‘Packaging Simplified’ to drupa
Market leader boosts innovations in both the software and hardware products to address pressing industry challenges…

Esko Software Platform makes Packaging Simplified
Major upgrade of all Esko software focused on productivity and improved user experience in time to debut at drupa 2016…

Xeikon to showcase Fusion Technology at drupa 2016

Fusion technology expands automated digital label and packaging production possibilities…

New X-Rite service helps to better manage colour libraries
PantoneLIVE Rationalization Service analyses and consolidates a colour library and maps colours to Pantone Standard…

Web-to-print platform uses Anicolor for custom folding cartons
Thoro Packaging creates FoldedColor Web-to-print site after success with Anicolor from Heidelberg USA…

MTEX Blue with Pigments for Lewis & Wood
Lewis & Wood is the first UK company to pioneer and invest in a direct- to-textile MTEX Blue Pigment Printer…

Tue 29 Mar…   Highcon ‘Connect to Grow’ at Dscoop EMEA in Tel Aviv
Highcon announces new portfolio and the Highcon Pulse B2 format machine, to be officially launched at drupa 2016 in May…

Kodak aims to raise the bar in inkjet printing at drupa 2016
Ultrastream technology launch; Prosper 6000C press and XGV demo for flexible films to feature on Kodak’s stand in Hall 5…

Kodak Prinergy cloud and Unified Workflow Solutions
Kodak’s software solutions will deliver efficiency, quality and flexibility and drive further automation and business management…

Landa to unveil 13,000sph B1 digital press at drupa
Landa’s Nanographic Presses at drupa will include S10 B1 sheetfed, and W10 one metre-wide web for flexible packaging…

Global Graphics launches version 11 Harlequin RIP

Raises the bar in output quality with more controls for inkjet presses and new features for labels and packaging…

Cerm proves inspiring collaboration at drupa
Omni-presence of Cerm at partner stands during drupa demonstrates growing importance of MIS in print automation process…

Epson drupa exclusive: New super-fast production printer

Epson to unveil new SureColor SC-P10000 1626mm wide-format printer combining highest printing speed with superior quality…

Wed 30 Mar…   HP breakthrough enhancements reinvent commercial printing
HP Inc. expands commercial printing fleet with eight new Indigo and PageWide Web Presses as it prepares for drupa in Hall 17…

HP Indigo expands for flexible packaging and folding cartons
HP Inc. to unveil the industry’s most productive label press for converters and brands in Hall 17 at drupa, as well as other major upgrades…

Leonhard Kurz @ Drupa stand D60 in Hall 3

Drupa 2016 – Don’t just touch the future – live the future with Kurz innovation and creativity…

Bobst to lead with innovation at drupa 2016
Bobst to use drupa to showcase innovative solutions that will drive customer productivity higher, open up new capabilities…

Idealliance certifies first G7 Press Control System
Instrument Flight colour control from System Brunner enables real-time G7 conformance to become a reality…

Hubergroup Deutschland improves its energy efficiency
The printing ink manufacturer is now TÜV Süd ISO 50001 certified for its energy management system…

Second KBA-Flexotecnica EvoXD for Signature Flexible Packaging
Due to extraordinary growth a second gearless, sleeved, central impression flexo press will be installed in Los Angeles…

Palm Print gets set for the arrival of a Linoprint CV

Palm Print celebrates its 25th anniversary with the arrival of its latest digital press, a Linoprint CV 80…

Pustet: Modular flexibility with Muller Martini Alegro
With its short setup times, the Muller Matini Alegro perfect binder is another key element for Pustet in Regensburg, Germany…

Thu 31 Mar…   Red Dot design award hat-trick for Heidelberg
Three in one sweep: ‘red dot design award’ for Heidelberg innovations in both digital and offset printing…

Watkiss Automation year-on-year sales increase of 36%

UK finishing equipment manufacturer is celebrating an increase in sales, with the upward trend set to continue…

2016 FINAT Recycling Awards accepting applications
FINAT Recycling Awards recognise industry efforts to give paper and film release liners a second life…

Global Graphics to raise the bar in inkjet quality at drupa
New Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening Engine helps single-pass inkjet presses achieve high quality at high speed…

POLAR’s Highlights at the 2016 drupa
POLAR will once again present a wide range of solutions for handling diverse market demands; plus two new products to debut…

TRESU extends its enclosed chamber doctor blade programme

The TRESU MaxiPrint concept cuts cleaning time, and improves quality consistency in wide web and corrugated flexo…

Second-hand is first class from Muller Martini

A customised second-hand solution from Muller Martini optimally combines perfect binding and saddle stitching…

Fri 01 Apr…   
EIB Development Loan to fund Heidelberg’s R&D programme
European Investment Bank to fund Heidelberg’s R&D activities, focusing on, and taking digitisation to the next level…

Kertomalla paranee project launched in Finland

Kertomalla paranee ‘improve by sharing’ project is looking for areas of improvement and new solutions to improve the daily life of cancer patients. You can also participate and send suggestions…

Picon Pavilions at drupa support 21 UK manufacturers

‘Best of British’ showcase with focus on new prepress, printing, finishing & ancillary products & forging international partnerships…

MTEX 5032 printer for UK debut at Sign & Digital
MTEX to celebrate a year of outstanding growth and innovation at Sign & Digital UK, NEC, Birmingham, 19 – 21 April…

KBA Service Complete with KBA 4.0 at drupa
Digital transformation with KBA 4.0: On the way to the networked print factory and full closed-loop solutions…

Xerox to launch two new inkjet presses at drupa
Xerox to introduce its first cut-sheet inkjet press and new continuous feed inkjet platform…

Axaio Software to showcase at drupa in Hall 7
Together with callas software, Tucanna and Four Pees, Axaio will present its solutions at drupa in Hall 7, stand C19…

Last lead article from previous update…

A week last Friday’s lead…   Dscoop EMEA 5 Conference reveals speaker lineup
Dscoop EMEA reveals inspiring lineup of keynote speakers for its 2016 Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel from 5 to 8 April…

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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 < a href=”http://www.drupa.com/“>drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
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.

Online Features 2016 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Most recent…   Fedopress adopts Xeikon 3500 for Revenue Duty stamp printing
Belgian Finance Dept print supplier takes printing of tobacco duty stamps in-house to increase security and efficiency and lower costs…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Gathering Carbon Footprint Data

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 Apr

Previous…   Partners in Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 18 Mar

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… but you do have to scroll down to view each of the Chapters

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

34 New articles for you this week…   KBA Service Complete with KBA 4.0 at drupa
Digital transformation with KBA 4.0: On the way to the networked print factory and full closed-loop solutions…

Picon Pavilions at drupa support 21 UK manufacturers
‘Best of British’ showcase with focus on new prepress, printing, finishing & ancillary products & forging international partnerships…

POLAR’s highlights at 2016 drupa in Hall 1

POLAR will once again present a wide range of solutions for handling diverse market demands…

Global Graphics raises the bar in inkjet quality with drupa launch
New Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening Engine helps single-pass inkjet presses achieve high quality at high speed…

HP breakthrough enhancements reinvent commercial printing
HP Inc. expands commercial printing fleet with eight new Indigo and PageWide Web Presses as it prepares for drupa 2016, with the show’s exhibit space in Hall 17…

HP Indigo expands for flexible packaging and folding cartons

HP Inc. to unveil the industry’s most productive label press for converters and brands in Hall 17 at drupa, as well as major upgrades for other presses…

Leonhard Kurz @ Drupa stand D60 in Hall 3

Drupa 2016 – Don’t just touch the future – live the future with Kurz innovation and creativity…

Landa to unveil 13,000sph B1 digital press at drupa
Landa’s lineup of offset quality Nanographic Printing presses at drupa will include Landa S10 B1 sheetfed, as well as a one metre-wide web press for plastic packaging films…

Landa to unveil ultra-fast metre-wide W10 web press
Landa to unveil its new webfed Nanographic Printing Press for flexible packaging at drupa…

New metallisation printing technology to be unveiled at drupa
New Landa Nano-Metallography offers zero-waste metallisation graphics at half the cost of foil…

Bobst to lead with innovation at drupa

Bobst to use drupa to showcase innovative solutions that will drive customer productivity higher, open up new capabilities…

Cerm proves inspiring collaboration at drupa

Omni-presence of Cerm at partner stands during drupa demonstrates growing importance of MIS in print automation process…

Kodak brings the ‘Science to Create’ to drupa

With a host of new product launches and technology developments to be featured on its stand in Hall 5…

Kodak to raise the bar in inkjet printing at drupa 2016
Ultrastream technology launch; Prosper 6000C press and XGV demonstration for flexible films to be featured on Kodak’s stand in Hall 5…

Kodak Prinergy cloud services and Unified Workflow Solutions

Kodak’s software solutions will deliver efficiency, quality and flexibility for print and packaging service providers and will drive further automation and business management…

NexPress platform supports industry growth and demand

Kodak announces the latest NexPress Color Press and its next generation electrophotographic platform, poised to deliver category’s highest quality, greatest value…

Kodak drives Flexo to be print process of choice
New Flexcel NX System ’16, NX Implementation Services and next generation ‘Ultra NX experience’ are key technologies for packaging printers at drupa 2016…

Kodak increasing investment in offset print
Kodak will announce its fourth and fifth new plate products launched within the last year and its entrance into the pressroom consumables market…

Kodak announces improved CTP automation portfolio
Kodak extends CTP options giving printers choice, efficiency and speed, to be unveiled at drupa…

Esko brings ‘Packaging Simplified’ to drupa
Market leader boosts innovations in both the software and hardware products to address pressing industry challenges…

Esko Software Platform makes Packaging Simplified

Major upgrade of all Esko software focused on productivity and improved user experience…

Xeikon Trillium One at drupa 2016
Tonnik liquid toner makes fast, high quality, cost-effective, high volume digital print a production reality…

Xeikon to showcase Fusion Technology at drupa
Fusion technology expands automated digital label and packaging production possibilities…

KBA: More performance and automation in large-format
Drupa highlight for packaging printers: KBA Rapida 145 with new double-pile delivery and automated pile logistics…

New Xaar 1003 raises the bar for industrial printing
Xaar announces the launch of the Xaar 1003 family of printheads which set a new benchmark for industrial inkjet, to be shown at drupa…

Enfocus Appstore takes off and heads to drupa
New marketplace quickly becomes a vital resource that connects, supports and advances the Enfocus Switch Community…

HP Inc. to inspire print providers at drupa 2016
Company to unveil HP PrintOS, a cloud-based, mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management…

Agfa Graphics at drupa 2016 ‘We Embody Print’
Agfa Graphics to address opportunities for growth at drupa 2016…

Print the Future with Xeikon at drupa 2016
It’s all about growth with new products and services for labels, packaging and document printing, including its brand-new 60 m/min Trillium One press…

Duplo to take technology to new level at drupa
The stage is set for Duplo International to demonstrate its world-leading capabilities in print finishing systems at drupa 2016…

Next generation CHILI publish solutions to debut at drupa
The online editor that started it all, now with new innovations, partnerships and customer successes…

CHILI publisher v 5.0 announced for drupa showcase
The next generation of online editing from CHILI Publish is here as CHILI publisher redefines document editing…

CHILI announces rendro 1.0: A new era for PDF rendering
Full relief rendering of PDF documents can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, from any platform with CHILI rendro 1.0…

X-Rite announces PantoneLIVE Private Cloud
Provides printers and converters with a secure, online repository for proprietary colours to streamline workflows: to be demonstrated live at drupa 2016….

Previous…   Screen’s ‘Achieve the Extraordinary in Print’ drupa theme
Integrated imaging for innovation – SCREEN GP i3 – encompasses Screen GPS’ presence at the 2016 global event…

Ricoh to ‘Open New Worlds’ at drupa 2016
The Ricoh stand is designed to Open New Worlds for PSPs looking for new ways to seamlessly manage workflows, maximise productivity, increase profitability and access additional markets…

Canon to show full gamut of inkjet and toner-based solutions
Canon helps printers of every size and type unleash their business potential at drupa 2016…

Canon’s continuous feed inkjet leadership lineup
Canon shows leadership in continuous feed inkjet for production print will be evident in Hall 8a at drupa 2016…

Canon expands its successful ColorStream family
Canon will launch the new Océ ColorStream 6000 Chroma continuous feed inkjet press at drupa 2016…

Canon to launch new imagePRESS C8000VP at drupa
Canon extends quality and productivity benefits of successful imagePRESS C10000VP to wider audience with the new C8000VP…

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press for drupa

Canon broadens applications of the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press with media flexibility, colour quality and finishing…

Muller Martini to present Touchless Workflow at drupa
Touchless Workflow functions enable uninterrupted print finishing without manual intervention…

New features added to Epson SureColor SC-T Series

Upgraded wide-format printers designed with new levels of functionality and productivity will be demonstrated for the first time at drupa…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series and more
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home Page.

Most recent…   Claus Bolza-Schünemann invites you to ‘Touch the Future’
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the drupa committee and chief executive of Koenig & Bauer AG used his Media Conference address to explain how the five letters of d r u p a are representative of the five key technology trends in our industry today…

Digital versus traditional packaging print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 8 by Michael Seidl, publisher and editor-in-chief of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe including Print & Publishing, Packaging and Visual Communication….

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Most recent…   3rd drupa Global Trends Report: Optimism for growth in 2016
With just weeks to go before drupa 2016 opens, the results of the third drupa Global Trends report have now been published…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Most recent…    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 Federation News in 2016

Continued success for exhibitors at FESPA Eurasia 2016
FESPA Eurasia 2016, to be held from 8 – 11 December, CNR Expo, Istanbul, is beginning to take shape…

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI, Esko,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  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< /a>-Kymmene.

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