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Mike Hilton’s Global News Review: All about Print & Transformation in the Digital Age

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Colordruck selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for Primefire 106: (from left) Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of the Business Unit Digital at Heidelberg, Thomas Pfefferle and Martin Bruttel, both managing directors at Colordruck Baiersbronn and Sascha Knabe, Heidelberg Germany. Photo: Heidelberg

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Thursday 13 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 29 articles over the past four working days, plus the latest Wild-Format Technology Guide from Sonja Angerer inviting you to ‘Feel It!’ – which is all about tactile touchy-feely things We have three nice articles in Online Features Chapter 04 beginning with KBA in Amsterdam and its first Rapida 76 (now four years ago) at Robstolk in Amsterdam; then Heidelberg with its brand new Speedmaster CX 75 which is also covered by Gareth Ward in an additional article – both on Tuesday; and lastly from Colordruck Baiersbronn, which has selected Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes the pilot customer for the B1 Primefire 106 inkjet hybrid press launched at drupa last year, employing Fujifilm printheads.

 


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Montserrat Peidro-Insa

”The start of the pilot with Colordruck before end of 2017 is a further milestone in the implementation of our digital strategy. With Colordruck Baiersbronn, we have been able to acquire an important strategic pilot customer for Primefire 106. Our long-standing partnership, the digital business model in packaging printing, the Europe-wide presence and the industrial production philosophy of Colordruck Baiersbronn create the perfect environment for a successful market launch of Primefire 106.“ —Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Business Unit Digital at Heidelberg. (See as well: ValueDialog: An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing.)


 

Before I go further, I would like to draw your attention to a Webinar which is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April) You will find this in Wednesday’s headlines from Andreas Weber entitled: ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – Transformation in the Digital Age: The Webinar, also for Konica Minolta’s PROKOM User Community, will be hosted by my good friend Andreas Weber, of Value Communication.

 


 

As a follow-on from last Friday’s main lead article regarding Kodak having cancelled the sale of its Prosper Inkjet business, Monday’s lead article announces Kodak’s new head of its Enterprise Inkjet Systems division, replacing Philip Cullimore who is taking a break. Tuesday’s lead was taken by a combination of Gareth Ward’s article and Heidelberg’s own article announcing the new CX 75 press. On Thursday, UPM announced that production of its Brite family has now been expanded into Austria at the Steyrermühl Mill; while on Thursday, Heidelberg took the lead again with the introduction to the Colordruck Baiersbronn and the Primefire 106 announcement mentioned above.

The rest of the news is good and comprises a really mixed bag this week as everyone rushed to clear whatever they may have had before the Easter long weekend. You’ll find new inkjet wide-format kit from Agfa, software upgrades again and a new Graphics Suite from Corel; new and improved EFI DFEs for Ricoh; Codimag and IST new energy-saving UV system; and new direct engravable plates from Flint. Then we have post-event news from Esko’s Innovation Day in Ghent at the end of March; lots of pre-show news for Interpack and FESPA 2017 next month among others, and more.

Recent sales and installations successes include Heidelberg at Czech commercial printer Triangl; Graphics Works in the UK with Europe’s first Fujifilm Acuity LED 3200R roll-to-roll printer; Australia’s IVE Group expanding with a Manroland Web Systems Lithoman 80-page double-web press; then Muller Martini at Funke in Erfurt, Germany with two more ProLiner inserters, bringing its mailroom total to four alongside a formidable lineup of other state-of-the-art mailroom equipment from the Swiss manufacturer; and lastly, Cape Branding Services has grown its new digital printing division with a Xerox Color C70 printer from Cape Office Machines and Bytes.

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open due to take place in Cape Town in May, with Simonstown’s Riaan Spreeth joining players from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and other South Africans for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines as usual.

That’s it until next time. You will find more if you take your time when you scroll down, including the latest acquisition in the ink world from Hubergroup and expansion for CHILI Publish.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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Prokom Webinar Digital Transformation

Webinar – Digital Transformation
Wednesday 19th April 2017 4pm (GMT) 


 

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

Almost 29,000 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 10 April – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Kodak appoints new head of Enterprise Inkjet Systems

Kodak announces Randy Vandagriff as new president of Enterprise Inkjet Systems to replace Philip Cullimore…

BASF and Landa partner for automotive coatings

The long-term partnership alliance combines BASF innovations with Landa nano-pigment technology (includes video link)…

KAMA at Interpack with finishing for short-run cartons

At Interpack, KAMA will present solutions for highly efficient converting in the digital workflow with HP Indigo…

Triangl sets productivity records with Heidelberg

Performance Champion: Czech commercial printer set to break the ’90 million’ printed sheets per year with XL 106…

Esko’s Flexo Innovation Day in Ghent

The ‘who’s who’ of the European flexo industry shared vision, knowledge and expertise at Esko’s Innovation Day (includes video link)…

Flint expands Nyloprint DLE plate portfolio

Flint Group expands portfolio of direct engravable plates for high quality pad and high ink transfer printing…

Polar operator training courses for second half 2017

Polar operator training courses for POLAR High-Speed Cutters and Compucut at its customer centre in Hofheim, Germany…

Tuesday

Heidelberg fills gap with Speedmaster CX 75

Heidelberg has demonstrated a new B2 press designed to fill the gap between XL and SX models. And the CX 75 is already being called the XL 75 Lite. By Gareth Ward…

More in-depth on Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

The new Speedmaster CX 75 – space-saving 500 x 700mm format Multi-Talent for agile smart print shops…

Investment boost for CHILI’s tech2marketing growth path

Belgium’s CHILI Publish raises EUR 2,55 million in Series A investment round led by Volta Ventures with Pamica and Group MC…

New Avinci DX3200 3.2m wide printer from Agfa Graphics

New dye sublimation printer for high-quality, vibrant soft signage to be launched at ISA 2017 and FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

Robstolk in Amsterdam achieves brilliant results thanks to HR-UV, as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary…

Europe’s first Fujifilm Acuity LED 3200R inkjet printer

Graphics Works in the UK boosts production and slashes turnaround times with Europe’s first Acuity LED 3200R roll-to-roll printer…

IVE Australia purchases Lithoman 80-page press

Australia’s IVE Group expands with a Lithoman 80-page double-web press customised for high-volume commercial printing…

Wednesday

UPM announces Brite future for Steyrermühl Mill Austria

UPM to strengthen its improved newsprint offering: Production of UPM Brite family expands into Austria…

Invitation to join Webinar: Wed 19 April 2017 at 16:00 GMT

‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – Transformation in the Digital Age: A Webinar for KM’s PROKOM User Community with Andreas Weber…

Hubergroup acquires Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company

Capabilities of both companies will enhance the position of Hubergroup as a leading supplier in North American market…

Ricoh announces EFI’s new DFEs available Europe-wide

New EFI Fiery high performance servers for Ricoh Pro C5200 series provide exceptional performance and quality…

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 is now available

The industry’s first artificial intelligence-based vector drawing experience is now available, also with free 15-day trial…

Codimag and IST to launch IST UV MBS LEDcure system

Codimag and IST’ new energy-saving system at UV Days 2017 brings efficient narrow-web production with new opportunities…

Funke Druck upgrades its mailroom with Muller Martini

Two new ProLiners handle the significantly higher insert volume at Funke in Erfurt. Now two more will be added…

Thursday

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for the Primefire 106…

Esko solves large-format bottlenecks at FESPA 2017

Workflow Automation and intelligent Kongsberg finishing tables cut out waste and idle time. From 8 – 12 May in Hamburg…

Durst with a ‘Plus’ at FESPA Digital 2017

Investment security and reliability as well as innovation and sustainability are the key topics of its trade show presence…

IQDEMY dares to print on anything at FESPA 2017

The company’s Maglev UV-LED large-format printers enable high productivity as well as layered prints with high quality…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Simonstown’s Riaan Spreeth to compete in 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town next month…

Mimaki strong engagement at Texprocess + Techtextil 2017

Mimaki will take part in an integrated apparel production chain, and deliver key presentations in Frankfurt from 9 – 12 May…

Feel it! The 25th Wild Format Technology Guide

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? By Sonja Angerer…

Cape Branding takes on digital printing with Xerox

CBS grows its new digital printing division with a Xerox Color C70 printer from Cape Office Machines and Bytes…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Kodak to retain its Prosper inkjet business

Following a management review of business operations and multiple discussions with prospective buyers, ‘the range of consideration did not reflect the value of the business today,’ said Kodak’s CFO…

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

Messe Düsseldorf extends international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries with IPAP powered by drupa…

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, 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.

Value Dialogue exclusive 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 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck Baiersbronn selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for Primefire 106…

Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

The new Speedmaster CX 75 – space-saving Multi-Talent 500 x 700mm format for agile smart print shops…

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

Robstolk in Amsterdam achieves brilliant results thanks to HR-UV, as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary…

Previous…  

Glatz Klischee Austria invests in Esko XPS Crystal 5080

The Austrian prepress service provider in Bregenz picks Esko’s flexo platemaking technology milestone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…  

A Long Green View

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Apr

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 25   Feel it!

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? The good news is: Thanks to wide format printing, you can… By Sonja Angerer

No 24  Calibration & Device Profiling – Intro

While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today. By Paul Lindström…

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 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 2017

Previous…  

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

Messe Düsseldorf extends international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries to Iran, powered by drupa…

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

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

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  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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