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EFI confident of $ 1 bn sales target next year after strong Q2s

EFI has posted strong second-quarter results with chief executive Guy Gecht stating that the business is on track to achieve to its $1bn  sales target by 2016 following the acquisitions of Reggiani Macchine and Matan earlier this month.

Total sales grew 5% year-on-year to $202.7m from $193m in Q2 2014, with across the board year-on-year growth in its Industrial Inkjet, Productivity Software and Fiery divisions of 2%, 10% and 7% respectively.

“It was another strong quarter, achieved despite

Avery launches new films

Avery Dennison is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new MPI 1104 Cast Films Series. These materials are designed to meet growing demand for quick-change graphics and messaging for vehicle and architectural solutions.

   According to Renae Kulis, global senior director graphics: “Avery Dennison MPI 1104 Cast Films opens up vibrant and creative possibilities, with outstanding print performance, fast application speeds and the premium end results that come with Easy Apply adhesive

Sawgrass Industrial is joining forces with Kiian Digital and J-Teck3

Sawgrass Industrial, the business division of the Sawgrass group operating in sublimation and pigment inks for industrial applications, is joining JK Group, the company which includes the brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck3, to extend the group’s technology capabilities.

As a division of the Sawgrass group – well known innovator and pioneer in digital sublimation with a large portfolio of intellectual property rights – Sawgrass Industrial is a leader in the high-end market of digital

Screen exhibiting Truepress L350UV Inkjet at Labelexpo

Screen will demonstrate the latest model of the Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press featuring important new innovations that combine to deliver superb quality, productivity and flexibility (Booth 9B30) at Labelexpo (29 September-2 October 2015 in Brussels).

Since the innovative Truepress Jet L350UV, the press has evolved significantly and in Brussels, visitors will see the latest model featuring new ‘vivid colour’ extended gamut, JDF-enabled job control software and inline/offline

Polar to launch an entry-level laser cutter - the Digicut Laser

Polar will launch an entry-level laser cutter, the Digicut Laser in the coming months. Aimed at small and medium sized printers, the manual feed device uses a 30W laser with an estimated life of 45,000 hours, has an 860x610mm cutting bed and a compact 1,365x880mm footprint.

It can cut, crease, engrave and perforate a variety of materials and is intended for the production of high quality bespoke stationery, greetings cards, menus, packaging, jigsaws and lanterns in runs from one to 500

Riso releases ‘world’s first’ A2 digital duplicator

Inkjet printer manufacturer Riso has launched what it claims is the world’s first A2 digital duplicator, the Riso A2.

The Riso digital duplicator, which is available to order with immediate effect, also allows for 4-up A4 printing. A3 had been the previous largest paper size for printing on digital duplicators.

The Riso A2 has a makeready time of 60 seconds and can print one colour at a time, 21 standard colours available and customers can also custom order additional specific colours

Screen launches RTR system for Truepress Jet W3200UV

Screen has launched a 3.2m-wide roll-to-roll system for its Truepress Jet W3200UV at Fespa 2015 exhibition.

The new system integrates with the flatbed W3200UV to turn it into a wide-format printer which can produce high-quality UV print on both sheeted and roll-fed substrates at 150sqm/hr.

The new dual-capability version of the machine made its global debut at Fespa.

A joint development with Screen subsidiary Inca Digital, the W3200UV is able to handle rolls from 750mm up to 3.2m-wide. It

Mimaki unveils high-value, low-cost dye-sub printer

Mimaki has launched a new mid-range, 1.8m-wide dye-sublimation printer at Fespa targeted at users looking for low-cost production of high-value applications.

The TS300P-1800 is available in four- or six-colour configurations, offering a top speed in one-pass draft mode of 115m2/hr CMYK or 38m2/hr in four pass standard mode. Speeds in the equivalent six-colour modes are 65m2/hr (two-pass) and 20m2/hr (eight-pass).

The TS300P-1800 sits between the TS500 flagship sublimation printer and the

HP previews new PageWide wide-format printer

Hewlett-Packard gave a sneak peek of its new PageWide wide-format printer, ahead of the product’s official launch at the Sign and Digital exhibition 2015.

A 40-inch wide-format printer, without any product name branding was shown running on the Hewlett-Packard booth.

Visitors were also able to learn more about Hewlett-Packard’s plans for the product, but only if they signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

The PageWide technology is a development of the inkjet heads used in

Agfa to launch Jeti Mira, Tauro wide-format printers at Fespa

Agfa’s new flatbed and roll-to-roll wide-format UV inkjet printers, the Jeti Mira and Jeti Tauro, will have their European debuts at Fespa 2015 in Cologne.

The Belgian manufacturer will also showcase new UV inkjet inks for flexible and outdoor applications and the latest versions of its Asanti workflow and Asanti Storefront web-to-print software packages at the exhibition.

The Jeti Tauro is a 2.5m-wide hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer, while the 2.7m-wide Jeti Mira is

Afra to showcase their digital finishing through new division

Afra International is showcasing a range of print finishing and packaging equipment at Gulf Print & Pack 2015 and the range is selected keeping its priority as fast ROI to the investor along with live demo of more than 20 equipment at their stand F1. They are mainly focusing on two segments the digital automated finishing range and of value added conventional finishing equipment. Also, they are going to enlighten their new division ‘digitalprintfinish.com’ which was recetnly launched

Eiffel invests AED 275000/- for perfect binder from Welbound

Sharjah based Eiffel Printing Press has invested AED 275000/- for the perfect binder from Welbound - 2000 OB 6 Clamp Perfect Binder.

Explaining the reason behind their investment, Kurian Thomas, MD of Eiffel Printing Press said: “Welbound 2000 OB is 6 clamp perfect binding machine having running speed of 2000 books per hr. Welbound is well known Indian brand in UAE for binding related, value for  money machines as compared to other brands. They have a branch office here in UAE, so the after

Xeikon launches digital colour, dry toner based press - 9800

Xeikon announced the launch of a new dry toner-based digital colour press, the Xeikon 9800. 

The Xeikon 9800 will replace the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital colour production presses, complementing the 8500 and 8600 presses. 

The new press uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner operates at speeds up to 21.5 meter per minute at ‘reduced consumables cost’, the manufacuterer announced.

Xeikon has started taking orders for the new Xeikon 9800 digital press and deliveries are scheduled from

InkTec enters superwide market with Jetrix RX3200

InkTec has launched its first superwide device, the 3.2m UV roll-to-roll Jetrix RX3200, and is planning a 5m device as it targets a push into outdoor and high-volume production.

At 3.2m wide, the Jetrix RX3200 is more than a metre wider than any of InkTec’s existing machines, which are all flatbed devices with roll-to-roll options rather than dedicated roll-to-roll printers.

The Jetrix RX3200 is equipped with 16 Konica Minolta KM series 14pL printheads and is available in four-colour (four

Magic Touch appoints two new distributors in Oman, Tanzania

Heat transfer technology specialists Magic Touch Advertising has appointed 2 new distributors - one for Oman (Abu Mutaz Al Subhi Trading, Ruwi) and the other for Tanzania (Darcity Promotion), at this year’s SGI show.

Explains Adrian Vangunster, MD-Magic Touch -(regional distributor): “We have around 27 dealers in MEA region and had appointed two dealers to our territory this year. More talks are around the table for final closure for dealers in this region”.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary

Screen debuts its next-gen Truepress at Innovationdays

Screen’s next-generation Truepress, the Jet520HD, will have its show debut at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland from February 23 to 26, 2015, the Hunkeler Innovationdays will be held for the 11th time at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility.

The Truepress Jet520HD, which was launched in September 2014, will be running live print jobs for a variety of applications at the show, alongside its predecessor the Truepress Jet520.

These will include high-quality cookery books, which

Bobst launches new folder gluer in different sizes and variants

Bobst premiered a new folder-gluer for corrugated and litho-laminated box making at its open house event. 

Available in two sizes - Expertfold 145 and 165 - and  in several variants, the machine has been designed to suit the needs of both sheet plant and integrated manufacturers of fluted boxes in mind. 

Emilio Corti, head of sales BU sheet-fed, said, “We conceived the Expertfold 145 and 165 to reflect what customers told us they need from a folder-gluer. One feature they asked for was

Pixartprinting unveils ready-made POS service range

Pixartprinting has added a range of themed point-of-sale (POS) products, Pixartprinting Projects, to its web-to-print store.

The range, which includes vinyl canvases, 3D profiles made from honeycomb cardboard panels, display cubes, window stickers and hanging displays, comes with preset graphics based on specific themes.

For the launch these include a winter theme, Land of Ice, and a woodland-inspired theme, Forest Walk; Pixartprinting also plans to add the Yuletide themed Christmas Carol

EFI launches mid-volume Vutek H2000 Pro with UltraDrop

EFI has continued its UltraDrop roll-out with the launch of a new mid-volume printer, the Vutek H2000 Pro, featuring the Fespa-launched technology.

EFI’s UltraDrop technology features a native 7pl drop size, four grayscale levels and two ink density levels and is said to enable smooth shadows, gradients and transitions as well as “superb text quality” down to four-point text in both standard and knockout.

It was launched at Fespa and was initially available for EFI’s high-volume Vutek GS

Gandy Digital unveils its new ‘Softjet’ soft signage printer

Wide-format equipment manufacturer Gandy Digital has launched a new dye-sublimation printer, the Gandy Digital Softjet.

The soft signage, high-resolution machine, which became available on 1 October for around $250,000 is designed for textile and large-format printers that are looking to explore new revenue streams.

The Canadian manufacturer said that with its print, curing (sublimation heaters) and cutting capabilities, the Softjet can enable new print suppliers to enter the soft signage

Kodak to offer NexPress upgrades as standard from 2015

Kodak has announced four enhancements to its NexPress range that will become standard on all presses from the beginning of next year.

These include an enhanced long-sheet capability, new coating and HD Dry Ink options for the fifth imaging unit and an automated imaging cylinder cleaning system.

The enhanced long-sheet capability extends the current maximum sheet size from 356x914mm to 356x1,000mm and the maximum printable area from 342x898mm to 342x984mm and is aimed at POS, signage

Zünd launches re-engineered G3 digital flatbed cutter

Zünd has re-engineered its G3 digital flatbed cutter, doubling the beam height on certain models to enable them to handle thicker substrates.

The Swiss manufacturer has doubled the beam height on the 1,800 x 3,200mm G3 L-3200 and 2,270 x 3,200mm G3 XL-3200 to 120mm, enabling them to cut substrates up to 110mm thick.

Zünd said that this would allow users to handle a wider range of substrates, including corrugated cardboard, solid cardboard, foam, sandwich material and corrugated

Xeikon launches inline varnishing module for its digital presses

Xeikon has expanded the inline finishing options for its digital presses with the development of the Web Varnishing Module that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a range of substrates. These substrates include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. This new and compact unit will have its worldwide launch at Labelexpo Americas 2014 and will be commercially available from early 2015.

“The label and folding carton industries employ a

Canon launches Océ PlotWave 500 for technical documents

Canon has launched the Océ PlotWave 500, a monochrome wide-format printer with integrated colour scanner designed for the mid-volume technical document market.

The machine costs around $33,442 for a 4-roll multi-functional configuration with colour scanner.

It is part of the firm’s Radiant Fusing technology line-up and offers a mid-point between the low volume Océ PlotWave 340 and 360 series and Océ PlotWave 750 production systems. A Canon spokesperson said: “We are launching this product

MBO book finishing lines to be used with Canon web presses

Sign making and display industry trade supplier Spandex has extended its POS display systems portfolio to include a new range of more than 40 products.

The range, which was launched in June, includes LED and illuminated signs, which are completely new to Spandex’s portfolio, roll-up and pop-up systems, pavement signs, poster cases, banner systems, free-standing menu boards, menu and brochure stands, sign fixings and paper, canvas and textile frames.

“The new range was partly due to demand

Spandex extends POS portfolio with new product range

Sign making and display industry trade supplier Spandex has extended its POS display systems portfolio to include a new range of more than 40 products.

The range, which was launched in June, includes LED and illuminated signs, which are completely new to Spandex’s portfolio, roll-up and pop-up systems, pavement signs, poster cases, banner systems, free-standing menu boards, menu and brochure stands, sign fixings and paper, canvas and textile frames.

“The new range was partly due to demand

1st Canon imagePRESS C6010 sold by agent DigiPro in Egypt

DigiPro sells first Canon imagePRESS C6010 to Engineering Consultants Group (ECG), in Egypt.
“We have been using another major brand for all our printing needs for the last eight years,” said Khaled Aziz. IT director, Engineering Consultants Group. “However, we felt there was ample opportunity to streamline our in-house print infrastructure. After seeing the Canon imagePRESS C6010 and its qualities such as sharpness and the broad range of different media the system can handle, it was clear

Masterwork launches platen automatic diecutters

Masterwork Graphic Equipment has launched an automatic platen die cutting machine with stripping and blanking facilities.
According to Masterwork, the MK1060ERS incorporates five processes - feeding, die cutting, stripping, blanking and waste conveying - allowing one operator to turn printed sheets into finished products in a single pass. Optional devices include pre-stacking and stripping preparation stands.
The MK1060ERS can handle sheets from 400 x 350 mm to 1,060 x 760 mm, and offers a die

Elitron brings the world first to this edition of Fespa Digital

Automatic cutting machine
specialist Elitron is premiering
a new high-performance
system at Fespa Digital, and
also has a new automated
handling system for industrial
printers on its booth.
The Italian manufacturer
is showing the Kombo SD2
cutter plotter for the first
time. It can cut through
materials up to 120mm thick,
and the gantry has two independent
axes – one with a
high-power 50,000rpm milling
module, the other with
traditional cutting tools. It
also features an automatic
tool changer.
The Kombo SD2

Mimaki launches eco-solvent LFP inkjet family of printers at Fespa

Manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, Mimaki has launched the JV300-130/160 family of eco-solvent inkjet wide format printers.
According to Mimaki, the JV300-130/160 is compatible with solvent and water-based sublimation inks, and provides a range of applications including outdoor signage, posters, interior decorating and vehicle wrapping. Shown for the first time at FESPA Digital 2014, these printers are