Roland DG reveals its vision for future

Roland DG  has launched two eco-solvent printer-cutters featuring new printheads at Fespa Digital, the TrueVis VG640 and TrueVis VG540, which are 50% faster than the VersaCamms they replace.  

Gillian Montanaro, head of marketing EMEA, said: “‘Vis’ means power in Latin and this is a truly powerful machine. This is our vision for the future.”

She said the TrueVis VG640 and VG540 featured new printhead technology, new TrueVis ink, a new cutter unit, a new LED lighting unit to illuminate the

Sun receives accreditation

Sun Chemical has obtained both the Greenguard and the higher Greenguard Gold Certification for its Streamline range of eco-solvent HPQ LO alternative inkjet inks for the wide format sector. Products from the Streamline range that have secured Greenguard Gold Certification include: Streamline ESL 2 inkjet inks for the Roland Pro 4 generation of eco-solvent printers; Streamline ESL HPQ LO inkjet inks for the Roland Pro 2 and Pro 3 generation of eco-solvent printers; and Streamline SGX inkjet inks

Launch of ink alternative to Roland Eco Sol Max II

Atlantic Tech Services (ATS) has launched inks for use in a host of Roland printers.

The ColourSure 2 solvent inks are targeted at users of all Roland Pro 4, XF-640, XR-640, RF-640 and VersaCAMM VSi series printers.

The new product is a direct alternative to Roland Eco Sol Max II products and was formulated to be colour compatible with them.

Like other ColourSure inks this ColourSure 2 inks are available in one-litre bottles for use with Atlantic’ approved bulk ink-feed systems and also in

Lexmark innovates enterprise recycling

Lexmark South Africa has launched its new Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP) App, an intuitive mobile application which leverages Lexmark technology to empower businesses to revolutionise their recycling processes. 

Customers who sign up to the LCCP and agree to return their printer cartridges directly to Lexmark for re-manufacturing or recycling will benefit by being able to purchase Return Program Cartridges, which are sold at a discount on the regular price. Also available are

Ricoh launches new eco-friendly AR latex inks at Fespa 2016

To address the demands of its sign and display graphics customer base, Ricoh has launched its own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh ProTM L4100 series of large format printers at Fespa Digital, Amsterdam, held between March 8th to 11th.

Graham Moore, business development director, Ricoh Europe said:  “This new eco-friendly ink will expand the range of possible applications that can be produced on Ricoh’s Pro L4100 large format series of latex printers to include window applications

UPM to join a group of world’s top 50 sustainability leaders

UPM has accepted a special invitation to join the United Nations Global Compact LEAD as of 1 January 2016. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever to receive such an invitation.

Global Compact LEAD is a leadership platform within the United Nations Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. At the moment the 50 most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors

Two Sides South Africa combats misleading environmental claims

How many companies have received notifications from suppliers, financial institutions, etc. that they are emailing documents to reduce their carbon footprint? Many service providers have made the decision to switch from the printed version of communication to a digital version, on the basis of unsupported environmental claims. 

Two Sides, which represents The Graphic Communications Industry, is concerned that incorrect and damaging impressions are being perpetuated by these initiatives

Kodak gives customer environment award

Kodak awarded its own customer, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as the winner of the 2015 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award for the Middle East and Africa region.  The award recognizes organizations that are  committed to integrating green practices into their operations to achieve    reductions in their environmental impact.

The UNECA, which was founded in 1958 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions, has a mandate  to      promote the economic and social

Evian’s design wins award

Evian display using Fusion topliner of Sappi has won German Packaging Award 2015 in the category of Display and Promotional Packaging. The easy-to-assemble flap display for Evian-Volvic Suisse SA was conceived as a means of replacing metal with corrugated cardboard.

   The company chose Fusion of Sappi for the topliner because of its  material properties and processing characteristics. The Flap display solution was developed at the Model Innovation and Competence Center (ICC) and accommodates

Papermakers to support Paris Climate Change Conference

Two papermakers took part in a major public exhibition in December and ran alongside the UN Paris Climate Change conference, also known as COP21.

APP and Arjowiggins are involved in Solutions COP21, a free privately funded public-facing event held at the historic Grand Palais, which featured an exhibition, conferences and round-table discussions, looking at solutions to climate change.

Both companies  showcased their efforts to lower carbon emissions and outline challenges they face as high

70% success rate for Two Sides in tackling global greenwash

Two Sides, the global initiative to promote the sustainability of print and paper, has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organisations to remove misleading green claims from their communications as part of its worldwide anti-greenwash campaign.

377 of the world’s leading corporations, including banks, utilities, telecoms and insurance companies have been researched and checked by Two Sides, exposing 240 of those companies to be using misleading greenwash statements in their

Veika to launch new Decojet textures Fespa

Lithuanian manufacturer Veika is set to unveil additions to its Decojet product range next year.

The firm will debut new textures from its Decojet Eco PVC-free digital wallcovering media range at Fespa Digital 2016 in Amsterdam in March.

Nine textures in the range have been commercially available in the UK since September, while three new textures – Decoleather, Decosand and Decodrift – will be launched at the show, and then shown at Drupa in May.

Veika, which has 200 staff and a turnover

Roland DG introduces wave of new Eco inks

Roland DG has launched EUV4 Eco-UV ink, developed specifically for use with its VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printers, and Eco-Sol Max 3, a new generation ink for use with its eco-solvent printer-cutter range.

The EUV4 Eco-UV ink, which is available from the end of October, is cured by exposure to UV light.

The manufacturer said this enables VersaUV users to print “brilliant” colour on a wide variety of materials including paper, film and leather and rigid materials such as polyester, ABS and

Heidelberg shows LED UV option, says it’s the most energy efficient’

Heidelberg has described its newly launched LED option as the “most energy-efficient LED UV system on the market”.

The firm showed an LED UV press for the first time in the UK.  The LED drying system has been available for two years in other territories, and Heidelberg has more than 20 presses installed in Japan, where there is an energy-saving imperative for businesses. It also has LED presses installed in Switzerland and Germany.

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Saudi Xerox takes up CSR activities in KSA

Saudi Xerox, a joint venture between Olayan and Xerox Corp, recently implemented a community program that took part in three different regions of Saudi Arabia.

In Riyadh, the Saudi Xerox team partnered with a local orphanage and organized a fun filled day of games, activities, food and gifts for the children.

Saudi Xerox also teamed up with a charitable body Irteqa Charity Committee that donates used computers to those less fortunate and organized a sustainability driven initiative in the

Heidelberg introduces the LED UV solutions in the Middle East

Heidelberg introduced the DryStar LED system in the Middle East during a customer seminar that was held at Le Meridien Dubai Airport on October 12th, 2015. The event was attended by a number of customers who showed their interest in the leading UV technology. The seminar was organized by Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG and by Heidelberg Middle East with the participation of Dr. Ali Makari from the Market Center and conducted by Martin Zibold, LED UV specialist from the Sheetfed Product

FSC celebrates 20th anniversary, promotes sustainability

The Forest Stewardship Council is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month and has commended the print industry for its support.

A spokeswoman heaped praise on print for embracing the certification but warned more was needed to increase its uptake.

After two decades, more than 180m ha of forests are FSC-certified, including more than half of the forest area in the UK.

Around 300m cubic meters of FSC-certified wood are harvested every year, 17% of the global industrial roundwood market

Stora Enso divests two of its European mills

Stora Enso has announced the sale of its Barcelona mill to the private equity fund Quantum for a total cash consideration of EUR 10 million. The mill which produces the recycled fibre-based consumer board.

According to a report in PaperAge, this divestment is in line with Stora Enso’s strategy to focus its consumer board offering on high quality virgin-fibre products.

The sale of the Barcelone mill will decrease Stora Enso’s annual board production capacity by approximately 195,000 tonnes

Agfa introduces its new violet chemistry-free plate, N95-VCF

Agfa Graphics will launch its new N95-VCF chemistry-free violet offset plate this month.  The manufacturer will debut the plate, which is already being used by selected customers, at the World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg, Germany from 5-7 October. It will be commercially available from early 2016.

Agfa first launched its chemistry-free plates for the newspaper industry in 2007. It followed this with the introduction of the N94-VCF chemistry-free violet offset plate in 2011 and more than

Sun Chemical to launch cadmium-free, direct on glass printing inks

Sun Chemical has announced that it will demonstrate its latest offering of conventional and UV curing screen inks and effect varnishes for direct glass printing at GlassPrint 2015, which takes place from 25-26th November in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Providing an alternative to traditional ceramic enamel printing, Sun Chemical’s SunVetro screen ink series comprises a portfolio of organic UV curing and conventional solvent-based inks for direct printing on to flat or hollow glass surfaces. The

Atlantic unveils latest solvent inks

Atlantic Tech Services has launched a new range of wide-format solvent inks suitable for indoor and outdoor uses and can withstand long periods of outdoor exposure, the company said. The inks are also said to be environmentally friendly without compromising on print quality.

Atlantic said the inks were an alternative to Roland Eco-Sol Max, Mutoh Eco Ultra and Mimaki ES-3 Eco Solvent ink formulations.

The ink is available in 440ml cartridges or one-litre bottles for use with the ColourSure

James Cropper unveils new paper, expresses confidence for future

Cumbrian papermaker James Cropper has launched a new bright white paper range called Porcelain.

The new paper and board range is available now in five sizes, and nine weights, 80gsm to 500gsm, including three, 250, 300 and 330gsm.

Commercial director Chris Brown said Porcelain was “very high white, has wonderful smoothness and great touch.”

He said it would be ideal for corporate brochures, greeting cards and high-end stationery such as invitations.

“I think graphic designers will love it

Arjowiggins muscles into Trucard market with Teknocard

Arjowiggins Graphic has launched a new “superb white” premium board and packaging range aimed at Trucard users and brought Tullis Russell Papermakers’ former sales director on board to promote it.

The company is calling its Teknocard range, launched this week, the widest available in the market for packaging and graphical applications alike. It is the first SBS board Arjowiggins has produced. One of those who created top Tullis Russell board Trucard, Malcolm Sinclair, is now the business

Caraustar hikes prices of recycled grades

Caraustar Industries recently announced a price increase of $45 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard and container board grades and $50 per ton on all coated recycled paperboard grades.

The increase on uncoated recycled paperboard and containerboard grades will be effective starting with shipments on September 8, 2015 and the increase on coated recycled paperboard grades will be effective starting with shipments on August 24, 2015.

Caraustar said the increases are in response to

APP to increase supply of PEFC certified products

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is to sell paper and board made from PEFC-certified Indonesian wood fibre for the first time. 

The move, expected by the end of the year, follows the award of Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification to cover 306,400 hectares of APP suppliers’ plantations.

A further 1m hectares is in the final stages of certification, the group of paper and pulp manufacturers in Indonesia and China said. Previously APP imported its PEFC supply. The

Two Sides launches new range of fact sheets

Print and paper advocacy group Two Sides has launched a set of 11 European fact sheets to combat what it sees as environmental misconceptions of print and paper use.

The fact sheets, which make use of European-wide statistics, aim to highlight the sustainable nature of paper and print and the fact that far from being environmentally neutral, electronic communication also has an impact on the environment.

Managing director of Two Sides Martyn Eustace said the paper and print industries had

Sun Chemical wins award

Sun Chemical’s SunJet division has won the Stationers’ Company overall Innovator of the Year Award for its low-migration inkjet ink, which is safe to use for food packaging.

   Its SunJet EtiJet UV inks for narrow-web and labels, and Amphora range for packaging, only contain materials that are on approved lists and comply with the Swiss Ordinance standard.

   The Stationers’ judges praised the formulation for “making food packaging more safe in the digital arena” and for its “novel chemistry

Kornit launches eco-friendly digital inks for garments


Kornit Digital has announced a new series of digital inks that is designed for use with all of its direct-to-garment systems. Being previewed at Fespa 2015, the new NeoPigmentTM Pure formulation is designed as an organic evolution of the company’s existing NeoPigment process and brings users a host of benefits including increased vivacity, an improved hand feel and a more opaque and smooth reproduction of white.

Kornit Digital’s NeoPigment Pure ink comprises CMYK plus red, green and white

Durst focuses on eco-friendly ink

Durst has made aqueous technology the key focus of its Fespa presence, part of its long-term strategy to provide a more eco-friendly alternative to UV-curable inks.

Durst said it expects the market to shift towards green production in the near future, as users look to adopt inks that are less damaging to the environment and not subject to health or environmental hazard labelling requirements. 

For more than 2 years, Durst has conducted research into the new water-based inks, culminating in

FSC launches its new global brand Forests For All Forever

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched its new global brand: Forests For All Forever. With its new branding FSC plans to extend its reach by targeting consumers directly.

“The success of FSC has always depended on consumer awareness and demand for FSC-certified products, and we have relied on our partners and certificate holders to spread the message of FSC on our behalf. However, it became clear that we needed to provide our partners with tools that could inspire their customers to