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“PERSOMASTER-X now offers users a cost-efficient opportunity to switch from outdated, high-maintenance and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

HP has used Print 17 to unveil the Indigo 12000 HD B2 digital press

HP has used Print 17 to unveil the Indigo 12000 HD B2 digital press and launch its Indigo 50000 to the global market. An upgrade on its existing Indigo 12000 B2 press, the new 12000 HD digital press, which is not yet commercially available, uses new high-definition writing heads to double image resolution to 1,625dpi, surpassing offset printing, according to the manufacturer. The new high definition imaging system, which incorporates new software and writing heads, will also be available for

Kodak announces plate price rise

Kodak has announced a global price increase for its offset printing plates of up to 9%.
A statement said that over the past 12 months the company had absorbed significant increases in costs for the raw materials that are used to produce its plates, including aluminium, chemicals and packaging materials. It said it continued to improve productivity and efficiencies but the magnitude of the raw materials cost increases had made it necessary to increase prices, which were increased in China on 1

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

X-Rite, Canon Europe collaborate

X-Rite and Canon Europe announce a new version of X-Rite’s i1Process Control colour management solution which is sold with the Canon imagePRESS digital colour presses. i1Process Control version 5.1 includes the X-Rite i1Pro 2 colour calibration and profiling solution, the new standard for colour perfectionists, along with updated i1Process Control software specifically tailored for a Canon workflow.
It can be optionally bundled with X-Rite’s i1iSis 2 XL, an A3/SRA3 automated chart reader to

Avery’s booth made from waste

Label maker Avery Dennison participated at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in a booth partly made from recycled label waste.  
Renae Kezar, Avery Dennison’s global senior director of sustainability, said the booth was a fun and visible way to visualise the urgent issue of label waste. “The reliance on liners in the pressure-sensitive industry, and the related waste, is an issue we are keen to address,” Kezar said. “One of our 2025 sustainability goals involves a commitment to help our customers reduce the

International Paper has pledged $1 million to support disaster relief

International Paper has pledged $1 million to support disaster relief efforts in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey. The International Paper Foundation will contribute $750,000 to the American Red Cross chapters in Texas and Louisiana, and will contribute $250,000 to Feeding America. International Paper has established strategic partnerships with these organizations to provide disaster relief in communities where IP employees live and work. “Our hearts go out

Fujifilm’s Illumina retrofitable LED UV curing system to make a debut

Fujifilm’s Illumina retrofitable LED UV curing system will make its European debut at Labelexpo 2017.  Illumina comprises a  new LED UV curing lamp system that incorporates patented and patent pending technology that is designed to operate with a completely new flexo ink system called Fujifilm 300 Series. Combined, Illumina and 300 Series inks bring the benefits of low energy LED UV curing to traditional flexo presses through a  simple conversion process. The compact design of the Illumina unit

Baldwin Technology Company to acquire Ahlbrandt System

Baldwin Technology Company has announced that it will acquire Ahlbrandt System, once it gets German government approval, with a target closing date of September 30, 2017.  “I am very excited that Ahlbrandt is joining the Baldwin team,” said Holger Bätz, MD of Ahlbrandt. “Not only is our expertise in developing and producing top-quality equipment and systems a nice complement to Baldwin’s broad product portfolio, I am confident that Ahlbrandt’s talent and passion for innovation in surface

Smithers Pira forecasts functional print growth

Smithers Pira forecasts functional and Industrial printing market to grow to $114.8 billion by 2022.
Industrial and functional printing applications are all seeing growth with sectors including décor and laminates; ceramics; electronics, including displays and photovoltaics; glass; aerospace and automotive; biomedical; promotional and miscellaneous items; 3D printing; and inkjet printed textiles. All of these are printed by a variety of specialist analogue methods and inkjet. In ‘The Future of

Fespa launches its new website

Print service providers (PSPs) who are not located in one of FESPA’s 37 association countries can now join FESPA as a direct member, with the launch of its new website -Fespa Direct.
So far, PSPs outside an existing FESPA association country have not been able to avail of the benefits of being a member of FESPA. Sean Holt, general secretary, FESPA said: “Over the years we’ve had requests from PSPs, who are not located in FESPA’s existing association countries, to be part of FESPA, so we are

RemaxWorld to attract more visitors

RemaxWorld Expo to attract more first time visitors to their show. The number of visitor pre-registrations to attend RemaxWorld Expo is 33% higher when compared to the same time last year. First-time visitors account for 45.12% percent of the total pre-registrations.
According to the organizer, Recycling Times Media s(RT Media) more than 15,000 visitors are expected to gather for what will again be the largest print consumables trade show in the world on October 12 to 14 in Zhuhai, China.

Global affairs magazine and brand Monocle has launched a new newspaper

Global affairs magazine and brand Monocle has launched a new newspaper, the Monocle Summer Weekly, with the first of four issues hitting newsstands on 10th August. The 48pp Berliner-format newspaper will be available in airports, resorts, global Monocle shops and on newsstands in a number of cities across Europe. Also speaking on Today, The Guardian’s head of media Jane Martinson said the launch didn’t necessarily mark a resurgence for print.

Landa Digital Printing has shipped its first press

Landa Digital Printing has shipped its first press, hailing the event with the words “printing will never be the same again”. The firm’s press is a straight printing B1 format sheetfed S10 Nanographic model, which prints at 6,500sph. A field upgrade to the 13,000sph high-speed version will be a future option. The Landa S10 is the firm’s first digital press. Landa initially launched its Nanographic presses at Drupa 2012 to much fanfare, but a fundamental redesign followed that resulted in the

Quark Software receives award at 32nd annual SIIA CODiE Awards

Quark Software for content automation, announced recently that Quark Enterprise Solutions has been named the best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform or Service of 2017 in the 32nd annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The CODiE Award category for best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform recognizes the best solution for disseminating multiple forms of content (e.g. text, video, data, etc.), through multiple channels (e.g. web, mobile, print, broadcast etc.).  At Quark we power multi-channel publishing with

Heidelberg receives two InterTech Technology Awards

Heidelberg has received 2 InterTech Technology Awards for its Prinect Press Center XL 2 and Gallus Labelfire 340.  “The InterTech Awards are an important acknowledgment underlining Heidelberg’s leading position in both digital printing technology as well as the digitization of the entire print shop operation,” says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Business and Services. Both products were presented for the first time at last year’s drupa.  According to

Antalis launches E-Photo papers

Antalis has launched its new E-Photo range of papers, which it says will “revolutionise the vividness and quality of photo-based printed products”. The new high-end range was launched in the first week of August and is intended to take advantage of the growing trend for digitally printed photobooks.
It has been in the main designed for HP Indigo and Xeikon systems and is also compatible with dry toner and laser technologies, with Antalis saying this will provide general commercial printers with

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