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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.

"The

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

New Kolbus trimmer for thicker products

Finishing equipment manufacturer Kolbus has launched a stripped-down model of its HD153P trimmer, the HD153.M.

The machine is designed for thicker magazines, catalogues and books, where users are likely to be producing more "consistent products".

Kolbus's HD153.M follows on from its flagship HM153P trimmer. It runs at 6,600 cuts per hour and can be attached to any binding line that runs at more than 8,000 sheets per hour.

The 153.M does not include the counter stacker that comes with the 153P

API announces 20% price hike on its foils

Packaging materials manufacturer API has announced a 20% price hike across its foil product range after it experienced "substantial" price inflation in the polyester market.

The $137m-turnover company made the increases effective from 17 December 2010, and said the move was "inevitable" following the increasing cost of raw materials and supply shortages.

API Foils sales manager for UK and export Simon Moorhouse added: "We are absorbing as much of the costs as possible to minimize the effect on

Zund launches Packz software for 3D design

Zund has launched its first 3D structural and cardboard engineering software tool called Packz.

Packz was developed to enable the firm's core customer base of wide format digital printers to offer their clients conceptual and structural design in addition to its output.

"Our customers' studios have got good skills and tools such as Adobe Illustrator for the artwork design but not necessarily the same skills or tool in 3D design and cardboard engineering," said Zund sales manager Peter Giddings

Pitney adds full-width colour promo franker

Mailing equipment manufacturer Pitney Bowes has launched the Connect+ Customer Communication Series for 1,200dpi printing on envelopes in the same pass as franking.

The digital franking machines are available in two ranges, the Connect+2000 and Connect+3000, the latter capable of handling up to 310 letters per minute and the former 180.

It is the first Pitney Bowes machine to have a full-colour touchscreen interface and frequent jobs can be saved.

According to Pitney Bowes, although the machine is

Zund launches first ever software package for G3 cutting machine

Cutting equipment manufacturer Zund has launched Zund Cut Centre, a software package for its G3 cutting machines.

It is the first software programme that Zund has put its name to and is designed to maximise the productivity of the G3.

Lars Bendixen, the Sign and Graphics Product Manager for Zund said: "In cooperation with leading RIP, ERP, and MIS software manufacturers, we expect to take automated workflow, production planning and reporting to the next level."

"Zund Cut Center is a direct result

Bobst reduces pre-tax loss with rise in orders

Converting equipment firm Bobst has said orders have almost returned to 2008 levels after reducing its pre-tax loss by two thirds in the first half of the year.

The Swiss firm reported sales of CHF560m for the six months to 30 June, up 20% on the same period in 2009. Pre-tax loss fell from CHF81m to CHF27m.

In its trading statement, Bobst said: "During the period, order entries improve significantly compared to 2009 and are close to the level reached during the first half of 2008."

The firm has

Pitney Bowes launches novel approach to envelope making

Finishing equipment manufacturer Pitney Bowes has launched an enveloping line that features no envelopes.

The WrapStar series, which comprises the WrapStar 20 and WrapStar 30, combines paper-wrapping machines with Pitney Bowes software to produce personalised mailings.

According to the company, the machines feature a number of advantages over rival machines, including full-colour envelope printing, high personalisation, and stock and waste eradication as envelopes will not need to be stored.

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Buhrs falls to administrators as bank removes credit facility

Finishing equipment manufacturer Buhrs has had to call in the administrators after its banking provider pulled its credit facility.

Michel Moeijes of Lawyers Tanger was appointed to work with Buhrs Mailing Solutions on Monday (28 June), while a German firm, LTS, has been appointed to handle Buhrs German subsidiaries, Buhrs-ITM and Betron.

Moeijes told PrintWeek: "For the past month the Buhrs management was trying to negotiate to sell the company to a strong financial partner.

"However, when this

Muller Martini showcases innovations to post press machines

Muller Martini enjoyed a positive exhibition experience at Ipex, said company officials, showcasing innovations to post press machines.

The manufacturer was able to sell its Primera 160 saddle stitcher to a printing house in Germany, its new Bolero B9 perfect binder to a customer in Switzerland and Two Presto E90 saddle stitchers to English customers.

The Bolero B9 perfect binder line, 'produces 9000 cycles an hour is equipped with a 24-station 3694 gathering machine, a Frontero front trimmer, an

Morgana targets high output with Digifold

Digital finishing manufacturer Morgana Systems has launched the DigiFold Pro creaser/folder at Ipex.

The company said that the machine, which can handle up to 6,000 sheets per hour, will set new standards for productivity and ease of use.

As well as running creasing and folding in a single pass, it can act as a stand-alone creaser or perforator.

It uses Morgana's PosiFeed feeding system, which enables it to handle lighter papers and allow feeders to be stacked higher.

It is JDF-ready, and can

Muller Martini intensifies its interaction with customers

Muller Martini showcased its latest innovations at two events in Casablanca.

The manufacturer exhibited its newspaper inserting system, AlphaLiner at WAN/IFRA Afrique trade fair and presented its web offset printing and finishing systems at event hosted by its local partner, Redagraph.

About 50 local printers took up the invitation from Abdou Moukite, founder and owner of Redagraph, and his son Reda, who is the managing director, to come to the Hyatt Hotel in Casablanca for a presentation of the