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Photo: Nice Branding Agency, Nashiville, USA

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

 

In the run-up to drupa 2020, the technology group Ricoh has raised an interesting question in the context of its inkjet printing activities: “How do experts rate the status of the ‘offset to digital transition’ happening in the production print arena? – Below my assessment. Comments welcome!

To be honest: I know Ricoh’s inkjet printing developments right from the start, and I was very impressed with Ricoh’s progress with its flagship product VC70000 at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019. My conversation with Ricoh Europe’s Business Innovation and Solutions Director Erwin Busselot showed that image quality and productivity has made a quantum leap and meets the most up-to-date requirements.

At the same time, aspects of the optimal utilization of such a high-end system by commercial printers were revealed; and whether there are currently and in the near future a sufficient number of PSP’s that have the necessary huge amounts of data easily available and then process them accordingly. Specially for variable data printing, which is far from mainstream in the classical production environment, but absolutely necessary to mark an effective unique position, respectively, to guarantee the profitability and future viability of the printing company.

Which brings us to the core issue, when we think about the offset-to-digital transition: A) Which printing technique is the future? And according to B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the requirements of the digital age?

Here are my assessments and comments:

A) Which printing technology process does the future belong to?

“Old World”

  • Offset printing as well as flexographic printing as a process are clearly specified, well-proven and, at the latest since drupa 2016 in the course of Industry 4.0 solutions through digitization and automation of all process steps capable of highly productive and effective editions of any kind. Autonomous Printing has brought the classic printing world the leadership in industrial on-demand printing for runs of 250 and less, as shown above all in Online Printing, but also in classic commercial printing.
  • Accordingly, the increase in productivity, measurable by the Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE, has increased exponentially in classical printing. Several thousands of printers have already succeeded in evolving from production printing to industrial production. The increase in print volume in offset and flexo printing, which can now be achieved, exceeds the page volume of digitally printed print jobs by far.
  • This is made possible by standardization, scalability and automation in offset printing; This is accompanied by new business models that are based on Big Data / Industry 4.0 / Real-time Management a. s. o. As well as allowing new, highly innovative financing options such as subscriptions, in which technology is no longer bought, the printing company pays for its use – with a constant increase in OEE. 

 


Example of productivity growth through Autonomous Offset Printing at Elle Media Group, UK, via LinkedIn:

Some stats from November 2019 which will see another 7 million plus impressions month [by a single offset printing system]:

Year on year 22% sales growth

2 mins 58 average makeready

1.96m impressions in 167 hrs

150k in 10 hrs

10.8k average operating sheets per hr

Source: Anthony Thirlby via LinkedIn 


 

“New world”

  • Digital printing is not a term that, like offset printing, characterizes a specific technology, but is an auxiliary term for a large number of different printing techniques, which are based on countless specific areas of applications. Accordingly, the development effort is enormously high, as well as the effort for commissioning, services, go-to-market, etc.
  • However, it is quite clear that inkjet printing has taken the lead in digital printing both qualitatively and effectively. In fact, the latest generation of inkjet printing systems created new applications (for example in packaging printing) and are replacing less offset printing systems than existing toner-based digital printing systems. Note: The digital revolution in print eats its children.
  • The fact is in most cases that the use of digital printing systems does not meet the requirement of industrial production; many installed systems are used virtually stand-alone, with their own proprietary digital front-ends and specific processes.
  • To make matters worse: The vision of success in digital printing is based on wrong assumptions and has a long tradition! Most notably, in spring 2004, market research agency CAP Ventures (later acquired by InfoTrends) publicly announced at the On Demand Congress in New York City that in the near future, one-third of the worldwide offset page volume could be substituted by digital printing in black and white and color. A fatal mistake! Until drupa 2016, it was significantly less than 5 percent of the world’s print volumes that were printed digitally. As a result, a lot of money was wasted and unnecessary effort generated.

Conclusion: Digitization has captured all print technologies in equal measure. “Classic” printing processes have long gone through the digital transition and today, as in the next 10 years, they are indispensable in order to manufacture the majority of printed products around the world in the required huge quantities in a customer-oriented manner.

However, digital printing can gain ground through industrially usable inkjet printing technologies. Provided inkjet printing becomes part of the Industry 4.0 evolution of industrial printers, who are dedicated to the world of Autonomous Printing and are able to operate all printing techniques that are useful to them in terms of collaboration and coherence.

 

Exciting: In the agency scene, as with the example of the Nice Branding Agency, people actively engage with print. But less from a technology perspective, but from the benefit perspective.


 

B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the demands of the digital age?

Technology on its own cannot guarantee the success, but the benefit for the communication of the clients of print productions. In order to increase the benefits, the strengths of print must be exhausted and presented in the best possible way.

At the same time, print benefits from convergence. In terms of digital printing applications, variable data is the measure of all things when it can be used wisely for contemporary multichannel communication scenarios. This also makes a clear differentiator to offset and flexo printing applications visible.

By the way: In Germany, the “CREATURA” initiative of the f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktion has created a standard work in book form that scientifically demonstrates what print in the digital age can do and how quality printed matter works (see my review on “The Power of Print”).

On the other hand, the expert network #Think!Paper has compiled a collection of information through short analyzes of some of the world’s leading experts, which can be viewed in the ValueBlog. (See: #ValueCheck: Print has a future! But the industry is facing a radical renewal!).

It turns out that the term “print” contains all the key terms that represent the value system and the benefits of print:

P = Personal

R = Relevant

I =  Iconic

N = Never-ending

T = Trustful

There’s nothing more you can say or know. Right?

 

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About

As a knowledge worker and advisor, Andreas Weber accompanies communication with the media — characterized by a preference for print innovations in the digital age.

To date, he has realized more than 550 innovation / transformation projects, held various teaching assignments (including the School of Visual Arts / NYC, University of Liechtenstein, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences) and held lectures in more than 30 countries.

His blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN certified) inspires decision makers from more than 160 countries. Since the summer of 2019, his new blog “#HotspotSubscription – The Renewal of Print” has received worldwide attention from innovation experts.

https://valuetrendradar.com
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#ThinkPaper Digital Transition 11-2019.001

Foto: Nice Branding Agency

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  | English Version

 

Im Vorfeld der drupa 2020 hat der Technologie-Konzern Ricoh im Rahmen seiner Inkjet-Printing-Aktivitäten eine interessante Fragestellung aufgeworfen: „Wie schätzen Experten den Stand bei der ‚Offset to digital transition‘ im professionellen Print ein?“ — Nachfolgend meine Einschätzung. Kommentare willkommen!

Vorweg: Ich kenne Ricoh’s Inkjet-Printing-Entwicklungen von Anfang an und war bei den Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019 sehr beeindruckt von Ricoh’s Fortschritten durch das Flaggschiff-Produkt VC70000. Meine Konversation mit Ricoh Europe’s Business Innovations and Solutions Director Erwin Busselot ergab, dass die Image Quality und Productivity quasi einen Quantensprung vollzogen hat und modernsten Anforderungen entspricht.

Zugleich ergab sich der Aspekte der optimalen Auslastung eines solchen High-End-Systems durch ‚Commercial Printers‘; und ob es derzeit und in naher Zukunft eine ausreichende Anzahl an PSP’s gibt, die über die erforderlichen riesigen Datenmengen problemlos verfügen und diese dann entsprechend verarbeiten können. Und das v. a. für den variablen Datendruck, der im klassischen Produktionsumfeld noch längst nicht Mainstream ist, aber absolut notwendig wird, um eine wirkungsvolle Alleinstellung zu markieren, respektive die Profitabilität und Zukunftsfähigkeit der Druckerei zu garantieren. 

Womit wir beim Kernthema angelangt sind, wenn wir uns Gedanken über die Offset-to-Digital-Transition machen: A) Welchem Drucktechnik-Verfahren gehört die Zukunft? Und entsprechend B): Wie gestalten sich nachhaltig erfolgreiche Print-Produktionen der nächsten Jahrzehnte, um die Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter erfolgreich zu meistern?

Hier meine Einschätzungen und Anmerkungen:

A) Welchem Drucktechnik-Verfahren gehört die Zukunft?

„Alte Welt“

  • Offsetdruck wie auch Flexodruck als Verfahren sind klar spezifiziert, bestens erprobt und spätestens seit der drupa 2016 im Zuge von Industry 4.0-Lösungen durch Digitalisierung und Automatisierung sämtlicher Prozessschritte in der Lage, Auflagen jeder Art höchst produktiv und Effektiv zu gestalten. Autonomes Drucken hat hier der klassischen Druckwelt die Führung im industriellen On-Demand-Druck auch für Auflagen von 250 und weniger gebracht, wie sich vor allem im Online Printing, aber auch im klassischen Commercial Printing zeigt.
  • Durch die On-Demand-Befähigung bei kleinen Offsetdruck-Auflagen sind auch Versionierungen möglich und rechnen sich für Druckereien und deren Kunden.
  • Entsprechend ist der Produktivitätszuwachs, messbar durch die Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE, im klassischen Druck exponential gestiegen. Einige Tausende Druckereien ist es bereits gelungen, sich vom Production Printing zur industriellen Produktionsweise weiterzuentwickeln. Allein der Zuwachs beim Printvolume im Offset- und Flexodruck, der nunmehr erzielt werden kann, übersteigt in Summe das Seitenvolumen der digital gedruckten Printjobs bei weitem.
  • Möglich wird dies durch Standardisierung, Skalierbarkeit und Automatisierung v.a. im Offsetdruck; damit einher gehen neue Geschäftsmodelle, die sich an Big Data/Industry 4.0/Realtime-Management u. a. m. orientieren sowie neue, hochinnovative Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten wie Subskription erlauben, bei denen nicht mehr Technik gekauft wird, sondern der Druckereiunternehmer für die Nutzung bezahlt — bei konstanter Steigerung der OEE.

 


Beispiel des Produktivitätszuwachs durch Autonomes Drucken im Offsetdruck bei Elle Media Group, UK.

Some stats from November 2019 which will see another 7 million plus impressions month [by a single offset printing system]:

Year on year 22% sales growth
2 mins 58 average makeready
1.96m impressions in 167 hrs
150k in 10 hrs
10.8k average operating sheets per hr

Quelle: Anthony Thirlby via LinkedIn


 

„Neue Welt“

  • Der Digitaldruck ist kein Begriff, der wie Offsetdruck eine spezifische Verfahrenstechnik kennzeichnet, sondern ist ein Hilfsbegriff für eine Vielzahl verschiedenster Drucktechniken, die sich an unzähligen spezifischen Anwendungsbereichen orientieren. Entsprechend ist der Entwicklungsaufwand enorm hoch, ebenso wie der Aufwand für die Inbetriebnahme, Services, Go-to-Market etc.
  • Ganz klar ist aber: Inkjet-Printing hat im Digitaldruck qualitativ wie auch effektiv die Führung übernommen. Derzeit werden durch Inkjet-Printing-Systeme der neuesten Generation aber neue Anwendungen möglich (z.B. im Verpackungsdruck) und weniger Offsetdruck-Systeme abgelöst als bestehende Tonerdruck-basierte Digitaldrucksysteme. Sprich: Die digitale Revolution im Druck frisst ihre Kinder.
  • Tatsache ist aber auch: Die überwiegende im Markt praktizierte Nutzung von Digitaldruck-Systemen erfüllt nicht die Anforderung einer industriellen Produktion; viele installierte Systeme werden quasi Stand-alone eingesetzt, mit eigenen, proprietären Digital Frontends und spezifischen Prozessen und erreichen einen unterdurchschnittlichen OEE.
  • Erschwerend kommt hinzu: Vieles im sog. Digitaldruck basiert auf falschen Annahmen. Am gravierendsten: im Frühjahr 2004 hatte die Marktforschungsagentur CAP Ventures (später durch InfoTrends übernommen) auf dem On Demand-Congress in New York City publikumswirksam prognostiziert, in naher Zukunft könne ein Drittel der weltweiten Offsetdruck-Seitenvolumen durch Digitaldruck in Schwarzweiss und Farbe substituiert werden. Ein fataler Irrtum! Bis zur drupa 2016 waren es deutlich weniger als 5 Prozent der weltweiten Druckvolumina, die digital gedruckt wurden. Dadurch wurde viel Geld verschwendet und unnötig Aufwand erzeugt.

Fazit: Die Digitalisierung hat gleichermaßen alle Print-Technologien erfasst.

„Klassische“ Druckverfahren haben längst die ‚Digital Transition‘ durchlaufen und sind heute wie auch in den nächsten 10 Jahren unabdingbar, um den Grossteil der Druckprodukte rund um den Globus in den geforderten riesigen Mengen kundengerecht herzustellen.

Digitaldruck kann aber durch industriell nutzbare Inkjet-Druck-Technologien an Boden gewinnen. Vorausgesetzt, Inkjet-Printing wird Teil der Industry 4.0-Evolution bei industriell ausgerichteten Druckereien, die die Klaviatur des Autonomen Druckers beherrschen und souverän alle für sie nützlichen Drucktechniken vernetzt und im Sinne der Kollaboration und Kohärenz einsetzen.

 


Spannend: In der Agenturszene setzt man sich, wie hier am Beispiel Nice Branding Agency, aktiv mit Print auseinander. Aber weniger aus Technik-Sicht, sondern aus der Nutzen-Perspektive.

 


 

B): Wie gestalten sich nachhaltig erfolgreiche Print-Produktionen der nächsten Jahrzehnte, um die Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter erfolgreich zu meistern?

Den Takt gibt nicht das technisch Machbare vor, sondern der Nutzen für die Kommunikation der Auftraggeber von Print-Produktionen. Um den Nutzen zu erhöhen, müssen die Stärken von Print ausgeschöpft und bestens dargestellt sein.

Zugleich profitiert Print durch die Konvergenz. Bezogen auf Digitaldruck-Anwendungen sind variable Daten das Maß aller Dinge, wenn sie klug für zeitgemäße Multichannel-Kommunikations-Szenarien genutzt werden können. Damit ist auch ein klares Unterscheidungsmerkmal zu Offset- und Flexodruck-Anwendungen sichtbar.

Übrigens: In Deutschland wurde durch die Initiative „Creatura“ des f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktion ein Standardwerk in Buchform geschaffen, dass wissenschaftlich fundiert aufzeigt, was Print im Digitalzeitalter leisten kann und wie Qualitäts-Drucksachen wirken (siehe meine Besprechung zu „The Power of Print“).

Zum anderen hat das Expertennetzwerk #Think!Paper durch Kurzanalysen weltweit führender Experten eine Informationssammlung zusammengestellt, die im ValueBlog einsehbar ist. (Siehe: #ValueCheck: Print has a future! But the industry is facing a radical renewal! https://valuetrendradar.com/2019/07/24/valuecheck-print-has-a-future-but-the-industry-is-facing-a-radical-renewal/ ).

Es zeigt sich, dass im Wortbild „Print“ alle Schlüsselbegriffe stecken, die das Wertesystem und den Nutzen von Print darstellen:

P = Personal

R = Relevant

I = Iconic

N = Never-Ending

T = Trustful

Mehr bracht man nicht zu sagen oder wissen. Richtig?

 

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Zum Autor

Andreas Weber  begleitet als Wissensarbeiter/Advisor die Kommunikation mit Medien — geprägt durch eine Vorliebe für Print-Innovationen im Digitalzeitalter.

Bis dato hat er über 550 Innovations-/Transformations-Projekten realisiert, diverse Lehraufträge wahrgenommen (u.a an der School of Visual Arts/NYC, Hochschule Liechtenstein, Hochschule RheinMain) und Vorträge in über 30 Ländern gehalten.

Sein Blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN-zertifiziert) inspiriert Entscheider aus mehr als 160 Ländern. Seit Sommer 2019 findet auch sein neuer Blog „#HotspotSubscription — The Renewal of Print“ bei Innovationsexperten weltweit Beachtung.

https://valuetrendradar.com
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Exzellent in Aufmachung und Inhalt: Andreas Weber präsentiert sein persönliches Expemplar (Nummer 168) der The-Power-of-Print-Metaanalyse. Foto: Andreas Weber

Heidelberg, MPS in Obersulm and the publisher of turi2 edition selected the most important media persons in Germany for a unique, masscustomized cover page for a printed magazine. In total a number of 1,241. All together delivered as “pixels” a complete portrait of each single candidate printed on Primefire106. — One of those media VIPs was Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Frankfurt am Main/Germany.


Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 November 2017

Welcome to a roundup of just 16 articles at the end of a quiet week for news, which tapered out almost completely by Friday. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog discussing the increasingly difficult problems encountered in successful paper recycling, as inks and coatings continue to change quite rapidly in their formulations and content. Rather like chasing moving goal posts.

Key news this week includes a more than £2-million pound spend by Taylor Bloxham of Leicester, UK on a new highly-spec’d Rapida 106 from Koenig & Bauer on Tuesday; while on Wednesday Wrap Cube became the first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex (you must see the photographs to appreciate why this gets a mention); and on Thursday,

Heidelberg celebrated the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November; and Scodix announces the start of its commercial roll-out of the E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House, from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany.


See as well the real-time report by Andreas Weber: “Value Check: Very well done — World Premiere of Heidelberg Primefire106 at MPS Multi Packaging Solutions in Germany”


To end the week on a high note, we had just one article from InPrint on Friday announcing that last week’s show in Munich ended with positive results. The next InPrint will take place in Milan at the end of 2018, before returning to Munich at the end of 2019.

That’s it until next time. There’s more to explore if you check out the headlines carefully, including the British Book Design and Production Awards winners on Monday; and some sound advice from Charl Vogel at Ricoh South Africa on Tuesday.

My best regards

Mike Hilton



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Monday
British Book Design & Production Awards winners 2017
The BPIF announces the winners of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards, held on 16 November in central London…

UPM supporting learning with Save the Children
UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion due to poverty…

Tonejet unveiled Cyclone at InPrint 2017 in Munich
Tonejet Cyclone unites patented technologies to eliminate long lead times and minimum print runs for cans…

Neschen expands portfolio with EcoLam 1650
The perfect introduction to high-end print finishing…

Tuesday
How some commercial printers get hamstrung over new kit
Some commercial printers who invest in new production equipment don’t necessarily get the returns they reasonably expect says Charl Vogel, head of Commercial and Industrial print at Ricoh SA…

At Ricoh’s ‘Art of the New’ event in Telford, UK today…
Latest version Ricoh ProcessDirector v3.6 introduces white paper manufacturing to streamline production…

Taylor Bloxham switches to Koenig and Bauer Rapida
Taylor Bloxham invests in new generation, high performance Rapida 106 from Koenig and Bauer, replacing two machines…

Harlow Printing invests in StitchLiner Mark III
South Shields operation future-proofs business with newest next-generation Horizon StitchLiner from IFS…

Wednesday
3M’s Reflective Wrapping Film now available in UK
Wrap Cube is first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex…

Label Academy publishes new industry textbooks
The Label Academy has extended its book series with the publication of two new reference books, ‘Shrink Sleeve Technology’ and ‘Label Markets and Applications’…

Acuity investment sparks year of growth for Art & Servei
Spanish packaging and POS printer looks back on a year of increased productivity and faster customer delivery times…

Storbildsbolaget adds EFI Vutek FabriVU 340
Swedish large-format specialist makes the switch to EFI Vutek FabriVU to meet growing soft signage print volumes…

Thursday
World premiere of Heidelberg Primefire 106 at MPS
Heidelberg celebrates the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November…

Scodix E106 press available from December 2017
Scodix starts commercial roll-out of its E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany…

Sign & Digital UK to return to the NEC in 2018
Sign & Digital UK announces increase in exhibitor presence for the 2018event, from 24 – 26 April 2018

Friday   
Third InPrint in Germany ended with positive results
InPrint is now firmly established as the premier exhibition for print applications in industrial production…

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Easymatrix 106 die-cutter #100 to ship in December
The Easymatrix 106 die-cutter allows value-added products to be brought in house at Salzland Druck in Staßfurt…


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Heideldruck’s new digital strategy should enable to take the lead transformation the print industry business successfully. Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 19 May 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 30 selected articles, plus Laurel Brunner’s two latest Verdigris Blogs: a post-Fespa bonus published on Wednesday, and the usual Friday blog, which touches on the environmental strides made in prepress and with printing plates in particular, citing Agfa Graphics’ examples. An article in our news on Tuesday from Fujifilm and Kemtek South Africa can also be linked to this, as it expands the second half of Laurel’s blog from a Fujifilm and Kemtek Imaging Systems’ perspective, with notable achievements in South Africa.

We have three Online Features in Chapter 05 for you: from Esko, as K+D´s Swiss passion for precision and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match for its pharmaceutical packaging customers. Then from Durst which is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging in Germany becomes its field test partner; and the third from the BPIF with Printing Outlook for Q1, which reports a better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging with output growth set to continue in Q2, but with costs climbing.

The lead news items come with the intro from the BPIF on Monday for the latest issue of Printing Outlook; then on Tuesday from Heidelberg as it partners with Steinemann in an agreement to co-operate on marketing Steinemann’s digital print finishing systems. 

 


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Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Heideldruck. Photo: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

‘We have already been providing our customers with an integrated offering covering all manufacturers for many years with the Saphira products. We want to expand this approach to our customers’ entire value chain. With our global sales and service network in combination with Prinect, we offer interested companies the ideal platform with which they can easily integrate their portfolio. In the future we want to increasingly offer our customers a combined value proposition comprising equipment, service, and consumables, something that no other provider is able to do, and in this way further enhance our competitiveness and that of our customers,’ says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, member of the management board responsible for Digital Business & Services at Heidelberg.


 

Wednesday saw UPM and the FSC announce a global strategic partnership which aims to deliver benefits to forest owners through FSC certification, and to increase FSC-certified wood supply.

Thursday’s headlines were led by Manroland Web Systems at Druck Styria in Graz, Austria, which has signed a contract with a total order value of 16 million Euros. This includes a new Colorman e:line newspaper press, and also provides MD Alexander Wassermann with the opportunity to update us on Manroland Web’s progress, and the new independent production company, Manroland Web Produktionsgesellschaft, now also part of the Possehl group.

 


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Other recent sales and installations successes include Friday’s leader from Esko at K+D in Switzerland; followed by Mimeo and its one-billion impressions success with a fleet of Kodak NexPress machines. We’ve already mentioned Kemtek, Fujiflm and ZAC above. The customers included in this article are Northern Keoagile Printers in Newlands, and Blesston Printers in Roodepoort, both close to Johannesburg, South Africa. On Tuesday we had the Durst flagship Delta SPC 130 system at Schumacher Packaging, as Durst’s field test partner in the packaging segment. This is followed by a new KBA Rapida 106 12-colour press at Canadian Bank Note in Ottawa. On Thursday, we had Bakergoodchild in Birmingham adding a Renz punching system; and lastly, Historika in Switzerland planning to upgrade to print high-quality graphics up to four times faster, using EFI’s new Vutek hybrid roll/flatbed LX3 Pro wide-format LED inkjet printer.

You’ll find post-Interpack and post-FESPA news this week from EyeC, Esko, Neschen and Mimaki, Xaar and Zünd, along with a number of prestigious EDP Awards presented during a ceremony at FESPA to Esko, Kodak, Agfa, Domino and KAMA; and with more announcements still arriving for inclusion in next week’s news.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh South Africa (Wednesday) as it is set to embrace modern operations methods and move from Bedfordview to Linbro Business Park, near Sandton, Johannesburg on 26 May 2017, from where it will be closer to its key customer base.

 

You’ll find so much more if you scroll down carefully. Until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa 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 15 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday
BPIF Printing Outlook for Q1 2017 now available
A better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging – output growth to continue in Q2 but costs are climbing

Fujifilm and Kemtek keeping platemaking clean and simple
Fujifilm’s low chemistry thermal CTP plates with ZAC processors can achieve up to a massive 80% reduction in chemistry…

Esko gains two EDP Awards 2017 at FESPA
Esko receives two EDP Awards for technological innovation…

Kodak has won a 2017 EDP Award with NexPress
Kodak has won a EDP Award 2017 for the Kodak NexPress ZX3900 Digital Production Colour Press…

Agfa Graphics’ UV LED inks chosen for EDP Award
European Digital Press Association (EDP) rewards UV LED inks from Agfa Graphics during FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Domino wins 2017 EDP Award for Book Printing
For the second year running, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has won an award at the EDP Association Awards…

Tuesday
Heidelberg partners with Steinemann for print finishing
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and Steinemann Technology agree to co-operate on marketing print finishing systems…

EyeC yields extremely positive results after Interpack
EyeC’s ProofRunner Carton Pre-Feeder and off-line EyeC Proofiler 1200 DT inspection system were shown at the show…

Esko introduces new, integrated platform for brands
Esko and MediaBeacon release fully integrated software for packaging and marketing digital asset management…

Esko Studio to include 3D real-time rendering
Esko announces Luxion KeyShot integration with Esko Studio for photo-realistic rendering of packaging…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology
Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Fourth KBA press for high quality, secure identity products
KBA and the new Rapida 106 12-colour press solidify strong partnership with Canadian Bank Note in Ottawa…

Wednesday
UPM and FSC announce a global strategic partnership
Aims to deliver benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase FSC-certified wood supply…

Heidelberg is becoming a preferred industry partner
Heidelberg further expands as a solution provider and is becoming a preferred industry platform for partner companies…

Ricoh SA embraces modern operations with new premises
Ricoh SA will move from Bedfordview to Linbro Business Park, near Sandton, Johannesburg on 26 May 2017…

The Xaar 502 GS15O printhead at Interpack 2017
The xaar 502 inkjet printhead made its mark at Interpack…

FFEI to launch ‘Printbar Uncovered’ at Labelexpo
To enable original equipment manufacturers to bring the value of inkjet embellishment to customers…

New Horizon StitchLiner and Perfect Binder from IFS
IFS will unveil the Horizon StitchLiner Mark III and the Horizon BQ-480 perfect binder at IPEX at the NEC in October…

Thursday
Major order for Manroland Web Systems
Druck Styria in Graz, Austria and Manroland Web Systems sign a contract with a total order value of 16 million Euros…

KAMA wins ‘best folding carton solution’ EDP Award 2017
KAMA wins the ‘best folding carton solution’ EDP Award 2017 for its newly developed FF 52i folder gluer…

Zünd delighted with FESPA 2017 in Hamburg
Outstanding performance of latest routing solution and coveted EDP Award for ‘Best digital cutting system’…

New hot and cold Neschen laminator debuts at FESPA
Two in one hybrid laminator for hot and cold applications ‘Made by Neschen’ debuted at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Bakergoodchild chooses Renz AP360 punching system
The privately-owned Birmingham mail, print and postal services provider adds to its quality service with Renz…

Historika to upgrade to EFI Vutek LX3 Pro LED
Historika to upgrade to print high-quality graphics up to four times faster using new hybrid roll/flatbed LED printer…

Friday
K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox
For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Mimeo: Over one billion impressions and counting
Mimeo’s fleet of Kodak NexPress digital production colour presses powers new approach to high-value content…

Food for Thought, from Ricoh South Africa
Commercial printers can grow profits through automation and a wider product offering. By Frank de Afonseca…

FESPA 2017 a thrilling success for Mimaki Europe
At FESPA in Hamburg, Mimaki was recognised with prestigious awards and closed its first sale of the Tiger-1800B…

Zund UK becomes a subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik
Zünd Systemtechnik AG has acquired Zund Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd. in St. Albans, Hertfordshire…

Rotoflex moves manufacturing to Canada
Continued sales growth over several years has led to the expansion of its Canadian facility near Toronto…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Kodak reports its First Quarter 2017 results
Kodak reports Q1 net earnings of $7 million with continued growth in key product areas of Sonora, Flexcel and Prosper businesses…

FESPA 2018 global print expo heads to Berlin
FESPA announces dates for 2018 global print expo, Berlin, Germany from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 May 2018…

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. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the 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 Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…  
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 May/Jun Chapter 05

K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox
For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology
Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

BPIF Printing Outlook for Q1 2017 available
A better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging – output growth to continue in Q2 but costs are climbing…

Previous…  
Well-attended symposium at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul
Updates for print professionals interested in the future-oriented LED-UV technology underlines the leading role of KBA-Sheetfed in the field of LED-UV…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Printing Plates Progress
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Previous…  
Eco Labels
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 May

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

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world
Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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 
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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GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

 

 


 

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Architect’s sketch of the new demo centre for digital and flexographic presses at KBA’s headquarters in Würzburg. — Nine months before the official ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) in September 2017, the foundations were laid in January at the company’s Würzburg parent plant.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 17 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 30 from the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on digital printing for packaging; the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Paul Lindström; and three new Online Features from KBA featuring sheetfed in both medium and large-format, as well as enhanced waterless web offset at Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei in Düsseldorf. (We’re catching up after communications glitch with KBA).

Lots of pre-show news among this weeks headlines with Canon Europe with a brand new machine debut, as well as EFI and Zünd at FESPA 2017 on Monday; Ricoh Europe with wide- and large-format inkjet, and Sun Chemical on Wednesday; and Mimaki Europe and Neschen on Friday. FESPA takes place in Hamburg from 8 – 12 May. Other major event coverage appears for Xeikon Café on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, set to take place from 28 – 31 March in Lier, Belgium; while on Thursday, Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers led the headlines as they announced their plans to present unique possibilities for new packaging concepts at Interpack 2017, taking place from 4 to 10 May in Düsseldorf.

On Tuesday, Sun Chemical announced that it will exhibit at Metpack from 2 – 6 May in Essen just 36km down the road from Dusseldorf, at the same time as Interpack which doesn’t make much sense to me. On Wednesday we have Graphispag in Barcelona, from 21 – 24 March; and lastly on Thursday from the OE-A as it presents the most innovative ideas and outlooks in a competition for members from the organic and printed electronics sectors at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, taking place on 28 and 29 March.

On Tuesday you will find interesting lead comment from Gareth Ward on Kodak, as it slowly edges towards the sale of its Prosper inkjet operation; while on Thursday, Koenig & Bauer announced the official construction start for its new digital and flexographic demo centre in Würzburg to commemorate its 200th Anniversary, as part of euro 6 million site upgrade.

There are a number of nice recent sales and installations this week, beginning with Manroland Sheetfed on Monday at AIIM. Tuesday saw Revista in Brazil with Eversify; KBA large-format sheetfed at DS Smith in Erlensee; KBA again on Thursday as it moves a high-spec Compacta 518 web offset press from Belgium to St. Petersburg in Russia; and on Friday, Heidelberg UK at Woking printer Optichrome, which has installed two high speed Versafire CP digital presses to replace Xerox machines. This was followed by KBA in the UK as it installs a Rapida 106 6-colour with coater at Offset Printing and Packaging in Kent; and lastly, H Heenemann in Berlin with a Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution, the Vareo perfect binder, as the ideal solution to handle digital print in shorter runs as it gears for the future with fast-changing market requirements.

The news doesn’t end there as there are still a number of excellent articles I haven’t mentioned. You’ll find them all if you scroll down carefully… including new software; the BPIF with Apprentices; Flint with global price increases for inks and varnishes; then Canon Europe as it offers a first step into professional-level application versatility with more finishing options.

 


 

Lastly, news on Friday as one of our long-standing friends, James Matthews-Paul, is appointed as IPEX 2017 Content Curator. James has already signed the London College of Fashion for a printed fashion catwalk as an early sign of radical changes that could follow, from an extrovert but very clever, passionate and dedicated industry analyst and journalist who always thinks outside the box. James is also of a younger generation with refreshing perspectives, which IPEX definitely needs after its last showing in London.

 

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht gearing up for his eleventh consecutive appearance in the popular competition – in Thursday’s headlines.

That’s it until next time.
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

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 13 March – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Océ Colorado roll-to-roll printer to debut at FESPA 2017

Canon Europe’s expanded range of wide-format solutions with FESPA 2017 Hamburg launch of new 1625mm Océ Colorado…

EFI’s new Vutek 3r and 5r printers at FESPA

To set new benchmark in speed, resolution and automated finishing / productivity for signage and graphics…

Zünd at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg from 8 – 12 May

The FESPA show will put into focus the modularity and the diverse uses of Zünd digital cutting systems…

Focus on the new KBA RotaJET L and VL series at HID

KBA at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017 in Lucerne with the RotaJET L inkjet web press in live production…

Avant Imaging installs Manroland R706PLV HiPrint

AIIM’s decade-long partnership with Manroland Sheetfed continues to spur growth and attract new business…

Tuesday

Clarke pleads patience as Prosper deal still hangs

Kodak is slowly balancing the books, and just as slowly edging towards the sale of its Prosper inkjet operation. By Gareth Ward…

Revista and Eversify begin mobile publishing journey

Brazil based Revista Publish has embraced the world of automated mobile publishing after investing in Eversify…

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

A new high-speed 17,000sph six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coating unit for display and consumer packaging…

Sun Chemical at this year’s Metpack from 2 – 6 May

Sun Chemical to showcase extensive portfolio of metal decorating solutions at Metpack 2017 in Essen, Germany…

Bograma at the Xeikon Café 28 to 31 March

The Swiss manufacturer will demonstrate creative power of die-cut finishing with digital print in Lier later this month…

Wednesday

Ricoh wide-format and large-format at FESPA 2017

Ricoh supports new market moves for print service providers at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, including direct-to-garment…

Sun Chemical at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Sun Chemical to showcase full portfolio of inks for screen, industrial and inkjet printing and for printed electronics…

New Solution to exhibit at Graphispag in Barcelona

New Solution to showcase new range of label and corrugated packaging printers at Graphispag Barcelona 21 – 24 March…

AVT boosts inspection efficiency at the Xeikon Café

Helios Turbo HD will show advanced real-time digital print inspection and process control in Lier from 28 – 31 March…

Sawgrass’ Virtuoso Print Manager breaks new ground

Sawgrass’ new Virtuoso Print Manager is the first universal print software for all Virtuoso HD Product Decorating Systems…

Thursday

Sappi: Innovative, sustainable packaging solutions

Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers to present unique possibilities for new packaging concepts at Interpack 2017…

KBA’s new digital and flexographic press showroom

Koenig & Bauer builds new demo centre in Würzburg to commemorate its 200th Anniversary as part of euro 6 million site upgrade…

BPIF celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

The BPIF celebrated with a visit to Jaguar Land Rover, a Letterpress workshop and second edition of Apprentice Newsletter…

From vision to product at LOPEC 2017 in Munich

OE-A presents the most innovative ideas and outlooks in competition for members from organic and printed electronics sectors…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht gears up for his eleventh Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town…

Flint announces inks and varnishes price increases

Flint Group announces global price increases of between 4% – 7% for its Packaging, Narrow Web and Sheetfed products…

KBA Compacta 518 moving from Belgium to Russia

Special web width for Deviz in St. Petersburg, one of the largest and most experienced printing companies in Western Russia…

Friday

Xeikon Café announces final conference programmes

Xeikon Café conference programmes and the live production scheme of innovative digital print applications. From 28 – 31 March…

Mimaki Europe bigger than ever at FESPA 2017

Mimaki Europe has two stands: one dedicated to textiles, the other to Sign & Display, Industrial Print and 3D…

Neschen Coating at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Neschen will exhibit a large number of new products and innovations at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, from 8 to 12 May…

IPEX 2017 aims for new horizons with JM-P as Content Curator

James Matthews-Paul appointed IPEX 2017 Content Curator. Signs London College of Fashion for printed fashion catwalk…

Canon adds new entry-level imagePRESS C650

Canon offers a first step into professional-level application versatility with more professional finishing options…

Optichrome pumps up the volume with two Versafire CPs

Woking printer Optichrome has installed two high speed Versafire CP digital presses from Heidelberg UK, replacing Xerox Versants…

Offset Printing and Packaging invests in KBA Rapida 106

KBA Rapida 106 6-colour with coater bound for Kent, as Offset Printing and Packaging prepares for the future…

Muller Martini Vareo paves the way for Heenemann’s future

For H Heenemann in Berlin the Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder is the ideal solution to handle digital print and shorter runs…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

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…

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 Dialogueexclusive Interview series

Previous…  

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

Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei invests in a further varnishing unit for the waterless KBA Cortina in Düsseldorf…

De Groot’s new KBA Rapida 106 replaces two machines

An eight-colour KBA Rapida 106 with simultaneous plate changing joins the production facility in Goudriaan, the Netherlands…

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

A new high-speed 17,000sph six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coating unit for display and consumer packaging…

Previous…  

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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Digital Printing for Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 Mar

Previous…  

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

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 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…

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

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…

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.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

 

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A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendarSappi Algro Design provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe’s leading manufacturer in its 2017 calendar

 

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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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 06 March – date published appears in article footline

Monday

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…

Tuesday

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…

Wednesday

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…

Thursday

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…

Friday

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…

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 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…

Previous…  

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

Previous…  

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…

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.

Our Website urls are:

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http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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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

Monday
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…

Tuesday
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…

Wednesday
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…

Thursday
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…

Friday
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…

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.

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…

Previous…   
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

Previous…   
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

Previous…   
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

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

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.

Our Website urls are: 

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 27 January 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of yet another 20 of the best received during the past seven days and a new addition in Online Features from Ricoh South Africa’s Vaughan Patterson explaining how print is being integrated with digital in ways we never would have thought possible, such as with printed electronics in consumer publications.


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. One such way is through printed circuits. Brands can literally print an electronic circuit in a magazine for a novel form of advertising. There are examples of outdoorsy brands that have printed torches so people can rip a page from a magazine and light up the trail. It’s gimmicky but it’s novel and stands out like a lighthouse on a remote and storm-tossed shoreline to paraphrase bad novels.” Vaughan Patterson, Ricoh South Africa.

As for the news itself. It really is a diverse smorgasbord, ranging from upcoming events in the UK and Germany, to the FINAT calendar for 2017, with post-event news from the USA and Germany, as well several recent installations from a handful of manufacturers and suppliers of both hardware and software, including Domino with digital print in the UK; Hybrid Software in Sweden, Technotrans in the UK, IFS with Horizon also in the UK; Ricoh Europe with high-speed inkjet in Germany; Mark Andy narrow web in the USA; and HP Indigo in Spain.
Key news of the week came from EFI, leading the headlines on Thursday with its Q4 and Full Year 2016 preliminary results which saw some impressive record numbers; and then from EFI again on Friday as Rosemany Monaco presented her EFI Connect overview from the Las Vegas event of a week or so ago, neatly summing up its main focus and theme with CEO Guy Gecht, as well as Gecht’s ‘Fireside Chats’ with Jeff Jacobson, CEO of Xerox; and with Joel Quadracci, CEO of Quad Graphics.
On Tuesday, Canon announced that it has become the first company to serve as an official sponsor for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan; while on Thursday, POLAR announced that it plans a number of special gifts for customers who place orders throughout this year, to mark its 111th Anniversary.

The tailender this week goes to Duplo (Monday) as printers are invited to get ‘hands-on’ with latest products and innovations at an inspirational new showcase event set to take place at its headquarters in Surrey, UK, on 15 and 16 February.

That’s it until next time. If you scroll down carefully I’m sure you’ll find something of interest as there’s several I haven’t included above.
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 23 January – publication date is in each footline.

Monday
Domino at Label & Print 2017 at the NEC in March
Domino Digital Printing Solutions to exhibit vibrant range of digitally textured labels at Label & Print 2017…

Duplo invites you to get hands-on in February
Printers are being invited to get ‘hands-on’ with latest products and innovations at an inspirational new showcase event…

Swedish College to teach students Hybrid PACKZ
Hybrid Software PACKZ keeps Swedish students at the forefront of packaging technology at Brobygrafiska College in Sunne…

Falkland installs its first central cooling device
Falkland Press to use Technotrans exterior central cooling system to minimise waste heat from press’ ancillary cabinets…

Tuesday
The FINAT label industry’s 2017 calendar
2017 looks like being a busy year for events for the international labelling association, FINAT…

Canon to sponsor Rugby World Cup 2019
Canon has renewed its contract and become the first company to serve as an official sponsor for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan…

Clinical Print Finishers invests in B2 Folding
IFS-supplied Horizon AFC566F folding machine supports flexible service delivery at Leicester trade house…

Walter Digital chooses Ricoh Pro VC60000
The Stuttgart firm has invested in a Ricoh Pro VC60000 inkjet press to increase efficiency and productivity…

Wednesday
Technotrans pumps up the volume on cooling for digital
Chilling for digital printing with the Omega and smart.chiller products will be one of the key issues at PrintWeekLive! In Coventry in March…

Sun Chemical partners with DSS for anti-counterfeiting
Sun Chemical partners with Document Security Systems to cross market and sell brand protection technology…

AVT SpectraLab II now X-Rite XRGA compliant
SpectraLab II, AVT’s latest in-line spectral measurement solution now certified as X-Rite XRGA compliant…

Flint Centre of Technical Excellence adds new flexo press
Flint Group Narrow Web finalises investment in a state-of-the-art Mark Andy flexo press at its Rogers, Minnesota, facility…

Thursday
EFI reports record Fourth Quarter, Full Year 2016 results
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. today announced its preliminary results for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2016…

POLAR anniversary machines to celebrate 111th birthday
Looking back with pride on its success story, the company plans to thank its customers with exclusive gifts…

GMG announces a new release of GMG OpenColor
New GMG OpenColor now provides innovative GMG colour separation technology for Adobe Photoshop and PACKZ…

Enplater acquires its second HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press
Spanish converter Enplater acquires second HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press reinforcing its leadership in food packaging…

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…

SPGPrints reflects on a positive Heimtextil 2017
Excitement for SPGPrints’ new 3200mm-wide Javelin and 700mm-wide Pike home deco printers at Heimtextil 2017 earlier this month…

TRESU Group at ICE Europe in Munich from 21 – 23 March
TRESU to exhibit its flexo ancillary programme for optimised flow control at ICE Europe 2017 in Munich…

SoOPAK unveils its new customer-friendly Website
The leading short-run packaging specialist launches ‘our box, your success’ tagline and revamped Website to emphasise being the best online packaging solution provider in North America…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne
Ricoh to focus on end-to-end workflow with Ricoh Pro VC60000; and Pro C9100 at Hunkeler Innovationdays from 20 – 23 February…

Premier boosts productivity with Promatrix 106 CS
Premier Folding Carton in Cincinnati reaping the benefits of Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting machine…

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.

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

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…

Previous…   
Improving colour across suppliers
Colour is an integral part of every product we see and touch, and it elicits an emotional response. By Shoshana Burgett, director of corporate strategy for X-Rite Pantone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…   
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

Previous…   
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

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

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.

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.

Our Website urls are: 

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

 

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Highly attractive for startup companies such as PastBook in Amsterdam – print combined with social media provides access to new customer groups worldwide. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

Executive summary of analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Also see the analysis commentary.

 

Print is becoming increasingly relevant – not only on the stock markets, but also and in particular with professional investors.

However, a closer look throws up a great many questions and even contradictions for (industry) outsiders. It is virtually impossible to obtain an overview of the position of “print as a business” from the current situation. This is because print is big – with an annual turnover of some US$898 billion (approx. €830 billion) in 2015.

In order to be able to evaluate print correctly, three different aspects need to be examined and assessed:

  1. (Global) economic importance of print
  2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business
  3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers

 

 

1. (Global) economic importance of print

  • The print market is extremely important, rivaling automotive engineering, the financial sector, and advertising. This is actually nothing new and has been the case for generations!
  • One key trend in the print shop market is that print shops are becoming leaner, but added value needs to increase despite shrinking production volumes. Print shops must therefore continue investing so as to improve production efficiency and unlock new growth markets.
  • drupa 2016 made it clear on a global level that print media have by no means had their day and can be put to more effective use than ever. It is therefore wrong to paint a gloomy picture. The prospects are excellent!
  • The only way to add more value with print, though, is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself!
  • New kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print.
  • In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership.

 

CIMPRESS, the world market leader in online print, has turned its new headquarters on the east coast of the United States into a creative temple for the art of printing that attracts talented “digital natives” to its workforce. Photo: Screenshots from Margulies Perruzzi Architects video. 

 

2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business

A) Strong growth impetus for print thanks to digital pioneers

B) Online print – the most dynamic growth segment at present

  • More than any other part of the printing industry, the online print sector is a pacesetter that is already seeing strong sales, with significantly higher double-digit growth and maximum profitability thanks to standardization and automation.
  • Relevant technical innovations are identified extremely quickly and implemented in a way that immediately helps add value. 
  • The boom in mass customization in print will accelerate this development.

C) Trendsetting 4D printing opens up new dimensions

  • The 4D graphic printing process is one of the world’s most important emerging technologies (Gartner) and is only just getting started on the market. It’s still too early to provide valid market data/KPIs, but a look at the dynamic growth of 3D printing as a whole enables parallels to be drawn and evaluated.
  • The considerable importance and excellent prospects of 4D printing are in any case clear. Not only print shops and versatile online print businesses are involved, but also all kinds of other companies, including manufacturers of consumer goods, the commercial sector, and even online startups.

D) Packaging – core competence enjoying extremely strong growth worldwide

  • Almost half of global print sales are generated by packaging and label printing and the total will have reached around €472 billion by 2018 (approx. €390 billion in 2015).
  • The packaging and label printing market is currently expanding by some €25 billion each year and will soon account for over 50 percent of the global print volume. Online trade and multichannel applications including communication at the point of sale are key growth drivers.
  • Offset and flexographic printing are by far the most important processes and will still have to handle the bulk of production in 10 years’ time. Digital printing technologies (especially inkjet printing) are growing at an above-average rate – in particular thanks to manufacturers working together – but still remain at a low level in terms of market share.
  • Those print shops that offer integrated solutions geared to customers, a high level of automation/standardization, and digital process expertise are one step ahead of the rest. 

 


 

3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers – from compartmentalized thinking to a customer-focused holistic approach

  • There are thousands of print and paper technology suppliers. Printing industry customers are confronted with a multitude of identical or similar offers.
  • Despite everything – and probably also due to the ever-present digital print manufacturers who like nothing better than to predict the demise of print if the industry fails to invest in digital printing – manufacturers using traditional offset, gravure, and flexographic technologies appeared to be falling behind.
  • However, despite having to face serious crises that threatened their very existence, the long-established groups Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) and Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) have maintained their strong position and been completely revitalized.
  • The world of offset printing, which was left for dead, has been successfully resuscitated and proactively integrated into the world of digital printing. Digital printing technology, on the other hand, remains compartmentalized with its standalone solutions and relies on displacing existing solutions through substitution.
  • Investors and the stock exchange acknowledged the renaissance of German companies KBA and Heideldruck at drupa 2016. The sales and earnings of both have improved as a result – with confident forecasts of upward share price movement.
  • For companies focusing uniquely on digital printing technology, on the other hand, big ambitions and significant research outlay have not had a positive impact on their share price to date.
  • The two German printing press manufacturers KBA and Heideldruck – the industry frontrunners – are successfully defending their leading positions and once again enjoying profitable growth. As things stand at present, Heideldruck has the best chance of building on its dominant market position in the digital era thanks to its holistic and expedient digitization strategy focusing on print.
  • Consequently, Heideldruck has become the pacesetter in the digital transformation of the global printing industry. In addition to different printing technologies, the entire print shop management process – including digital administrative/process control and cloud-based services – is being incorporated for optimum networking. The benchmark here is to ensure the best possible customer focus.

 

 


 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 16 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 27 news articles posted during the past week, plus one new addition to Online Features from KBA in Nuremberg, with a new long perfector with coating and nine inking units at L/M/B Louko, which scooped this year’s ‘Top Innovator of 2016’ award in Germany.

Then we have Laurel Brunner back with her latest Verdigris environmental Blog, which this week looks at Plastic Dreams. Following which is Nessan Cleary’s very latest Wild Format Technology Guide which explains the basics of the printhead – the heart of an inkjet printer and directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. This is the ninth article in this new series from by Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Sonja Angere and Paul Lindström at Digital Dots. All of which can be downloaded as PDFs, with almost 40 still to follow over the coming ten months or so.
On Monday we also announced the first in a new series from Andreas Weber at ValuePublishing entitled ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up Scotty’. The article is an overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with Muchcommunication.
Our news this week again comprises a completely mixed bag. We have tried to carry all of the current and imminent show-related articles for you which include announcements regarding Photokina in Cologne; from Labelexpo Americas and SGIA Expo which took place last week you will find announcements from EFI, Cerm, Ultimate, Durst, HP, Agfa, Presstek and Xeikon; then we have the agenda for the Inkjet Conference 2016 taking place in Neuss from 4 – 6 October; followed by ProImage, Scodix, KBA, Goss and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016, which opens this coming weekend.
Leading the news on Tuesday: Esko announced more than 120 free online training sessions to be available in a choice of five languages to help Esko’s global customers get the most out of their new software. You’ll find all the details in the article below with links to be able to register.
News leaders this week included Wallpaper Magazine with HP Indigo on Monday teaming up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month. On Wednesday we had HP Inc announce its acquisition of Samsung’s Printer Business, with the aim of disrupting the copier segment by reinventing and replacing service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology.
Recent sales and installations successes began on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed at Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China; Tuesday saw Heidelberg at Newnorth Print in the UK with the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 combination model with Palamides delivery; then Esko in Brazil with the milestone 3000th CDI – a CDI Spark 5080 for trade house Clicheria Blumenau – its fifth Esko CDI.
Among the various articles you will find quite a bit of new kit, including EFI with an enhanced Jetrion for labels; Mimaki with new wide-format inkjet direct sublimation for textiles, combining printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint; also HP with a new Latex Printer series at SGIA on Friday.


My tailender for the week from Tuesday’s headlines is the Blog Post relating to the K-Show (the world’s number one event for plastics and rubber) from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf: by Chris Winczewski at X-Rite Pantone. Not exactly printing as such, but extremely interesting and related – since X-Rite and Pantone and colour control are so closely related to our own industry, and the K-Show is becoming more relevant as production boundaries become blurred in our fast changing world.


That’s it until next time. 

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

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

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

Mon 12 September…   
Wallpaper* and HP customise commemorative posters
HP Indigo and Wallpaper* magazine team up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month…

ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’
This article is the overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with the global expert…

Sawgrass: The Art of Sublimation at Photokina 2016
Sawgrass will showcase its full portfolio of sublimation solutions from 20 to 25 September 2016 in Cologne…

Contact Originators is now a Flint FlexoExpert in the UK
Based in Bredbury, Stockport, the beta customer has successfully passed through the FlexoExpert certification programme…

Dongguan Xincai Packaging adds 10-colour Roland 700
Forward-thinking Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China puts its faith in the Roland 700 with coating, UV and InlineFoiler…

Tue 13 September…   
Esko launches global series of free training Webinars
More than 120 free online training sessions help Esko customers to get the most out of new software…

TheIJC 2016 in Neuss unveils extensive agenda
With just over two weeks to go, the The Inkjet Conference confirms the most involving agenda in the event’s history…

Bespoke training course for apprentice ink technician
Gilmour and Dean Limited work with Attain Training in the UK to expand and invest through apprenticeships…

Newnorth Print adds automated Stahlfolder KH 82
Newnorth increases its B1 folding capacity with combination model with Palamides Alpha 500hd delivery…

Mimaki’s new direct sublimation printer for textiles
The Tx500P-3200DS wide-format solution combines printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint…

Wed 14 September…   
HP to acquire Samsung’s Printer Business
Aim is to disrupt copier segment, and to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology…

EFI unveils latest Jetrion 4950LXe LED inkjet and ERP
EFI debuts enhanced Jetrion label inkjet production and ERP Workflow innovations at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont…

Cerm at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Inspiration and Collaboration will be a central theme for Cerm at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont, from 13 – 15 September…

Ultimate TechnoGraphics brings AutoNesting to SGIA
Ultimate TechnoGraphics to showcase Impostrip’s latest AutoNesting in Las Vegas from 14 – 16 September 2016…

ProImage to launch latest workflow at Graph Expo 2016
ProImage has announced the launch of its new generation of newspaper production workflow: NewsWay-X…

Thu 15 September…  

Esko’s 3000th CDI to Clicheria Blumenau in Brazil
The CDI Spark 5080 and software solutions package, and its fifth CDI, supports the leading trade shop’s plate production…

Durst uses Labelexpo to push its label capabilities
Durst uses Labelexpo Americas to announce important steps forward in the capabilities of its label products…

EFI Armor UVF clear coat on display at SGIA Expo
EFI non-yellowing Armor clear coat extends Avery Dennison textured wall films durability to five years…

X-Rite Pantone: Plastics focus for K-Show 2016
Blog Post relating to the K-Show 19 – 26 October: By Chris Winczewski, corporate strategy and innovation exec at X-Rite Pantone…

KBA’s new VariJET 106 sheetfed hybrid Powered by Xerox
New modular hybrid press for folding cartons integrates KBA Rapida platform with Xerox inkjet technology: intro at Graph Expo…

Fri 16 September…   
Scodix drupa success to flow into Graph Expo 2016
Coming off drupa, where Scodix sold over 150 presses, adoption of Scodix digital enhancement is in full swing worldwide…

Goss International and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016
Goss, Presstek and Contiweb to showcase their latest product innovations and partnership success…

Agfa outshines competition in UV flatbed and hybrid
Agfa Graphics wins three Product of the Year awards for inkjet technology for second year in a row at SGIA Expo 2016…

HP unveiled its new Latex 300 Printer series at SGIA
New HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 printers help customers gain affordable access to more application opportunities…

EFI at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas this week
A complete portfolio and new market opportunities highlight EFI’s mission and passion to fuel customer success…

Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit at Labelexpo Americas
Self-adhesive label converting affordable as short runs made easy with Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit (LDU)…

Presstek Zahara plates at Labelexpo Americas
Codimag demonstrated the benefits of chemistry-free, waterless offset live with Presstek’s Zahara plates…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
Only 35 so far this year, with well over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years in our Archives.

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Previous…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

L/M/B Louko in Nuremberg adds long KBA Rapida 106
Print industry’s top innovator invests in KBA Rapida 106 with nine inking units, perfecting and coater…

Previous…   
First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Plastic Dreams
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 Sep

Previous…   
Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017 of new guides. The first four can be found in this special section on the Website, listed in the Index on the Home Page. All have PDFs for downloading.

Latest No 9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

7… To Judge a Book by Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer

8… Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box). By Paul Lindström

FESPA Newsroom
The FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These eleven jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. They contain hundreds of superb articles, interviews, features and news. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ at show + post-show News
Latest additions of 86 in total are now in alphabetical order can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of over 240 pre-show articles can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

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