Zünd unveils new routing system

Zünd has launched the new high-performance RM-L routing system for the sign and graphics market.
    The new router option is designed to handle a more challenging range of materials including MDF, acrylic, PVC, Dibond or aluminium. With the exception of carbides and stone the new tool can route, engrave and polish almost any material, according to the manufacturer.
    A key feature of the new RM-L module, which is available immediately, is its powerful, water-cooled spindle with pneumatic

Lucien De Schamphelaere, the founder of Xeikon has died

Lucien De Schamphelaere, the founder of Belgian digital press manufacturer Xeikon, has died aged 85. De Schamphelaere passed away on 20 January.Born in Gijzenzele, Belgium, in 1931, De Schamphelaere graduated as an engineer in electronics and started working in the same year for NV Gevaert, which merged with Agfa in 1964.  De Schamphelaere founded Agfa’s Electronical Imaging Systems department in 1979 and within three years his team had presented its first digital black-and-white printing

Heidelberg launches development centre project

Heidelberg has launched its new development centre project at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site. The ‘innovation hub”, which opens in 2018, will function as Heidelberg’s main R&D operation, with a major focus on digitisation and automation. By 2018, all Heidelberg operations will have been moved over to Wiesloch-Walldorf and total investment   will be around €50m.
The centre is now in its final planning stage and the one-and-a-half-year long building process will begin soon. It is being jointly

SSale of Madison Paper Industries’ announced

UPM-Kymmene  and Northern SC Paper, a subsidiary of the New York Times Company, announced  the sale of Madison Paper Industries’ mill site located in Maine to a joint venture of New Mill Capital Holdings of NY, Perry Videx of Hainesport, NJ and Infinity Asset Solutions of Toronto. The sale is a continuation of the dissolution of the partnership that was announced in March 2016. The hydro power assets located at the mill site are currently being marketed separate of  the above transaction.

Jacky’s will showcase the new Latex 570 wide format printer at SGI

Jacky’s Business Solutions will showcase the new Latex 570 wide format printer at Sign & Graphics Imaging (SGI) 2017.  The water-based latex 570 printer is EPEAT Bronze registered—a designation for reduced environmental impact.11’.  Among the features of the new printer are its ability to load rolls in one minute or less with the spindle less pivot table and automatic skew adjustment, run unattended—print 100-m (328-ft) length SAV rolls with heavy roll support up to 55 kgs (121 lbs), and

Seiko Epson hosted a ceremony

Seiko Epson hosted a ceremony to launch the construction of a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri, Japan. The new factory, which is scheduled to begin operations in the first half of the 2018 fiscal year, is part of the company’s mid- to long range strategic plans for its printing solutions (inkjet printer) business. The plant will produce PrecisionCore printheads, the core devices in Epson’s inkjet printers.  Epson will conduct R&D and drive advances in production engineering and

The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg is reorganizing the company’

The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg is reorganizing the company’s management board with the appointment of Rainer Hundsdörfer (59) as the new CEO. “We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track,” says Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski, chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced leadership personality in Rainer Hundsdörfer to drive forward the reorientation of the company. Mr

Fiver firm Innovia now acquired

Innovia Films, the producer of substrate for the controversial polymer £5 note, has been acquired by CCL Industries, in a deal worth around CAN$1.13bn .
Innovia chief executive Mark Robertshaw said: “CCL will be an excellent long-term owner for the employees and customers of Innovia. CCL recognises and values Innovia’s world-leading technology, R&D and differentiation in films and security and sees a high degree of complementarity with CCL’s own capabilities and markets.”
Innovia makes the

Komori chief shares aspirations

Komori president Satoshi Mochida has shares company aspirations for 2017 in a new letter.
Mochida said: “As the outlook of the global economy gets murkier, there is a growing sense of future uncertainty in the business environment surrounding the Company. In this economic and industrial climate, Komori Corporation will nevertheless push forward with its initiatives aimed at achieving transformation, promoting the PESP business approach, expanding the range of its marketing and securing a

Xerox completes separation of Conduent

Xerox has completed the separation of Conduent Incorporated and is now officially divided between two standalone publicly traded companies.
The announcement was made with the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on 4 January by the company’s executive leadership team.
Xerox, which has sales of around $11bn, will solely handle document technology, while $7bn-turnover Conduent will handle Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Newly appointed Xerox chief executive Jeff Jacobson

Agfa prints temple doors on LFP

Agfa Graphics has announced that it has printed world heritage Japanese temple doors on Anapurna wide-format printer. 
The Byodo-in is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan, which is registered as Japanese National Treasure and World Heritage Site. It appears on the backside of the Japanese 10 yen coin. Agfa Graphics experts tried to match the expected colours using in-house printing techniques. An Anapurna 2050i wide-format inkjet printer was used to print on the 400-year cold Japanese cypress

Xaar set for $1.2m 3D spend in 2017

Alongside its latest trading update inkjet technology developer Xaar has detailed plans for a major new 3D unit.  The Xaar 3D Centre building, which is currently under refurbishment, will open this month and house a team of around six experts who will develop 3D printing equipment and services for OEM partners, materials suppliers and end-users.
Xaar already manufactures printheads for the 3D space and this new venture is an extension of that work. The team will be headed by former Nottingham

SwissQprint has launched 2 new large format, flatbed printers

SwissQprint  has launched 2 new large format, flatbed printers: the 4×4 models of the Nyala 2 and Impala 2 series that come configured with quadruple CMYK.  Both the Nyala 2 (3.2×2 m flatbed) and the Impala 2 (2.5×2 m flatbed) are now also available as 4×4 models, meaning that each comes configured with four CMYK print heads. The colour configuration can be supplemented with an optional white or varnish channel to offer numerous possibilities: printing of background or multilayer white, or

SAi has launched new subscription-based EnRoute software packages

SA International (SAi) has launched new subscription-based EnRoute software packages - EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer and EnRoute Fabrication.  Customers have the option to pay by either monthly or yearly subscription. All packages are also available in more than a dozen languages.  En Route Complete comprises all 2D and 3D CAD/CAM abilities, including 3D Surface Cutting and AutoToolpath of DXF files. Other features include the Component Creator to make notch parts that slide together to

J-Teck3 launched J-Cube PNF series

J-Teck3 provider of sublimation inks recently launched J-Cube PNF series of high density inks -Cyan Extra, Magenta Extra, Yellow Extra and Black Extra, specifically engineered for Panasonic print heads. “Digital printing is becoming increasingly important in the textile industry where colour, durability and rapid turnaround times are essential,” says Luca Guggiari, J-Teck3’s Brand R&D Manager. “Heimtextil is a great platform to introduce our next generation ink to the textile market. Our

Avery Dennison has introduced the TT Sensor Plus

Following its  launch in the United States in September, Avery Dennison has introduced the TT Sensor Plus temperature data logger to the European market as a way to track temperatures during a product’s supply chain journey.  The credit card-sized label, which can either be inserted or adhered to a package, stores its data in a built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) chip powered by a flexible battery. The device was recently used to monitor the performance of small-scale, climate-controlled

Mimaki brings digital innovation at PSI 2017

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that it will be heading to Messe Düsseldorf for PSI 2017. It is the annual event for the International Network of the Promotional Product Industry and is the leading European promotional products trade show. Approximately 16,000 visitors from more than 80 countries will meet well over 900 exhibitors from more than 35 nations at this annual event. Mimaki will be located in Hall 12, Stand B13 at the show

BW Papersystems recently launched the newest addition

BW Papersystems and its brand MarquipWardUnited recently launched the newest addition to its range of sheeters, called Hawk folio sheeter. It is a standardized dual rotary sheeter at a fixed working width of 1,650 mm (65 inches) suitable for folding carton plants, small printers, paper merchants and paper and board converters as well as
small and regional paper and board mills. Available in two or four web configuration, with different manual and auto splicing unwind solutions and a single cut

Canon has recently launched the professional edition of its scanning software

Canon has recently launched the professional edition of its scanning software CaptureOnTouch for the imageFORMULA range of document scanners.  The scanner converts scans directly to multiple file formats including searchable and editable PDF, compact PDF/A, multi-page TIFF and PowerPoint and offers batch separation for scanning into individual files or folders using just a blank page, counter, zonal optical character recognition (OCR), patch code or barcode (with optional module).

Ricoh has launched the TotalFlow Supervisor mobile app

Ricoh has launched the TotalFlow Supervisor mobile app with an up-to the minute status report on their digital print engines – no matter the make or model. The free to download app is available for iOS and Android devices from the Apple Store and Google Play store respectively. This app allows you to monitor all your digital presses using a dashboard that displays the printer device status including ink, toner and paper levels that ensure you are ready to replenish them in good time. The

Domino Printing Sciences has recently launching the Ax-Series

Domino Printing Sciences has recently launching the Ax-Series, a new range of continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers for industrial packaging environments. “CIJ remains the coding solution of choice across many markets and industries, but we saw the opportunity to rethink three fundamental elements of the technology to deliver measurable benefits for customers and change the way CIJ is perceived.” says Paul Doody, marketing director at Domino Printing Sciences. “With the new Ax-Series, Domino can

KBA increases its sales targets

KBA has again revised upwards its sales and earnings targets for the full year after achieving double-digit growth in Q3, with a strong showing across all areas of the business.
The Germany-headquartered press manufacturer achieved a 22.3% increase in group revenue in the first nine months of 2016 to 30 September, up from €679.7m to €831.4m.
Group order intake grew by 1.2% over the same period in 2015 to €869.8m, meaning new orders exceeded group sales by more than €38m.
The order backlog was

Xaar announces new printhead

Xaar has announced new printhead for coding and marking -502 GS15 O, suitable for manufacturers developing machines to print high quality late-stage product identification such as text, product data, bar codes and graphics onto secondary packaging or directly onto shaped products and primary packaging.
This printhead launch delivers a step change in product identification technology by combining binary and greyscale capabilities in one wide-swathe (70.5mm) printhead to give users additional

Agfa ends talks with its potential buyer

Agfa and CompuGroup Medical SE have ended discussions over the latter’s potential takeover bid.
German medical software company CompuGroup approached Agfa in October to indicate its interest in a potential acquisition.
The following month Agfa’s board of directors decided to engage in “non-exclusive discussions” with CompuGroup, taking into account the interests of its shareholders and other stakeholders.
In a statement released on 2nd December Agfa said: “Agfa and CompuGroup have reached an

Komori posts challenging results

Komori’s latest results have been hit by exchange rate changes and the end of investment subsidies in its home market, and the press manufacturer is yet to see a boost to orders through its partnership with Landa.
In the six months to 30 September sales fell 21.6% to ¥33.9bn, and in a major reversal of fortunes Komori posted an operating loss of ¥2.1bn compared with last year’s ¥2.2bn operating profit. The bottom line loss was ¥3.6bn.
The firm has downgraded its forecasts for a year as a

Print innovators complete project

A consortium of print manufacturers and technology companies, led by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), has completed an 18-month project to develop and scale up a print energy-harvesting device for the mass market.
The device, which was first discussed in September 2015, can soak up and retain energy from devices such as mobile phones held at close proximity and then use that stored energy to power small sensors incorporated into items such as POS products and branding.
The CPI developed

Heidelberg expects more from ‘push to stop’ concept

Heidelberg has launched the ‘pust to stop’ concept at Drupa, and it has already been field tested at a number of customers, with six presses of different sizes involved in the field testing phase. It expects its customers’ OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) to vastly increase over the next decade as a result of the developments. “It’s currently at an average of around 25% and I expect 50% OEE to be the average in 10 years,” said Heidelberg head of sheetfed product management Rainer Wolf. “We

Presstek announced the unexpected death of Sparsh Bhargava

Presstek announced the sad news that its President and CEO, Sparsh Bhargava, died unexpectedly on Friday the 28th October 2016. Bhargava’s impressive career also included the position of Vice President of Marketing at iCare Software, an enterprise software start-up in the early education industry, and Project Manager at Procter & Gamble. During his time at Procter & Gamble he managed new product launches and cost savings projects across multiple categories and manufacturing plants. 

Kodak is to relocate its European headquarters from Switzerland to Watford

Kodak is to relocate its European headquarters from Switzerland to Watford, UK “effective 1 January 2017”.  A statement from Kodak’s European headquarters said: “We continue to review our operations and structure to ensure our business model is sustainable and facilitates future growth for the company. To remain competitive, Kodak needs to respond quickly to market conditions as they evolve and to meet the needs of our customers. “As a result of this review, Kodak will relocate its European

Heidelberg has announced across-the-board improvements in its second quarter

Heidelberg has announced across-the-board improvements in its second quarter results, citing a strong Drupa order book as responsible for the increase that has led to its first positive Q2 net result in six years.  A strong Drupa order book meant incoming orders for the first six months were up 6% on the previous year’s figure, rising from €1.3bn to €1.4bn. Order backlog was 19% higher than the the previous year. A spokesman for Heidelberg told PrintWeek: “With regards to targets in digital