Asahi introduces new plate in 4 thicknesses

Asahi Photoproducts has launched a new plate the AFP-TSP (top soft pinning) for paper, folding carton and corrugated board applications, as well as  for all flexible packaging such as aluminium or film substrates.

The new medium hard plate are available in four thicknesses with Shore A hardness ranging from 48 to 69, and complements the harder AFP-TOP plates launched last year. 

AFP-TSP plates are tailor-made for paper and higher quality corrugated board applications with water-based inks

Canon updates business analysis audit tool for graphic arts market

Canon has launched a revamped version of its Business and Innovation Scan audit tool for the graphic arts market.

The free business scan now features up-to-date market trend analysis in an extended range of application areas.

Launched in 2012, the Business and Innovation Scan includes a confidential business audit, which is designed to help printers review and adapt their business strategies.

Following the scan, businesses are given a tailored action plan and strategy to improve their

Xeikon unveils 2 new toners

Xeikon  has announced the introduction of two new silver metallic toners, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver for designers, label and package printers and converters.

“With this new Creative Colours toner line, Xeikon is mirroring the capabilities of flexo and offset inks. We are giving label and packaging printers and converters the opportunity to offer brand owners added-value haptic and optic qualities with the Xeikon digital print process – popular features of brand promotion and marketing

Sun Chemical launches new ink dispenser and ink

Sun Chemical is launching a new ink dispenser for the label market, which it says will be more efficient and drive down costs.

The 20 ink-head Polare dispenser is designed for both high- and low-viscosity inks.  Like existing ink dispensers it works with computerised and colour management systems but will also be a modular system, allowing the same basic unit to deliver offset viscosity inks and low-viscosity UV flexo inks through ink cartridges, rather than ink having to be transferred from

Xerox expands its production capacity for toners

Xerox has announced that it has expanded its global toner production capacity by 40 percentage with the completion of a nearly $35 million expansion project in
Western New York to keep pace with growing EA toner product demand.

Richard Schmachtenberg, president, consumables development and manufacturing - Xerox explained: “Developed by Xerox and protected by more than 300 patents, EA toner produces sharper images using less toner per page. Unlike traditional toner, which is created by

Neschen emerges from a tough year with five new substrates

Neschen was keen to show that it is alive and kicking with five new substrate launches at Fespa following a difficult year.

The company also has a UVTex artist light black back product which it said was good for high contrast displays.

Solvoprint Easy Dot Whiteout has high opacity and is joined by Solvoprint Easy Dot Transparent, which has a clearer finish than the company’s other clear substrate Solvoprint Easy Dot 100 Clear.

The German company’s PVC-free UVPrint wallpaper 170 uses fleece

Sun Chemical showcases its new Streamline and SunPromo inks

Ink manufacturer Sun Chemical launched the latest additions to its Streamline range of alternative inkjet inks and SunPromo family of solvent and UV curing display graphic screen inks at Fespa.

The Streamline range, which is designed for wide and superwide-format printers including Epson, Vutek, Roland DG, Mimaki and Seiko, are formulated to have matching colour and physical properties to those of OEM inks.

Streamline Ultima HPQ LO is an upgrade of the existing Ultima HPQ product, which now

Agfa Graphics sales down but inkjet news positive

First-quarter sales at Agfa Graphics are down year-on-year, but underlying trends are good, especially in the inkjet segment, following successful wide-format printer launches.

The group’s latest results show that revenue fell 1.8% from $357m in Q1 2014 to $351m in Q1 2015 but Agfa-Gevaert Group president and chief executive Christian Reinaudo said this would have been down by 10% if it was not for favourable currency markets.

Agfa reported a 4.9% increase in recurring EBITDA, from $22.3m

Sun Chemical to showcase new Streamline and SunPromo inks

Ink manufacturer Sun Chemical will show the latest additions to its Streamline range of alternative inkjet inks and SunPromo family of solvent and UV curing display graphic screen inks at May’s Fespa exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

The Streamline range, which is designed for wide and superwide-format printers including Epson, Vutek, Roland DG, Mimaki and Seiko, are formulated to have matching colour and physical properties to those of OEM inks.

Streamline Ultima HPQ LO is an upgrade of the

Enfocus unveils latest version of Connect software

Enfocus has announced an upgrade to its Connect file preparation and submission tool, Connect 13.

The software, which was launched in 2010 as PitStop Connect, is intended to streamline the file preparation and submission process for designers and printers. Features include PDF creation, preflighting and corrections using the PitStop engine, custom job ticketing, and automated file delivery via FTP or Enfocus’ Switch product direct to the printer or publisher.

The software allows printers to

Xerox’s colour presses to offer silver dry inks

Xerox’s newest digital colour tools, the Color 800i/1000i Presses will now offer silver dry ink at rated speed, the company announced.

According to the manufacturer,  the Pantone metallic gold or silver specialty dry ink technology will ensure  more profitable jobs, image accuracy and vibrant colours for clients giving them a creative, competitive advantage.

The 800i/1000i devices include an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with metallic gold or silver dry inks or

Kodak unveils ‘world’s fastest’ black and white inkjet press

Kodak has launched what it claims is the world’s fastest black and white inkjet press, the Kodak Prosper 1000 Plus.

The machine, which is powered by Kodak Stream inkjet technology, adds enhancements to the transport and software capabilities of the Kodak Prosper 1000 Press.

The manufacturer said the 300m/min press, which can operate at speeds of up to 4,364 A4ppm, is well suited to meet the changing needs of printers in the book publishing industry.

Kodak worldwide director of sales and

Industrial Inkjet to launch a new inkjet system - XYPrint 300

Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) will launch its new inkjet system, XYPrint 300 at Fespa in Cologne, Germany, which will be hosted between May 18th-22nd this year.

Using Konica Minolta inkjet printheads, the XYPrint 300 offers single-pass and multi-pass print capability, as standard.  It comes with a syringe-based ink system for ‘rapid change of ink type and minimal ink wastage’.

New features include a granite bed to ensure stability, a reinforced structure which minimizes vibration or shock, scan

Enfocus enhances PitStop 13 to add functionality, features

Enfocus has re-engineered the functionality within PitStop 13 to increase the opportunities to preflight and correct PDF files, with a focus on a solution for the common issue of ‘no or insufficient bleed’. PitStop 13 will be released in April 2015.

Andrew Bailes-Collins, senior product manager responsible for the PitStop product family, explains: “As PDF files are now being used for more and more complex print jobs and deadlines are becoming increasingly tighter, it became obvious to the

Speculation over likely EFI acquisition targets

EFI chief executive Guy Gecht has dismissed speculation that the company could mount a bid for Xaar using its $600m war chest.

    The acquisitive circa $790m-turnover group is definitely on the lookout for more buys, but Gecht told PrintWeek that EFI did not have ambitions to get into printhead manufacturing at the present time. 

   “My team looked at everything including Xaar,” he said. “We don’t want to be in the business of printheads. We are in a very good position where we can decide

Spandex ups Image Perfect range with new self-adhesive

Sign-making and display industry trade supplier Spandex has expanded its range of ImagePerfect materials with the launch of a new self-adhesive wall textile, ImagePerfect Self-Adhesive Wall Textile (IP 2324).

The product has been specifically designed for printed wallpapers, wall graphics and decals. It is a self-adhesive, opaque and water-resistant fabric that offers high print quality, strong text definition and a broad colour gamut.

It has been designed for large-format inkjet printing

Enfocus announces upgradations to its Connect 13 product line

Enfocus announced the next upgrade to its Enfocus Connect product line — Connect 13, available for purchase late February 2015. 

Connect 13 will focus on expanding file delivery controls, and will deliver the new Connector that streamlines remote installation, while providing a single point of access for designers to create and verify print quality PDFs and automatically deliver them to their print service provider.

Fabian Prudhomme, vice president of Enfocus, says: “Print service providers

X-Rite updates Pantone certified programme

X-Rite, Incorporated has announced the launch of an updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters. 

The printer programme reviews and analyzes every aspect of colour operations— from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom for consistent colour quality management.

“The program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover

FFEI adds raft of new features in first major RealPro Toolkit upgrade

FFEI has launched the first major upgrade to its RealPro Toolkit modular suite of design and production plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator.

   The upgrade includes 12 new features developed as a result of customer feedback since the product’s launch at the start of last year, including a new tool for creating die-cut lines directly from the one-up image file.

    FFEI managing director Andy Cook said: “It allows you to create the CAD drawing for the die-cut tool directly from the image rather

Quark unveiled latest version of its QuarkXPress 2015

Quark has revealed details of QuarkXPress 2015, the latest version of its print and digital publishing design and layout software. The software, the successor to QuarkXpress 10, will begin shipping in early 2015. Its biggest new feature is a new 64-bit architecture. This allows the application to use the entire available RAM on a host computer to significantly boost performance, particularly when dealing with large documents with a lot of high resolution images.

“This version is focused on

Heidelberg announces automatic plate changing system in future

The fully automatic AutoPlate Pro plate changing system will be available for the Speedmaster XL 75 and XL 75 Anicolor later this year and for the Speedmaster XL 106 from spring 2015.

Heidelberg introduced AutoPlate Pro at drupa 2012 for the new Speedmaster CX 102, SX 102, and SX 74 models launched at this event. 

Consequently, the printing plates are not clamped in place at exactly the same time, but in a staggered
process. According to Heidelberg, AutoPlate Pro achieves plate changing

Ricoh reveals its new high-res inkjet press, Pro VC60000

Ricoh claims its new high-resolution colour inkjet web press will be “the future of commercial print.”

The Ricoh Pro VC60000 features new multi-drop inkjet heads that produce 1,200dpi results. Ricoh described it as “the most versatile colour inkjet system on the market”.

The modular device runs at up to 120m/min, depending on configuration, and has been built for volume applications producing up to 40m impressions per month. The web width is from 165mm to 520mm.

Ricoh is targeting the

Xeikon 3000 series to get metallic effects via deal with Color Logic

Xeikon has become the latest press manufacturer to add metallic effects via a partnership with metallic effects software firm Color-Logic.

Users of the manufacturer’s Xeikon 3000 Series presses will now be able to print on metallic foils and similar substrates without having to create white ink masks after Color-Logic certified the Xeikon X-800 DFE for use with Color-Logic files. 

    This will enable printers to produce 250 new metallic colours and a “virtually unlimited combination of

Roland DG launches its first 3D printer the ARM-10, SRM-20

Roland DG has released its first 3D additive rapid prototyping machine, the ARM-10, as well as a new 3D subtractive prototyping and manufacturing machine, the SRM-20.

“We pioneered the concept of desktop 3D milling back in 1986 and we’ve used that ever since, but we’ve always recognised that product designers need a combination of technologies and skill sets in order to produce the mock-ups, prototypes and models that they need,” said Roland DG market strategy manager Peter Kettle.

“We were

Enfocus releases new plug-in to replace missing fonts from PDF’s

Enfocus has released PitStop FontFix, the new Adobe Acrobat Pro and Standard plug-in that checks and replaces fonts missing from PDF files. 

PDF is a popular file format used by a wide range of markets worldwide, including graphic arts, government, corporate, office, financial and medical.  Enfocus has announced that it is making the Font Fix solution available to customers for free. 

As PDF files have grown in popularity, so has the problem of missing fonts. Users in all of these markets

Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 team join forces to extend reach

Digital inks manufacturers Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 have joined forces to become part of the same operating group. The two Italian companies declined to reveal financial details, but said they would retain their separate brand identities, and that all staff at the two firms would remain.

The merger has, however, seen Kiian Digital president Dennis Wilby become chairman and chief executive officer of both companies. Former owners of J-Teck3 Italo Mariani and Enrico Grasselli have become head

Roland launches the faster Versa Express RF-640 printer

Roland has announced the launch of the VersaExpress RF-640 eco-solvent printer.
The VersaExpress RF-640 features the same $16975 price tag and 64” (1,625mm) maximum print width as its predecessor, but incorporates a number of new features and a noticeable leap in productivity. Where the RE-640 had a maximum print speed of 23.1sqm/hr, the RF-640 will print up to 48.5sqm/hr in single-pass 360dpi banner mode. In total the RF-640 features five banner and three vinyl print modes ranging from one to

Kodak releases the SCU for Achieve and Trendsetter CTP lines

Kodak has introduced greater automation to its Achieve and Trendsetter platesetter lines in the form of an automated plate loader with a capacity of up to 240 plates.
The Single Casette Unit (SCU) is available as an optional add-on for Achieve T400 and Trendsetter Q400 4-up CTP, Achieve T800 and Trendsetter Q800 8-up CTP, and the Trendsetter News.
It features automated plate loading and unloading for up to 240 plates, with slip sheet removal and automatic plate rotation, enabling uninterrupted

Plasma gadget that makes ink stick to tricky materials

A new, retrofittable device for wide-format printers promises to solve the issue of ink not sticking properly to difficult-to-print-onto surfaces such as plastics and glass.
The Plasma Torch from German supplier Technoplot received its worldwide debut at Fespa Digital.
The compact device was fitted to an adapted Roland UJC-640 eco solvent/UV-LED printer, although Technoplot said it was suitable for “virtually every printing system on the market.”
A 5mm wide cold plasma beam from the torch

ColorGATE showcases Production server 8.1 at Fespa Digital

RIP developer ColorGATE has launched the latest version of its Productionserver software at Fespa.
     The RIP can output files to both digital presses and plate setters which allows users of conventional printing techniques to use digital print production to produce short print runs as well as single prints.
   “Our Productionserver is our current flagship product. We’re displaying the new 8.1 version at Fespa which we’re shipping to our customers in June. To our registered value pack users it