Mike Hilton’s Global News Review: Packaging Innovation at its best!

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ESKO, Heidelberg, Leonhard KURZ and others will have a strong impact on Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf to bring packing innovation forward. — Photo: Leonhard KURZ


Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 28 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 39 articles over the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, and three new additions to Online Features from Heidelberg, featuring Interpack 2017 which begins in Düsseldorf on Thursday; then Zero Defect Print Production for commercial and packaging printing; and finally, a special Zero Defect Packaging event set to take place on 10 May, the last day of Interpack, at Heidelberg’s site in Wiesloch-Walldorf.

Smart Print Shop. Zero errors in packaging printing.

Continued globalization, rising demand for different types of packaging, and a shorter time to market are being accompanied by increases in complexity and thus the risk of errors in production operations. At the Heidelberg Info Day on Zero Defect Packaging, you can find out how easy it is to master this growing complexity by creating a smart print shop and using automated quality assurance solutions.

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Photos: Heideldruck


There are several more good Interpack-related articles this week, with two from Leonhard KURZ on Monday – one for new software, and one for a new foil transfer finishing machine for web or roll-fed applications. From TRESU, which will demonstrate its iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses; and on Wednesday, which saw KURZ back with a new prototyping service; Esko addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging among its comprehensive lineup for this major packaging event; and finally Durst with Europe’s first showing of its integrated label and speciality package printing and workflow system, as well as the European debut of the Durst Tau 330 UV inkjet / OMET hybrid system first sh own in prototype at Labelexpo Americas last year.

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Heidelberg led on Wednesday with the market launch of its Zero Defect Print Production – Prinect Inspection Control 2, which is now available for all formats from half-size to VLF. Aug. Heinrigs in Aachen, part of the RLC Packaging Group; and Novaprint in Oldenburg, a member of the Bagel-Packaging Group, are just two of the first print shops using the new system.

With FESPA just around the corner you will find numerous pre-show articles, beginning on Monday with an overview from Gareth Ward which led the headlines; followed by the FESPA Printeriors’ Conference lineup, then on Friday we have FESPA’s full Conference Programme, followed by Epson, Kornit Digital and Mimaki, each detailing their plans for the Hamburg show which takes place from 8 – 12 May. On Thursday KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web announced a brand new keyless inking printing system, CS MetalCan, which will be introduced at METPACK in Essen, Germany this week. The show runs from 2 to 6 May.

On Tuesday, UPM-Kymmene published its Interim Report for first quarter of 2017. We also published first quarter results from EFI, followed by Gareth Ward’s commentary and take on EFI’s display graphics Q1 revenues disappointment.

Installations this week began on Tuesday as Glasgow printer Core Image adds a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg UK; SDPS Poinçon in Normandy with an Inca Onset X2 from distributor Fujifilm; and Indiana Carton Company with a new Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press. On Wednesday, Core Image added a new Horizon Stitchliner in East Kilbride; while Royle Printing in Wisconsin has invested in a new KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press.

On Thursday, Gareth Ward reported that South Wales printer Lexon Group became the first in the UK to buy a Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press, pairing it with a new Highcon Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machine for short run high value packaging production. This is followed by SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa, as it adds a Xerox Versant 2100 digital colour press; then PeterLynn in Corby, UK with a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press. Friday saw Moquin Press near San Francisco and Heidelberg USA leading the Industry 4.0 charge, with the United States’ first integrated ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster press. Also on Thursday, please don’t miss Martin Bailey with Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! – a new White Paper summarising the changes for print production – and a new ISO standard set for May publication.

Our tailender this week goes to Andreas Weber with ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!, as he comments that organisers Fogra, BVDM, and Zipcon can be proud and satisfied, ‘With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher.’ See the intro on Friday and follow the links in the article to read more about it.

That’s it until next time. You’ll find lots more if you scroll down carefully. It’s been a busy week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Read and share: Andreas Weber s comment on 5th Online Print Symposium 2017. There are excellent live movies and a Storify Real Time Report included. Movies — Photo: Andreas Weber (with Bernd Zipper, left, and Peter Gunning).

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Headline News

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FESPA continues to transform as industry change accelerates

There is talk of revolutions, that is the nature of large trade shows; but there’s plenty to look at and understand as visitors in the organisers words, are challenged: Dare to print different. By Gareth Ward…

Explore the possibilities of print for interior décor

Half-day FESPA Printeriors Conference discusses how print can create striking interior décor applications…

Kurz: Foil calculation at the click of a mouse

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting its Foilconnect program for easier calculation of stamping foil requirements at Interpack 2017…

Kurz: Exclusiveness on a roll at Interpack 2017

Leonhard Kurz will present its new foil transfer finishing machine for web- or roll-fed applications at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

TRESU integration for cartons and synthetics at Interpack

TRESU to demonstrate iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses at Interpack 2017…

Exploring inkjet and its unrivalled versatility

Emerging commercial inkjet tech, inks and substrates create a wealth of marketing opportunities. By Vaughan Patterson…

Ricoh announces two new industrial inkjet print heads

New inkjet heads handle wider range of inks more reliably…


UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report Q1/2017

UPM businesses deliver a strong start in the first quarter…

EFI reports first quarter 2017 financial results

EFI announces preliminary results for first quarter 2017 with display graphics accounting for 2% revenue fall…

EFI fumbles ball for display graphics disappointment

EFI is blaming a fall in Q1 revenues on a mix up in pricing of its Vutek printers as new machines come on line. By Gareth Ward…

Kodak breaks new ground for flexo growth in North America

$15 million capital investment in Weatherford marks significant milestone in adoption of Kodak Flexcel NX Plates…

Propago experiences triple digit growth in Web-to-Print

Expansion of Propago’s Austin, Texas software engineering and customer success teams are underway…

Core Image switches from Konica to Heidelberg for digital

Glasgow printer Core Image is this week installing a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg…

SDPS boosts production with Inca Onset X2

SDPS Poinçon in Normandy finds marked improvement in quality and performance with third Inca Onset from Fujifilm…

Indiana Carton opts for Heidelberg wide-web flexo

Indiana Carton Company invests in a Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press to support aggressive growth plan…


Heidelberg delivers Zero Defect Print Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Kurz: A sample says more than 1000 pictures

Kurz new prototyping service for packaging refinement to be presented for customers at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

Esko at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf 4 – 10 May

Addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging…

Durst Tau Hybrid System to debut at Interpack 2017

European first showing of Durst integrated label and specialty package printing and workflow system…

HP at ISA Expo with new Print and Cut Series

HP introduced new latex print and cut solutions to simplify and accelerate sign and display production: also for FESPA…

Core Image enhances bindery with Horizon StitchLiner

Bookletmaker from IFS removes bottleneck to support streamlined production at the East Kilbride commercial printer…

Royle to add new KBA Rapida 105 five-colour

Royle Printing’s award-winning corporate culture produces high-quality catalogues, magazines, and collateral…

Imprimerie Centrale upgrades Muller Martini Prima Amrys

When you can’t bear to part with a machine, you can consider extending its lifecycle through MMServices…


‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

New ISO standard set for May publication

Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! New White Paper summarises the changes for print production…

KBA keyless inking now also for beverage can decoration

KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web present jointly developed new printing system CS MetalCan at METPACK in Essen…

New ‘UK Printing – The Facts and Figures’ to download

BPIF publishes the latest updates on the importance and scale of UK printing with PDF available to download…

Lexon prepares to install UK’s first inkjet Komori

South Wales printer Lexon Group is the first in the UK to buy the Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press pairing it with a new Highcon for short run high value packaging production. By Gareth Ward…

Lexon Group ‘Thinking About the Box’ with Highcon

Lexon has installed one of the first Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machines in Europe and plans special Open Days in May…

SE Litho expands digital services with Xerox

SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa adds Xerox Versant 2100 digital press from Digilogix and Bytes Document Solutions…

PeterLynn adds Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%

Xeikon has announced the installation of a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press at PeterLynn in Corby, UK…


FESPA confirms full conference programme for Hamburg

FESPA has confirmed details of its full and comprehensive at-show conference programme ahead of FESPA 2017…

Epson meets haute couture at FESPA from 8 – 12 May

Epson links with designers to showcase professional fashion, garment & décor applications at FESPA in Hamburg…

Kornit Digital at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Kornit Digital to show mass customisation ‘ecosystem’ at FESPA, based on state-of-the-art production technology…

Mimaki’s new UJF-MkII model to debut at FESPA 2017

New UJF-3042MkII EX model reduces four steps to one for high-value-added print will be unveiled in Hamburg…

ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!

Organisers Fogra, BVDM, and zipcon can be proud and satisfied. With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher. By Andreas Weber…

Derek Gillard bids adieu to Heidelberg UK

Respected inside and outside the organisation, Derek Gillard is set to retire after 34 years with Heidelberg UK…

Moquin Press leads with first Push to Stop XL 106 in the US

Moquin Press and Heidelberg lead Industry 4.0 charge with United States’ first integrated Push to Stop Speedmaster press…

KBA-Iberica die-cutters at IADD-FSEA Odyssey show

New North American exclusive distributor optimises the post-press arena with KBA-Iberica debut at upcoming event…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P…

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

Exhibition is part of Xeikon’s What’s Next campaign to show how digital production is fundamental in a changing world…

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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 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 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

Heidelberg: Zero Defect Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

Pioneer in digitisation for growth market of packaging printing with ‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ motto in Düsseldorf…

Previous…   ‘The future of print lies in quality and service’

The new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and a new workflow at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich: A Steuber package geared to guarantee success…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

What happens to dead IT?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 Apr

Previous…   250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

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 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

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 must read…    

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,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe and Sappi Limited

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