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Memjet and HP reach settlement

Memjet and HP have reached a ‘global settlement’ in their dispute over patent infringements.  Last year Memjet filed a claim in the United States District Court in California alleging that Hewlett-Packard Company had infringed eight of its patents relating to its own trademarked ‘Waterfall’ single-pass page-wide inkjet technology. The claim involved HP’s T-series inkjet web presses and PageWide printers.

In a statement regarding the settlement, Memjet said: “Memjet and HP Inc. have reached a

Flint acquires web offset business

Flint Group confirmed the purchase of Siegwerk’s web offset business after receiving regulatory approval from the competition authorities.  

This agreement includes the transfer of all technical expertise and product portfolios relating to Siegwerk’s Heatset and Newsink product lines.

“We are very excited by this transaction,” said Antoine Fady, CEO, Flint Group. “This investment confirms our long term commitment to customers in these key market segments and re-enforces our unique offering

Caldera and Lüscher-Tschudi cooperate for supreme textile print production

Caldera and Lüscher-Tschudi cooperate for supreme textile print production. Swiss printer manufacturer Lüscher-Tschudi announced its strategic partnership with Caldera, whereby the French print software innovator has developed an OEM version of GrandRIP+ to drive the company’s 3.2m textile printer, the T-REX 320. The combination allows those entering this expanding market achieve quality results across high-speed runs for soft signage and industrial textile applications. Caldera is celebrating

Dr Gerold Linzbach, will be stepping down soon

Heidelberg has announced that its chief executive, Dr Gerold Linzbach, will be stepping down from his role when his contract runs out in August 2017. Linzbach informed the Heidelberg supervisory board in July that he would not be seeking the extension of his contract and aims to pursue new professional challenges. He stepped down temporarily from his role due to ill health in June 2015, being replaced by chief financial officer Dirk Kaliebe, but returned to full-time work in January 2016. In

HP PageWide XL Printer series and the DesignJet T830 MFP honoured

HP announced that the HP PageWide XL Printer series and the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer have been honoured with the 2016 Red Dot Awards. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio was awarded the highest distinction, the Red Dot: Best of the Best Design Award.  (The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer also recently received the 2016 iF Gold “Best of Best” Design Award).  The HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer was also awarded international distinction for high design quality, receiving the

Fespa has chosen the centre of the fashion world, Milan

Fespa has chosen the centre of the fashion world, Milan, to host its next digital textile conference and focus on one of the biggest success stories in print in volume increases.  The event, on 30 September 2016, will be supported by Fespa Italia Association with collaboration from the Italian Fashion and Textile Federation and the Italian Textile Designers Association. Both groups will host speakers and up to 150 delegates are expected to sweep through the doors, said Fespa head of events

EFI is on track for $ 1 bn annual turnover 2016

EFI is on track to achieve its targeted $1bn turnover after it reported a 21% increase in revenue in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015.

The results demonstrate a record increase for the US-based technology business and record turnover for any quarter.

EFI sales vice-president for EMEA Paul Cripps said: “We were very excited about the results in the second quarter. We had tremendous growth in our software business, excellent growth in industrial inkjet and

Informa, Smithers Pira in a tie-up

Informa Exhibitions has announced a partnership with Smithers Pira ahead its Ipex 2017 exhibition. 

Smithers Pira will be providing industry insight for visitors attending Ipex 2017 and will be presenting seminars during the show at the NEC (UK) in October and November 2017.

Rob Fisher, event director of Ipex, said; “We are delighted that Smithers Pira has agreed to share its insight into the technology and market trends that will shape the printing industries over the next few years.”


Xaar hits M&A trail to reach goal

Xaar has taken the inaugural step on its ambitious growth plan to double sales by 2020 and secured its first ever acquisition.

The inkjet manufacturer has acquired US-based direct-to-product printing specialist Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS).

“There’s a very good opportunity to transition the product printing market to digital technology and we can help enable that together,” said Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards.  Speaking in March, he said areas that he would target included

International Paper announced its membership in the HP AllianceOne Partner Program

International Paper announced its membership in the HP AllianceOne Partner Program, joining an exclusive group of paper manufacturers as an AllianceOne Select Member. This partnership adds to an existing relationship with HP spanning back 20 years. As a large global manufacturer of paper, packaging goods and pulp, International Paper will be able to enhance collaboration and innovation with HP.

R. R. Donnelley announced a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers

R. R. Donnelley  announced a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews the relationship with HarperCollins, a customer of the RR Donnelley company for decades. Under the terms of this new agreement, RR Donnelley will provide print, fulfillment and distribution services across HarperCollins global book platform. HarperCollins will have the ability to order, track, and receive books through a common system; saving time and money while minimizing freight costs; and

The Sun has launched a new, free monthly magazine Popcorn

The Sun has launched a new, free monthly magazine Popcorn, touted to be the biggest film magazine in the UK. The new 28pp magazine will have a circulation of 2.4 million and will be distributed nationwide with the Sun on Saturday.  The title will also have an online presence on the Sun’s website. It is sponsored by Sky Cinema - the newly rebranded Sky Movies. Prinovis in Liverpool will print the new title on 52gsm improved newsprint on its KBA gravure presses. The magazine will also feature a

Avery Dennison has completed the acquisition of the European business of Mactac

Avery Dennison has completed the acquisition of the European business of Mactac from Platinum Equity for the purchase price of 200 million euro including assumed debt.Mactac’s manufacturing facility in Belgium, along with sales offices and warehouses in Europe and Asia, are now part of Avery Dennison’s global footprint. Export sales will continue to serve customers in South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North Africa. The transaction excludes the Mactac business in the US

Drupa scraps three-year frequency plan

Drupa organiser Messe Dusseldorf has scrapped plans to change the show to a three-year cycle, and will stick with a four-year rotation. 

Explaining the decision to stick with the familiar four-year cycle, Werner Dornscheidt, president and chief executive officer of Messe Düsseldorf, said the show’s USP was the fact that so much equipment is running at the show.

The amount of equipment running live could have been seriously scaled back if exhibitors had been forced to stretch their marketing

Graphtec launches new diecutter

Flatbed plotter and cutter supplier Graphtec GB has upgraded its CE6000-40 die-cutter with the addition of an automatic sheet-loader.

Launched at beginning of May, the revamped sheetfed device, based on the manufacturer’s original CE6000-40 model, uses Graphtec’s i-Mark software to enable it to feed and cut up to 120 sheets of material in any one job.

The desktop device is aimed at printers working in the short-run label, print and packaging market. It can handle sheets up to 330x483mm on a

Glimpse in world of note printing

The Bank of England and De La Rue have released a YouTube video that provides a glimpse into the production methods behind the new polymer £5 note.

The new banknote, which is smaller than the current £5 note, has been named ‘The New Fiver’ by the Bank.

It is the first time the Bank of England or De La Rue have released a video like this into the public domain. 

“In the past, we have had B roll footage that we’ve given out on request, but I believe this is the first time that we’ve produced a

Konica Minolta has sold its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV B2 digital presses at Drupa

Konica Minolta has sold its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV B2 digital presses, to two US companies at Drupa. The machine had its commercial launch at the show.  Chief technology officer J Chris Bowen added: “What gets us engaged out of the gate is there’s no pre-coating of the sheets. At the plant we can have one workflow for offset or digital.” Konica Minolta senior manager production printing international marketing division Michael Mølbaek said: “We’ve sold about 75 machines at the show. It’s been

Kodak has exceeded its Drupa target for Prosper inkjet press sales

Kodak has exceeded its Drupa target for Prosper inkjet press sales, with six deals sealed at the show.  “We had a show goal of three Prosper presses and we’ve exceeded that, and we’re just about to exceed our target for printheads as well,” said Eric Owen, vice-president worldwide sales and marketing at Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet System division.

Xaar has announced the acquisition of Engineered Printing Solutions (“EPS”)

Xaar has announced the acquisition of Engineered Printing Solutions (“EPS”), a  provider of product printing equipment, including promotional, packaging, medical, automotive, apparel, appliances, sports equipment and toys in North America. The acquisition, which was completed on 1st July 2016, is Xaar’s first as part of the company’s  vision to achieve £220m of annual sales by 2020.   In 2015 EPS generated $14m of revenue and employs 60 staff members.

Olga Tobreluts won the the 2016 Artistic Lenticular Award

Contemporary Russian artist Olga Tobreluts won the the 2016 Artistic Lenticular Award at the third edition of  Lenstar Lenticular Print Awards.  Her work, Heart was transformed from 2D to 3D by Egor Korotkov and printed by MagicVision.RU. Daniel Pierret, managing director of DP Lenticular says: “In 2012, 11,123 visitors voted during the 14 days of drupa. In 2016, drupa was reduced to 11 days but we are very pleased that a total of 16,662  votes were recorded. This is an outstanding number and

Jeff Jacobson has been announced as the new CEO of Xerox Corporation

Jeff Jacobson has been announced as the new chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation following the company’s planned separation into two publicly traded companies. “Jeff is a great leader with a passion for our business and employees, deep customer relationships and a clear strategic vision to capitalize on the opportunities ahead,” said Ursula Burns, chairman, Xerox Document Technology.  On January 29, 2016, Xerox announced its plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded

Konica Minolta trials MEMS printheads

Konica Minolta has annou-nced that new printheads being developed leveraging its proprietary MEMS technologies have been successfully trialled for the first time at drupa.

On its booth at drupa, alongside Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ), experts demonstrated the capabilities of the MEMS printheads in a first public showing. These are being developed to better serve commercial printing, label printing, and various other industrial printing purposes with their well-balanced designed to meet a

Stora Enso starts mill in China

Stora Enso has inaugurated its new consumer board mill in China at a significant investment of EUR 800 million, PaperAge reported. 

The mill started in May, is expected to reach full production within 18 to 24 months. 

“We are delighted to announce the official opening of the Stora Enso consumer board mill in China. This is a very important milestone for us”, says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sund-ström. “China is a market with high potential and the start-up of our consumer board mill is

Enviro Wipes back to production

Enviro Wipes, which provides environmentally friendly rag cleaning products for printers, has recovered to full production just days after a fire at its premises. The blaze, which started Sunday morning (19 June) around 7.30am, was dealt with by 40 firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire Service. The fire was largely restricted to Enviro Wipes’ finishing department, although smoke spread to other parts of the building.

Enviro Wipes’ finance director Phil Walker said the company was back in work

Presstek has launched a range of products at Drupa

Presstek has launched a range of products at Drupa, including platesetters and plates. The new products include the Eco-UV Integrated Curing System for DI presses, the Dimension Pro2 Thermal CTP System and the chemistry-free develop-on-press GemPlate. The Eco-UV system is said to boost printers’ competitiveness through energy savings. EAMER sales director Ian Pollock said: “We give them the ability to add higher margin products to their portfolio.” The new Dimension Pro2 CTP is being shown

Komori has secured nine letters of intent for its B1 Impremia NS40

Komori has secured nine letters of intent for its B1 Impremia NS40 sheetfed digital press. The NS40 is Komori’s version of the Landa S10; both machines use a Komori chassis and transport system with Landa’s Nanographic imaging system. Robert Holscher, Komori Europe director of digital sales, said: “Extending our ‘print on anything’ philosophy to our digital portfolio has proven to be exactly right.  “Both the B2-format IS29 inkjet press and the NS40 have received huge interest.”  The Impremia

Xeikon has launched a STAR training program

Xeikon has launched a STAR training program. Developed for all Xeikon press operators, the certified program enables customer trainees to fully optimize the performance of their Xeikon solution in all aspects of their business. Frederik Vervenne, Xeikon’s vice president services said: “The Xeikon STAR Program will improve customer productivity and performance. And all those positive enhancements translate into increasing revenue for the customers. It will also offer a more focused approach to

Durst and 3M announces new co-branded premium UV Ink Series

Durst and 3M announces new co-branded premium UV Ink Series. The Durst Rho Roll 3M™ Premium UV Ink Series – for the award-winning Durst Rho 512R and Rho 312R large-format UV inkjet digital roll printers. By employing these premium UV inks, Durst users will be able to offer 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Certified graphics upon completion of the certification process.  The 3M™MCS™ Warranty is the most highly regarded finished graphic warranty in the industry. The new Durst Rho Roll 3M™ Premium UV Ink

Kurz sells first B2 foiling machine along with other deals

Foiling specialist Kurz  has sold two of its DM-Liner toner transfer foiling machines launched at Drupa, which it believes is the biggest such device in the world.

The B2 (530x750mm) sheetfed device can take paper from 70-350gsm and runs at up to 2400sph B2 and 3600sph SRA3.

Foil from rolls sticks to monochrome print as the paper passes through. Then four colours can be overprinted digitally. The DM-Liner works with any toner-based printer.

A Malaysian company has signed for the device and

Neschen acquired by Blue Cap

After a successful restructuring process, struggling       specialist substrate manufacturer Neschen has been taken over by German investment group Blue Cap.

The wide format print media specialist filed for self-administered insolvency in April last year after negotiations with its main creditor Sandton, for a €23m refinancing deal, failed.

The company, along with its subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Benelux, France and Austria, has continued to trade through insolvency whilst working to