Mike Hilton’s Global News Review: Dare to Print Different!



Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 25 of the best received during the past seven days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Environmental Blog, and a new addition in Online Features Chapter 03, as Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV to be installed in Germany.

“Our fourth quarter results demonstrate that we are realizing significant benefits from our Strategic Transformation program,” said Jeff Jacobson, Xerox chief executive officer. “We delivered strong margins that countered expected pressure on revenue.” Jacobson continued, “With the separation of Conduent now complete, we turn our full attention to delivering on our strategy, which includes pursuing the growing areas of the market. As the strategy begins to yield results, our revenue trajectory is expected to improve over time while we expand our margins and continue to generate strong cash flows.”

We had financial results from UPM on Tuesday and Xerox on Thursday; while UPM Biofuels took Monday’s lead slot, and Baldwin’s acquisition of Air Motion Systems led the headlines on Wednesday. EFI’s acquisition of Xerox FreeFlow DFE software also appears among Friday’s headlines. On Monday we reported the death of Xeikon’s founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January, at the age of 85; while on Friday, we were extremely sad to report the death of South Africa’s Lambert Retief, one of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs, who died on Thursday 26 January after losing a short battle with brain cancer. He was only 64. A memorial service to celebrate Retief’s life was held at Anura Vineyards in Klapmuts (near Paarl), on Friday 3 February.
On Wednesday, Sappi announced its new Website which highlights its global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources. Please take look. It’s impressive. Also on Wednesday, Ricoh Europe announced the launch of the new Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services.

You’ll find a good selection of news relating to upcoming events beginning with Xeikon at Hunkeler Innovationdays later this month; then for Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations in March in Belgium; Kornit at C!Print in Lyon last week; FESPA in Hamburg in May; and from Sign & Digital UK in March at the NEC; while IST (UK) will exhibit at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry in May.
Recent notable installations this week came from Heidelberg UK with Versafire CV digital; Renz UK; Heidelberg USA with a Speedmaster long-perfector equipped for coating and UV; from KBA North America with a large-format seven-colour Rapida with full UV; then Heidelberg in Germany with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV with matching service package; followed by EFI Vutek wide-format in Ireland; Polar in the UK; and lastly Meech static control, in the UK and Europe.

The tailender goes to the PIA, which on Tuesday opened submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with a 2 June deadline.

That’s about it until next time. I hope you have a good week.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton




e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

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 page

Week beginning Mon 30 January – date published appears in article footline

UPM Biofuels joins the Made by Finland campaign
UPM Biofuels moves to celebrate the centenary of Finland by joining the Made by Finland campaign to highlight innovation…

Death of founder of Xeikon and digital printing in Belgium
Xeikon is sad to announce the death of its founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January at the age of 85…

Hartgraph adds CV digital capacity at its Amersham plant
Hartgraph Print returns to Heidelberg for second digital press, a Versafire CV, to run alongside its Linoprint 751…

David John Papers completes upgrade with third Renz system
Slough-based David John Papers in the UK has added its third Renz solution in 18 months to streamline its binding workflow…

UPM announces record Financial Results for 2016
UPM finishes strong record 2016 year with good fourth quarter…

Call for 2017 InterTech Technology Awards submissions
Printing Industries of America opens submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with 2 June deadline…

Sappi Limited launches new Website
New Website highlights global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources…

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 in March
During the four-day event suppliers join forces to a bring range of innovative digital print applications across a variety of sectors…

Speedmaster XL 106 long-perfector with UV for Paulson Press
Paulson Press aims to double productivity with its newly installed Speedmaster XL 106 LPL machine from Heidelberg…

Baldwin has acquired Air Motion Systems
Baldwin Technology Company creates global UV curing powerhouse by acquiring Air Motion Systems…

Kornit Digital at C!Print in Lyon this week
Kornit Digital shows new Avalanche R-Series and announces workflow collaboration with Custom Gateway…

Xeikon brand protection at Hunkeler Innovationdays
The Xeikon 9800 duplex press to showcase quality, versatility, speed and reliability in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February…

FESPA 2017 Global Print Expo in Hamburg in May
Leading wide-format event brings together innovation, education and inspiration across screen, digital and textile print…

New Ricoh Pro C5200s supports flexible production
Ricoh launches the Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services…

Record tenth KBA press installed at Imagine!
Imagine! Print Solutions in Shakopee, MN continues growth with new KBA Rapida 164 64-inch UV Press…

Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter 2016 earnings
Delivers strong adjusted operating margin of 14.0 per cent and cash flow of $462 million from continuing operations…

Blömeke lauds Germany’s first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with matching service package…

Ireland’s Minprint chooses Vutek hybrid LED printer
EFI Vutek printer allows innovative print provider to be more creative and push the boundaries of traditional print…

Sign & Digital Business Theatre lineup for 2017 show
Sign & Digital UK has announced the Business Theatre lineup for its 30th anniversary event at the NEC in March…

Spandex to exhibit at Sign and Digital UK 2017
Spandex to showcase the unique swissQprint UV flatbed printer, and range of wide-format and sign making equipment at the NEC…

South African print mogul Lambert Retief has died
One of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs has died after losing a short battle with brain cancer…

IST (UK) predicts LED-UV momentum in 2017
LUV is IST Metz’s name for its LED-UV package and includes the lamp module, a control cabinet, water chiller and screen software for ease of operation. Also exhibiting at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry…

EFI acquires Xerox FreeFlow Print Server DFE business
Xerox and EFI partner to give customers best in class FFPS and EFI Fiery Digital Front End software…

Polar 137N Plus guillotine for Route 1 Print
Guillotine investment prepares way for Route 1 Print’s optimised same day trade print service…

Scapa invests in Meech Hyperion static control
Scapa eliminates static issues on its rewind equipment with Meech Hyperion 971IPS bars…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Real and Artificial Intelligence: Guy Gecht at Connect
Using both to gain profit-building efficiencies. An overview of EFI Connect 2017, 17 – 20 January in Las Vegas by Rosemary Monaco…

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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, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (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’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Print’s transcendence of time unites customers with your digital story
Print is being integrated with digital in ways we never would have thought possible. By Vaughan Patterson, Ricoh SA…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Good enough to eat?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Feb

Trumping the Paris Agreement
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 Jan

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. The first 18 can now be found in this special section in the Index on our Website Home Page. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 19 – Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström

No 18 – Machine Head
Investing in the right wide format equipment is paramount for any digital print provider. With options more diversified than ever, just how do you find out which machine will really rock your shop? By Sonja Angerer…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter and its content when you visit the Newsroom

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section
Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene.

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