Drytac launches new opaque white film after beta-testing

Drytac has expanded its SpotOn range of self-adhesive materials with the new SpotOn White M50 film.
The material was launched  in the first week of August  in  EMEA after a beta-testing period of around four months at companies in Europe and the US.   It is intended to provide opacity improvements of around 50% compared to the standard SpotOn whites costing 8% to 10% more than the standard white matte, which is currently available in 1,370x50m rolls for $342.04 per reel.
Drytac European and Asia

Komori’s Impermia IS29 receives InterTec Technology Award

Komori’s Impremia IS29 receives Printing Industries of America’s 2017 InterTec Technology Award.
The InterTech Technology Award was established in 1978 and has honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. In 2017, 14 recipients won award among 26 nominees. This year is the fourth time Komori has been honored with an InterTech Technology Award. Previous accolades were for the Automatic Plate Changer (APC), the Lithrone S40

Antalis launches roll storage unit and carbonless paper range

Antalis has launched a new compact portable roll storage product designed to make it easier to handle and transport rolls of large-format media.
The Stock & Roll, which is commercially available immediately, can hold up to six rolls of up to 2m wide – accommodating both 2in and 3in cores, while taking up minimal floor space with its 600mm diameter.
The option of extra roll splitters allows more rolls to be added, which enables users to double or triple their storage capacity.
The device

Sun Chemical partners with KBA-MetalPrint

Sun Chemical has announced its partnership with KBA-MetalPrint to deliver printing inks for metal decorating.
Working closely with KBA-MetalPrint, Sun Chemical will soon be providing its UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL and the  flexible SunTrio TOBA series with the MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating press starter kits, depending on the individual needs of the customer.
Iñaki Llona, global champion Metal Deco Inks, Sun Chemical, commented

Aslan unveils Print’nGo

Aslan, the German manufacturer of self-adhesive films for special applications, is complementing its floor graphics range with an additional slip-resistant, directly printable film. Print’nGo Aslan DFP 33 does not require any additional protective laminate after printing, whilst providing the rough surface characteristics needed for non-slip category R9 classification.
The 125 µm thick matt white film provides a safe floor graphics solution for short-term interior designs on smooth floors

MeadCo launches new software - ScriptX

UK based company MeadCo has launched ScriptX software for the printing and packaging industry.
According to MeadCo, ScriptX enables HTML pages, PDFs, labels, barcodes, wristbands, badges and more - basically any browser-hosted content - to be printed in a consistent format, from every networked Microsoft Windows computer.
Jerry Mead, CEO of MeadCo - the creators of ScriptX - said: "From individual barcodes and labels to large-run printing jobs, the printing and packaging sector needs

EyeC’s PDF proofing technology to offer more on integration

EyeC’s new Workflow Integration, pre-press operations and studios can now incorporate EyeC Proofiler Graphic, the company’s PDF proofing technology, into workflow systems such as Esko’s Automation Engine.
The EyeC Workflow Integration automates quality control in the pre-press stages. The workflow system automatically activates the inspection process and the EyeC Proofiler Graphic retrieves the order data as well as inspection parameters of the respective job from the workflow system. It

OKI launches new A3 printer with white toner

OKI has launched a new A3 printer with white toner. The machine, the Pro8432WT, is a replacement for OKI’s current A3 white toner machine, the Pro9420WT, which launched in late 2012 and has now been decommissioned.
It was given its debut at Fespa and became available for purchase straight after the Hamburg expo for £6,249, which includes 13,000 pages’ worth of white toner and 4,500 pages’ worth of each of the other colours. The white toner initially supplied with the machine has been increased

Stora Enso mill shuts down

Stora Enso recently announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing.
PM8 had an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes of supercalendered (SC) uncoated magazine paper.
Stora Enso continues to produce SC paper at Kvarnsveden Mill PM12 as well at Maxau Mill in Germany and Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. The group

UPM launches ‘thin’ paper for pharma

The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions.
“The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading

Mimaki inks receive Eco Passport certification for sustainablity

Mimaki announced that its Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks have achieved the Eco Pass-port certification from OEKO-TEX.  
Eco Passport is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. The Eco Passport mechanism was established in 1992 by the OEKO-TEX international association headquartered

Flint launches its next-gen UV low migration inks

Flint Group announced thelaunch its new generation of sheetfed UV low migration inks; UltraCURA Sens, UltraCURA Sens Plas and UltraCURA Sens Bases. Created out of a new resin technology system, these inks are the first in a series of advanced energy curing products from Flint Group to be launched in 2017.
Trevor Amps, global product management director for energy curing inks explains the significance of the launch: “We decided to use specifically selected resin principles for all our energy

Sun Chemical develops digital coatings for HP

Sun Chemical is working with digital press manufacturer HP Indigo to produce a range of coatings to speed up the adoption of digital printing in the packaging industry. A new range of coatings including overprint varnishes and adhesives specially formulated for use in digital devices is set to be launched soon.
Marcos Valdezate, Sun Chemical’s BDM for coatings for digital applications, said: “We recognise that some transformation of the packaging industry as we know it today in terms of

Esko awarded with two EDP

Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries.
The EDP Association aims to better assist the technology-appliers to find the right solution for their applications. As explains Klaus-Peter Nicolay, EDP President: “The awards honour the best developments in print production tools, software developments, substrates, inks, materials and finishing systems.”
EDP Awards 2017Esko’s ArtiosCAD Display Store is a comprehensive online

Asahi launches new website

Asahi Photoproducts announced the launch of a brand-new website design structured to make it easier for customers and other interested parties to quickly and easily find all the information they are seeking. The website is available in eight languages.
“In this website redesign process, we spent a great deal of time talking to customers about their requirements,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical marketing manager for Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “The resulting site opens an information

Corel launches upgraded graphics suite

Graphics software developer Corel has launched its CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017. The new suite was launched on 11th April and is available for purchase or upgrade from the previous suite, CorelDraw X8, with shipping beginning on 18 April. CorelDraw has around 15 million users worldwide.
Corel vice-president of products Gerard Metrailler said from now on the suites will be released as upgrades annually instead of biennially.
The new suite costs $744 for the full version and $372 for existing

Roland and Custom Gateway partner for personalisation

Roland DG has launched a partnership with software developer Custom Gateway to integrate hardware and software in order to deliver customised products on-demand.
The first wave of development will incorporate the VersaUV LEF series with Custom Gateway’s cloud-based software, followed by the VersaStudio desktop inkjet printer and cutter and the Metaza metal printer, with the first integrated systems due for installation in summer 2017. Roland released its latest customisation printer, the

Sakurai launches new screen printer

Manufacturers of cylinder screen printing machines, Sakurai will host the official European launch of their revolutionary MS110-DDS production unit at Fespa 2017.  
The new system introduces Sakurai’s technology offering improved sheet edge accuracy with an optional CCD Camera Sheet Alignment System.
The system allows for large sheet printing with a maximum sheet size 1140mm x 788mm, and to supplement flexibility and printability on thin material and scratch resistance has been enhanced up to a

Zünd releases Version 3

Version 3 of Zünd Design Center ZDC, Zünd’s plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, is now available for download.
Zünd Design Center is an easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator plug-in that lets the user create packaging and displays with a few clicks. The centerpiece of ZDC is an extensive library of parametric designs for folding carton, corrugated cardboard, sandwich material, PVC and PP. To scale or change any of the designs provided, the user has to enter a few basic measurements, and the program

Enfocus to release PitStop 2017 with unique functions

Calling it the most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight, editing and correction solution available on the market today (and to celebrate the 20th anniversary since its first release), Enfocus has announced the next major release of PitStop.
PitStop 2017 introduces new technology extending the possibilities of preflight and correction by allowing unique new ways for objects to be selected or ignored. An example would be configuring preflight checks to check only the objects needed to

German printer buys first Heidelberg workflow

After debuting, the Prinect Production Manager at drupa last year, Heidelberg sold its first workflow to commercial printer Petermann GZW in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
The Prinect Production Manager is a new use concept in the form of a rental model within the Prinect business intelligence platform. It enables print shops of all sizes to use every integration function of the Prinect production workflow precisely in line with their requirements, without having to make compromises in terms of the scope

Agfa releases Asanti 3.0 software

Agfa Graphics announced the launch of its new Asanti 3.0 workflow software. The new version is said to offer wide-format printers new functionalities, more integration possibilities and added automation.
New functions are combined with Agfa’s signature colour management platform, automatic pre-flighting and a new graphic user interface for tiling huge jobs. Version 3.0 also allows for integration with third-party print equipment, MIS platforms, and in-house software including PrintSphere and

Ghent conducts a survey

The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow to participate in a survey. Following up a similar survey conducted in 2008, it aims to find out what has changed since and gain insight on today’s PDF use.
The survey aims to make the participants and the Ghent Workgroup aware of the state of PDF in document production, and current issues the creators and service providers are facing. David Zwang, GWG chairman, comments: “The more information we gather, the better equipped

Kornit refreshes Avalanche range with recirculating ink

Digital textile specialist Kornit Digital has upgraded its flagship Avalanche direct-to-garment printer range by adding a recirculating ink system.
The new R-Series models of the Avalanche Hexa and the Avalanche 1000 use the same recirculating ink technology that is used in the manufacturer’s Storm series as well as its Allegro and Vulcan printers.
This technology is said to optimise print quality and ink efficiency, enabling faster system availability after the start-up process.
“The Avalanche

Komori, Screen have developed integrated workflow solution

Komori Corporation and Screen Graphic and Precision  (Screen GP) have developed a new integrated workflow solution that enhances automation in all processes from prepress to printing and through to postpress.
As printing companies are required to work at a very shorter deadlines, it will require for more efficient work processes that incorporate both offset and digital systems, making it possible to achieve optimal results for a variety of different needs.
Sensing this, Komori and Screen GP have

SwissQprint enhances software features

A new software feature has been added by swissQprint to help customers to avoid rejects and rework.
After a crash, the output software resumes operations at the exact same point on the printing pass and without leaving any tell-tale traces, swissQprint announced in a statement.
The moving print head carriage of a swissQprint UV printer will immediately halts should it come into contact with a person or object. The system also stops  if there is a danger of the print head grazing the substrate

Canon launches new media

Canon has announced that the new Deep Matte single-sided media is now available for the DreamLabo 5000 inkjet production photo printer, offering customers an additional option for their  photo output.
Canon’s Deep Matte single-sided media features a smooth and glossless texture for vivid shades, contrasting colours and high-quality image of the Dreamlabo 5000 printer’s  output. Deep Matte media can be suitable for a variety of applications, including single prints, and with its creasing ability

Agfa launches 3.2m, 6 colour RTR 3200 LED printer, Jeti Ceres

Agfa Graphics has launched a new roll-to-roll printer with UV LED curing aimed at mid- to high-end applications.
The 3.2m-wide Jeti Ceres RTR 3200 LED is commercially available with immediate effect. The six-colour plus white and primer machine prints high quality on single- and dual-roll media at speeds of up to 186sqm/hr in express mode or 94sqm/hr in production mode.
The UV LED curing lamps are said to save costs, increase eco-friendliness, broaden the printable media range and eliminate

Komori launches new one-pass double-sided press

Komori has expanded its Lithrone product portfolio with the launch of a larger format one-pass double-sided offset press.
The Lithrone GX44RP, which is commercially available with immediate effect, uses the same technology as the manufacturer’s existing B1 GX840RP press but has a maximum sheet size of 840x1,150mm.
The 15,000sph machine, which can be equipped with either an H-UV or UV drying system, is said to deliver high quality, short turnarounds, high speed, stability and reduced waste in

Xaar inks partnership with Xerox

Xaar has signed a new partnership agreement with Xerox for the development of bulk piezo inkjet printheads.
Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards told PrintWeek that the partnership was similar to the co-operation over thin film technology with Ricoh, which the Cambridge-headquartered manufacturer announced at Drupa.
“It mirrors what we’ve done with Ricoh, but in bulk piezo, where our platform is getting on for 10 years old,” Edwards explained. “We’re at a point where we’re going to have to invest