‘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

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