Mike Hilton’s Global News: Industrie Forum 2017 Design Awards to Heidelberg for its B1 Primefire 106



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


Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on Thai Forest Certification, gleaned during FESPA Asia, held in Bangkok, Thailand in February.

The past week has seen such a mixed bag of news, I think it is perhaps easier if I simply highlight some of the key articles that have appeared each day and leave you to work your way down the list and to select those that appeal specifically to you. Here are just a few pointers:

  • Monday’s lead saw FESPA announce that the European show will now become an annual event, claiming that FESPA Digital’s success has driven demand for a yearly event embracing all technologies and applications. I thought that most major manufacturers were desperately trying to reduce expense and participation in shows, and not wanting to feel arm-twisted into to increasing spend in order to attend a broader spectrum more often. Or have I missed something?
  • Tuesday saw UPM’s Annual Report made available online, or to order in print. Wednesday led with Industrie Forum (iF) 2017 Design Awards to Heidelberg for its B1 Primefire 106 industrial digital press debuted at drupa last year; and for its new generation Prinect Press Center XL 2; followed by Sappi Europe receiving a WorldStar 2017 Award for its unique Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution. To round off the week on Friday, Esko led the headlines as it announced it has developed a strategy to help packaging customers meet the burgeoning and ever-increasing demand for compliance with regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling.
  • Thursday’s headlines were led by the OE-A, which has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month. You will also find other show and conference-related news for Xeikon Café on both Monday and Thursday; for PrintWeekLive! and Interpack 2017 on Tuesday; and for Sign&Digital UK and ICE Europe 2017 on Friday, along with FINAT’s Global Young Managers Congress in Lisbon from 22 – 24 March.



As usual, we have a selection of recent orders and installations, new kit for conventional and digital production, as well as new software, cloud services, upgraded packaging boards and a lot more besides, if you spend just a few minutes scrolling through the headlines carefully.


My tailender goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, taking place in Cape Town in May, as Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker announces he will be back in SA to take part in this year’s event.


That’s it until next time. There’s more for you below.

My best regards, 
Mike Hilton



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Flagship European FESPA to become annual event

FESPA Digital’s success drives demand for yearly event embracing all technologies and applications…

Meech invested in global expansion throughout FY 2015/2016

2016 was a year of global expansion for Meech International, as the company increased its production capability…

Hucais invests in Muller Martini for digital books

Partnership agreement at Hunkeler Innovationdays for Muller Martini and Hucais Printing to shape the digital future together…

Powder Horn moves to Heidelberg’s Versafire CP

Massachusetts-based Powder Horn Press has replaced two competitive digital machines with Heidelberg’s Versafire CP…

Agfa spotlight on brand reputation at Xeikon Café

High-end anti-counterfeiting software solutions for the most sensitive areas of digital printing in Lier next month…

Diamond Photofoil at Xeikon Café next month

Photofoil digital thermal transfers that revolutionise printing of plastic products to be shown at the event…

Lake Image Systems at the Xeikon Café event in Lier

Premium inspection and data verification solutions will be featured during the 4-day exhibition and conference event…


UPM Annual Report 2016 now available online as PDF

UPM’s Annual Report 2016 has been published online today in English and Finnish as a PDF on the corporate website…

Duplo sets out to inspire at PrintWeekLive!

Inspiration and innovation will be at the heart of Duplo UK’s activity at the inaugural PrintWeekLive! in Coventry, 8 – 9 March…

Domino at Interpack 2017 Messe Düsseldorf in May

Domino Printing Sciences set to rewrite the rules of coding and marking at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May…

Siegwerk ‘Focused on your needs’ at Components 2017

Siegwerk to showcase its packaging expertise at Interpack’s special trade fair ‘Components 2017’ in Düsseldorf…

Upgraded Ensocoat board to debut at Interpack 2017

Stora Enso is upgrading its flagship Ensocoat carton board to provide the market’s best visual appearance…

TRESU introduces Flexo Kit metallic ink unit

A compact flexo printing unit designed for high-speed HP Indigo digital folding carton printing lines…

pdfaPilot also available in the cloud or as Web service

Actino Software releases Document Processing Services for automated PDF editing with integrated Callas pdfaPilot…


Heidelberg receives Industrie Forum Design accolades

Primefire 106 digital printing system and Prinect Press Center XL 2 control station win iF Design Award 2017…

Sappi a winner of distinguished WorldStar 2017 Award

Sappi Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution impressed WPO judges in the food category…

Gallus Ferd. Rüesch committed to climate protection

Committed to protecting the climate: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG helps lower CO2 emissions by signing up to EnAW programme…

Flexible production is enhanced with latest Horizon buy

Following its move to new premises, Belle Design & Print has chosen a Horizon SPF/FC-200A stitch/fold/trim line from IFS…

Gomer upgrades digital printing with Heidelberg

Gomer Press in Wales is replacing a five year old machine with a Versafire CP press with Prinect Digital Front End…

Jaakkoo-Taara Oy adopts Xeikon digital workflow

Truly digital Folding Carton Suite adopted to support serialised pharmaceutical packaging in Finland…

Five additional MPS presses for Reflex Labels UK

The new presses contribute to sustainability as a key goal…


Interactively discover printed electronics at LOPEC 2017

OE-A has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month…

FESPA launches its second global Print Census

FESPA refreshes market insight with second global Print Census completed at FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February…

Siegwerk acquires UK-based Hi-Tech Products

With the acquisition of Hi-Tech Products Ltd, Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business…

Cerm at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017

Cerm streamlines digital workflow in live applications of wet glue labelling and paper cups at the Xeikon Café…

Michelman brings in-mould labelling to Xeikon Café

Effectiveness of the DigiPrime 4453 digital press primer will be shown on live applications with Xeikon presses…

Amberley Labels UK adds 8-colour Edale FL3

The new FL3 includes AiiR Print Automation, Advanced Register, Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting and a Peel & Reveal modules…

Baumer’s new Inverto non-contact gluer for corrugated

‘Inverto’ – the innovative FFG adhesive application system for simple switching from top-down to bottom-up gluing…


Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

Esko announces strategy to help its customers with ever-increasing compliance regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling…

Sign & Digital UK announces a new show feature

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new show feature dedicated to the sign industry: the Sign Trade Services Pavilion…

FINAT Global Young Managers Club Congress, Lisbon

A pathway to success: Young label industry managers can explore the route in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 – 24 March…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker back in SA in May for this year’s Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Bobst at ICE Europe 2017 from 21 – 23 March

As a dedicated converting event, Bobst will be attending the ICE exhibition in Munich, Germany later this month…

BST Eltromat at ICE Europe 2017 in Munich

An extensive portfolio for the converting industry BST Eltromat International and subsidiary BST ProControl…

March delivery set for Cowan Print’s new Stahlfolder

Cowan Print wanted a more automated folder and one that would provide an enhanced range of quality folds at speed…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

At Hunkeler Innovationdays Muller Martini’s stand proved highly popular during the four-day trade fair in Lucerne this week…

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ace Binding trade finisher orders the UK’s first Renz Inline 500 Compact at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne…

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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.

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar


Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

One of the main objectives for colour management is to get the most out of the printing device used to print the job. For a designer or project manager this can be a challenge. By Paul Lindström

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News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

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