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

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