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

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.