OKI Europe Wide Format Division to extend of its warranty term

OKI Europe Wide Format Division has announced the extension of its warranty term to three years for the ColorPainter M-64s and ColorPainter H3-104s large format inkjet printers. The new warranty programme covers replacement parts including print heads for all ColorPainter M-64s and H3-104s printers installed by OKI authorised distributors and dealers after 1st April 2016. ColorPainter Series devices including the W-64s/54s, H2-104s/74s, H2P-104s/74s and TerioStar Series devices are not

The Bank of England has announced it will reveal the full design of the new £5 note

The Bank of England has announced it will reveal the full design of the new £5 note, England’s first polymer note, on 2 June.  The concept designs for the new £5 and £10 notes, which will be slightly smaller than the paper version, were originally unveiled in December 2013. The £5 notes notes will enter circulation in September, the new £10 note a year later and the £20 note by 2020. The paper versions of each will be gradually removed from circulation once their polymer counterparts have

Katz has launched Canvas

Katz has launched Canvas, a new canvas-look board aimed at the art display market. The German company, which celebrates 300 years in business this year, had used the new material to give its booth at Fespa a ‘surfer shack’ make-over to highlight the range of applications of the board, including its bendable properties when scored with a laser cutter. The new Canvas board comes in 1.6mm (910gsm), 2mm (1,125gsm), 3mm (1,495gsm) and 5mm (2,320gsm) thicknesses from distributors across Europe for

D.gen has launched a 3.3m direct-to-fabric printer

D.gen has launched a 3.3m direct-to-fabric printer aimed at businesses looking for an entry-level alternative to its existing Teleios Grande G5. The new Teleios Grande/H6 features a heat fixation unit that gives the machine a smaller and more compact footprint, which the Korean manufacturer said will help the Teleios range to appeal to a broader customer base.  The six-colour machine, which can be used with both disperse dye ink and textile pigment ink, incorporates six Ricoh Gen5 printheads

The Uteco Group at Drupa fair

The Uteco Group, manufacturer of flexible packaging printing equipment will present their latest innovations at the Drupa 2016 Fair, at the Stand A18/B03 - Hall10.

The presentation of the Drupa Pavillion for “world excellence in printing” goes along with the preparations for Print4All, a new Inter-nationaI event that will take place in Italy in 2018. In this scenario, Uteco promotes the new concept “4-EcoOne” solution, a brand new installation, the new born ONYX XS (compact press for extremely

Avery set to acquire Mactac Europe

Global manufacturer Avery Dennison has agreed to acquire the European business of graphic and label media manufacturer Mactac, in a deal worth around $200m.

Mactac produces the Starliner range of substrates for sheetfed digital and litho applications, adhesive labels and wide-format indoor and outdoor signage, vehicle wrapping substrates and floor graphics, alongside other items. Avery Dennison chairman and chief executive Dean Scarborough said: “The acquisition of Mactac Europe enhances our

Komori,Screen team up for inkjet

Komori has partnered with Screen to add a colour inkjet web offering to its nascent digital press line-up.

The two manufacturers have agreed a strategic partnership that will see Komori Europe become the exclusive sales channel for Screen’s Truepress Jet520HD inkjet web press in Britain as well as the German, Dutch, Belgian, French and Italian markets.

The Truepress Jet520HD had its commercial launch last year. It has a 520mm web width and runs at 50m/min at its maximum resolution of

Roland DG adds VersaUV to range

Roland DG has launched a new heavy-duty addition to its VersaUV flatbed line, the VersaUV LEJ-640FT, which features extra inks. The six-colour printer - CMYK plus white and gloss - is larger than the VersaUV LEF-300, released in January and can print on flexible or rigid substrates or objects up to 150mm in height, - 50mm more than the LEF-300 - and 100kg in weight, the company said. The LEJ-640FT has a 1,606x2,490mm print area and is therefore suitable for a range of companies offering printed

PrintWeek Awards, has launched recently

The industry’s flagship awards scheme, the PrintWeek Awards, has launched recently. The PrintWeek  (UK)Awards are open to print businesses of any size, with categories spanning the full spectrum of the industry from commercial, packaging and wide-format print to customer service and cross-media. There are two types of Awards: quality and performance. As the name suggests, the quality awards are focused on exceptional print production across a body of four examples. There are 17 quality award

BOPP films Cosmo Films will be launching its new range

Manufacturer of speciality BOPP films Cosmo Films will be launching its new range of premium lamination films under the “Luxotique” brand, at the upcoming Drupa. The company’s yet to be launched Luxotique range comprises of the new improvised velvet, scuff free matte & digital lamination films. The portfolio has been designed keeping the needs of luxury packaging and high end graphic lamination industries in mind.  Among the new products to be showcased are  Luxotique Velvet, Luxotique

Shares in De La Rue rose sharply after the security printer announced

Shares in De La Rue rose sharply after the security printer announced that its operating profits are likely to be higher than expected. In a trading statement issued on 13th April, the world’s largest banknote printer said that its underlying operating profit was likely to be circa £62m, which is above previous expectations. Sales were “broadly in line with expectations,” it said.  Separately, De La Rue has distanced itself from revelations in the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ involving a

Watkiss to launch mid-range PowerSquare160

Watkiss is targeting mid-volume digital printers with a new bookletmaker set to launch at Drupa. The PowerSquare 160 bookletmaker staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass and is an open-architecture, complete bookletmaking system for producing square-backed books.

“The PowerSquare 160 complements our existing range. The PowerSquare 224 may be the best solution for high-volume production bookletmaking but is a bit more than some customers need,” he said.

“It was natural to develop

Muller Martini urges printers to put post-press first

Muller Martini’s Dirk Deceuninck has urged printers to “start with the backend” when considering Drupa investments. Deceuninck, who is managing director of Muller Martini’s Northern Europe business  said the manufacturer’s Finishing 4.0 message at Drupa would include a focus on “the interactivity of things” for slicker workflows and improved productivity.

“This interactivity of things plays on the key aspects of productivity, quality & the reduction of downtime,” he said.


Stora Enso at Drupa

Renewable materials company Stora Enso promise ‘eye opening digital experiences’ at Drupa. The company stand in Hall 1 will provide a wide display of paper, consumer board, and re-board offerings as well as digital experiences on ‘what a tree can do’, now and in the future.

“Year 2016 is an especially exciting year in the consumer board business. We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Performa and CKB product brands. We will also be starting up a new, state-of-the-art board machine in

HP will be the single biggest exhibitor at Drupa 2016

By the time drupa 2016 opens on May 31, 2016, Hewlett-Packard will be the single biggest exhibitor at Drupa.

Talking about their participation at the most awaited event this year, Ernest Azzam, Large Format Design MEMA said: “HP will be exhibiting the full range of Graphics products starting with Pagewide web presses to commercial and packaging printing solutions as well as outdoor large format printing solutions and indoor graphics and technical printers.”  

HP will overtake Heidel-berg as

ThermoFlexX to unveil new products at show

ThermoFlexX has announced that it will use Drupa 2016 for the worldwide launch of several additions to its product portfolio, including the redesigned ThermoFlexX 20 and ThermoFlexX 30 digital flexo plate imagers. 

Visitors to the stand, which is being shared with the Flint Flexographic products division, will be able to see a dual-head ThermoFlexX 80-D demonstrated with a new pixel-stitching functionality, plus a ThermoFlexX 48-S on-line to an EVO 3 LED exposing unit. Other equipment will

Gimpex will participate in Drupa with head office, Vimpex

One of the oldest paper and board trading company in GCC, Gimpex will be participating in Drupa this year  along with their head office Vimpex.

Elias El-Wadi,  general manager - Gimpex said: “We have been participating in all the Drupa exhibitions since the start and always under our head office M/S Vimpex . We look forward to this participation since it is a means for us to gain visibility, reach out to potential customers from the MENA region.  Since we are the largest paper and board

Atlantic Zeiser on cost value

At drupa 2016, Atlantic Zeiser (Hall 15, Booth B02) will be demonstrating how to reduce the overall operating costs of banking card personalization. Compared to thermal transfer printing, for example, the drop-on-demand inkjet based PERSOMASTER can curb consumables expenditure by up to 98 percent. In addition, Visa and MasterCard have already endorsed the printing process for all specified card products.

“The era of thermal transfer printing and embossing is certainly coming to an end in this

Mimaki to participate in Drupa with full product portfolio

Global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel, packaging and industrial markets, Mimaki will be exhibiting at Drupa 2016 with its full product portfolio of solvent and UV printers and cutting tables. 

 At the world’s largest printing trade show, scheduled from May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Mimaki will be exhibiting solutions that serve a range of market needs, from indoor and outdoor signage to industrial, packaging and

BW Papersystems will display solutions

BW Papersystems will participate at drupa 2016 to showcase its range of stationery converting solutions plus live demonstrations of folio sheeter and ream wrapper.

Visitors at their booth will be able to see live demonstrations of an eCon folio sheeter and a Wrapmatic GREC folio size ream wrapper, and gain information about the group’s machinery range for stationery products like exercise books, note pads and spiral or wire bound products. The enhanced stationery product range of BW

Asahi to launch two new plates at Drupa for enhancement

Asahi Photoproducts is launching two new flexo plate products at Drupa, which will, the company said, improve both print quality and efficiency.

The AFP-DCV and the AWP-DEW plates use the company’s pinning technology for OEE clean transfer, which it says is unique and improves both print quality and efficiency.

The AFP-DCV digital flexo plate, is designed to produce vibrant colour prints for water- and solvent-based inks in flexible packaging applications.

The AWP-DEW plate, is designed

GMG to exhibit new products

GMG has announced that it will be exhibiting its latest software, Photoshop plug-in, new proofing media at Drupa this year.

   Among the products that will be showcased are the    new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, GMG ColorPin, Photoshop users can carry out operations that were previously only possible with complex workarounds announced GMG;  the OpenColor that creates profiles allowing for the prediction of results, handling the effects of overprinting, changes in substrates, or alterations to

ContiTech to exhibit Laserline, flexographic printing sleeve

Printing blanket specialist ContiTech is expanding its range of flexographic printing products and will present the first-ever Laserline flexographic printing sleeve featuring a compressible layer at drupa (May 31 to June 10, 2016). This layer ‘improves printing performance and eliminates the halo effect’ announced the manufacturer.

Phoenix Xtra Blankets presents the Nova Spot, a compressible coating plate, which is suitable for both water-based and UV varnishes. The specially designed

Kodak plans its wide-format return

Kodak has launched a new inkjet printhead that could see it re-enter the wide-format market via an OEM partner.  It described its new Ultrastream continuous inkjet head as its fourth-generation product. It is aiming to sign up OEM partners at Drupa who could use the head in sheetfed inkjet presses or in a wide-format array.

“We turned the attention of our brightest minds in R&D to how we can bring the benefits of inkjet to adjacent markets,” said Kodak president of inkjet enterprise

Ink manufacturer Inx International has launched several new inks at Fespa Digital

Ink manufacturer Inx International has launched several new inks at Fespa Digital. Among them are additions to the firm’s Triangle brand of ‘advanced alternative’ inks are the GSP and GRR UV curable high-performance inks, which are designed for jetting with high consistency while running at high speeds on EFI Vutek GS series hybrid flatbed roll-fed printers, or dedicated roll-to-roll printers. Also, the company’s Prodigy and Evolve product ranges have been expanded to include an extended

Agfa-Gevaert has posted improved results for 2015

Agfa-Gevaert has posted improved results for 2015. Growth in the graphics division was boosted by a double-digit hike in inkjet sales as well as the effects of a weaker euro.  For the full year to December 2015, revenues in Agfa’s graphics section remained stable with a modest 0.2% growth to $1.59bn, reversing the decline of 2014.  The company said that “despite softness in the emerging markets and political instability in certain regions” sales had been helped by a significant increase in

Sun Chemical presented the first worldwide showing of SunTex

Sun Chemical presented the first worldwide showing of SunTex, its newly launched range of water-based inkjet inks developed to deliver optimum performance for digital textile and soft signage print applications at Fespa.  The new products are SunTex Sonata, a series of dye sublimation transfer inks and direct print dispersed inks for polyester and polyester-rich substrates; and SunTex Encore, a range of direct print pigment inks. SunTex Encore is the pigmented inkjet ink offering within the

Stratasys unveils new EMEA headquarters in Germany

Stratasys unveils new EMEA headquarters in Germany. Stratasys says their latest facility features a state-of-the-art showroom, a benchmark center and customer training facilities. The opening of its new 53,000 square foot EMEA headquarters in Rheinmuenster, Germany, marks the creation of a purpose-built site to support the company’s growing capacity requirements and increase customer service capability with it’s customer training and benchmarking facilities. The new, four-story site features

HP PageWide wins design award

HP has won a design award for its PageWide XL portfolio after judges decided it enabled users to maximise efficiency and was easy to use.

The printer range won a 2016 iF Gold ‘Best of Best’ Design Award for industrial design on 26th February at a ceremony in Munich, Germany, for its commercially-available 1,016mm-wide PageWide XL 4000, 4500 and 8000 printers. Additionally, the now award-winning, flagship HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer offers up to 50 percent savings in total production costs

EFI reveals more about Rialco

EFI has revealed more details about how it expects its acquisition of dye and colour products specialist Rialco to help expand its industrial inkjet business.

Stephen Emery, vice-president of EFI’s ink business, told PrintWeek EFI had not been a Rialco customer prior to the acquisition but said the business supplies a lot of ink companies and formulators in industrial markets, including dye-sublimation printing.

“The ink business within EFI is a significant part of the business and a part