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HP launches new indoor, outdoor signage machines

HP launched 2 Designjet printers for indoor and outdoor signage applications. According to company officials, the latex based 2.64 m (104-inch)-wide Designjet L28500 printer delivers speeds up to 70 percent faster than the to-be -phased -out Designjet L25500 printer, while the 61-inch L26500 is suitable for customers entering the soft signage market. A launch event was organised by HP in Barcelona, where customers and members of the press were invited.

Both systems feature new 792 Latex Designjet Inks, which produce blacks and glossy results on banners and self-adhesive vinyl, and feature double-sided printing capabilities. The printers are compatible with about 500 media solutions, including the new HP double-sided HDPE reinforced banner

Brand owners turn heads with print that is packed with good ideas

Who hasn't been tempted into buying or turned off from a purchase purely based on the packaging of an item? Packaging's role in giving products shelf appeal and enhancing brand identity is paramount.

Clever design ideas and innovative new packaging treatments can involve months of client-side preparation and deliberation. A notable example is last year's redesign of Tetley Tea packaging. The redesign plans for some 250-pack variants began as long ago as 2008, and it was described as an

PRATI focuses on MEA market

Founded in 1973 by the current managing director Pietro Prati, the company's main field of activity focuses on the label printing market by offering machines for the post-press finishing of self-adhesive labels.

With its mechanical expertise and technical accuracy, PRATI is able to fully anticipate the needs of label printers working in operations such as rewinding, inspection, labels and plastic film slitting or die-cutting and overprinting in 1-2 colours.

Technology and Products

The company's

Papermakers p e r f e c t t h e i r balancing act

First we had carbon-neutral, then came carbon-positive. With the world inching ever closer to a carbon economy it was inevitable that one day the phrase 'carbon-balanced' the combination of carbon offsetting and conservation would enter the lexicon. And that day appears to have come with a growing number of companies from all industry sectors starting to offer carbon-balanced products.

The printing industry has been quick to latch onto the latest buzz term, with printers and paper merchants

Blurring the role

You're a client. You're on the phone to your customer services rep at the printer that does your brochure work and you're chatting about the weekend's football or X-Factor. It's the usual catch-up call, getting the gossip, feeding back about any glitches in last month's run. It's all very friendly. And then, out of nowhere, your rep starts talking about your leaflet work. 'Where do you get it printed? How much do you pay? Do you know it would be economic and more environmentally friendly to get

Ignore the naysayers; going green is a win-win for print

Today, you'd be hard pushed to find any print business without at least one environmental accreditation to its name, but that does not mean printers are universally happy about it. Some of the original cynicism about the extent to which green policies actually make a difference still exists and the costs associated with going green also come under much fire. However, this is a short-sighted opinion, according a growing band of eco-evangelist printers, as, far from being money down the drain

H'berg opens up to MEA press

The first ever Middle East press tour was planned by Heidelberg from 8th to 11th of February 2011. Heidelberg started the program with a visit to its 'Print media Academy'. Print Media Academy offers in Germany and 18 other locations worldwide a comprehensive program of training courses and seminars that convey sound knowledge about the latest technological innovations and the principles and techniques of successful management.

Print Media Center (PMC)

The Print Media Center (PMC) is one of

Twelve golden rules for setting perfect type.

Typography is both an art and a science, a delicate balance of creative vision and the technological know-how to reproduce that vision, accurately, in runs of anything from one to hundreds of thousands. There are protocols to be followed, theories to consider and hazards to be avoided. These pitfalls can even ruin a design. Some are worse than others. So, stay on the straight and narrow and take note of type's deadly sins.

Accurate texts

In the beginning, the author creates the words, but the

Will Heidelberg's gamble pay off?

This much we know: the world's biggest press manufacturer plans to get back into the commercial digital printing market, and these plans will be realised sooner rather than later.

What we don't know is who Heidelberg will be partnering with, although naturally speculation abounds (see boxout). But we do know some of the why and how, thanks to a recent briefing given by Stephan Plenz, board member responsible for equipment.

Plenz explains that Heidelberg separates the market for digital printing

Kodak expects 40% growth in region

Up until December 2010, Philip was regional director sales and vice president, Commercial and Consumer Businesses, responsible for developing Kodak's presence in EAMER across all markets for consumer products and commercial printing operations.

PrintWeek: What's your strategy on Middle East market?

Philip Cullimore: Kodak may well be recognised globally as a market leader but it is a hard fought position that requires concerted innovation and reinvention. These are the fundamental building

Apply an aptitude for apps

E than Nicholas built one and it earned him $600,000 in a single month. Steve Demeter built one and he netted $250,000 profit in two months. Nicholas did it with a small military tank. Demeter did it with some floating triangles. Both did it on the iPhone. Clearly, the business of building applications, or 'apps', for Apple's game-changing smart phone handset can be a nice little earner.

And the print industry hasn't failed to notice this potential. Several companies are testing the water to

Large print shops in Oman prefer stocking inventory

The Oman printing industry has started back from 1970s. Before that there was only one printing press for government. There are about estimated 150 printing presses now. The main printers are Mazoon printing press, International printing press, Oman printing, RMP, Al Anan etc. Some printing presses like Al Nahda, Firdous printing press and Oman printers take up export jobs mostly to African countries and it includes stationary and packaging materials.

Supply of materials

In terms of paper and

Bobst shows Competence 10

Towards Zero Fault Packaging" with this as a theme Bobst organised an event Competence 10 at its head quarters in Lausanne in Switzerland from 22 to 28th September 2010. No matter how quickly, how cost efficiently, or how environmentally soundly a package is produced, if it fails to meet the customer's quality requirements, the chances are that the whole run will be rejected, and potentially could have its price re-negotiated. With this high in the mind of most packaging suppliers, Bobst Group

T w i t e r 's usual suspects r u le t h e social network roost 2011-07-01 886

Some people think that social network website Twitter is all about sycophants fawning over celebrities like Stephen Fry, while the self-obsessed drone on about what they had for lunch. And, to an extent, they're right. But to limit your understanding of this microblogging phenomenon would be missing a massive opportunity especially if you're a printer.

For Twitter is actually an international platform where nearly 200m users have a multitude of conversations across a massive range of topics

Caesar Pack has gone for Bobst's Mastercut 1.7. to increase its production capacity in food packaging market.

Corrugated packaging company based in Kuwait, Caesar Pack has gone for Bobst's Mastercut 1.7. With the aim of higher speed and bigger size Caesar pack aims to increase its production capacity in food packaging market.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, company's deputy general manager, Tamer Hozayen said: "Our 90% of jobs are from food packaging market. We already have smaller 1.6m version of die cutter. We wanted to increase our production capacity with good quality and higher speed. Bobst offered us

BasysPrint:one step ahead in UV imaging technology 2011-07-01 887

Belgian prepress specialist BasysPrint has announced a new range of UV platesetters able to handle a range of plate treatments for different applications in a single device. The UV-Setter 450x and 850x, four- and eight-page platesetters respectively, have a flatbed design and include an integrated punch for accurate custom punching before exposure. Both models can be used to image UV plates for offset printing or spot varnishing, magnesium or copper photo engraving plates (up to 10mm thick) for

Masar Printing and Publishing is venturing into specialised packaging industry with their investment into Bobst Visionfoil 104.

Dubai based commercial printer, Masar Printing and Publishing is venturing into specialised packaging industry. This comes after investment into Bobst Visionfoil 104. The die cutter with foil application is expected to be installed by December 2010.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Mohammed Mubarak, technical services and training manager said: "We were attracted to this particular machine because it offers the same speed of 7500 sheets per hour for die cutting and foiling application as well. The

E p son l a u n c h e s 1 0 0 p r o d u c t s 2011-07-01 888

The Middle East is a very important market for us, and you will see Epson increase it presence there, this is not mere lip service, but an important decision," says Hiromi Taba, president and COO of Epson Europe BV, while talking to PrintWeek MEA.

Epson launched 100 new products at a press conference held at Old Trafford, Manchester in June this year; the largest number of products ever launched by the company in a single year. Epson chose Old Trafford for the event due to its recent

Ramco Group has decided to go for Bobst Autoplaten diecutter Novacut 106E and folder-gluer Visionfold 80A2.

Kenya based printer, Ramco Group has decided to go for Bobst Autoplaten diecutter Novacut 106E and folder-gluer Visionfold 80A2.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Amit Patel said: "We have Bobst machines for last 14 years. We are expanding in Uganda to have more regional presence in East African countries. The existing machines will be shifted to Uganda and new die-cutter and folder-gluer will be installed in Kenya. We will be doing investment of about $ 1miilion over next 7 to 8

Save cash with better paper purchasing

Want to save up to 1.4% of your turnover, simply by changing the way you buy paper?

Now that may sound like the sort of sales pitch you'd expect from a spam email or mailer but, in fact, it's the outcome of a study by the BPIF's Vision in Print (ViP).

Working with Paperlinx merchant Howard Smith Paper Group HSPG), ViP has set out to demonstrate how smarter paper procurement can shave pounds from paper bills.

The study, which followed the buying habits of five unnamed litho print

Family man equips with fruitful future

In the midst of the crisis last May, Jean-Pascal Bobst, part of the business's founding family, became chief executive and set about turning the firm around. PrintWeek MEA met up with him for an exclusive interview at the Competence 10 show to talk about what has happened and his plans to grow the business.

PW: How was the response from Ipex especially on not bringing the machines and what we can expect in Drupa?

JPB: You have to take some risks sometimes in how you do things. We had presented

Xerox Emirates settles in IMPZ

Global digital print machine manufacturer Xerox with its local entity for UAE, Xerox Emirates have moved their offices to a new custom-made building in International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), the print media hub in Dubai. The main reason Xerox claims behind this is to build an organisation that is more productive, efficient and easier to do business with.

Inspiration from two sheets of paper
The decision was made in 2007 to move to bigger premises by Xerox and company shifted in

Lessons of Lean

Mass recalls, congressional hearings, government investigations and potentially damaging lawsuits; it would be an understatement to say Toyota hasn't had the best of years so far. The discovery of brake malfunctions on the car maker's much-lauded Prius hybrid sparked a recall and fierce criticism from a number of sources.

Months down the line the storm is still raging and the furore has led business analysts to question the company's manufacturing practices - Toyota had previously been held up

How should print

Listen carefully and you can hear the unmistakable rumble of an impending rebellion. For years, the misconception that digital technologies are greener than ink on paper has been allowed to prosper unchallenged. Fed by a constant stream of misinformation from the all-conquering tech giants' powerful PR apparatuses (and the general public's mesmerised fascination with all things electronic) print's commercial fortunes have waned considerably.

As an industry, print has been forced onto the

Landing a big one

There was a time when a visitor would go to Ipex ready to snap up the latest piece of kit. The deal would be done on the stand and exhibitor and printer would go back to their respective offices confident that raising the finance for the deal would be a formality.

However, times have changed. Loans for big investments are harder to come by; the banks, stung by the Credit Crunch, are much more reluctanct to lend money. Printers too are more circumspect in their attitude to big spends. The steady

Prepare to pitch for the perfect job

"You're hired" - two words that will trigger a sense of elation in any hard-working interviewee. But in a period when finding a job, let alone your dream job, is incredibly tough, that feeling is proving more elusive than ever. Granted, very few employers are likely to inform you of interview success with quite the same authority as Lord Sugar when he delivers that catchphrase in the popular television show The Apprentice, but ultimately the feeling of clinching that hallowed position is the