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Mondi will acquire corrugated producer

Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding share capital of LLC Beepack  from a private investor for EUR 41 million on a debt-and-cash-free basis. For the year ended 31 December 2015 Beepack generated revenues of RUB2,782 million (EUR 41 million) and adjusted EBITDA of RUB462 million (EUR 7 million).
   Beepack’s plant in Lebedyan (Lipetsk region of Russia, around 400 km south of Moscow) makes a range of corrugated packaging trays and boxes for food and agricultural

Swanline Paper and Board (SPB) has collaborated

Swanline Paper and Board (SPB) has collaborated with Swedish paper mill Oppboga Bruk to launch a water-resistant outdoor display board that does not use a polyethylene (PE) coating to achieve its impermeable properties.  The product contains up to 60% recycled fibre, is FSC certified and is 100% recyclable. Its 100% paper fibre composition is said to enable high resistance to moisture, even compared with less ecologically sound PE-coated alternatives. The substrate is suitable for outdoor

FESPA Asia 2017 will be held between 15th to 17th February 2017

FESPA Asia 2017 will be held between 15th to 17th February 2017 at the BITEC exhibition centre, Bangkok, Thailand. Over 100 companies including dgen, EFI Reggiani, HP, KIP, Kornit Digital, Mimaki, Roland and Zünd have confirmed participation. FESPA’s activity in Asia is actively championed by nine National Associations, in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Philippines and Australia, who support a combined membership of more than 2,000 print service providers

UPM participated at the World Publishing Expo 2016 in Vienna

UPM participated at the World Publishing Expo 2016 in Vienna, Austria.  “For our business the World Publishing Expo is one of the highlights of the year. We are committed to newspaper publishing and want to be present where our like-minded collaborators meet,” says Ken Ehrnrooth, vice president, sales, news & retail in UPM Paper ENA.  “We presented our comprehensive product range for newspaper publishing and shared the latest news in product development side. Sustainability, commercial

Amazon has launched a new photobook printing service

Amazon has launched a new photobook printing service in the US.  Amazon Prints, its new photo printing service, offers printed photos starting at 9 cents each, with photobooks starting at £15. The company’s website says that stationery and calendars will also be available soon and that for a limited time shipping costs will be free.  Amazon US’s Amazon Prime membership, which costs £76, includes free photo storage as a feature, along with delivery discounts and video and music streaming. It

RRD separation complete

Print and outsourcing giant RR Donnelley has completed its three-way split.
   The US-headquartered group has now spun off its LSC Communications and Donnelley Financial Solutions operations into separate entities.
    Former RR Donnelley president and chief executive Thomas Quinlan becomes chief executive of the $3.7bn turnover LSC Communications business, which includes magazine, catalogue and book printing, and office products.
    He described it as a “significant milestone” for the group

Canon reaches inkjet milestone

Canon has now installed more than 1,000 continuous-feed inkjet printers worldwide since it began manufacturing and supplying the technology in 2008.
Making the announcement at Canon’s annual Commercial Printing Business Day at its Customer Experience Centre (CEC) in Poing, Munich, Canon executive vice president of commercial printing Christian Unterberger said: “We are delighted to have now installed 1,000 continuous-feed inkjet units worldwide so far.
“This is the sixth year in a row we are the

Atlantic Zeiser is presenting its new PERSOMASTER

Atlantic Zeiser is presenting its new PERSOMASTER personalization system at Trustech 2016 fair in Cannes. The company is also showcasing its new CARDLINE VERSA Color Plus, an all-in-one solution for producing and inline personalizing gift cards with up to six colors within a very small footprint. Compared to thermal transfer printing, for example, the drop-on-demand (DoD) inkjet based PERSOMASTER can curb consumables expenditure when personalizing banking cards by up to 98 percent. “The era

Sun Chemical has hit the M&A trail again

Sun Chemical has hit the M&A trail again with the purchase of Gwent Electronic Materials (GEM), its first move into the printed electronics ink sector.  Sun Chemical has hit the M&A trail again with the purchase of South Wales-based Gwent Electronic Materials (GEM), its first move into the printed electronics ink sector. In early October, Sun Chemical completed the acquisition of the Flint Group’s European publication gravure division, an acquisition that was first announced in August

Agfa Graphics will participate in InPrint 2016 in Milan

Agfa Graphics will participate in InPrint 2016 in Milan, and exhibit a range of industrial products that are digitally printed including UV-curable or water-based.  Also on display will be printed tubes and cans, customized shoes and chairs, personalized PET bottles and containers.  “More and more industrial customers enjoy the advantages of digital printing and the availability of a process or solution that integrates print in their manufacturing set-up,” said Tom Cloots, marketing manager

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu is set to axe

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu is set to axe more than 10% of its employees nationwide. In a statement the company said it planned to “streamline operations in order to remain competitive in the market”.

Thiele releases automatic sealer

Thiele announced the release of its new woven poly propylene (WPP) sealer for the Star Series line of bag filling machinery.
    “This project was a direct result of customer needs,” said Braden Beam, Thiele’s flexible business leader.  “We’ve seen the use of woven poly propylene bags increasing for many of our customers.  They have needed a fully automatic bag filling solution that runs and seals in one system. Our team invested in this project and we hope this meets their needs in meaningful

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