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Koenig & Bauer offers ProductionApp

Koenig & Bauer has developed ProductionApp as an inventory management and batch tracking tool for use on mobile Android devices.  The basis for the app is the NFC function which is integrated into many smartphones. Use of this technology renders data acquisition in the production hall both simple and reliable.  
The ProductionApp workflow begins in the stores. The storage locations for the various consumables such as inks, coatings, blankets or powder are provided with an NFC tag. The

FESPA Asia has announced conference programme for FESPA Asia 2018

FESPA Asia has announced conference programme for FESPA Asia 2018 to be held at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22-24 February 2018. The conference schedule comprises 23 individual sessions starting at 11.00am on 22 February and running until 14.30pm 24 February. Roz Guarnori, Divisional Director, FESPA commented, “Our comprehensive seminar schedule at FESPA ASIA will provide visitors direct access to industry experts in a variety of fields. There is something for

Domino has entered into a new partnership with Lipnus

Domino has entered into a new partnership with Lipnus, one of the printing technology providers in Lithuania. “The Baltics is an area of key interest to Domino and we are confident that the extensive network of contacts that Lipnus has developed will prove extremely valuable for business,” explains Eric White, Business Development Manager – Nordics, at Domino Digital Printing Solutions. “It is a relationship we plan to nurture with great care, as the partnership represents an exciting

Canon showcases solutions at Saudi

Canon Middle East showcased its print solutions at the Saudi Print and Pack, which took place in Saudi Arabia.
Visitors to the event witnessed demonstrations of the new 64-inch roll-to-roll Océ Colorado 1640 printer built on Canon’s UVgel technology. The company also presented its digital production presses, the imagePRESS C10000VP, the ImagePRESS c850 and the ImageRunner advance 8505, the new Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan series of digital monochrome production presses and the recently launched

MagnaColours gains edge with ink

Water-based textile inks supplier MagnaColours has launched a new ink to facilitate easier printing of multi-coloured designs on to light- or dark-coloured garments.
MagnaPrint Edge can print on garments, whether wet or dry, without the need for numerous flash units in-between. The company said that, by reducing the need for flash units, the Edge range helps to cut costs and increase productivity and efficiency. The ink stays wet on screen, but dries instantly when applied to fabric, providing

HP has announced a global 3D printing partnership

HP has announced a global 3D printing partnership with France’s Alternative and Atomic Energies Commission, le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA). The French public body will be using HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing system to conduct R&D on the production and end-use applications of 3D printed parts, as well as the development of materials for HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. Commenting on the partnership, Pascale Dumas, President of HP France said

PPS. Imaging GmbH invests in a Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite

PPS. Imaging GmbH has invested in a Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite, including a Xeikon 8500 digital printing system with an X-800 front end and two CMS/WMF walldeco finishing units. The company took the decision towards the end of 2017 in order to service the growing creative market for personalised wallpaper for hotels, cafés, offices, trade shows, events and homes. Installation is due to be completed by the end of March 2018. “We believe that there is further growth opportunity in the interior

Zanders introduced Zanjet

Zanders has introduced Zanjet, a coated two side inkjet paper available for high speed commercial inkjet printing. Zanjet has been designed in cooperation with HP Inc. for use on the HP PageWide Web Presses. In a press release, Zanders claims that Zanjet meets ColorPRO Technology standards to offer ‘optimized print performance, deliver good quality,picture reproduction with maximum densities and pin-sharp detail at full press speeds’. The two-sided application of a special ink-receiving layer

Stora Enso signs global framework agreement with IndustriALL Global Union

Stora Enso signs global framework agreement with IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers’ International at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union. Through the GFA, Stora Enso will work with the

EFI launches Fiery Textile Bundle

EFI has launched a new version of Fiery targeted at users of its Reggiani industrial digital textile printers.
The EFI Fiery Textile Bundle comprises new Fiery DesignPro Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop plug-ins and version 6.5 of the Fiery ProServer digital front-end (DFE) for high-quality textile production.
The bundle was made commercially available last month, following an introduction at the ShanghaiTex tradeshow in China.
EFI said Fiery DesignPro provides the ability to accurately match

Bobst unveils metallizer K5 Vision

Bobst unveils their latest compact vacuum metallizer machine K5 Vision targeting flexible packaging converters and CPP/PE film producers.
Bobst reports that K5 VISION is a compact vacuum metallizer designed to handle a wide variety of different film types including heat-sensitive films and thin gauge substrates. It can run at speeds up to 2,755 feet per minute, is available in widths from 49 inches to 96 inches and can house roll diameters of up to 39 inches. The powerful evaporation source with

Fujifilm and Xerox create new industry giant

Fujifilm and Xerox have agreed an industry mega-merger that will see Xerox become part of an enlarged Fuji Xerox, with Fujifilm holding a majority stake in the new entity.

The move comes just a year after Xerox split into two separate companies, and follows a period of intense pressure on the business with Xerox's largest shareholders calling for a change of leadership, and strategy, at the company.  

Speculation earlier this month that Fujifilm and Xerox could be working on a deal was

H B Fuller invests $ 1.5b to acquire company

H.B. Fuller is poised for global growth with acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants for $ 1.575 billion.
“We are passionate about being the best adhesives provider in the world, and we’ve been investing significantly over the last decade to make it a reality,” said H.B. Fuller CEO Jim Owens. “With complementary adhesives expertise from Royal, we’re able to make an even bigger impact on improving people’s lives. Our customers will benefit from a broader portfolio and expanded development

Konica Minolta installs JetVarnish3DS

Konica Minolta (KM) Business Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd announced that AsahiArts Printing, a Malaysia-based Print-for-Pay company, has acquired a unit of MGI JetVarnish 3DS with iFoil -making it the first installation of the solution in Malaysia. The innovative digital finishing solution differentiates AsahiArts Printing from the competition, boost its revenue, and add value to the growing commercial printing market.
Edwin Wong, MD, AsahiArts Printing, said: “We are proud to have Konica Minolta as

Mutoh to showcase textile printers

Mutoh Belgium, a subsidiary of Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd., Japan, and leader in professional sign cutting plotters and piezo printers for commercial inkjet printing and direct-to-garment applications, will show digital textile printers at Heimtextil 2018, an expo for home and contract textiles, to be held from January 9 to 12, 2018, in Germany, in hall 6/0-C32.
The company will demonstrate its capabilities in digital direct-to-textile as well as dye sublimation printing for short run on-demand

Prismm makes “first ever” Bitcoin paper trade

Prismm makes “first ever” Bitcoin paper trade. The Kent-based recycling specialist bought 40 loads of mixed recycled paper from North Wales-based recycling service provider Parry & Evans in the deal using Bitcoin as the only form of payment.According to managing director Mike Jackson, the decision to use Bitcoin came about as a “great way to collaborate with a customer and solidify our relationship”. “The greatest benefit so far for the customer is that Bitcoin does not incur a transaction

Sun Chemical has upgraded its online safety data sheet platform

Sun Chemical has upgraded its online safety data sheet (SDS) platform, which houses the SDSs of all its products. Done in collaboration with Verisk 3E, the upgraded platform will improve customer access to SDSs. . 3E Protect, Verisk 3E’s premier SDS and chemical management platform, provides Sun Chemical’s customers with access to SDSs via a mobile-friendly site that is translated into more than 15 languages to improve customers’ browsing experience. Customers also have access to enhanced

Screen Europe and Meccanotecnica to collaborate

Screen Europe and Meccanotecnica announce a collaboration which will bring together Screen’s EQUIOS Book Solution package with Universe Sewing from Meccanotecnica. Designed as a single interface to automate job management, EQUIOS supports roll to book impositions required for high quality book finishing solutions. This latest development includes a special page order needed for Meccanotecnica’s Universe Sewing. It also includes a variable data processing function for the dynamic barcodes

Mimaki has announced that they will be exhibiting at Heimtextil 2018 in Frankfurt

Mimaki has announced that they will be exhibiting at Heimtextil 2018 in Frankfurt. The company will be showcasing both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printers as well as displaying a range of printed textiles.  “Heimtextil is an important show for Mimaki,” says Ronald van den Broek, general manager sales at Mimaki Europe. “We are especially excited this year to be speaking with attendees about not only entry-level and mid-market textile printers, but also our Mimaki Textile Pro

Xaar to gain £20m through Seiko deal

Xaar to gain £20m through Seiko deal that will involve Xaar receiving a cash payment of around £20m within the next six months. Xaar has struck a deal with Seiko Instruments that will involve Xaar receiving a cash payment of around £20m within the next six months. Japanese manufacturer Seiko Instruments Inc (SII) supplies inkjet systems for a variety of end uses including wide-format graphics, coding and marking, textiles, and the ceramics and building markets. The money will be paid in two

Xerox's open letter on shareholders

The row between Xerox investor Carl Icahn and the group’s board has escalated after Icahn posted an open letter to Xerox shareholders calling for change at the top of the company.  Icahn is Xerox’s biggest shareholder, with a 9.7% stake. He claimed that most of the increase in Xerox’s share price was because of the business being split into two companies: Xerox and Conduent, and that had only happened because Icahn himself had pushed for the change.  If the long-tenured directors at Xerox

Canon unveils new smart printers

Canon Central and North Africa have unveiled four printers – the PIXMA G1400, PIXMA G2400, PIXMA G3400, and the new PIXMA G4400 for the Nigerian market.
The printers are poised to expand the brand’s G-series printer range and help customers manage printing cost effectively.
All the printers feature brand new genuine Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) and utilise refillable ink tanks capable of printing up to 7,000 colour and 6,000 black pages from a single set of ink bottles.
The PIXMA G1400 is a

MPS to make bold strides into Asia

As the next step in MPS’ strategy to expand local presence in Asia, the Dutch-based narrow-web press manufacturer will establish an official Asia branch office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia early in 2018. Leading operations of the new branch will be Tim Klappe, who joined MPS on December 1, 2017 as managing director Asia Pacific.
“These are very exciting times for MPS in Asia,” commented Wim van den Bosch, CEO of MPS. “With our official MPS Asia office in Malaysia, a demo center in Japan, and

KBA donates EUR 60k to Ärzte ohne Grenzen

On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, Koenig & Bauer requested guests instead of bringing gifts to make a donation to the global aid organisation Doctors Without Borders / Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. The donation sum was then doubled by the printing press builder so that the Nobel Peace Prize holder, honoured for its emergency medical aid, was presented with a donation of EUR 60,300.
Carmen Heeg, a seasoned volunteer for Doctors Without Borders who has worked in countries like Malawi and

Heidelberg records high profit for first half 2017

Heidelberg has posted a first-half profit for the first time in a decade.
The world’s largest manufacturer of printing equipment announced details of new products and initiatives to increase future profitability at alongside its results for the six months to 30 September.
Sales slipped slightly on the prior year, which was boosted by Drupa orders, and the group also took an €18m hit due to negative exchange rate differences.
For the six-month period sales were €1.054bn (2016: €1.072bn), while

Tech-ni-Fold founder writes book

Printing industry inventor and entrepreneur Graham Harris has written a book about his extraordinary success story.
Harris was working in the print finishing department at a Leicester printer when he came up with an idea to revolutionise and improve the creasing process.
He honed the idea for his Tri-Creaser in his garage at weekends, assisted by his children while his wife was out at work, and eventually brought the product to market.
His company, Tech-ni-Fold, now has a worldwide customer base

Federazione Carta e Grafica and drupa agreed on an extensive cooperation

The new Italian paper and graphics umbrella organisation Federazione Carta e Grafica established in June 2017 and drupa, the premier show for printing technologies, agreed on an extensive cooperation in November.  The primary goal is to recruit Italian exhibitors for participation in trade fairs in the global drupa portfolio, thereby paving the way for them to develop international markets. Forming part of this federation ACIMGA, the Italian manufacturers’ association of machinery for the

Barbieri debuts latest technology

Italian manufacturer Barbieri has unveiled its latest spectrophotometer, the Spectro LFP qb.  The spectrophotometer is comprised of three components – the Spectro LFP platform, the spectral unit and the sensing unit. It is priced at €9,000.
Complete with Barbieri’s qb technology for high-end LED illumination and a precision spectral core, the technology is a further development of the Spectro LFP Series 3, which is still available.  “Our new qb model is a real revolution, not just an

EFI released its newest-version EFI Fiery XB DFE platform

EFI announced the release of its newest-version EFI Fiery XB digital front end (DFE) platform for ultra-high-speed production inkjet presses. The Fiery DFE meets highly demanding requirements for performance, color and imaging, including advanced variable-data production printing, at speeds of up to 13,000 pages per minute – or the data equivalent of 2 streaming movies each second. According to FMM managing director David Amor, “The Fiery server with the latest RIP technology provides us with

UniNet introduces new metallic transfer substrates

UniNet introduces new metallic transfer substrates for hard surfaces & textiles. UniNet announces the expansion of their iColor Transfer Media line of products to now include Metallic iColor Presto! Transfer Papers for Hard Surfaces and Textiles. Available in gold, silver, and bronze, the transfer sheets are compatible with UniNet iColor Digital Transfer Printers, as well as a variety of monochrome, white toner, CMYK Laser/LED printers and copiers. Users simply print using black toner to