SAi products get European debut

Software company SA International (SAi) is showing a number of new products and discussing new partnerships with its European audience for the first time at Fespa.
The RIP software developer is showcasing its new SAI + EnRoute solution for routers in the signmaking industry, along with launching its HP software partnership with HP’s new Latex Print and Cut units, plus an upgrade on its MyFlexi mobile app.
The router solution along with the app were given their global launches at last month’s ISA

KBA had a positive Q1 in Europe

KBA Group posted 20% more orders in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period last year with a “substantial increase” in orders for medium-format sheetfed presses, particularly in southern Europe.
The German press manufacturer maintained revenue over the period at a similar level to the first quarter of 2016 - €259.1m compared with €258.8m - but higher raw material costs meant gross profit dipped from €77m to €73.5m.
However, because last year’s figures included expenses of €6m caused by

Canon’s first UVgel wide-format printer

Océ Colorado is Canon’s first UVgel wide-format printer.  Aimed at businesses that produce indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, and decals, the Océ Colorado 1640 is a 64in (1.6m) roll-to-roll wide-format printer built around Canon’s patented UVgel curable ink system.
It boasts a top speed of 159sqm/hr for billboards or outdoor banners – faster, Canon claims, than any other printer in this market segment – and a top speed for

OKI Europe Ltd has announced its presence at FESPA 2017

OKI Europe Ltd has announced its presence at FESPA 2017 (Stand B5-A52), where it will be exhibiting a comprehensive range of revenue-generating innovations for graphic arts professionals, producing everything from business cards to billboards. A Gold Partner of this major event, OKI Europe will be showcasing products including its recent addition to the renowned ColorPainter range, the E-64s. OKI Europe will also be taking the opportunity at FESPA to unveil an exciting new white toner printer

ASLAN highlights innovative self-adhesive solutions for special applications at Fespa

ASLAN highlights innovative self-adhesive solutions for special applications at Fespa. Visitors will be able to experience first-hand MirrorEffect AntiScratch ASLAN SE 75, a highly reflective, scratch-resistant mirror effect film. In addition, the film expert will be introducing, within the ASLAN FerroSoft range, three new, easy-to-apply self-adhesive solutions for the creation of magneticallyreceptive surfaces – one for printing, one for combining with other self-adhesive films and one

Asia Pulp & Paper Group welcomes FSC annoucement

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) welcomes the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) announcement on the conditional approval of the Roadmap to end disassociation with APP. The FSC Board of Directors had given their conditional approval for the Roadmap at their 74th meeting in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, last February 2017. “We are pleased to receive the conditional approval for the Roadmap to end our disassociation with FSC. APP looks forward  to working with FSC and other stakeholders to develop the

De La Rue concludes Thallo deal

Contiweb announced that De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial printer of banknotes and identity documents, have confirmed an order for a Thallo printing press. The purchase is part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills for De La Rue’s Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta.
“The Thallo press is designed to provide printers with the optimum flexibility without sacrificing on print quality. Security printing for product

KBA to invest €16m in new centre

KBA is set to build a new digital and flexo press demo centre at its main Wurzburg plant in Germany.  The €16m project will include building and infrastructure costs of around €6m, with the remainder spent on the three demo presses.
The building is due for completion in autumn this year, when KBA will be formally celebrating its 200th anniversary, the centre will house a RotaJet digital printing press, a flexo rotary press and a newly-developed sheetfed flexo press. Its main purpose will be

Wartime escape map printer book

The story of a man who printed escape maps during the Second World War after using shower tiles to construct a lithographic press is to be published in book form.
    The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers project was launched around three years ago by stonemason and sculptor Mark Evans, whose father Philip Radcliffe-Evans constructed a lithographic press during a period in a POW camp in Germany during the war out of shower tiles and printed hundreds of escape maps.
    Radcliffe-Evans, who died

Banknote press manufacturer KBA-NotaSys has been fined

Banknote press manufacturer KBA-NotaSys has been fined one symbolic Swiss franc following a corruption scandal, but will also pay a multimillion euro settlement.  The Swiss manufacturer of specialist presses for security printers is a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered press manufacturer KBA. KBA-NotaSys reported itself to the Swiss public prosecutor in 2015 after it uncovered evidence that bribery had taken place between 2005-2015 in a number of countries it operates in. The fact that the

Masqualero is the latest typeface to be released by Monotype

Masqualero is the latest typeface to be released by Monotype and is inspired by a jazz recording of the same name.  Designed by Jim Ford from the Monotype Studio, the Masqualero typeface was conceived while listening to the Miles Davis jazz composition Masqualero.  The typeface is a dual-natured serif design with six weights and italics as well as stencil and groove display weights, according to Monotype, and will lend itself particularly well to applications such as product packaging

Fespa has announced its educational seminar programme

Fespa has announced its educational seminar programme, delivering insights and market knowledge across the sign-making, digital, screen, industrial, textile and interior printing industries for FESPA 2017, taking place at Messe Hamburg from 8 to 12 May 2017.  The seminar programme, which visitors can attend free of charge with a valid FESPA 2017 entry ticket, covers a range of topics, focusing on the use of digital, screen and textile print technology in a variety of scenarios. Duncan MacOwan

EFI outlines Fespa plans in May ‘17

EFI has revealed that its plans for Fespa in May include the European debut of its new textile printers.  EFI vice president of corporate marketing Frank Tueckmantel said the company plans to bring the Vutek 5r and Vutek FabriVU 520 printers to the show, which will take place at the Hamburg Messe from 8-12 May.
Both of these machines were announced alongside the Vutek 3r at the manufacturer’s annual user conference, EFI connect, in January.
The 5.2m-wide FabriVU 520, which incorporates Reggiani

Kodak inkjet sale ‘imminent’

Expectation is mounting that Kodak will announce the identity of the new owner of its high-speed inkjet business alongside its year-end results this week, and a familiar graphic arts name is in the frame as the buyer.
A source close to the situation told PrintWeek that a deal was “imminent” and “had now been agreed” and the purchaser was Xerox, which has long been tipped as a likely home for the business.
Xerox acquired French inkjet developer Impika in 2013 and the $11bn turnover group has

Xerox revenue, profits down in first results since separation

Xerox has reported Q4 and full-year revenue and profit declines in its first financial results since the firm officially completed its separation from Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business Conduent.
    In the results released on 31st January this year, the Connecticut, US-based business said revenue from its continuing operations was $2.73bn in Q4, down 7.2% year-on-year from $2.95bn in Q4 2015.
     Equipment sales accounted for $677m of the firm’s Q4 turnover, down 12% from $770m in

DuPont and Holst Centre announced the third extension

DuPont Electronics & Communications (DuPont) and Holst Centre announced the third extension of their collaboration, which is focused on advanced materials for the printed electronics industry. As a full partner in the Printed Electronics program, DuPont will contribute new materials and research samples targeted toward Holst’s active projects in the areas of wearable electronics, in-mold electronics, consumer electronics and healthcare. In this next phase, the emphasis of the collaboration

Avery Dennison and Ferm RFID Solutions created the tire tread label

Avery Dennison and Ferm RFID Solutions have together created the first tire tread label with worldwide RFID functionality, which allows entire pallets of tires to be read in a single pass.   The RFID tire label technology was developed through a collaborative effort by Ferm RFID and Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe.  Ferm RFID Solutions cofounder Jos Uijlenbroek said that the final product is able to handle a very wide range of applications: “This label uses copper wire antenna technology

SA International (SAi) has received certification for it's Flexi software

SA International (SAi) has announced that its Flexi software has been fully certified by colour communication systems manufacturer, Color-Logic, for use with its Process Metallic Color System for the wide format and sign markets. With the certification of SAi Flexi 11 and 12 for use with all metallic-capable inkjet printers, print providers can produce a host of applications, including posters, billboards and premium signage.  This latest certification by Color-Logic follows the recent

Antalis and Arjowiggins parent Sequana has lost in the High Court battle

Antalis and Arjowiggins parent Sequana has lost the latest round of its long-running High Court battle with BAT Industries and has filed for temporary creditor protection in France while it looks to dispose of Arjo’s security paper operation and launch an IPO at merchanting arm Antalis. BAT Industries, a division of British American Tobacco (BAT), was attempting to recoup the dividends so that Windward could meet its obligations resulting from the $1bn clean-up operation following the pollution

IIJ formulates digital wallpaper printing system

Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) is developing a system that can digitally print wallpaper with production speeds that it claims are comparable to conventional methods.
IIJ has been working with Konica Minolta to produce a system that prints on a wide range of typical wallpaper media, such as paper, PVC and non-woven substrates, at linear speeds of up to 70m/min. The target market for the system is wallpaper producers who are currently using high-speed conventional lines.
IIJ will invite wallpaper

Fespa to become annual event

Fespa has announced that its flagship global print expo will become an annual event from 2017 onwards.
The organisation said its decision to replace the biennial Fespa Digital event with the annual running of the main Fespa event going forward has been made in consultation with exhibitors and visitors.
The all-encompassing show will aim to annually cover all technologies, processes and applications in the digital wide-format, screen and textile print sectors.  Speaking at the Fespa Fest event in

Langley posts anniversary results

Manroland Sheetfed owner Langley Holdings has posted improved annual results, with its chairman Tony Langley calling 2016 its strongest year since he formed the group in 1975. The results come on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Langley’s purchase of Manroland sheetfed. It said last year that it had transformed the business from a “lumbering leviathan” into an ‘efficient business’.
In the calendar year to 31 Dec. 2016, the Manroland division turned over $314.8m, a 7.8% increase on the

Bank of England keeps animal fat

The Bank of England will not withdraw the new polymer £5 notes from circulation nor change its production method for the upcoming £10 but will hold a consultation before agreeing production methods for further print runs and for the new £20 note.
In November 2016 the new fiver, which entered circulation in September, was found to contain minute amounts of animal by-product, tallow.
The public backlash from vegans, vegetarians and religious groups, that followed its discovery forced the Bank of

Scientists show rewritable paper

Scientists in the US have developed a light-printable, ink-free rewritable paper that uses nano technology. The Yin Group at the University of California, Dept. of Chemistry is led by Professor Yadong Yin, and specialises in the “synthesis and functionalisation of nanostructured materials”.
Yin’s team has published a research paper detailing their latest findings in the field of high-performance light-printable rewritable paper.
The researchers have developed a new photoreversible colour

Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners

Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners 2016 from across the Globe. The program was first launched in 2014, recognizes customers who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices. The 2016 SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners are: Reynolds and Reynolds (US), Informco (Canada), Groupe Estimprim (France), Royalpack (Poland), UVO communication (S.Africa), Ohshaika Printing (Japan), Kava Printing

Dscoop to participate at Ipex

Informa Exhibitions announced that Dscoop, the independent multi-disciplinary community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals, has chosen to participate in IPEX 2017. Rob Fisher, event director of IPEX, said; “We are really excited that Dscoop is on-board with us for 2017. Their broad spectrum approach is complimentary to the vision we have for IPEX; showing print in action; fostering links between creative and print industries, and providing visitors with the opportunity

Kenneth Harry Husler passed away

Kenneth Harry Husler, 95, formerly of West Fairview and Lancaster, PA, passed away of natural causes on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, PA. Born in West Decatur PA, Kenneth was the son of the late Harry P. Husler and Mary E. (Heberlig) Husler/Railing. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Patricia (Roeser) Husler in January of 2014. Two brothers, Homer V. Husler and Robert B. Husler also preceded him in death. He entered the United States

Polar to offer free gifts on 111th anniversary

Celebrating its 111th anniversary, Polar has recently announced to everyone in a press statment that it will give away various ‘performance-enhancing options’ with new orders booked from February - September 2017. The promotion is limited and applies to deliveries in 2017.
Customers opting for the top-of- the-line model N PRO HD will be given the Compucut software for theirhigh-speed cutters free of charge.  The N PLUS high-speed cutter model has process visualization integrated free-of- charge

Baldwin has acquired Air Motion

Two major players in the UV curing systems industry, Air Motion Systems (AMS) and Baldwin Technology Company are merging their expertise to create the premier provider of UV and LED curing technology across the globe.
Baldwin, a leader in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, has acquired Air Motion Systems leading provider of LED UV curing technology for the graphic arts industry, expanding its position  within the market.  
The new entity of Baldwin, part of the $2 billion

Cimpress has embarked upon a major restructure to decentralise

Cimpress has embarked upon a major restructure to decentralise its operations that will see thousands of jobs devolved into its business units and the departure of a number of senior executives.  The Netherlands-headquartered web-to-print giant announced the changes alongside its Q2 results. Around 3,000 employees that previously worked in central teams will move into its various business units, while some 160 positions – circa 1.6% of the 10,000 workforce worldwide – will go altogether