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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

Fespa’s Asian show will return this year to Bangkok

Fespa’s Asian show will return this year to Bangkok for its second year running, after the success of the inaugural event last year. Fespa’s Asian show will return this year to Bangkok for its second year running, after the success of the inaugural event last year. Taking place at the BITEC exhibition centre from 22 to 24 February 2018, Fespa Asia has already had 60% re-books from last year, and will feature more than 100 exhibitors, with the likes of InkTec, M&R and Caldera already

Ricoh announced the launch of compact high speed inkjet platform

Ricoh has announced the launch of compact high speed inkjet platform for a range of applications from transactional print such as bills, statements and policy documents to books, direct mail and pharmaceutical leaflets. The new Ricoh Pro V20000 series continuous feed inkjet platform has been announced in three versions: the 75 metres per minute, 600 x 600 dpi mono Ricoh Pro V20000, the 150mpm, 600 x 600 dpi mono Ricoh Pro V20100 and the 75mpm, 600 x 600 dpi CMYK Ricoh Pro VC20000. Tim Taylor

“Going Digital-When & How” seminar by Label Printers & Suppliers

“Going Digital-When & How” seminar was organized by association of Label Printers & Suppliers and held on 24th November at India Habitat Centre, Delhi. The main theme of the seminar was to have an open discussion on digital printing & finishing technology, discuss issues of moving towards digital printing and share latest invention, ideas & views of Industry Experts. The event was co-sponsored by HP, VINSAK & the FIG group and witnessed a record turnout of printers

2017 Sustainability report - Xerox

Xerox has released its 2017 Global Citizenship Report that  reveals several of its corporate “2020” sustainability goals for energy, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, water use and Days-Away- From-Work rates across operations globally.
The report is prepared in accordance with GRI G4 Guidelines and aligns with thenew GRI Reporting Standards issued late 2016. It continues the Xerox legacy of reporting on corporate social responsibility for the 12 th consecutive year.
“Xerox Founder Joe Wilson

3D and DTS partnerships for Xaar

Xaar has announced two new partnerships as part of its ambitious 2020 growth plan.
The inkjet manufacturer aims to grow sales to £220m by 2020. It had turnover of £96.2m last year.
It has teamed up with BASF in the burgeoning 3D printing arena, and the two companies will collaborate on photopolymer jetting. Xaar said the partnership “will enable manufacturers to produce 3D parts with improved properties and lower costs than currently possible”.
The alliance is centred around Xaar’s new High

KBA relaunches brand, service portfolio

A few days after its 200-year anniversary celebrations, which Koenig & Bauer AG took  the occasion to relaunch the Koenig & Bauer brand. The business unit KBA-Digital & Web Solutions will be making its first market appearance under the new corporate design at the forthcoming IFRA World Publishing Expo (WPE) in Berlin, with a 100 m² booth.
At the same time, KBA will be showcasing a further extended range of technical and customer services, which will also be available to users of

Heidelberg shows Omnifire industrial uses at show

Heidelberg is demonstrating the ways its Omnifire 4D printing system can be used by the automotive industry at the IAA 2017 motor show in Frankfurt.
The manufacturer is presenting as a technology partner at the event and showing how objects, such as instrument bezels, ventilation nozzles and alloy rims can be custom decorated or embellished using the Omnifire.
The overall design, which can be immediately viewed on a tablet or in virtual reality, is then optimised for colour printing. Haptic

Xerox positive on outlook

Xerox is “on track” to deliver on its objectives for 2017 after taking a number of measures to strengthen its financial position. Announcing the group’s third-quarter results, chief executive Jeff Jacobson said: “These are sound results that position us for continued improvement in Q4 and into 2018.”
The rate of revenue decline “modestly improved”, said chief financial officer Bill Osbourn. “Currency has been a headwind for some time, but we are beginning to see some improvement,” he added.

‘Printed electronics opportunity’

Kodak’s Brad Kruchten has described printed electronics as the “the next frontier for print” and believes commercial printers should be able to move into this evolving market.
Kruchten is president of Kodak’s Print Systems division, its largest operation encompassing printing plates, CTP systems, NexPress and Digimaster electrophotographic digital printing, and equipment service. He said that while printing businesses have traditionally been engaged in printing for “visual purposes” – such as

De la Rue has scored something of a coup

De la Rue has scored something of a coup after securing a share of the polymer supply deal for the Bank of England’s new £20 note. The Bank of England will require more than 5bn polymer £20 notes to be printed over the next decade.  De La Rue chief executive Martin Sutherland said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the Bank of England to supply polymer substrate for the new £20 notes in addition to our existing work designing and printing the notes. “This new contract is an important

Konica Minolta revealed solid Q2 trading as its software business readies for launch

Konica Minolta revealed solid Q2 trading as its software business readies for launch. For the three months ended 30 September, it reported sales of ¥488.1 billion ($4.28 billion), an increase of 5.7%. Pre-tax profit rose 9% on last year to ¥19 billion. By segment, sales in its Office arm rose 4% year on year to ¥146.5 billion. In Europe, its strategy for recovery paid off with both A3 colour models and total A3 sales volumes exceeding last year. Trading of A3 color models remained solid in the

Dr. Vlad Sljapic has joined the Xeikon

Xeikon announced that Dr. Vlad Sljapic has joined the management team as vice president global sales, effective October 1st. In his role, Vlad will lead Xeikon’s worldwide sales organization and expand the company’s global strategic sales efforts in the digital printing market. “We are pleased to welcome Vlad to our company. As we work to build a broader team to continuously grow our market share and expand our worldwide sales organization, the profound knowledge and competence that Vlad brings

Spandex has received ISO 14001:2015 accreditation

Spandex has received ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for its manufacturing site in Lancaster.  This is the first time Spandex has applied for formal accreditation after working to the ISO 14001 guidelines for a number of years. ISO 14001:2015 is an environmental management system that includes a set of tools and standards for companies looking to manage their environmental responsibilities. ISO 14001 complements Spandex’s ISO 9001 certification for its quality management systems. Francis Obi

On eve of 200th anniversary, KBA looks at specialist future

On the eve of celebrations to mark its 200th anniversary, KBA has reiterated its commitment to “profitable growth” by focusing on special press applications.
The Würzburg-headquartered firm is the world’s oldest press manufacturer. Although Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer came up with a steam driven press to print The Times in London in 1814, the year 1817 marked the foundation of the world’s first printing press factory, on the site of an old monastery in Oberzell.
“We are well positioned for

Konica Minolta participated again in the Printtek

Konica Minolta participated in the Printtek show again by showcasing their wide range of products. Talking about their participation, Orhan Dogan, head of sales & marketing from Konica Minolta, said, “We participated in the event in 2013 with a larger booth and after that we didn’t participate in the show. Printtek is entirely a different show for us and this show is not an annual event too which is again one of the reason for participating in the show. We had several political issues

Ricoh’s Ri 6000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer will make its UK debut Ipex show

Ricoh’s Ri 6000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer will make its UK debut Ipex show, along with a new neon pink toner. The Ri 6000, which was launched at Fespa in May along with the slower Ri 3000, can print on 100% cotton and poly-cotton blends and has a maximum print area of 350x450mm.Ricoh will also show its latest toner product, a neon pink, in use on a Pro C7110SX colour digital press, to highlight the fifth-colour capability of the press. The toner was launched at Print 17 in Chicago. It

Agfa Graphics has acquired software developer and reseller Bodoni Systems

Agfa Graphics has acquired software developer and reseller Bodoni Systems. Agfa UK managing director Eddie Williams said: “The software technology of Bodoni fits perfectly the strategy of Agfa Graphics, to reward its offset plate customers with value-added software products that improve cost of ownership. Especially in the pressroom, the Bodoni technology will allow Agfa plate customers to improve efficiency and save money, matching the idea behind Agfa’s Eco3 approach.” Reid said that he was

Rise of robots could help printers

Robots could replace 4 million jobs in the British private sector in the next decade, according to new research, but analysts argue that robotics and automation could help rather than hinder print.
    A poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), which analysed government datasets and asked business leaders and employers about the future of automation and artificial intelligence, found that up to 15% of the current workforce in the private sector could be replaced by

Atlantic Zeiser exhibits at Trustech

Atlantic Zeiser will premiere the PERSOMASTER-X at the Trustech 2017 fair in Cannes. PERSOMASTER-X has the DoD printing technology which allows the users to manage the cost.
Talking about the product, spokesperson from Atlantic Zeiser commented, “PERSOMASTER-X requires only one DoD inkjet printing module in order to print two-sided cards – even at high speeds of up to 2,100 cards per hour.
“PERSOMASTER-X now offers users a cost-efficient opportunity to switch from outdated, high-maintenance and

Koenig & Bauer rejects report by Smithers Pira

Koenig & Bauer has rejected the findings of the Smithers Pira report into the productivity of used sheetfed presses, while arch-rival Heidelberg – which PrintWeek has learned paid for the study – has robustly defended its conclusions.
The evaluated white paper used sheetfed presses from five manufacturers, and found that Heidelberg presses produced higher volumes of print annually than competitor machines on average. It stated that “the profit opportunity for Heidelberg machines is

Canon showcases full workflow

Canon used Production Printing Business Days event in Poing, Germany to herald a number of milestones for its digital portfolio and demonstrate the breadth of its recently expanded range.
With its new Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan monochrome press, launched in August, taking centre stage in a live printing demonstration, more than 500 prospective and current customers came to the three-day event at the Océ’s German headquarters. In his opening speech, Océ chief marketing officer Christian

Two Sides campaigns against claim

Two Sides has reported that  its research into more than 600 of the world’s ‘leading’ corporations, including banks, utilities, telecoms and insurance giants, has shown that a total of 460 of those companies have been using misleading and unsubstantiated environmental statements, despite specific advertising legislation to protect consumers in many countries.
To date, 278 of those companies have removed such statements as a result of ongoing engagement by Two Sides. “We’re really pleased that

Screen and PRATI have announced a collaboration

Screen and PRATI have announced today a collaboration to develop an interface between the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV series of digital label presses and the DIGIFAST ONE modular digital converting line. “As with all our technology, our main aim is to maximise productivity and accuracy whilst minimising downtime,” states Chiara Prati, Sales & Marketing Director, PRATI, “As a leading player in the label press market, Screen is a natural partner for us, particularly as inkjet rises in

Muller Martini receives Swiss Industry 4.0 Award

Muller Martini was presented with the 2017 Swiss Industry 4.0 Award for its Finishing 4.0 book production line for runs of one copy at the Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference at the TRAFO Culture and Congress Center in Baden. The book production system that won the 2017 Swiss Industry 4.0 Award features a seamless, touchless workflow, i.e. books can be produced in runs of one copy without manual interventions and setup time. The Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference is a practice-oriented event in