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Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 is booked for the next two years

The order book for Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 is full for the next two years, as the first beta machine goes into production.  Delivering the announcement upon publication of its 2017/18 Q1 results, a spokesperson for Heidelberg did not disclose how many orders the firm had received for the Drupa launched B1 sheetfed inkjet press, which was jointly developed with Fujifilm, but said that a number of machines would be in production by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year.  The spokesperson said

Screen Truepress Jet520HD, SC Inks and 520 NX were awarded

Screen Truepress Jet520HD, SC Inks and 520 NX were awarded ‘Must See ‘Ems’ at PRINT 17. Chosen as two of the 44 selections by a panel of industry experts, Screen’s technologies stand among the  advances in 11 print production categories, winning honours in the category of Pressroom: Digital Presses.  “We are happy to be chosen for our contributions to the printing industry”, said Ken Ingram, Screen’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We strive to be in the forefront of technological

Nilpeter will premier its FA flexo press at LabelExpo

Nilpeter will premier its all new FA flexo press, and one of their newly upgraded digital PANORAMA Hybrid press at LabelExpo Europe 2017.  According to Nilpeter, the new FA allows printers to enhance the performance and capability of their press with Value-Adding Units as well as Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget.  The Danish press manufacturer has also made major enhancements, including a re-design of the PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing

Shares in EFI crashed

Shares in EFI crashed after the manufacturer announced it was reviewing its internal financial controls and examining the way some sales of wide-format systems had been invoiced. The review means that EFI has postponed the release of its Q2 financial results.  In a statement, EFI said: ”The assessment is related to certain transactions where a customer signed a sales contract for one or more large-format printers and was invoiced, and the printer(s) were stored at a third-party in-transit

Kodak records further fall in Q2 revenue 2017

Kodak has recorded a further fall in revenue for Q2 2017, while reporting an improvement in Prosper annuities and Sonora plate volumes.
In its Q2 results for the year to 30 June 2017, the group recorded an overall sales decline of 10% on the same period last year, from $423m  to $381m, while net profit fell from $8m to $4m.
Operational EBITDA before corporate costs for the quarter fell 18%, from $44m to $36m, while the group ended the quarter with a decreased cash balance of $370m, reflecting

Polar exhibits automated system

Polar has announced that it will showcase its automated LabelSystem DC-11plus die-cutting system for wet-glue label production, with the  capacity of cutting up to 1,440 label packs per hour.  It is the first presentation of POLAR with its cooperation partner Gallus.
According to Polar, the system 1,440 packs can be manufactured with minimum staff in one hour. The operator is supported by a menu-driven setup which reduces the required time and a job changeover is possible within  15 minutes due

Sistrade’s first International Users’ Conference

Sistrade organized the 1st International conference for current partners and users of Sistrade, which took place at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Porto on the 6th of July. This international conference was attended by 135 participants of 18 nationalities.
Sistrade has promoted its first users’ conference aiming to create an interchange of technologies, processes and knowledge between companies. During the conference, Sistrade promoted two exchange formats, one through the presentations, where several

Manroland web store launches Market-X

The Manroland web store   supplies over a thousand web offset customers with spare and wear parts as well as authorized consumables. From this month. the online shop has expanded and become Market-X trading platform.  Numerous suppliers from the printing industry are going to sell their products through the manroland web store.
“We are very happy to welcome considerable players from the printing industry. Together with a range of selected pilot customers we are at the testing phase at the

Kodak to showcase solutions at LabelExpo

At Labelexpo Europe 2017 (September 25 to 28, 2017, Brussels Expo, Belgium), Kodak will present to attendees industry-leading flexo, inkjet and software technologies and solutions for label and packaging printing. Through partnerships and collaboration with forward-looking printers, pre-press providers, brand owners and equipment suppliers, Kodak is well positioned for growth in this segment.
Concurrent with Labelexpo, Kodak will officially open a new Flexo Packaging Technology Center in

Onyx Graphics has released a new “business intelligence” product,

Software developer Onyx Graphics has released a new “business intelligence” product, the newest addition to the Onyx SiteSolutions family.  Onyx Hub software is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses with multiple sites and/or multiple fleets and enables business owners and production managers to gather detailed information about how their businesses are working. The product, which can be installed on any mobile, laptop or desktop device can access historic, real-time and trend data from all

Domino has announced the release of a new digital printer

Domino Digital Printing Solutions has announced the release of a new digital printer incorporating a white ink module. The K600i White, which only prints white ink, is available for purchase now but will be launched at Labelexpo, Brussels, taking place from 25 to 28 September, along with updates to its DFEv2.0 workflow solution. Domino said it is targeted at printers looking for a digital alternative to screen printing, and that it offers instantaneous job change, minimum maintenance and

Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017

Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017. Half-year sales at Xaar will be down on 2016, but the group is expecting a more buoyant second half of the year. “As stated in March, revenue will be more second half weighted than usual with growth anticipated from recently introduced new products,” the group said. It also reaffirmed its joint development agreement with Xerox for bulk piezo printheads, first revealed in January. Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards described the partnership as “a

Cost-cutting bears fruit for GMG

After the first stage of its three-year cost-cutting programme the Guardian Media Group (GMG) has driven down losses by a third and seen revenue and membership gains.
In its financial results for the 12 months to 2 April 2017, GMG, publisher of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and theguardian.com, recorded an EBITDA loss of £44.7m, down 35% from a loss of £68.7m in 2015/16.
“Despite the challenging market conditions faced by all news organisations around the world, our three-year strategy

H B Fuller has asked customers to discuss their labelling challenges

Adhesives company H B Fuller has asked brewing and beverage customers to discuss their labelling challenges at Drinktec 2017 – and discover how H.B. Fuller’s technology can help their labelling reuqirements. “With so much global expertise on tap, and with a comprehensive and flexible range, we can offer our customers many adhesive options,” says Crjstians Porcheddu, End-of-Line Packaging and Labeling business manager at H.B. Fuller. “Competition within this industry is fierce, and we believe

The AFPA has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the June 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in June compared to June 2016. All four printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in June. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent from May 2017.  Shipments of coated free

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge will run from July 1 through September 15, 2017. This year’s Challenge will feature a new Continent Wrap King title, to be awarded between the announcement of Regional Wrap Kings and the crowning of the “King of the Wrap World.” Due to increasing global interest in 2017, Avery Dennison is adding Mainland China, Japan and South Korea, while dividing Europe into four distinct regions.  Wrap installers from 53

Print4All at Milano to attract visitors

Key players of the printing and communication industries will gather on 12 and 13 September, at Fiera Milano, for Print4All Conference. It will be the community event of national and international importance, where the excellences of the entire industry will come face to face, including brand owners, communication agencies, large scale retail trade, and influencers.
The two-day event in September will examine and focus on the ‘customer journey’, the metaphoric journey from pre-sale and

HP commits $20 m to educate 100 m by 2025

HP has announced that it will commit $20 million in technology, training, R&D and funding contributions to enable better learning outcomes for more than 100 million people between 2015-2025 through programs like HP Life, HP World on Wheels and HP Learning Studios. HP has said that it is working with governments and policymakers to better map learning to employment.  
The announcement was made at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, which falls on the eve of the G20 Summit

Heidelberg's ‘sustainable profitability’ hailed

Heidelberg has announced improved annual results after posting its best Q4 performance for nine years.
The press manufacturer saw slight increases in sales and a larger increase in net profits after tax in a year that saw it bring in a new chief executive and announce a digital revamp.
A spokesman for Heidelberg confirmed that Q4 2016/17 was Heidelberg’s best Q4 performance since 2008 based on revenue and profit, after sales rose just shy of 20% on the same quarter last year, from €710m to €845m

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017 for the KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. Kodak has won the EDP Award 2017 for the best product in the “Cutsheet printer color up to B3 >200,000 A4/month” category with its KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. This digital production press, which was publicly premiered at drupa 2016, was entered by Kodak in the race for the EDP Awards in the main category ‘Commercial Printing’. The awards were presented by the EDP Association

Aeoon Technologies has launched its new Titan flatbed series

Aeoon Technologies has launched its new Titan flatbed series at Fespa. These machines can be used to print on materials including leathers, woods, plastics, glass or metals. The system is available in four versions – Titan Multi, Titan Multi Duo, Titan Maxi and Titan Maxi Duo – with vacuum tables ranging from 3x1.5m up to 4.2x3.75m. The Titan machines can be used with pigment, UV and hybrid inks and, depending on the ink used, can be equipped with infrared, near-infrared or UV curing devices. A

MS Printing Solutions has launched the new 3.2m-wide Impres 4320 soft signage printer

Italian manufacturer MS Printing Solutions has launched the new 3.2m-wide Impres 4320 soft signage printer at Fespa, with two 1.8m-wide machines also due to be part of the Impres family.  All three units (the 4320, 4180 and 3180) will begin shipping in the coming months. The 4320 runs at a top speed, in high speed mode, of 289sqm/hr, with the 4180 at 202sqm/hr and 3180 at 124sqm/hr in the same mode. The machines’ dye-sublimation JK Group inks are uniquely formulated for their Kyocera print

Epson’s ‘breadth of applications’

Epson is using its Fespa stand to showcase its machines for both the signage and textile markets. The company is not using the show to launch any new machines, but choosing to consolidate its existing portfolio, it is also discussing a number of its recent collaborations and promoting the machines to potential new customers.
“The ethos of the show this year is to take the opportunity when we’re not launching to actually show the breadth of applications that we have at our disposal,” said Epson

Ricoh enters DTG market, bags sale

Ricoh has launched two new direct-to-garment (DTG) printers at Fespa and secured its first sale. The two new machines, the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000, are based on the Anajet mPower series, but with a number of enhancements. They will be commercially available from Q3 of this year, with price yet to be set.
AnaJet international technical support specialist Marica Mody highlighted a variety of improvements on the previous AnaJet series, including an upgraded ink circulation system for white

Océ Colorado is Canon’s first UVgel LFP

The first of Canon Europe’s new range of wide-format printers to incorporate the new Canon UVgel technology was unveiled at Fespa in May.
Aimed at businesses that produce indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, and decals, the Océ Colorado 1640 is a 64in (1.6m) roll-to-roll wide-format printer built around Canon’s patented UVgel curable ink system.
It boasts a top speed of 159sqm/hr for billboards or outdoor banners – faster, Canon

Mactac has launched its new self-healing vehicle wrapping films

Mactac has launched its new self-healing vehicle wrapping films along with a host of other new products at Fespa. There are four products in the self-healing range, a black film, Ever Shine, and three clear films. The new wrapping films contain a formulation that enables light scratches to be removed through the application of heat, either from sunlight or gentle abrasion. Mactac is also launching its new MacBlock film for window graphics, a high opacity range intended for double-sided graphics

Armor has launched a new dye-sublimation ink at Fespa

Armor has launched a new dye-sublimation ink at Fespa that will enable flag printers to print directly without the need to wash post-print. Its ARSub D701 ink works with Epson printheads, and does not bleed after calendering. “Usually people have to print, calender and wash. There is no need to wash with this ink,” explained business development director Frank de Jonge. “The flag printers we’ve seen have all been excited about it.” Armor is now looking to develop it for Ricoh and Kyocera

Kodak profit status in the first quarter

Kodak posted a net profit in the first quarter of 2017 of $7m, but sales were down 5%. Revenues fell by $20m to $357m compared to $377m in Q1 2016 while operational Ebitda was down $19m to $8m, which the company said was ‘consistent with expectations’. Kodak cited pricing pressures in its pre-press plates business as well as the continued decline in its consumer inkjet cartridge sales for the drop in sales although the impact was partially offset, it said, by strong growth in key product lines

SAi products get European debut

Software company SA International (SAi) is showing a number of new products and discussing new partnerships with its European audience for the first time at Fespa.
The RIP software developer is showcasing its new SAI + EnRoute solution for routers in the signmaking industry, along with launching its HP software partnership with HP’s new Latex Print and Cut units, plus an upgrade on its MyFlexi mobile app.
The router solution along with the app were given their global launches at last month’s ISA

KBA had a positive Q1 in Europe

KBA Group posted 20% more orders in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period last year with a “substantial increase” in orders for medium-format sheetfed presses, particularly in southern Europe.
The German press manufacturer maintained revenue over the period at a similar level to the first quarter of 2016 - €259.1m compared with €258.8m - but higher raw material costs meant gross profit dipped from €77m to €73.5m.
However, because last year’s figures included expenses of €6m caused by