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Agfa proposes plate plant closure

Further consolidation of worldwide printing plate manufacturing appears to be on the cards, after Agfa proposed the closure of its Italian plate factory.
The facility makes analogue offset printing plates and a specific type of no-bake thermal plate. Agfa took over the facility in 2004 when it acquired Lastra, and it is one of Agfa’s smaller sites worldwide.
Agfa Graphics president Stefaan Vanhooren said the move was part of a global streamlining plan that would reduce overall capacity and cut

OKI expands LFP Color Painter family

OKI is set to expand its ColorPainter wide-format printer portfolio with the addition of a new machine.  The E-64s ColorPainter will be launched in December this year. 
The 64in (1.6m-wide) machine is said to offer a high level of quality and precision and entry-level, environmentally aware printing.
 The device, which uses OKI’s high-pigment eco-solvent SX ink, supports the optimum level of colour at all print speeds for both indoor and outdoor applications.
It can handle substrates including

Heidelberg announces funding for 5 refugees

Heidelberg has announced that it is taking five refugees onto its internship programme and said it hopes all five will progress onto its formal three-year training programme. The refugees, from Afghanistan, Syria and Nigeria, will begin their funded internships at the start of November, alongside 12 other new interns. All funding for them was made available through Heidelberg.
Heidelberg training manager at its Wiesloch-Walldorf plant Andreas Blum said: “The overall situation in Germany is

Avery Dennison to raise the sustainability bar

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials is stepping up its efforts to raise the sustainability bar. The company is inspiring converters and brands to work together to increase sustainability awareness, choices and collaboration to solve some of the industry’s most difficult problems. Avery Dennison is launching a multifaceted initiative this month, which embraces an educational campaign that positions the company as a force for good. The company also featured a “Sustainability and

Mimaki has extended its JFX200 product range

Mimaki has extended its JFX200 product range with the launch of the JFX200-2531 model, which offers an increased printing area and enhanced productivity. The new flatbed UV LED printer features the same specifications as its predecessor but adds a larger table with a print area twice the size. It also includes a ‘toggle print’ function that increases productivity and improves continuous running capability by allowing operators to load one board while another is printing. Mimaki EMEA general

DS Smith has finalised its takeover of Deku-Pack

Acquisitive global packaging giant DS Smith has finalised its takeover of Danish-based POS printer Deku-Pack, expanding its POS offering. The proposed acquisition was announced on 20 July and is DS Smith’s eighth since May 2015. It could not reveal how much the deal was worth. DS Smith acquired Creo in June, on the same day as it announced its proposed acquisition of Portugal-based corrugated packaging business Gopaca. Deku-Pack mainly focuses on the FMCG sector. It consists of five

Plockmatic has hinted that it could make more acquisitions

Plockmatic has hinted that it could make more acquisitions in the near future. The company bought Italian bindery kit manufacturer KGS Bindery in April and UK post-press specialist Morgana in 2013.  Plockmatic expanded its portfolio of machines with its acquisitions of KGS Bindery, which had been supplying a range of its PUR binding products exclusively to Morgana for the previous five years, and Milton Keynes-based Morgana, which also took the company into the offline bookletmaking market.

Sales of Xerox DTO printer exceed expectations

Xerox has said that interest and sales of its Drupa-launched Direct to Object (DTO) printer have far exceeded expectations and the printers will now be rolled out in October instead of at the end of this year.
According to Xerox vice-president of engineering services and customisation Brendan Casey, Xerox decided to fast track installations of the DTO printer after there was far more interest than expected at the trade show. The price of the machine is listed at $145,000 but varies on

New polymer fiver in circulation

The UK’s new polymer £5 note has entered circulation. 
The new £5 note features an image of Sir Winston Churchill and has been eagerly anticipated since mass printing first began in the factory of security printer De La Rue last September.
According to the Bank of England (BoE), the added strength of the polymer material means it is resistant to dirt and moisture and will have a lifespan of around five years – two and a half times longer than the current £5 note.
 Governor of the BoE Mark Carney

EFI and Konica launch new Fiery DFE

EFI and Konica Minolta have launched a new Fiery digital front-end (DFE) for Konica’s bizhub Press 1052e and 1250e/P black and white digital printers.  The Fiery MIC-4150 DFE, which is available with immediate effect, is built on the latest Fiery FS200 Pro platform.
It is said to deliver superior image quality and advanced job management to further enhance the performance of the Konica kit. It also achieves high definition in monochrome imaging and streamlines the print process with automation

Ultimate, Muller Martini together

Ultimate TechnoGraphics and Muller Martini have joined forces to offer an efficient workflow that automates imposition for on-demand and personalized books and magazines.
Muller Martini is integrating Ultimate’s Impostrip VDP software capabilities as part of its Connex data and process management system to manage the entire manufacturing process, from job submission to finished books and magazines. This will result in a more efficient and cost-effective solution for book-of-one and personalized

Avanti launches #AskAvanti

Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of cloud-based Print MIS solutions, today announced the launch of #AskAvanti, a social media initiative offering members of the print community an opportunity to collaborate, as well as have access to ideas and information to help drive success.
Avanti has served the print industry for more than 30 years and boasts an active customer community of over 500 members. #AskAvanti builds upon this valuable knowledge-base, and decades of lessons

Presstek and Riviera Beverages showcase customized water bottles

Presstek and Riviera Beverages showcase customized water bottles at Graph Expo. Presstek is offering these unique, labelled water bottles to visitors who come to the Presstek booth as an exclusive show give away. “As an environmentally-conscious supplier to the beverage industry, we were looking for a press that met these requirements without compromising on quality or production efficiency,” explained Wilfredo Orozco, GM of Riviera Beverages.

The winners of the 2016 Label Industry Global Awards were announced

The winners of the 2016 Label Industry Global Awards were announced recently at a gala ceremony which took place after the opening day of Labelexpo Americas. Held at the Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, the awards recognize the notable achievements and commercial creativity of label industry manufacturers, suppliers and converters over the last twelve months.  Mike Fairley, chair of the judging panel comments: “It is the 13th anniversary of the Label Industry Global Awards and again, our entrants

Workers at UPM’s Shotton paper mill celebrated a world-leading record

Workers at UPM’s Shotton paper mill celebrated a world-leading record in workplace safety recently. Shotton is an integrated facility that manufactures recycled newsprint. It employs 200 staff and encompasses a materials recycling facility, paper machine, and a biomass combined heat and power unit. The Deeside site has passed the milestone of five years of operation without any lost time accidents (LTA), and is the first plant within the entire UPM group to do so. Parent UPM-Kymmene launched

Priplak has launched a version of its core polypropylene product

Priplak has launched a version of its core polypropylene product specifically designed and certified for digital printing using the ‘one-shot’ colour technology on HP Indigo presses. The firm, a division of Arjowiggins, said the Priplak Digital for HP Indigo One Shot range recognises the growth of digital printing for short runs and personalisation and fulfils this need with an environmentally friendly multi-application, strong synthetic media adapted for digital electro inks. The ‘one-shot’

Heidelberg says its Q1 is ‘solid’ despite loss

A Drupa costs of €10m  helped propel Heidelberg to a loss in its first quarter, but the manufacturer is confident it can improve its results this year on the back of a strong order book from the show.

Drupa had a big impact on the three months to 30th June at the group. Heidelberg cited “restrained investment” ahead of the show, which it had expected, but reported high demand at the exhibition itself.

The €10m spend was still around half of the group’s previous outlay on Drupa. “We stripped

KBA ups sales and profit targets

An upbeat KBA has increased its sales and profits targets for the full year and is predicting that its previously loss-making Digital & Web division will be in the black by the year-end. “We were pleasantly surprised not only by the high volume and nationalities of the visitors but also by many decision makers’ appetite for investment,” said chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

KBA said it had booked sales of more than €100m at the show.  About a third of the orders booked at Drupa

Flint launches retrofit service

Flint Group has launched Vantage LED, an LED UV retrofit service for sheetfed offset printers. 

The full suite of products and services included in Vantage LED consists of pre-conversion consulting and training, dedicated LED inks and coatings and matching pressroom chemicals and blankets as well as full customer support during and after conversion.

At the heart of the service package are EcoLux LED lamps supplied by high-power LED UV curing systems provider Air Motion Systems (AMS).

Flint

Informa Exhibitions provided an update on its IPEX 2017 exhibition

Informa Exhibitions provided an update on its IPEX 2017 exhibition, with further outlines of its plans and hinting at some of the types of presentation that it believes exhibitors are planning. Rob Fisher, IPEX event director at Informa, said “We’ve had plenty of feedback which clearly indicates that the print industry is becoming far more integrated. The increased use of digital printing techniques and mass customization mean that there are often fewer processes between the creative designer

UV Printing User Forum, an event staged by Germany’s Fogra Graphic Technology

UV Printing User Forum, an event staged by Germany’s Fogra Graphic Technology Research Association for printers seeking to expand their knowledge of the technical elements and benefits of LED UV curing for commercial operations, will be held on 19-­20th October at the Hilton Munich City Hotel in Munich, Germany. “We predict the end of mercury arc lamps by the next drupa,” said AMS president Steve Metcalf, who will lead the presentation. “LED UV curing is more efficient, cost-­effective

Smurfit Kappa has released new information

Smurfit Kappa has released  information showing 99.9% of paper produced and sourced for its packaging is FSC, PEFCTM or SFITM Chain of Custody certified. The report mentions that there is a 22.6% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced since 2005, and improved energy usage per tonne of paper by 10% between 2005 and 2015.  It also reports a 29% reduction in organic content of water (‘COD’) returned to the environment from paper and board mills since 2005. The report named

Riso has announced the scheduled U.S. release on September 1

Riso has announced the scheduled U.S. release on September 1, 2016 of the company’s latest line of digital duplicators, the RISO SF Series. First showcased at the RISO dealer meeting in May earlier this year, the SF Series has been enhanced.  Among the improvements are a redesigned, customer-friendly colour LCD panel and an increased speed from 130 to 150 pages per minute. The SF Series now features a dpi of 600 X 600, an improvement over the previous model, which delivered a 300 X 600 dpi

KBA acquires die-cutter producer

KBA has announced that its has taken over Spanish die-cutter producer Iberica, thereby facilitating the expansion of its portfolio  into packaging customers in print finishing.  Iberica with some 60 staff members, produces medium and large-format flatbed die-cutters for board and corrugated packaging. The takeover and integration of Iberica underscores the global KBA Group’s focus on growth markets and greatly improves the Spanish die-cutters’ growth prospects. The parties agreed not to

Caslon revives Adana production

Caslon has started manufacturing new Adana presses again 25 years after production of the original ceased.

The firm has teamed up with a UK manufacturer to make the vertical platen presses, with the new model branded as the Adana 85C. It has the same 8x5inch (203x127mm) bed size but is of a more heavyweight design than the original, which was launched in 1953. The move was spurred by continuing demand for the iconic desktop letterpress device.

“We’ve strengthened everything so they will

Kodak announces Q2 profit

The sale of Kodak’s Prosper inkjet division could be imminent – the firm has split out the up-for-sale operation’s results in its latest quarterly report, where it posted a return to profitability on continuing operations.

However, chief executive Jeff Clarke refused to be drawn on a likely timescale for the completion of the sell-off, which was announced in March, and would not reveal how many potential buyers were looking at the business.

“I remain confident that there is solid demand for

Manroland Sheetfed owner Langley Holdings has said it is confident of a “remarkably strong year”

Manroland Sheetfed owner Langley Holdings has said it is confident of a “remarkably strong year” as signings following Drupa boost order intake.  The interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016 for the Langley Holdings group of companies show sales of €417.1m with an increase in pre-tax profits to €48.9m, up from €37.9m at the same point in 2015.  In his chairman’s review Tony Langley said the first six months of 2016 had been a very satisfactory trading period for the group with the

Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings lab

Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings lab in its Carlstadt, N.J. research and development facility. The 11,000 square foot invest-ment features state of the art equipment and analytical support for studying migra-tion, adhesion, permeability and other performance-related coating phenomena. SEM microscopy, atomic force microscopy, IR surface mapping, surface energy measurement and other techniques are used to advance the fundamental understanding of key coatings performance attributes. “The

Kornit Digital has announced that it is demonstrating its new Kornit Vulcan

Kornit Digital has announced that it is demonstrating its high speed options for textile printing including the new Kornit Vulcan which is the fastest direct-to-garment printer on the market, the Kornit Allegro 1.8m single-step digital textile printing system for high-speed end-to-end production, and the Kornit Storm Hexa, which will see its North American launch at SGIA.  Kornit’s Vulcan is the fastest direct-to-garment printing system in the market, capable of producing up to 250 high

Mimaki unveils colour software MPM3

Mimaki announced the launch of colour-management software Mimaki Profile Master 3 (MPM3)  in July, 2016. MPM3 will enable users to reproduce equivalent colours when printing on different types of media with the same printer unit or when printing with different printer models and inks, without the need for any special knowledge.

The newest version of this software, MPM3, will preserve the useful features from the current version (MPM2) such as an equalization scheme that allows colour