HP launches first-of-its-kind large-format printer

HP is targeting copy shops with what it claims is the industry’s first multi-roll, large-format ePrinter, which is an expansion of its Designjet Z-series.
The Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter is aimed at copy shops that want to increase their print offering, without a large capital investment.
The 44” (1.11m) device is suitable for large-format applications with high image quality such as posters, photos, canvases, backlit prints, indoor signs, point-of-sale posters, line drawings and maps.

Epson showcases eight Sure Color inkjets at Fespa this year

Epson is to show off eight of its new-generation large-format SureColor inkjet printers for the first time together at the wide-format show in London.
    The line-up will include its two most recent machines: the SureColor SC-F6000 and SC-F7000 dye-sublimation printers.
   The SC-F6000 prints up to 44-inches (1.1m) wide at speeds of 63sqm per hour and costs £4,795.
   The SC-F7000 prints up to 64-inches (1.6m) wide at speeds of 57sqm per hour and costs £15,695.
A spokeswoman said: “The machines

GMG releases ColorServer 4.8, with colour accuracy features

Colour management developer GMG has unveiled the latest upgrade to its ColorServer software.
Making its global debut at North Print & pack, the latest version of the developer’s colour management software includes a raft of new features designed to improve user experience and to greatly improve colour accuracy.
Most notably a Paper Adaption Tool has been added, which is designed to help printers avoid colour mismatch between the paper tint on proofs, according to different standards, and the

Zund launches an MIS software to estimate cutting time for a job

Oliver Zund, CEO, Zund Swiss Cutting Systems and Lars Bendixen, product manager visited UAE for  feedback sessions with Zund’s clientele accompanied by their regional representative Ralph Busselot, MD, Colourbyte.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Zund said, “We have developed & launched a software in which one can calculate an estimate-time of the job required to be done. It takes in the dimensional value of the part, adds to it the time laps for the knife movements, taking in account the

KBA revamps large format line-up with Rapida 164

KBA has announced the launch of a new sheetfed offset press, the Rapida 164, which has replaced the Rapida 162 and 162a models in its large format line-up.
The Rapida 164, which KBA has dubbed the “big sister” to the Rapida 145 that was unveiled at Drupa, features a marginally larger sheet size and higher print speed than its predecessor the 162/162a.
Maximum sheet size on the Rapida 164 is 1,205x1,640mm, while the maximum print size is 1,190x1,640mm. Maximum production speed is 13,000sph or

Antalis adds Orafol products to push into signage industry

Antalis has signed up to sell the Orafol range of substrates, including plotter vinyls, extending into the signage market.
“Until now our focus has been to grow business with our existing user base, now we are moving beyond wide format graphics into signage; the deal with Orafol enables that and shows that we mean business,” said Antalis marketing manager for sign and display Chris Green.
Antalis has taken on the full Orafol range including coloured plotter vinyls, Orajet digital print substrates

Folex group acquires German firm Regulus


Substrate specialist Folex has bought German large-format poster media company Regulus. The move will see the Swiss-headquartered firm expand its position as a supplier of print media, including a wide range of wide-format films.


Former Regulus owner Ralf Koenig will continue to work for the Swiss-headquartered firm, retaining his role as managing director of Regulus while also assuming responsibility for sales and marketing of large-format and digital print media for the entire

Oce and Manroland team up for digital newspaper production

Oce and Manroland Web Systems have teamed up to develop a digital printing and finishing system for newspaper and book production.
The device, which combines Océ's new JetStream 5500 full-colour inkjet press with Manroland Web System's FoldLine VPF 211 variable pin folder, has the flexibility to produce a range of newspaper formats as well as books and magazines.
Océ's JetStream 5500 is a 762mm wide full-colour inkjet web press that can print at 600x480dpi at up to 254m/min (mpm) or 200mpm in

Creazy adds instant photo box canvas to its pre-creased range

Creazy has added Photo Box Canvas, a pre-creased SRA3 sheet of 210gsm board that creates the look of a box canvas, to its range of pre-creased SRA3 media.

Creazy has added Photo Box Canvas, a pre-creased SRA3 sheet of 210gsm board that creates the look of a box canvas, to its range of pre-creased SRA3 media.

Creazy allows printers to produce digital print on-demand products on pre-creased and perforated sheets, which can be folded by hand to create the finished item.

Lyndon Powell, managing

Fujifilm launches additions to flatbed range-Acuity Advance

Fujifilm has unveiled the latest addition to its Acuity flatbed range, the Acuity Advance Select UV

The Acuity Advance Select features the same eight-channel inkset as the Océ Arizona 480 on which it is based, including two each for cyan and magenta, but with a different RIP and inks.
Whereas Océ's machine is kitted out with the ONYX Thrive workflow, Fujifilm said that it would offer the Acuity with a ColorGate RIP and its own Fuji Sericol Uvijet KO inks.
Gary Barnes, digital systems marketing

Ferag unveils high-speed cover hopper, basic inserting line

Post-press manufacturer Ferag has hosted demonstrations of a high-speed cover hopper with inline folding and an entry-level inserting line, at its PMC Print Media Corporation training site in Zurich
Ferag said that at 40,000 copies an hour the UniCover 40's rotary technology meant the cover hopper reached speeds that were twice as fast as other cover hoppers.
This is fast enough to enable the cover hopper to be connected inline to a UniDrum gatherer-stitcher, according to the company, allowing

Global card market reaches $17b, Asia-Pacific region leads: Report

Higher value chip-based cards used in mobile phones and other electronic transactions as well as expanded production in the Asia-Pacific region led market growth as more than 30 billion cards were manufactured worldwide in 2011, adds the report.

However, the report points out, the global card market will experience somewhat slower growth through 2015 and traditional magnetic cards will continue to be replaced by chip while smartphone apps and NFC technology will impact growth beyond 2015.


Xerox unveils new automatic finishing solutions for booklets

Xerox's has launched new automatic finishing solution for booklets which the manufacturer says eliminates bottlenecks often associated with in-line and off-line booklet production - allowing printers to complete more jobs faster.

The IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets offers the industry's 'first off-line automation by combining the efficiency of in-line with the flexibility of off-line into one device'.

Among the features of the IntegratedPLUS finishing solution are a dual mode

Bobst claims 2012 Drupa as the most successful trade fair ever

Bobst claims to have generates record sales at Drupa with thousands of new leads, including more than hundred firm projects due to take place over the next three months.

"Over the last few years, our entire team has worked very hard to pave the way for our company's future. The results of this year's drupa confirm in no uncertain terms the benefits of these efforts and commitment. I'm very proud of our employees' great achievement," commented Bobst CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst at the close of the

API launches chrome- based security foil

API Holographics has launched chrome-based hot stamping security foil as a security solution for use on vehicle number plates.

Aimed to help government and affiliated organisations, the chrome foil is specifically designed to be weather and heat resistant and can be used to print wallpaper or registered holographic images onto vehicle license plates.

Designed to ISO standards, the pigment foils can be either plain or inscripted with the customer's own text specifically for the numbers and

Baumann prepares for Drupa with cutting systems upgrades

Baumann Wohlenberg is using Drupa as a springboard to showcase its family of cutting systems that encompass a raft of new modules that will launch at the show.

The company will exhibit a trio of cutting models, under the banner "experience productivity", designed for different workloads, each featuring new product developments from Baumann and Wohlenberg.

The medium volume "all-purpose system" (pictured) incorporates a Wohlenberg BSB 3L professional jogger coupled with Baumann's new BA3 N e

Muller Martini set to showcase 10 machine exhibits at Drupa

Muller Martini will present new production systems and demonstrate the possibilities for optimizing existing systems at Stand C21 in Hall 14. Digital solutions from Muller Martini will also be displayed at the stands of HP and KBA."At this year's Drupa, we will showcase convincing innovations from all group divisions that meet the demands of today's market," says Bruno Muller, CEO of Muller Martini. We will present a total of ten machine exhibits at our 2,100m2 stand: - the VSOP web offset

API Foils expands its metallic foil range

API Foils has added nine colours to its MH metallic foil range, taking the number of standard options up to 30.

The range, which was designed for use with recycled paper and card, now includes a choice of bronze colours, which the manufacturer said is becoming more popular in the drinks industry, in addition to golds, silvers and metallic colours.

API Foils has also introduced other colours such as oasis copper, hint of lilac, magenta and frost blue which are predominantly aimed at the greetings

Muller Martini prepares for its new finishing launches at Drupa

Muller Martini has said it will unveil new digital finishing products at Drupa 2012, where it will be exhibiting under the motto "one world - one drupa" from its booth (C21) in hall 14.

According to UK managing director Andreas Schillinger, the evolution of digital finishing will continue at the show, where connectivity will also be a focus.

"We will have new launches in digital finishing as well as further developments of what's been out there for a while and is successful," he said. "It will be

Highcon unveils 'disruptive' digital creasing, die-cutting kit

Highcon, a new company has unveiled a digital creasing and cutting machine that will eliminate the need for conventional dies in the folding carton converter market.

The Highcon Euclid is the company's first product launch since Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer founded the business in November 2009.

The machine wields precision laser optics and polymer technology to streamline and migrate the die-cutting and creasing process from analogue to a digital.

Highcon's Euclid uses the company's

Heidelberg shows its new "revolutionary" mailing line

Heidelberg has joined forces with Kodak and perfector manufacturer Popp to produce a mailing line that the companies believe could revolutionise personalised mailing.

The Stahlfolder Flexomailer mailing system uses Kodak Prosper S10 inkjet print heads and a perfecting module from Popp to print personalized content on both sides of a sheet.

It also combines QR codes with an integrated camera system to ensure that the inkjet imprint on the reverse side matches the information at the front, such as

Muller Martini launches automated 3-knife trimmer

Muller Martini launched a fully automated three-knife trimmer for book production at Graph Expo, which took place on 11-14 September in Chicago.

The SigmaTrimmer reads each book individually during infeed with its barcode scanner and all settings are made automatically.

The knives on the SigmaTrimmer are permanently mounted and the products are moved towards them on a turntable, which means that a wide range of books of different formats, sizes and print runs can be trimmed at up to 1,000 cycles

Meccanotecnica's asterEVO can stitch at 180 cycles/minute

Manufacturer of stitching machines, Meccanotecnica has launched a new machine named asterEVO, that can handle signatures from 120 x 75 mm to 420 x 320 mm at a speed of 180 cycles/min.

According to information received from the company, its sewing saddle is 100% controlled by a camshaft running in sealed oil-filled compartment guarantees exceptionally long cam life time and no need for maintenance.

Optionally the asterEVO can be equipped with the GigaLynx camera system for quality control ensuring

Tolerans launches entry-level stitching system, Compact Stitch

Stitching equipment manufacturer Tolerans has launched CompactStitch, an entry-level in-line stitching system specifically designed for printing operations that haven't had the possibility to incorporate in-line stitching before.

The Swedish manufacturer claims the ribbon stitcher is only half the size of a traditional stitcher and is ideal for stitching newspapers, inserts and commercial print.

The system offers cross-web stitches at up to 60,000 copies an hour and is equipped with an easy to

Kuwait based British Industries has invested in hybrid press

British Industries Printing & Packaging in Shuwaikh (Kuwait) will be installing a new printing press and a combined processing system from Muller Martini, commencing it into operation by the end of this year, it was announced in a statement released to the press.

The company, founded in 1993, has invested in a hybrid Cromoman printing press from manroland, which offers a solution for any configuration, ranging from 4/4-colour printing on one web or 2/2-colour printing on two webs, to 1/1-colour

Recorder PP ramps up binding with Welbound gatherer buy

Sharjah, UAE based, Recorder Printing Press has gone for PickWel 12 station signature gathering machine from Welbound Worldwide.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing directory of the company, Mathews George said: "We have gone for this machine because of our increased production capacity."

Company has also gone for a ten-colour sheetfed press from Heidelberg, SM 102.

"We have regular contracts and we export to GCC and some of the European countries as well. So because of increased orders and

Morgana Systems records all-time sales high in 2011 Q1

Finishing equipment manufacturer Morgana Systems has lauded the first quarter of 2011, which yielded an all-time sales high.

The positive period has enabled the Milton Keynes-based manufacturer to increase its production staff by 50%, taking the total number of employees to more than 100.

Commenting on the company's record first quarter, managing director Quen Baum said lead times had extended to around 16 weeks due to the demand, leading to the additional recruitment.

He said: "The

Duplo launches cutter/creaser DC-745 as 'iGen of finishing'

Finishing equipment manufacturer Duplo has launched the DC-745, the latest machine in its DC multi finishing solution range.

According to the manufacturer, its predecessor the 645 had a breakout year in 2010, but the newest machine, launched at Digi:media in Dusseldorf, can be the "iGen or Indigo of finishing".

Predominantly a cutter/creaser, the DC-745 runs at 3,000 sheets per hour and can handle 26,000 business cards an hour, double its predecessor.

However, marketing manager

Duplo appoints Age Graphics as its distributor for ME region

Duplo International, a finishing expert has gone for new distributor for ME region. UAE based Age graphics will be the new distributor taking care of UAE and Gulf states.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, International Sales Manager at Duplo, Laszlo Kellner said: "We were looking for a distributor in the UAE promising guaranteed focus on the wide range of products we have to offer. I wanted to work with a young and enthusiastic company, hungry for success."

Company will be distributing range of Duplo

Muller Martini unveils finishing solutions for digital printing

Featuring the slogan 'Grow with Digital Solutions', Muller Martini is set to unveil high-performance finishing solutions for digital printing (both softcover and hardcover production, as well as saddle stitching) at the digi:media trade fair in Dsseldorf in Hall 06 from 7 - 9 April.

One of the main product on the show SigmaLine, is a complete system for fully automated production. One of the core elements of the system is the SigmaFolder. It is the web-based, variable-size signature folder and