Hubergroup increases prices

After the announcement of price increases for solvent-based inks in January, hubergroup states general price increases for all sheetfed and UV offset inks and varnishes across Europe from April 1, 2018. Depending on the individual product line, the raw material related price adjustments will be up to 10% in specific areas. “Key raw materials like azo and phthalocyanine pigments, carbon black and the largest part of our additive portfolio (all ink product lines), MMA-based acrylate resins

AGFA-Gevaert has reported a drop in both revenue and gross profit in its 2018 results

AGFA-Gevaert has reported a drop in both revenue and gross profit in its 2018 results. For the full year to December 2017 the group recorded revenue of Euro 2.44bn, down by 3.7% on the Euro 2.54bn recorded in 2015. Gross profit, meanwhile, fell by 5% from Euro 857m to Euro 814m. Group recurring Ebitda fell from 10.4% of revenue in 2016 to 9.1% in 2017. Agfa Graphics’ gross profit margin decreased from 29.8% in 2016 to 29% in 2017. “Unfortunately, for this part of the Graphics business, 2018

FESPA has announced the shortlisted entries for its FESPA Awards 2018

FESPA has announced the shortlisted entries for its FESPA Awards 2018. The entries, which are displayed online now, will be showcased at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 in Berlin, Germany. FESPA Awards judge and head of technical support at FESPA, Graeme Richardson-Locke comments: “This year’s award entries were, as always, wide ranging and innovative. From industrial graphics to textiles and stadium branding, the judging remains challenging as it spans an

Public prefer digital news: A study

A study published by has pointed out an apparent decline in the traditional media compared to their electronic counterparts. The study, which was based on a questionnaire of 10,000 participants from different segments of society in more than 14 countries around the world, showed that 36% of the participants read traditional media, especially print media, 46% follow it occasionally, 6% follow press once a week, while the daily print readership accounts for 12%.
The survey results

KBA has become one of the “Top National Employers of 2018”

Koenig & Bauer, a printing press manufacturer, has become one of the “Top National Employers of 2018” as per an annual analysis by the magazine Focus and the employer assessment platform Kununu. The company president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann said, “The pioneering spirit of our founders has been driving our commitment to further development of the print industry for 200 years. In the social sphere, too, we have assumed a spearhead role. Already before the introduction of state social

BPIF unveils version three of its colour quality scheme

The BPIF has launched version three of its colour quality scheme. The newly titled Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme was launched at an event at the St Bride Foundation in London. The BPIF said that the new scheme has been simplified to enable more companies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in colour management. The improved scheme is a result of feedback from all interested parties since the first publishing of the ISO 12647 Colour Management Certification Scheme in

EFI announces its results

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported record fourth quarter revenue of $269.2 million, up 1% compared to fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $266.7 million. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported revenue of $993.3 million, up 0.1% year-over-year compared to $992.1 million for the same period in 2016. “The performance of our direct business drove

Printed Easy to install first HP Indigo 12000

Printed Easy is poised to install the first two HP Indigo 12000 HD presses in Europe in a major upgrade of its B2 digital facilities.
 The 12000 HD was announced last autumn and has just become commercially available. It has double the resolution of the existing Indigo models with new high-definition writing heads, and has a top resolution of 1,625dpi. It prints at up to 4,600sph and can produce fine line screens of 290lpi, the company said.
Managing director Jon Lancaster signed for the two

Mimaki announced that textile and apparel professionals received its Tiger-1800B during demos

Mimaki announced that textile and apparel professionals received its Tiger-1800B production-class textile printer during demonstrations at a series of industry trade shows in 2016 and 2017. The Tiger-1800B is available in direct to textile (reactive ink) and sublimation (heat transfer) versions. “Mimaki was an early mover in digital textile printing, as early as 1998,” said Ronald van den Broek, general manager sales at Mimaki Europe. “Over the ensuing years, we have developed in-depth

Flint Group announces new name for partner Eston Chimica

Flint Group announces new name for partner Eston Chimica effective from February 1, 2018. In December 2017, Flint Group, a global supplier of inks and coatings to the printing and packaging industry, announced the acquisition of Eston Chimica, which manufactures and sells water-based inks for flexo and gravure applications. Doug Aldred, president of Packaging Inks for Flint Group, comments, “Flint Group is extremely pleased, and proud, to add Eston Chimica to their family and understands the

Sun Chemical acquires Luminescence

Sun Chemical has upped its presence in the premium security inks market with the acquisition of specialist UK manufacturer Luminescence. The Luminescence range of UV and conventional security inks spans numerous analogue printing processes as well as inkjet applications. The company also makes security threads for passports. It has customers in more than 100 countries.   Sun Chemical, together with its parent DIC Corporation, has acquired Luminescence Holdings for an undisclosed sum. Sun

Fespa reveals plans for global print expo 2018

Fespa has outlined its plans and a raft of new show features for the 2018 edition of its global print expo. Taking place from 15-18 May with the campaign strapline ‘Where Print Takes Off’, the event will occupy 10 halls and 61,160sqm of exhibition space at Messe Berlin.
 New this year is ‘Print Make Wear’, an interactive visitor feature designed to replicate a fast fashion factory. Also new for 2018 is the Digital Corrugated Experience, which Fespa said is an educational and experiential area

De La Rue divests its paper wing

De La Rue has sold a majority stake in its specialist papermaking business to private equity firm Epiris and management in a £68m deal that also marks the return of former De La Rue CFO Colin Child to the paper arm. The deal will result in a reprise of the historic Portals name, with the paper business rebranded as Portals De La Rue. De La Rue acquired Portals, which was founded in 1712 and had supplied banknote paper to the Bank of England since 1724, in 1995.  
The strategic relationship with

Heidelberg and WEIG new venture

Heidelberg and WEIG implement new digital business model for folding carton printing. Heidelberg supplies complete package comprising presses, software, services, and consumables under subscription agreement.
“We’re looking to turn our Emskirchen site into a folding carton business that leads the way when it comes to availability and flexibility. We’re therefore entering into a partnership with Heidelberg in which our strategic and business interests are aligned. Under the new business model

Sistrade’s ERP offers flexibility

The new version of MIS|ERP Sistrade Software offers a very flexible software solution and helps users to simplify, accelerate and improve all the processes of industrial manufacturers.
According to Sistrade spokesperson, “In the Printing & Packaging industry, estimating fast, with detail and also offering a competitive price can be the triggers for success. The solution of Estimating / Offer Management developed by SISTRADE is a tool that allows companies to create and offer their client

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