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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 10 March 2017


Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 from the submissions of the past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog and the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Paul Lindström on how printing companies can improve output quality, and No 23 in this current series.

Awards this week began with X-Rite on Monday with a prestigious iF Design Award for its TAC7 scanner; while on Tuesday, Unilux received a Sapphire Award for its industry-first LED-UV strobes, used in the inspection of inks and coatings.

Danaher’s Product Identification Platform, which includes Esko and X-Rite among many others, has acquired Israel’s AVT and its inline inspection systems, took Tuesday’s lead; while on  Wednesday, Kodak had the number one spot with its financial results for 2016, reporting net earnings of $16 million and an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products, but still no finalisation or announcement of the buyer for its Prosper Inkjet Business, as it continues with the sale process for Prosper, while at the same time continues investing in the development of Ultrastream, its next-generation inkjet writing system. Many in the European trade press expected the announcement to coincide with this week’s financial results release.

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa became the first company in Africa to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder for digital books, as it took the lead on Thursday. The contract was finalised at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland; while on Wednesday CTP Newspapers Cape Town announced its implementation of the Mellow Colour program from Mellow Colour UK and Digital View, Johannesburg.

Friday’s headlines were led by KBA, as it announces group participation for Interpack 2017 on a joint stand in Hall 12, featuring marking, print solutions, finishing and further processing for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s show in Düsseldorf in May. Other upcoming events include Contiweb and DG press ServiceS Open House in The Netherlands later this month; SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona from 21 – 24 March; plus more on the 2017 Xeikon Café in Lier also later this month; and Printeriors from 8 to 12 May 2017 in Hamburg; and then Fujifilm UK which will demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May with live jobs – all in the news on Monday. EyeC announced its participation at Interpack on Wednesday; and we had more for Xeikon Café on Thursday, together with news from Tonejet and Rockwell Automation for their joint lineup at Interpack 2017.

More post-show success at Hunkeler Innovationdays came from Ricoh Europe on Tuesday; together with news from EuroShop which took place in Düsseldorf this week. On Wednesday recent Inca Onset X investments sparked a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe, according to Inca distributor Fujifilm UK, with an impressive list of major high-profile successes to back up its claim.

On Friday, the world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference) announced that it will return on 24 – 25 October 2017 to Swissôtel in Neuss, Düsseldorf. More from FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in May with its seminar programme; also from Canon announcing the FESPA launch of its new Océ Colorado wide-format device; and lastly Drytac at FESPA.

There‘s much more, including sales and installations successes, new kit, a new state-of-the-art Website from Hybrid; software upgrades and more. Please check them all out carefully.

The tailender once again goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton


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Headline News

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X-Rite wins prestigious iF Design Award 2017

Award for the TAC7 scanner, an innovative technology that captures physical material appearance for use in virtual design…

X-Rite and Pantone have acquired ColorCert software assets

Company to accelerate ColorCert Suite development as part of its Print and Packaging Initiative…

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS open house

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS to hold Thallo web offset solutions showcase, on 21 – 23 March…

SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017, 21 – 24 March

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions for added-value labels and packaging make an impact at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona…

SEI Laser at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations

SEI Laser pushes design limits in digital laser die-cutting as it returns to 2017 Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations later this month…

Printeriors 2017 interior design showcase, Hamburg

From 8 to 12 May 2017 at Messe Hamburg: Dare to design different by checking in to the Printeriors 2017 hotel…

Driving the new revolution in print with Fujifilm

An Open House with a difference: Fujifilm UK to demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May, with live jobs…


Danaher Corporation to acquire AVT

AVT set to join Danaher’s Product Identification Platform…

Unilux wins LED industry award for innovative strobe design

Industry-first LED-UV series recognised for superior clarity in the inspection of inks and coatings…

Ricoh celebrates high-speed inkjet success at HID 2017

Ricoh celebrates the installation of more than 650 high-speed inkjet production engines in 29 countries…

A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendar

Sappi Algro Design provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe’s leading manufacturer in its 2017 calendar…

Hybrid launches state-of-the-art PACKZ Website

Hybrid Software has achieved something rather special with the eight languages launch of its new PACKZ Website…

New Solution exhibiting at Euroshop from 5 – 9 March

New Solution announces new printers for in-house packaging and labeling at EuroShop in Düsseldorf…

Swallowtail switches supplier with buckle folder buy

With the aim of doubling output and providing 15 – 20 per cent additional folding capacity at the plant with a new Stahlfolder TH 82…


Kodak results for fourth quarter and full year 2016

Kodak reports net earnings for 2016 of $16 Million, an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products…

CTP Newspapers invests in Mellow Colour

CTP Newspapers Cape Town, South Africa sees huge improvements in prepress and pressroom efficiency and print quality since implementing the Mellow Colour program from Digital View…

Fujifilm claims unprecedented investment in Onset X

Inca Onset X investments spark a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe says Fujifilm…

Maintenance agreements gain momentum at Technotrans

The number taken out rose 28 per cent in 2015 and 37 per cent in 2016 with the outlook for 2017 very strong…

EyeC at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf in May

EyeC to present inspection solutions for 100% output control of folding cartons in use in Hall 11 at Interpack…

Agfa Graphics launches new Asanti 3.0 software

The latest version of Agfa Graphics automated Asanti 3.0 workflow software for sign & display producers announced…

Mimaki announces unique hybrid printers for textiles

One printer, two inks: enabling fast, efficient print on cotton, hemp, polyester and more, with a compact footprint…


Africa’s first Vareo goes to Formset-ABC in Cape Town

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa the first to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder, for digital books…

Volkers increases production efficiency with Esko

Dutch packaging specialist bridges automation gaps with Automation Engine Connect to enhance production efficiencies…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire at 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town, 15 – 17 May…

Tonejet and Rockwell Automation at Interpack 2017

Advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines for short-to-medium run 2-piece cans…

OneVision optimising label workflows at Xeikon Café

Easier production planning and higher degree of automation will be shown with the OneVision DigiLabel software solution…

GM’s advanced finishing solutions at Xeikon Café

The GM in-register lamination module and DC330Hybrid laser die-cutter will be featured in live digital printing solutions…

AV Flexologic announces next generation SAMM 2.0

AV launches new Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine 2.0…


KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

The Inkjet Conference 2017: The first programme details

The world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC returns to take place 24 – 25 October 2017 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf…

FESPA 2017 announces comprehensive seminar programme

Delivering key insights and market knowledge across the sign-making, digital, screen, industrial, textile and interior printing industries…

GlassPrint 2017: Advanced solutions for glass decoration

The seventh GlassPrint conference and exhibition returns to Düsseldorf, Germany on 29 – 30 November 2017…

Canon introduces new Océ Colorado wide-format printer

Canon Europe announces the Océ Colorado 1640, the first roll-to-roll printer built on new Canon UVgel technology with FESPA debut…

Drytac announces plans for FESPA 2017

Drytac Europe has announced its plans for FESPA 2017, set to take place in Hamburg, Germany from 8 to 12 May 2017…

New 3D Designer for Taopix photo commerce platform

UK software developer, Taopix, has announced the upcoming release of its new online 3D Designer feature…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

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…

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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.

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…


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

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 23 How Printing Companies Can Improve Output Quality

Most wide format printing engines have the potential to produce excellent output quality, both in terms of resolution and colour gamut. By Paul Lindström

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

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

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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